For those of us who are on a tight budget this season, beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas shared several cost-effective tips for re-purposing last season’s fashion trends.
Bobbie is a huge fan of recycling the pieces in your closet you love most from previous seasons or looking for classic, “season-less” staple pieces when you shop.
“We are really seeing a great, 'season-less' wave of items in stores today,” she said.
Bobbie listed a few great examples of these “season-less” pieces, like a maxi dress in a neutral palette.
“The maxi dresses we saw floating around last summer are back again,” Bobbie told us. “Get them in a more sophisticated color like a neutral or organic material, and you can wear it into the winter.”
Bobbie suggests pairing a maxi dress with a cardigan for an easy weekend look or adding a sharp blazer for work.
When it comes to accessories, Bobbie’s favorite “season-less” item may come as a bit of a surprise.
“It may sound strange for the spring or summer, but I love a good scarf in warmer weather!” she said.
Bobbie will braid or tie her scarf to make it less thick, fluffy and warm in the summer, and then unravel it when the temperature drops.
“You can use a scarf at a barbecue when you’re getting too much sun, and then when it’s chilly inside because of air conditioning, use it to cover your shoulders,” she said.
The options are limitless. From using it as an elegant shrug to wearing it as a protective wrap for your hair on the beach, a scarf is a versatile and inexpensive way to re-purpose a staple piece for any season.
For more of Bobbie's fashion and beauty tips, view the slideshow below:
“You should wear whatever you want to wear!" Bobbie insists. "Style is a state of mind -- it’s all about expression. I've seen a 70-year-old rock a sequin blazer like no other. Don’t think about the number or season as a boundary. If you want to show up in a tutu, if you look good, go for it!”
“All pinks are not created equal!" Bobbie cautions. "A more beige-y or carnation pink with a peach undertone is great – I love peach. Go for a more coral or a beige pink, or a warmer pink. The cooler pinks can be too cotton candy or mod. Aim to shop for brown or pink undertones."
"White is really in right now," Bobbie says. "It’s such a popular color." Make sure to choose a white that works best with your skin tone and doesn't wash you out.
If you sweat a lot during the hot summer months, wear cotton -- it's all natural, absorbs moisture, and dries moisture as well. A synthetic fabric will stain and not work as well, Bobbie says.
Pay attention to your "X Factor" -- which is how your shoulders and hips are aligned. "I have taken each shape and illustrated the best cut for each body type in my book, The Power of Style," she said. Bobbie's "X Factor" is all about proportions: "It's not about size. It's about shape!" she insists.
Use two different types of moisturizers on your skin. At night, wear an anti-aging cream with ingredients like retinol, since you don’t have to worry about sun protection. In the morning, use a cream that works for your skin type -- especially if you have sensitive skin. "Make sure your day cream has SPF in it," Bobbie recommends.
“If you are going to use concealer in order to cover capillaries, use a concealer that is a shade darker than your skin to cover those veins," Bobbie told us. The secret: the blue undertones in a darker concealer will help hide imperfections. Use the darker shade first, then set it with a light powder.
Before you put lipstick on, moisturize your lips, then blot with concealer. When you use red, use a wax pencil. Line the lip in patches, rather than in a solid line. This way, you’ll get the color you want.
If you have oily skin, a lightweight primer will help keep it matte, Bobbie says. Brands like Smashbox make primers for all different skin types. As you continue to use the primer, it will help your skin resist oil. You can also use blotting papers throughout the day or thin transparent powder to help absorb moisture.
Invest in the quality -- not quantity -- of your clothes. Bobbie says that the reason designers cater to taller people is because you can always make something shorter, but not longer. Instead of getting a bunch of cheap clothes, go to your laundromat or tailor instead with a few items you love, and get your clothes tailored for you.
Looking for a new lip shade? Mix and match what you already have to create a new lip color. “If a color is too sheer, then you’ll want to tone down your own natural lip color first for a nude effect," Bobbie says. "If you put something on and you look too washed out, then you’ll want to add color."
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