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Karina paisley print long sleeve dress, neckerchief, Gloria VanderBilt pumps (all own), and suede fringe clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta
  1. What is instant chic?
  2. A great dress can fail to provide instant chic
  3. How to style an instant chic outfit
  4. Further readings on instant style for your body shape
  5. Top of the World Style linkup party

What Is Instant Chic?

There is this statement that
a dress with pumps and a clutch is instant chic. Click To Tweet
It’s true, when you have the right well tailored day dress in a cut that suits your body shape. In this case, just add a clutch and pumps and you are ready to go.

A Great Dress Can Fail to Provide Instant Chic

Recall Princess Diana‘s worst looks were those when she wore a shift dress. Her shift dress was well tailored, high quality fabric and craftsmanship, top designer, but it hadn’t this instant chic factor with her expensive clutch and pumps. She like most of us just hadn’t the right body shape to rock shifts.

Know your shape to find the dress that's most flattering on you. #dress4success #midlifestyle Click To Tweet

However, often you don’t have the time to think about or create an outfit. In such cases, an instant style outfit recipe is great to rescue last minutes dressing problems.

mature blogger in fall office outfit with dress

middle-aged woman in printed fit-and-flare dress

stylist ininstant chic outfit of dress, bag and pumps
Outfit details: Karina Dresses dress, Gloria Vander Bilt red pumps, neckerchief, layering top, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Gloria Vander Bilt pumps (all own), and suede Florentine designer clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta

How to Style an Instant Chic Outfit

Posh instant chic style is all about balance. The dress must balance the proportions. For example, when you are full-breasted and have small hips (apple shape) a fit-and-flare dress is your friend as the skirt balances the proportions. When you are top heavy a sheath dress may be too loose around your hips. You can find more on how to master the style challenge top heavy at the link. However, a sheath gives a boyish frame some curves.

Not sure about your body type? Take this free online quiz to detect your body shape type.

When you have full hips and are small breasted (pear shape) the dress should have a statement cut or some “drama” (e.g., big bow, ruffles, embroidery, sequins, lighter colors) at the top part of the dress. This trick draws the eye upward and highlights your waist. When the dressing occasion allows, go for a strapless style. At the office, wrap dresses with a cami underneath are a great instant style. You are the person, who can rock a knee-length shift or A-line style dress. A sheath dress is also instant style for you.

When you like these instant style tips, you may also want to get my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in MidlifeBuy it now.

Further readings on instant style for your body shape

When you are interested in shape specific styling you can find, for instance, tips for the best pants  for your body type.

When you are 5 ft 4 or less you may be interested in dressing tips for petite women

Do you know your body shape and how to dress for it? What is your body-shape dressing challenge? Let me know so I can help you.

134th Top of the World Style linkup party

Welcome to the 134th Top of the World Style linkup party. When you are new, welcome. We are glad you are here. By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Carrie
Carrie, the blogger at A Stylish Fit, became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post


The winner of this week’s feature is Carrie of A Stylish Fit, who submitted her winning post at the 132nd linkup party. She featured several stylish work outfits in her post.

Top of the World Readers' Fav Laurie
Laurie the blogger at Vanity and Me became Top of the World Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post


The post by Laurie at Vanity and Me became Top of the World Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. Her kale green silk shirt looks adorable with the jeans.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav 71 year old Penny
Penny the blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post


Penny, the blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became my favorite of last week’s party. Isn’t her skirt perfect for a night on the dance floor?

Congrats ladies! Please grab your respective featured Top of the World Style button from my Linkup Page for your sidebar, featured or awards page. :).

Speaking of this Linkup Page, when you host a party, please send me an email with the day, name and your blog URL. I then will add you to the linkup directory. It’s a free promotion for your party!

Now let’s party. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.

Top of the World Style linkup party logo

  1. Grab the above banner and put it into your sidebar if you like
  2. Please follow your hostess via email.
  3. Linkup up to four of your fashion/style posts by simply adding your link below
  4. Please be a good sports and visit the posts of at least three of your linkup-fellows, introduce yourself to them to network and to make new friends. If you know them all already, I am sure they will still appreciate your stopping by and saying Hi. We all like traffic, don’t we?
  5. Please help that you and everyone of us gets more traffic by spreading the word about the party and tweet See the awesome outfits at the Top of the World Style linkup party. Thanks.

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