Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How To Wear a Vintage Tee

7 For All Mankind Josefina Skinny Boyfriend - Nordstrom
Statement Necklace - Baublebar

Ladies!  Moms!  You are not too old to wear a vintage tee!  I love this street style look- mixing grunge with hip.  Here's how you do it.  I combined my Blue Chicago vintage tee with a black blazer, boyfriend jeans and some pointy, black kitten heels.  And don't forget some jewelry to ChaCha it up!

Which vintage or graphic tee will you be digging out?  Tell me in the comments below!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Tip Friday: Turn a (Bad) Dress Into a Top

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Turn that bad dress into a top!  When I say bad, I mean it doesn't look good on you. 

My client has the wrong body type for this tight, short dress.  It draws our eye to the not-so-flattering places.  The dress has great colors and such a fun pattern that it would be a shame to get rid of it.  

As a top, this dress just became AWESOME!  In boot cut jeans, we see how she has beautiful, long legs.  Plus, her chest got perkier, ooo la la!  And hello... smaller waist!  

Find a good seamstress and save your bad dress!  Don't forget to share this cool tip because sharing is caring :)

Happy Friday,


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How To Dress a Long Torso and/or Wide Hips

Heeeere's Heather!  She is the winner of ChaCha Flare's first Personal Shopping Giveaway.  Heather received $100 in gift certificates and a personal shopping session from me.  She really deserved these winnings because Heather hasn't shopped for herself in 5 YEARS!!  I was shocked but not really... shocked because I LOVE to shop and do it often, not shocked because a lot of my clients tell me the same thing.  And Heather had a common excuse:  She doesn't know how to shop for her body type and gets frustrated when she attempts.  (Read more about shopping excuses here ---> Shopping Tips)  Here are Heather's concerns that many other women have:  She has a long torso and short legs AND wide hips with large thighs. 

Does this apply to you?  Keep reading.  Doesn't apply to you?  Still keep reading, you WILL learn a tip or two for yourself.

So what should Heather wear?  Usually with a long torso, comes short legs. Even if you don't have short legs, the goal is to balance out the torso to give the illusion of longer legs.

Tips for Long Torso/Short Legs

1)  Wear high-rise jeans/pants.  I'm not talking about jeans that go all the way to your natural waist and give you a long, flat mom butt.  I mean high-rise as in the jeans hit the belly button area (and bonus, cover the muffin top).  With that higher waist, it instantly elongates the legs.  Low rise will do the opposite. 

2)  NO cropped jeans!  Not only will your legs look even shorter, but also bigger.  Jeans should come about an inch off the floor from the heel. 

3)  Jackets, blazers, sweaters, tops should all hit at the hip bone.  Wear cropped jackets and sweaters and tops that are tighter in the torso area.  Heather has very flat abs, so this will enhance those awesome abs even more!

Heather rockin' her boot cut jeans at JCTS

Tips for Wide Hips/Large Thighs

1)  Keep those jeans/pants dark!  Midnight blue or black is going to thin everything out.  Some fading in the thighs (with a contrast) will work too.

2)  Straight cut, boot cut or wide leg is the way to go.  Skinny jeans only work if you wear them correctly and I'll get to that next.

3)  Great boot cut jeans for those curvy hips:  Silver Suki, Kut from the Kloth

4)  Do not wear shirts that hug and cover your thighs.  You think you are hiding those hips, but you are actually drawing attention to them and making them look wider.

Now on to those skinny jeans tips.  Heather didn't think it was possible for her to pull off this look but I proved her wrong.

How to Wear Skinny Jeans with a Long Torso and Wide Hips

1)  Again, keep those jeans very dark.

2)  Let the length go beyond the ankle;  it's ok to have a little gathering to make those legs look longer.

3)  Do not wear skinny jeans with flats.  It only makes your thighs look bigger.  Add height with wedges, pumps, ankle boots or even a kitten heel.  If you really don't like heels, then add volume with high boots.  This will balance out your calves with your thighs.

4)  Skinny jeans must be worn with longer, flowing/bulky tops.  This is when you can cover up your thighs.  Think ponchos, cardigans, tunic sweaters and long or oversized shirts.  This is a really nice look on small-chested women.

5)  Great skinny jeans brands:  Joe's Curvy, Liverpool 

No wide hips here!  Skinny jeans done the right way!
After only an hour and a half, Heather not only went home with some fabulous clothes but she also had a whole new attitude about shopping for herself.  When you know what looks good on you, shopping can be a great experience.  Heather said to me, "Thank you.  You made me beautiful!"  Heather was always beautiful, she just needed to find her inner chacha.

