Thursday, April 24, 2014

3 Smart Outfit Ideas for that New Pair of White Pants

By Anne Waters

One of the fashion staples of a perfect spring/summer wardrobe is a great looking pair of white pants. If you haven't purchased a pair yet, stop by Anne's on the Avenue or visit my online shop: 

The Perfect Pair of White Pants!

I have a lovely linen/cotton blend white pull-on pant in stock from Spanner (sku: R14413). It's available in even sizes 6 through 16. Once you read the following outfit ideas, you'll want put together your own ensemble, so come see us soon!

Outfit Idea #1: 
Wear your white pants with Joseph Ribkoff's black with white trim twinset (sku: 40083).  This look is perfect for both casual days and for the work week. It can be dressed up or down with smart accessory choices. Wear this twinset and white pants with casual sandals and a fun chunky necklace or scarf for a day at the zoo. Wear it with white pants, dressy metallic sandals and pearls for the office.

Spanner Top Dyed Sweater Tank And Hoodie

Outfit Idea #2: 
Breezy Blazer
Wear your white pants with Spanner's Top Dye sweater tank (sku: R14231) and matching lightweight hooded cardigan (sku: R14230). Both pieces are available in either navy or turquoise blue. As a set, the pair is perfect for casual days. But the sweater tank alone with white pants is a perfect look for the office. Pair it with a button down white jacket like Neon Buddha's Breezy Blazer(sku: 7332) if you get cold.

Outfit Idea #3: 

Wear your white pants with Frank Lyman's abstract camisole (sku: 36404) and matching ¾ sleeve jacket (sku: 36402). These dressy pieces are perfect for the office or meetings with clients. The camisole has a faux belt accent. The jacket has an attractive ruffled hemline that is longer on the sides. Both pieces feature an artsy patchwork pattern in black, white and red. Accessorize them with black patent shoes and a black or red bag and you'll be ready to rule the boardroom.

Did you notice that all three outfit ideas above include a top and a coordinating sweater or jacket for layering? All three help you stretch your fashion budget dollars and provide you with multiple looks. These great pieces and more can be found at my premier boutique, Anne's on the Avenue. We are located right here in Tecumseh. Call us at 519 979 7735 for directions. We'd love to help you put together the perfect outfits to fit your taste and lifestyle. But if you don't have time to stop by, be sure to check out my online selection at:

Always keep in mind: Your best style is confidence.

Monday, April 21, 2014

How to Create the Illusion of a Waistline if You're tall and Lean

By Anne Waters

It can be challenging to create the illusion of more feminine curves if you are tall and lean. And while most of us think it would be great to be as skinny as a rail, the grass is always greener…..right? So here are some style tips to help those with lean lines create the illusion of a waistline.

1. Wear tops and dresses with a peplum hemline.
The peplum is a romantic hemline that is narrow at the waist and fans out around the hips. Even if you don't really have a waistline, this look creates an instant illusion of one. Some gorgeous designer fashions with peplum hemlines include Joseph Ribkoff's gorgeous black and white floral dress (sku: 40813) and his bright fuchsia pink lace dress (sku: 40401).

Neon Buddha Pacific Jacket

2. Wear short jackets that fall at the waistline.
You can create the look of a waistline by wearing short jackets that fall just above the hip area. Try Neon Buddha's Pacific Jacket (sku: 7309) in charcoal, navy or white. Or their Studio Colour Block Jacket (sku: 7255) in charcoal or twig. For the office, try Spanner's sensational Snake Stripe Print Jacket (sku: R14310).

Spanner's Snaked Skin Jacket

Joseph Ribkoff's colour block dress.

3. Wear dresses and long tunics with waist creating contours.
This spring, Joseph Ribkoff has some fabulous dresses with waist creating colour block features. These include his sporty sleeveless colour blocked dress (sku: 40134) and his sophisticated Milan print dress (sku: 40756). Notice how their patterns give instant definition to the waist area. 

