Ah Red.  What do you think of when someone says “Red”?  Red wine?  Red licorice?  Nebraska Cornhusker Football?  (That last one might only be if you live here).  No doubt about it, red is a statement color – but when you wear the wrong red you make the wrong statement.  Everyone can look good in red, but not every red works for everyone.  Read on to find out what your ideal red is.

Your best red will make you skin glow, not look harsh or overpowering.  Consider your hair color first of all, along with your skin tone and eye color.  The undertone of the red makes a huge impact too.  Colors with an orange undertone are warm (think fire = warm).  Colors with a blue undertone are cool (think water = cool [unless it’s boiling of course!]) So, those are the basics, now to specifics.

Your Color Code will determine which is the best red for you.  Read more on Color Code here

If you have red hair your Color Code is Warm.  The best red for your is a burgundy shade.  You always need a warm undertone and never want a blue/red shade.  Warm red 2


If you have dark brown or black hair, dark eyes and medium to dark skin tone your Color Code is Deep.  The best red for you is a deep red.  This photo also shows a leopard purse and shoes which is your best animal print.



If you have dark brown or black hair, bright eyes and fair skin your Color Code is Clear.  You want a bright red.  When you are wearing the best shades, all your clothes will have a cool undertone.



If you have silver or white hair your Color Code is Cool.  You want a red on the brighter side.  All the colors you wear should have a cool undertone (this should be really easy to remember 🙂 )

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If you have light blonde hair your Color Code is Light.  You want a red that is a brighter medium shade.

 Light Red


If you have dark blonde to medium brown hair your Color Code is Soft.  You want a red that is neither too dark nor too bright.  Medium is the key intensity for you.

 Soft Red


Red is a huge trend for Fall 2017 & now you are ready to wear your perfect red and shine!

One more thing:  Go Huskers! 🙂


Overcome the Overwhelm

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It’s been said that a woman has two problems:

  1. A closet full of clothes
  2. Nothing to wear

Does this sound familiar?  I bet we’ve all stood in our closets and thought those exact same things – maybe on a daily basis.  So, what’s a girl to do?  We’ve already established that we all have to get dressed every day so we can’t just ignore the problem.

It’s no secret that our closets are full of things we never wear, items that don’t fit right and out-of-date styles.  Once you get rid of anything that falls into these categories you will have a lot more room in that closet.  Even after these first steps, there is more work to be done to curate your very best closet.  Enter in the 27 Hanger Online Academy.

After speaking at hundreds of events around the globe, the world’s leading Christian Fashion Stylist, Shari Braendel, heard the same cry for help from women:  “I wish you could come help me in my closet! I don’t know where to begin!”

Although she wishes she could visit every one of our closets, it would be impossible. So Shari decided to do the next best thing: film a customized online training program that will help you identify the problem pieces in your wardrobe, learn to shop on purpose, not on impulse, and pare down your closet to the 27 pieces that will fit, flatter, and make you fashion-forward!

And let me say, this works!  I’ve had a 27 (OK, 27ish) hanger closet for about 6 months and I really like it!  The mornings go more smoothly because you know everything in your closet works for you, there is room to see it all and the whole experience is enjoyable and quick.

Don’t be paralyzed by your closet for another year. Let Shari help you overcome the overwhelm today by joining her with the 27 Hanger Online Academy!  Summer is the perfect time to transform your closet into one of your favorite places in your home.  This could be the best $27 you spend all summer.  Click here to get started today:


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Everyone likes a good deal, don’t we?  Anything from free shipping to complimentary dessert, its fun to get a deal.  We feel great when we can get the most out of our dollars.  So, let’s talk CPW!  No, this isn’t a post about my Dad (he’s a handsome one, isn’t he?), but rather Cost Per Wear.

The idea is to consider if the price can be justified for how often you will be able to wear it.  For example, a great pair of jeans will be worn often – OK, a lot – so the cost per wear on a pair of jeans is easily justified.  A dark pair of jeans can easily be dressed up or down for many different occasions.

A suit is also another great item from a CPW perspective.  Of course they can be worn together.  Additionally, the jacket can be paired with the dark jeans mentioned above and a dressy blouse for a night out.  The skirt can be paired with a sweater and great necklace for a new look.

Some occasions call for a very dressy outfit, like Christmas parties and weddings.  We know the CPW for these items will be higher, but try to find a piece that has some versatility.  Maybe the fancy dress can be worn with a jacket and different shoes to be dressed down.  Pick a more classic piece in your best neutral so that it can be worn for years to come for a couple seasons.

As always, choose pieces that work with your color code and make you shine.

One final note:  CPW does not apply to your wedding dress 🙂

What’s Your Letter?


School’s out and summer is here but let’s do a little alphabet review.  What’s your letter:  B, O, D or X?  Your letter is related to your body shape and your body shape is determined by where you gain weight (because let’s face it, we all do at times – thank you very much DQ ice cream cake!).  Here’s the skinny (ha ha).

A B body shape is someone who gains weight in their belly with balanced shoulders and hips and a flat bum.

An O body shape is someone who is overly endowed with a large bust and upper midriff.  Their hips and shoulders are balanced and they have a flat bum.

A D body shape is someone who gains weight in their derrière, hips and thighs.  The typically have narrow shoulders and a small waist.

An X body shape is someone who has balanced shoulders and hips and is at their ideal weight or gains weight evenly all over.

Did you find your letter?  Keep in mind there may be times when you are a combination body type like a D with B tendencies.  Once you’ve determined your letter and shape now you will know which areas to highlight and which to camouflage.

