Author Archives: Andrea Pflaumer

what to wear

How Much Skin Are You Willing to Show?

One of the main concerns I get from readers, particularly in the warmer months, is what to wear if you want attractive clothing that doesn’t demand exposing large swaths of skin. After a certain age we just don’t want to reveal parts of our legs and arms that show roadmap… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • August 8, 2018

Our Guide to Handbag Styles

Ask any stylist about the one element in a woman’s wardrobe that tells the story of who she is and they will likely say: “her handbag.” You can throw on a pair of old sneakers, jeans, and a tee-shirt, but add a great bag and suddenly your entire look is… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • August 2, 2018
good taste

Can You “Buy” Good Taste?

A witty but acerbic arbiter of fashion once suggested that you can learn tricks to develop style, but taste is something you’re either born with or you’re not. I disagree. There are principles of good taste that can be learned and adapted. One way is to educate yourself about the… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • July 25, 2018

Going Native: 3 Rules While Shopping on Vacation

The beach, the sunshine, the margaritas…it’s all so alluring. That plumeria-scented soap, that six-pound box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, the gauzy halter dress, all of them can be the vehicles that transport us back to the “land of no responsibilities.” We can almost forget we have a pile of… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • June 25, 2018
denim fashions

The Dominance of Denim

Everyone wears denim – Okay, well, at least 99.9% of the population has worn it at some time. Denim fashions are simply a symbol of our cultural history and has become an international wardrobe staple. But in every season, you will find denim fashions interpreted in a slightly different way,… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • May 25, 2018
retail therapy

Retail Therapy: Why We Shop (and Why it’s a Good Thing)

Retail therapy sometimes gets a bad rap as being a superficial indulgence or a way to avoid reality. But let’s set the record straight. There are many reasons we shop, and with the exception of “feeding a shopping addiction,” a lot of them are downright healthy ones. For starters, according… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • April 12, 2018

Treggings: A Fashion Must

You may have noticed that the “athleisure” industry has mainstreamed the wearing of stretchy skinny pants for almost any occasion. We used to just call them leggings. But the newer versions, made of denser fabric and with more sophisticated construction and styling, are known as “treggings,” a combination of skinny… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • February 19, 2018
Pantone Color of the Year 2018

The Color Purple…Can You Wear it?

Every year representatives from the Pantone company meet with a small group of fashion industry elites in a secret location in Europe. This is the “cabal” that determines the eight colors that will be represented in fashion and design that year. One of those colors becomes the “color of the… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • January 19, 2018
bargain hunting

What to Buy After Christmas: Bargain Hunting Basics

For most of us in the northern hemisphere, Christmas signals the true beginning of winter. That’s why it always seems like cognitive dissonance when we see bathing suits, sandals, and linen dresses in the department stores come January (unless you are one of the travelers jetting off to the Bahamas… Read More
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  • December 27, 2017

The Great Style Debate: Spectacularly Dressing Your Age

The ongoing – and sometimes fractious – debate about “age appropriate” clothing, or dressing your age, has brought attention to a hard fact of life: we really don’t dress the same way that we did in our 30s…at least not most of us. All that really means is that showing… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • November 13, 2017
flatter your body shape

Shop for the Styles that Flatter Your Body Shape

One of the biggest challenges in shopping is finding clothes that flatter your body shape. We all know that weight fluctuations can make our faces look very different, but the fundamental bone structure that determines body shape will not change. There are five basic categories of women’s body shapes, give… Read More
  • Andrea Pflaumer |
  • October 25, 2017
style on a budget

5 Tips When Looking For High End Style on a Budget

Whether it's for work or play, it’s always a great idea to buy the best quality clothing you can afford. That’s because, generally, when you pay a little extra you’re going to get a better fabric, cut, or construction. But everybody – and I mean everybody – loves a bargain. If you… Read More
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  • September 21, 2017

About Andrea Pflaumer

Andrea Pflaumer

Andrea Pflaumer is a shopping consultant, stylist, and the author of Shopping for the Real You, She’s Got Good Jeans, and the 10-lesson (free) Highbrow online course, Lazy Person's Guide To A Perfect Wardrobe. She blogs at her website and posts regularly on her Facebook and Pinterest.

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