Milan Print Dress by Joseph Ribkoff

4. Wear tops and dresses with a belt detail.
You can't go wrong with a belt or belt-like detail if you are long and lean. The addition of a belt draws the eye to the waist area. This includes Frank Lyman abstract tank with belt (SKU:36404)

Frank Lyman Graphic top
Rock N Karma Cruise Dress

5. Wear tops dresses and long tunics with a contrasting pattern below the waistline.
Even if you don't have a defined waistline, you'll look like you do with contrasting patterns above and below the waist area. Rock 'N Karma has some great maxi dresses this season that fit the bill. These include their Cruise Dress in Ibiza design (sku: CRUISE), Map Dress in Italy design (sku: MAP I) and their Sunset Dress in Milan design (sku: SUNSET).

Map Dress by Rock N Karma

Are you ready to try some of these waist defining styles out for yourself? Come see me and my style experts at Anne's on the Avenue soon. We are the premiere fashion destination for Windsor and Essex counties. New spring and summer fashions are arriving weekly.  We will help you pick out the best looks for you, no matter what body type you have. But if you are pressed for time, you can always visit my online shop: . There, you'll find all of the great fashions mentioned in this blog and many more.
When in doubt, remember: Your best style is confidence.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Classic Black and White is Always in Fashion

By Anne Waters

Just because it's officially spring doesn't mean you have to put away classic black and white attire. In fact, black and white fashions just pop against spring's greens and pastel pinks, yellows and blues. Are you in need of a classic statement piece to add to your spring closet? Give one or more of the following black and white beauties a try:

The striped patchwork on this black and white maxi dress is simply stunning. And because the stripes are random, not strictly horizontal or vertical, it hides a multitude of body flaws. It can be worn at both dressy and casual events, making it a very smart and versatile wardrobe choice.

This is one of the new season's most memorable dresses with its fresh design and pattern. You will love how elegant the draped cowl neck looks on. And the fabulous black and white mosaic pattern is surrounded smartly by black on the sides. This provides an instant slimming effect.

This adorable little black dress has an attractive wide white band along the hemline. It also has a full "skirt." Twirl away! It is the perfect dress to pack for vacation. You can dress it up or down, depending on your mood.

I haven't forgotten that black and white can look great with Capri pants and jeans, too. This lovely top will make everyone think you are wearing a bolero over a tank top. The pretty floral pattern adds a pleasant feminine touch. And I love the inverted "V" hemline with black trim. 

I just mentioned the perfect top to go with your pants. Well, here are the perfect black and white pants to go with your tops! They are black with subtle white polka dots. Their look is classic and never goes out of style.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this spectacular black and white patterned coat. It has a hidden bonus: It is reversible to solid red. Yes, it gives you two coats in one! The hemline falls at mid-thigh. It is perfect for those chilly spring mornings.

Aren't these black and white fashions to-die-for? No matter what the occasion this spring, you'll exude style and sophistication in these fabulous pieces. Stop in and see us soon for the best selection. You can shop for these classic black and white fashions online, too, at Did you know my boutique, Anne's on the Avenue, is the premiere fashion destination in Windsor and Essex counties? Your fashion is our passion! 

Always remember: Your best style is confidence. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Style Tips for Choosing the Right Accessories Every Time

By Anne Waters

Do you know a stylish lady who always seems to have the perfect jewelry, hats and purses to go with every outfit? Chances are she knows a thing or two about the following style tips. They will keep you looking smart no matter what the occasion.
Notice how the gold pops against the black

 Light on Dark and Vice Versa
This style tip is borrowed from great interior design. If you are dressing in white, black accessories are the ultimate match for a sophisticated look. Likewise, if you are dressing in black, white accessories pop. The contrast between white and black is the easiest to see. But this style tip applies to all colour pairings. If your outfit is navy blue (dark), choose accessories in white, gold, or pastel (light) colours and vice versa. 
Faux Pearls with metal beads would be lovely
with this Spring vibrant colours.

Loud with Soft and Vice Versa
If you opt to wear a vivid red or bright fuchsia pink dress, opt for white or pastel accessories. Likewise, if you decide on a pretty pastel pink dress, opt for brightly coloured accessories like red, bright blue or orange. A chunky turquoise necklace, orange clutch and turquoise heels would look spectacular with a pastel pink dress.

