Shopping Tips


Swimsuits today can offer stylish and flattering coverage for any shape. There are styles to suit every body type, and just because your body isn’t perfect (whose is?) that doesn’t mean you can’t look great! Keep the following in mind when shopping:

Small Bust: Cups, gathers, and ruffles add volume. Light colors attract the eye.
Heavy Thighs: Horizontal stripes add balance, so do wide detailed necklines.
Short Torso: Elongate the body with a long neckline.
Large Hips: Contrasting trim at the bust gives balance. Light to dark focuses eyes upward.
Large Bust: Supportive linings, under wires, and shoulder straps keep things under control.
Curvy All Over: Prints distract and keep the eye moving.
Long Torso: A 2-piece with a break in coverage eliminates pulling and creates a horizontal line.
Bulging Torso: Choose suits with extra support around the middle, higher waistbands for extra coverage, vertical lines to minimize.
Short Legs: High cut sides, bottom with strings at the hips elongate.

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When shopping for that perfect gift this Holiday Season, don’t get confused by all the sales talk. Here are some definitions for you to keep handy:

Store Policy: Many stores are now required by State and Local Consumer Protection Laws to prominently post their rules regarding sales, returns, and exchanges. Look for the sign (usually behind the cash register desk), read it, and thoroughly understand it before you buy anything. You don’t want to buy a gift for someone if they cannot return or exchange it.

Final Sale: Final means final. Once you buy a final sale item, it cannot be returned. If you are unsure, don’t buy final sale items as gifts. In most stores, it is always final sale on swimsuits, lingerie, and sleepwear.

Me “Look”: Leather-look doesn’t mean leather, silky or silk-like doesn’t mean silk, a suede finish is not suede. “Designer” doesn’t necessarily mean it was designed by anyone you ever heard of. Watch out for such descriptive terms – and take a closer look before you buy.

As Is merchandise has been roughed up by previous customers. Expect missing buttons, broken zippers, falling hems, split seams, snags, tears, and generally bad condition. Sales are final on as is merchandise, and you wouldn’t want to buy anything “as is” as a gift anyways.

You can’t be a wardrobe “fashionista” without the accessories to go with it. Here are some tips to help you put it all together from tips to toes:

  • Don’t wear jeans with pumps.
  • Experiment with a variety of belts.
  • Keep the focus on YOU, not your accessories. A little goes a long way.
  • Start your accessories wardrobe with the basics: A nice handbag, a few necklaces, several rings and bracelets, a watch, and some sunglasses. To build your collection, add pieces that fit your personality and the trends.
  • Use small handbags for evenings or other social gatherings. You don’t need to lug all of your stuff around.
  • Your shoes and handbag should coordinate, but they don’t have to be a perfect match.
  • Stay true to the style you want to achieve. Black leather cuffs will ruin an otherwise preppy look, for example.
  • If you don’t love, don’t wear it. Better yet, don’t buy it in the first place!
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Glasses don’t just help you see better, they’re also a hip accessory. A simple change of frames can help you look like a musician, an intellectual, or the artsy type. Next time you shop for glasses, either protective shades or the corrective kind, here are some tips:

1. Designer frames aren’t necessarily more expensive.
2. Choose durable frames with impact-resistant lenses.
3. Make sure the middle of each eye is in the middle of each lens.
4. Large frames will overpower a petite body, so keep your body size in mind.
5. If you have freckles, pass on tortoise shell or speckled styles.
6. If you have braces, skip the silver or gold.
7. If you enjoy wearing vintage clothing selected antiqued metals.
8. Your frames should closely follow your brow line.
9. Don’t forget your lipstick when wearing glasses, it gives your face balance.

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A splash of jewelry can brighten any outfit, even casual ones:

Jewel Necklines: Chokers that are dramatic and equal in size all the way around create a sensational, tailored look.

Scoop Necklines: This neckline is perfect for spotlighting vintage chokers, as well as chains, pearls, and drop pendants. A scoop neckline can also be worn with long chains, but always wear your necklace at least 3-4 inches below the neckline.

V-Neck Necklines: A V-neckline is the perfect frame for 18” drop pendants. Wearing them creates a repetition of the V neckline, a characteristic of the popular classic style.

Collar: For a casual look, open the collar and wear a simple choker or 18” chain. For a dressy look, wear a longer necklace tucked under the collar, or button the collar and wear a pin.

Turtleneck: This neckline is usually found on solid colors, which makes it great for showcasing dramatic jewelry. The best choices for this neckline are 24” and longer. Don’t wear a necklace that’s too short.

Use the following as a guide to when fashions are available according to the different seasons:

EARLY SPRING: transitional garments, usually in stores by December 15.
SPRING / SUMMER: swimwear, beachwear, shorts, etc.; usually in stores by late February.
FALL / WINTER: begins around Memorial Day, heavy presentation begins in stores early July.
HOLIDAY: in stores by early November.
CRUISE: in stores by early December.

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