Shirley Brown

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"There is no excuse to dress bad at any size"

This is Timeless Fashion…..Love!

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Christmas is Over!!! Start Shopping for yourself again!

Category : Article · No Comments · by Dec 26th, 2012


Now that Christmas is over get prepared for the best shopping deals starting tomorrow!!!

This is the time to complete your Winter Wardrobe:

New Boots; Riding Boots, Over the knee, Heeled Boots

Booties; with and without heels, printed and textured

Warm Flats; Flannel and leather will always work this season especially where the weather is up and down!

Basic Replenishment Pieces ; Turtlenecks, Under shirts, Fashion Cardigans etc

Trend Pieces! What can work for you?

Make a list and check it twice!!!

What do YOU need updated?



“But this one is on sale…..”

Category : Advice, Article · No Comments · by Nov 25th, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!

So during the holiday shopping season you will be faced with lots of self-purchase temptation, and its okay, indulge! The best of the season is out now so might as well jump in and complete the wardrobe!

You will be faced with an equal amount of discount buys. Shop smart not hard. Find pieces that truly fit and flatter no matter what! Make sure that you keep the integrity of an outfit. There are some places you can cut corners, but invest in core pieces that you will have longer than replenishment pieces.

A perfectly tailored coat that fits your needs and body should be purchased either on sale or full price. It is nice to find deals on items you love but for necessities it might be better to save up for a few weeks than settle for a less than flattering piece.


Complete the look, find some trendy pieces on sale and happy shopping!!!


“Just because it comes in your size….”

Category : Advice, Article · No Comments · by Nov 15th, 2012

This phrase is one that I have used with women of all shapes, sizes and ages. There is a constant battle of women who are going through middle age to want to dress younger than their teenage daughter, or women who are a size 22 to want to wear that bandage dress that is all the rage. Women, let us pay attention to items that are figure flattering and contemporary.

Contemporary has truly been my favorite word this year and will be for the next year as well. It really explains what we are all trying to do when it comes to style; be up to date, not wear pieces that age us or make us look bigger and keep some sex-appeal when necessary.

Yes, certain companies have seen the need for full-figured women to want to be in style and trendy and fashion-forward, but that does not mean that the halter top from Escada will translate well in a size 26, yet a knock off was manufactured (with the cut off shorts to go with it) and the young ladies went crazy! Oh my!

As women age and try to stay fit and healthy to keep up with the younger generation they can tend to forget that they are not 23 anymore but 53. Even though they are in the same size they were then, they need to adapt their style. One can be fashionable, fashion-forward and most of all contemporary without wearing the super tight mini pencil skirt and off the shoulder “The Ramones” t-shirt.

Learning how to tweak trends and styles to fit you and your body is the key! See what others are wearing in your size or age group and experiment till it feels just right. So, just because it comes in your size, does not mean you should wear it!!!”


“Do I need all three of these?”

Category : Advice, Article · No Comments · by Oct 22nd, 2012

When building a fun and functional closet there are some basics that are much needed for everyday life! No matter your age, demographic or job, these basics cann pull you through life. Now, I will start with the bottom basics meaning pants!

I am a strong believer that you can rule the world in a black pant! This is why I feel that at least three styles can pull you through:

1. A basic black slack : this can be a straight leg or slight boot cut. Something to dress up a blouse or wear to work (where fitting). You can take this pant to a funeral or straight to the rehearsal dinner of your friends wedding with a silk wrap top and pumps. (ex. Lafayette Men’s wear pant)

2. The wide- leg :. A wide leg looks amazing on most women. Many can pull off the look and do not even know it. This style is your ode to the fashion forward women in the aviator era. It is your go-to pant for an updated Woodstock revival. It is the pant you pull out with the crisp white blouse and the statement belt and shoe. This pant is figure flattering on most and for those ladies slightly vertically challenged pair it with the highest platform heel you can find and reduce the flare!

“But I am losing weight…”

Category : Article · No Comments · by Oct 19th, 2012

This has been the statements of statements throughout my styling career. It stays true for women a size 2 (who used to be a size 0), to size 24!

Women are always trying to lose weight, but the fact of the matter is, we need to look good at every size. There is no need to buy something a little tighter (and not as well fitting) because you hope to take up yoga and Zumba on the weekends. Nor is it alright to by pass the investment suit that actually is what you need at your level in your career to wait and get one when you lose weight!

“There is only one chance to make a first impression”,

Better put your best foot forward at all times and weights.

I have had clients that tried to use that excuse with me, guess what, 5 to 6 years later, the majority are the SAME size!

Yes we can lose weight, but why sacrifice a great trend or out fit now? Our tailors need to be our best friends! For investment pieces you can usually take the item down 2-3 sizes without losing the integrity of the garment and shape. If you lose more than that, oh well! Yay to you and you probably want all new clothes any how!!!

I know I would…..