Great piece for a tunic

Long and Big Necklaces with Long Tunics
Dressing up long tunics and tops is easy if you remember proportion. The tunic is long, so your necklace must be long. Opt for multiple opera length chains, strands of pearls or one long chain with a large chunky pendant. Do you have a vintage chunky pendant necklace from the 1960s or 1970s? It would look smashing with your favourite long tunic!

Don't want to wear a chunky necklace?
Scarves are an excellent alternative for
monochromatic looks.
Monochromatic Jewelry with Patterned Fashions
When wearing patterned styles, remember that you want your accessories to complement not compete. This includes patterns in lace and stripes. Chunky monochromatic beads (every woman should have a set of chunky black beads) or pearls work best. For shoes and bags, pick out one colour in the pattern you want to highlight and match that.

Funky Bug Necklace breaks a few rules!

Break the Rules When Necessary
You all know my mantra: "The best style is confidence".  I am a firm believer in breaking fashion rules (including those above) if your inner fashionista cries for an alternate expression. The bottom line is this: If it makes you feel like a million bucks, wear it and pair it! 

 If you still need a helping hand when choosing the right accessories, stop in and see us at Anne's on the Avenue. Or find inspiration from my online shop: My style experts and I will help you find the perfect accessories for your look. New jewelry, watches, hats and purses are arriving weekly. Come in soon for the best selection! The boutique is located at 344 Manning Road in the Village Grove Plaza right here in Tecumseh. We are the premier fashion destination in the Windsor/Essex area.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Choose the Perfect Striped Fashions for Your Figure

By Anne Waters

When the weather turns warm, it seems natural to think about striped fashions. Whether nautical or inspired by animal prints, striped attire is always fresh-looking and fun to wear. Not all stripes are equal, however. Certain striped patterns look fabulous on those with banana shape figures. But the same stripes crash and burn on those with apple or pear shaped figures. 

What stripes are best for you? First, if you aren't sure of your body type, be sure to read my body type blog. Then, follow my suggestions for choosing the perfect striped attire for your figure. Come to Anne's on the Avenue or visit my online shop: Here are some great dresses and tops I have in stock to flatter each body type:

Pear Shape Figure:    
Joseph Ribkoff Milan Striped Dress with Pink Patent Belt (sku: 40960). This dress is perfect for pear shape gals because it first draws the eye to the bright pink patent belt. Next, the eye continues upward, as this dress has an attention-getting upper. It has a bold, black and white v-stripe pattern and bright pink piping around the neckline and arm holes. The bottom half of the dress is slimming black with a slanted stripe feature in the middle and a ruffled hemline. These features help to camouflage a heavy lower body.  

Apple Shape Figure:  
Joseph Ribkoff Milan Print Dress (sku: 40756) in blue, red and gold. This dress has a middle vertical stripe-just one-that draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of height you apple shaped gals need. It also has awesome red side details that create the illusion of a thinner midsection. A perfect striped top for your apple figure is Frank Lyman's Assymetrical Abstract Print Top (sku: 36130).

Banana Shape Figure:  
Joseph Ribkoff Long Sleeve Striped Dress (sku: 40961) with fuchsia upper. Banana shaped gals can pull off horizontal stripes with ease and look fabulous in them. But what makes this dress even better for a banana shape gal is the fuchsia pink detail at the shoulders and neckline. This adds the illusion of a curvy chest. 

Hourglass Figure: 
Joseph Ribkoff Long Sleeve Striped Dress (sku: 40971) in navy and white. Yes, hourglass gals look fabulous in just about any striped style. But the button detail at the waist is especially attractive on you because it accents your femme fatale shape. You ladies look spectacular in just about any stripes, but you'll look especially good in Frank Lyman's Side Cut Abstract Tunic (sku: 36403) because of its belt-like midsection with red patchwork detail.

Abstract Tunic

All of the gorgeous fashions mentioned above are available online at, as well as in my boutique. My style experts and I would love to see you in person here at Anne’s on the Avenue. Come in and let us help you create your best striped look for spring. Your fashion is our passion! We are located in the Village Grove Plaza here in Tecumseh at 344 Manning Road. 