Your clothes can work with you instead of against you now that you know what to do.  Be sure to keep your body type letter in mind when getting dressed and shopping.  Be especially wary of trends.  Not all trends work well on all body types.

Each of us are created in the image of God.  Be proud of your body and dress it well by using the most flattering cuts and colors.

Spring/Summer 2017 Trends


It’s warming up, the trees are blooming and the spring/summer trends are here for 2017!  There are so many fun things that are right on point this season and you will be sure to find some favorites.

Everything from the basic white blouse or white shirt dress to lariat necklaces and ankle-wrap shoes!  Sleeve detail and ruffles are all the rage right now, along with embroidery and bright colored bags and block heels.  The Pantone color of the year is Greenery and works so well with the hottest colors this season: yellow, pink, orange, khaki, blue and blush.

There are a lot of options this season but remember:  not every trend will look great on you.  Keep in mind your color code, body type and frame size when choosing trendy pieces.  Armed with that information, you will surely pick the best trends for you.

Take a look at the style 311 S/S 2017 Trends Pinterest boards for more.

Color is Key

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I love color!  The carpet in my childhood bedroom was bright purple shag and my first car was a lime green VW Beetle.  Even now, my cupboard is filled with 13 colors of Fiesta dishware.  Color is fun and it’s powerful too, isn’t it?  Even the color of the sky can affect your mood.  Blue skies = :), gray skies = 😦 (even still I’m sure there are cheerful people in Seattle).

This same formula works when talking about how the color of your clothes can make you look and therefore feel.  For me as a Clear black = 🙂 whereas tan = :(.  That’s why it’s so important to make sure the clothes in your closet are your best colors that bring happy faces.

To find out what colors bring smiles for you, you need to discover your Color Code.  Your Color Code is based on three things:  Your hair color, skin tone and eye color.  There are six categories of Color Code:  Light, Soft, Warm, Clear, Deep and Cool.  Read on to discover your Color Code.

  • A Light is someone with very light blonde hair, fair to medium skin tone and bright eyes. Reese Witherspoon is an example of a Light.  Pale to medium intensity colors are best for a Light.
  • A Soft is someone with dark blonde to medium brown hair with any skin tone and eye color. Jennifer Aniston is an example of a Soft.  Medium intensity colors are best for a Soft.
  • A Warm is someone with red or strawberry blonde hair with any skin tone and eye color. Julianne Moore is an example of a Warm.  Rich autumn shades with a yellow undertone are best for a Warm.
  • A Clear is someone with dark brown or black hair, light skin tone and bright or very dark brown eyes. Courtney Cox is an example of a Clear.  Bright colors and high levels of contrast are best for a Clear.
  • A Deep is someone with dark hair and eyes with any skin tone. Giuliana Rancic is an example of a Deep.  Rich jewel tones are best for a Deep.
  • A Cool is someone with silver or white hair with any eye color and skin tone. Jamie Lee Curtis is an example of a Cool.  Royal colors with a blue or pink undertone are best for a Cool.

Now that you know your Color Code you can start wearing your very best colors that will make you and everyone around you 🙂

Style 311

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Here’s the thing:  we all have to get dressed every day so we may as well know the tips and tricks to look our best.  Each of us is beautiful because we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and we need to dress in a way that best shows our unique beauty.

At Style 311 I will show you the best shades to wear for your individual coloring, the most flattering way to outfit yourself for your body shape and dress in a way that compliments your proportions.

What’s in a name?  Well Style 311 comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 which says, “He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  I love this verse because it reminds us that God makes all things beautiful – and more than that, he has set eternity in our hearts!  This world is not all there is and we can’t even begin to imagine all he has done from beginning to end – wow!  How exciting is that?!?

So, let’s work together to see the beauty God has given to you and remember that He has set eternity in our hearts.

All My Best As You Dress Your Best, Lola

Three Keys to Dressing Well

dressing wellI love to travel and I love airports (unless I am hoofing it to a new gate to make my connecting flight!).  If you are at the airport it generally means you are on your way to someplace enjoyable.  It’s also a great place to do people watching.  When you see someone who looks really put together, what is it that you notice about her?  She looks like she knew what she was doing when she got dressed.

There are three keys to dressing well:  (1.) Dressing the best colors for your hair color, skin tone and eye color; (2.) Dressing for your body shape; (3.) Dressing in proportion to your frame size.

There are 6 Color Codes which are based on your hair color, skin tone and eye color.  Once you discover your Color Code you will know exactly what shades look best on you (and which don’t!) and that’s step one of what it takes to look put together.

Step two is recognizing your body shape and dressing it in the best possible way.  The thing to do is highlight your best features and camouflage your more challenging areas.  There are four body types and every one of them can look great!

Finally step three:  your frame size is crucial to looking well put together.  Like Coco Chanel says, “Fashion is architecture.  It is a matter of proportions.”  If you wear prints and accessories that are opposite your frame size you will look bigger than what you are (no one wants that, believe me!).  When your prints & accessories are matched to your frame you look balanced and best.

With these keys in mind you can feel confident that you are well dressed.

Style 311 Welcomes You



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Welcome to the Style 311 blog!  I am Lola and I’m so pleased you’ve stopped by!  I am a personal stylist trained by America’s leading personal style expert, Shari Braendel.

Here’s the thing: all of us get dressed every single day so we might as well have fun doing it, right?  But have you ever felt like you don’t know the best way to dress your body?  Maybe you try styles that seem like they will work and then they don’t?

I am here to offer you advice and guidelines how to dress your best.  Together we will see what your best colors are, how to dress your body shape and find your style personality.  Let’s make getting dressed fun again!