Categories : Style Tips


Style Tips for an Instant Face Lift

You can create a lot of lift by knowing how to place accessories on and around your face. For instance, a scarf knotted too low draws eyes down; instead, place the knot between your bust line and your shoulders to draw attention up to your face.

Eyebrows that are not shaped or filled in will make your face dip.

Eyebrows often thin with age, so use an angle brush and eye powder or pencil to fill in brows.

You can also counter the effect by having them professionally shaped and tinted by an esthetician.

Get your hair styled to emphasize your eyes. A great cut that highlights your eyes with bangs, waves, or angles naturally at eye level will draw the eye up.

If you wear glasses, be sure to select a pair that fits your face and emphasizes your eyes as opposed to your cheeks. Experiment with different frames to find what works best.

Small changes go a long way to help you look and feel your best!

(Adapted from 40 over 40 by Brenda Kinsel)


Controlling Static Cling During the Winter

There are many techniques to help reduce static cling during the dry days of winter. Try one of the tips below and keep your clothing static-free all winter-long.

Gently rub a dryer sheet on the inside of a garment.

A light spritz of hairspray can help tame the static.

For a temporary fix, rub your hosiery with damp hands.

Make sure your legs are well moisturized, especially when wearing hosiery.

Try fastening a safety pin discreetly inside a hem to minimize static buildup.

Add ½ cup of vinegar to your machine wash – vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener.

Remove your clothes from the dryer before they are fully dry – any bit of moisture helps!

Finally, if all else fails, pick up a can of Static Guard, a fabric-friendly aerosol product available at most supermarkets that comes in a handy purse sized bottle.

*Adapted from The Globe and Mail


Turning a New Leaf

by Janet Ward, Haute Jewelry

Gold is back in all its sultry glory. As far back as ancient Egypt, gold has always been a highly sought-after item. Gold can infuse both comfort and richness to your style and the fall season is the perfect time to add these qualities to your wardrobe.

But just because gold is popular again doesn’t mean you should throw out your silver! In fact, many jewelry experts advise you to wear the “rival” metals together, warm with cool. For example, stack your bracelets, wear earrings that combine the two metals, or combine silver and gold neck chains.

As the air turns cooler, turn to your accessories to warm up your look. Gemstones in beautiful rich emeralds, vibrant reds and shades of bronze and copper add instant glamour to any outfit. Pair a necklace in one of these luminous colours with a black sweater and jeans for a great switch from Saturday shopping to dinner with friends.

Also, don’t just think of metals and baubles as your only go-to accessories. Grab a scarf to pump up the look of a simple outfit. Not only does a scarf look fabulous wrapped and tied in a beautiful knot, it can easily add a hint of color to any staple item in your closet. A scarf is also the perfect weight for those cool autumn mornings, rather than a heavier jacket, and definitely comes in handy in an air-conditioned office or for those after-work errands. Stash one in your glove box or desk drawer to chase away the chills of the autumn days ahead.

Drop by KC’s Boutique to see the latest trends in Jewelry.


Choosing the Right Colours and Prints

Adding colour to our outfits as we get older is a great way to look young and stylish, and it’s an ideal way of looking on-trend, while still keeping an outfit less fussy.

Jewel colours such as crimson red, emerald green, or amethyst look particularly good against older skin, plus women over 50 have the experience and maturity to pull them off.

However, bright primary colors can look draining against the face.

That good old wardrobe staple black can also make some older skins look washed out, in which case, add a hint of metallic in an accessory, or wear a brighter colour near the face in the guise of a necklace or scarf.

Colours such as plum, deep red and chocolate brown look sophisticated on women over 50, and wearing black with beige or navy looks both expensive and elegant.

There are certain universal prints that will flatter any age such as stripes, leopard print and polka dots.

However, some floral prints can be incredibly aging, such as dark wallpaper florals.

It’s also time to avoid those silly prints that look better on 20- and 30-somethings, in favour of a medium-sized print, or one with a solid background of single color.

Choose a print that relates to your body frame – i.e. if you are petite then look for a smaller print (such as on-trend polka dot or swallow prints) or you will look lost in an oversized one.

The opposite is also true; a tiny print on a large frame will make you look bigger than you are.


Best Rise for the Middle

What’s the best rise for someone with a little extra in the middle?

If you carry extra weight in the middle, then a low rise pant isn’t the best choice because it shortens the leg and makes your midsection appear wider.

Stick with a higher rise and remember to fit the largest part of your body and alter the rest.

For example, if your waist is larger than your hips, buy pants that fit your waist and then have the hips taken in.

Shop with us and we’ll help you find the best fit!


Think in Multiples

Take a cue from Jackie O…

She had a closet full of sheath dresses!

If you find an especially flattering fit right off the rack, go ahead and buy doubles.

When it works, why question it?


Enhance Narrow Hips


Choose flared skirts in moderately crisp fabrics.
Try jackets with peplum or swing styles to add to the hip line.


Wear pants or skirts with baggy fullness below your backside. Alter if necessary for the proper fit.


Colour Changes with Age

As you age, your skin pigmentation diminishes and your skin, hair and eye colours soften.

This changes your skin undertones and can even change your whole look!

For example, when a warm skin-toned woman with auburn hair ages, her grey hair and lighter skin tone means she can now wear cool colours for the first time.

This chart can help you understand warm and cool colours.

We can help you choose the most suitable pieces. Come into the store and we’ll help you to enhance your personal palette so that you can wear colour with confidence as you age.


Want to Look Taller?

Our staff has been studying proportion in clothing to better serve our customers.

Simple tweaks go a long way to create a look that is pleasing to the eye.

Petite ladies or ladies with short legs often want to add some height to their look and it’s easy to do – it’s all about your sleeves.

Simply shorten your sleeve length to look taller.

If you have very short legs, wear 3/4 or elbow length sleeved tops.

Exposing your lower arms and wrists draws the eye to the slimmest parts of your body, which helps elongate your look!


Find Your Perfect Dress

Need a dress? Here are 3 dress styles for women over 40 that are guaranteed to work for you.

A sheath dress is class all the way.

It’s a long, lean body-skimming dress that encases your body, enhances your curves or creates them where there are none.

This elegant style is typically sleeveless with strong waist definition and a back slit or pleats.

It’s unfussy and is a fabulous choice for work or anytime you are going to an important event and aren’t sure what to wear.


A shift dress is the kind of dress every woman wants in her closet because it’s easy and comfortable.

It’s sort of like wearing a long top. It hangs loosely from the shoulders (sometimes has darts) and falls straight down to above the knee with no waist definition.

Shift dresses can be sleeveless, have short or long sleeves and usually have a high scoop or boatneck neckline.

Since they are loose, they give off a casual, relaxed vibe and are excellent for covering up problem areas.

The fit and flare dress is one of the most popular silhouettes this spring and it’s no wonder.

It has a fitted top with a very defined waist and a flared skirt. It can help balance a larger bust, define a waist and add curves. This style is very feminine and pretty.

Need help finding a great dress?

We’d love to help you find it at KC’s. At any time of year, we have many styles for you to choose from.