Remember: Your best style is confidence.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Irresistible Lacy Looks for Casual and Dressy Occasions

By Anne Waters

Ladies, we can finally celebrate our femininity and still be respected. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to add lacey pieces to your wardrobe. Perhaps you fight fires in the boardroom all day. Perhaps you wear the multiple hats of a stay-at-home mom. Whatever your lifestyle, you superwoman, here at Anne's on the Avenue, I have gorgeous lacey attire to suit you. Here are a few irresistible lacey looks from some of my favourite designers:

The Cape Crochet Pullover, Sky Pullover and the Pebble Pullover from Pure Handknits are all lovely lacy sweaters. They are perfect for layering in and out of the office. They come in fabulous spring colours like emerald green, turquoise and yellow. You'll want one of each when you see how pretty they are.

Joseph is known for his breathtaking dresses. He has three lace dresses this spring that are absolute show-stoppers. The first is sleeveless beauty in bright fuchsia pink. It has a peplum top, so it looks like you are wearing pretty lace separates. Then, you've got to see Joseph Ribkoff"s flirty lace and satin overlay dress. It features black lace layered over fuchsia pink satin. The hemline is full and ruffled-perfect for dancing.

Frank Lyman is another fabulous designer who knows just what we women love. He is offering luscious lace separates this spring. They come in black for a slimming and romantic flair. The first is a stunning lace overlay top with lacy capped sleeves and high, lacy neckline. The hemline is a ruffled peplum-it is absolutely splendid!  There is a matching pencil skirt in lace to go with the top or mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe.  

Are you ready to add some of these gorgeous lacy pieces to your wardrobe? They'll go fast so come see my style experts and me at Anne's on the Avenue soon for the best selection. We are located in the Village Grove Plaza at 344 Manning Road in Tecumseh. If you don't have time to stop by, be sure to visit my online shop: You'll find all of the great lacey looks I described above there, as well. Your fashion is our passion!
And always remember: Your best style is confidence.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Choose the Perfect Maxi Dress for Your Figure

By Anne Waters

Long, luscious maxi dresses are sizzling hot this spring. How do you choose the perfect maxi dress for your figure? You've got to know your body type. There are four basic body types: Pear, apple, hour glass and banana. Here is a description of each body type and the ideal maxi dress attributes for each:

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Pear Shape
Your body is heaviest on bottom. You have wide hips and buttocks. You need to play up your top half to make your figure seem more proportional and taller. Maxi dresses are a good choice because their continuous, long line helps you look taller. For maximum benefit, look for maxi dresses with bright colour or patterns on top to draw the eye upwards. 

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Apple Shape
You are heaviest on top with broad shoulders and large bust. You have a thick middle, too, even though your arms and legs are often slim. Sleeveless maxi dresses complement your slender arms and make you look taller and more proportional. For maximum benefit, look for maxi dresses which hide your tummy with busy patterns or bright colours below the waist. 

This Maxi doesn't have a belt but it is
clearly delineated by the pattern.

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Hour Glass Shape
Well, femme fatale, you have the classic hourglass shape the rest of us dream of having. Your chest is wide; your waist is small; your hips are wide. You can get away with most every style of maxi dress. Those that flatter you the most have a clear delineation between top and bottom like a belt or contrasting pattern at the waist. 

Frank Lyman Maxi for the Banana Shape

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Banana Shape 
You have the classic boy-friend figure-no prominent top of bottom attributes. You need to enhance your slender frame with the illusion of curves. Look for maxi dresses with plenty going on above the waistline but you really have the pick of the litter with your long slender frame. They should have plenty of bright colours or patterns. You can also wear chunky necklaces and brightly coloured scarves with maxi dresses to create the illusion of a curvy chest. 

Are you ready to find a fabulous maxi dress for your figure? Come in and let my expert stylists and me help you here at Anne's on the Avenue.  My boutique is the premiere fashion destination in the Windsor/Essex area. We are located in the Village Grove Plaza here in Tecumseh at 344 Manning Road. You can also purchase sensational maxi dresses in my online shop: www.annesontheavenue.comI have styles to flatter every body type!  

No matter what your figure, your best style is confidence.