Need help finding the right clothes?  Let me help you!  Go to my Styling Services Page.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ChaCha Flare's Personal Shopping Giveaway!

Visit Downtown Downers Grove

So excited to announce ChaCha Flare's first Personal Shopping Giveaway!  

One lucky winner will receive Personal Shopping from Deb Storrs PLUS a $100 Downtown Gift Certificate for the Downtown Downers Grove's Indoor Sidewalk Sale on January 15-18, 2015!

Our adventure will include visits to these fabulous boutiques:

Baubles & More
Jolie Boutique
Style Studio

I will help you pick out clothing items and accessories that will complement your body type and make you feel beautiful and stylish!

To enter, SHARE this post on your facebook page and leave a COMMENT stating your styling concern/needs.  Winner will be announced Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5pm.

*Winner must provide own transportation.  Personal Shopping will be limited to 2 hours on one day within the Indoor Sidewalk Sale  January 15-18, 2015.

Good luck, ChaChas!!



Meet Deb Storrs, Founder of ChaCha Flare

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashion Tip Friday: Upscale Your Look Without the Expense

Don't have the budget for an expensive blazer?  Here's a tip to upscale your look without the expense!


Smythe Double Breasted Blazer $495 / Nordstrom

For less than $50 you can create an upscale, stylish look!

Step 1
Buy an affordable blazer
Fitted Blazer $34.95 / H&M

Step 2

Swap the plastic buttons with metal buttons.

Antique Gold Button $2.07 / Artbeads

Don't stop at a blazer!  Find unique buttons/beads for handbags, clutches, coats, or jeans.  Use your creativity to be fancy (just don't go too button crazy).

Happy Friday!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, New Stylish You

Happy New Year, ChaChas!  Sorry I have been M.I.A. but I was on a family vacation in Brazil. Lots of relaxing, beach time and fun.  But now I'm back (in below freezing temperatures- ahhh!!) and ready for 2015!

It's goodbye to 2014... and what a great year!  I want to thank you all for your support- for following, liking and sharing my posts, taking my advice, adding comments and using my personal styling services.  My business relies on YOU to spread the ChaCha buzz, and for that I am so grateful!

Now let's start the new year with a new stylish you!  Here are 7 ways to create a new stylish you in 2015:

1.  Add more color
Get out of the winter blues by actually adding blue... or red or pink or anything besides black or grey (some of us wear too much of it)!  Colors like orange, green, yellow or bright blue in a sweater, skirt or coat will spice up your wardrobe.  Not ready to go crazy with color?  Then introduce a bit of it with a scarf, jewelry or purse.  Or ease into color by adding muted colors like pastels.

Sweater American Eagle Outfitters / Scarf Target
2.  Invest in a high-end purse
Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade just to mention a few.  Every girl deserves at least one nice purse, and it will definitely polish your look.

My first Kate Spade purse /
3.  Get a new chic hairstyle
Add some side-swept bangs, straighten your locks or cut off some inches to give yourself a new 2015 hairdo.  Look for pictures of celebrities to get you inspired!

My friend, Monica, and her ultra stylish hair!
4.  Bold lip color
I love how a pop of color on lips can make you look like a model on a magazine cover.  Try a bright red, hot pink, burgundy or deep purple...Visit a makeup counter at a department store to get ideas on what colors look best on you.

My pop of RED.  Wearing NARS audacious lipstick in Rita / Sephora
5.  Accessorize
I know, I'm a broken record.  I talk about accessorizing All. The. Time!  But it is so necessary... Jewelry, scarves, belts, they always complete an outfit.  Even a small pair of statement earrings can make you shine!  Never leave the house without accessories.

Earrings from Brazil by Sol Bijoux / Inspired by Christian Dior

6.  Blazer
Don't have one?  Get one!   And a good one.  Something versatile and for your body type.  Blazers can be worn with button-downs, light sweaters, graphic tees, sequined tanks... The list goes on and on!

Both hip blazers can be found at ASOS

7.  Leather skirt
This is on my wish list.  Nothing like a leather skirt for a hip look that will never go out of style.  And so many styles... dress it up or down with a mini, pencil, midi.  And go crazy with, white, camel, red?

Love this zippered leather skirt / ASOS
I can't wait to inspire you even more in 2015!  Get ready for new and fun styling ideas, reviews and giveaways!