Category: Fashion

2017 Fall Fashion Trends

| Jul 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack spends her days wearing down her manicure by clicking from one fashion site to another in order to bring you the scoop on just what are the most on trend fashions to come out of the designer houses, and up from the streets. Today she focuses on the biggest fashion trends for Fall 2017. It’s almost upon us and the well dressed lady needs to know she can step out in style when September and October arrive. Everything from fishnets to hats, to ’70s retro and wide belts have shown up on the runways in Paris and New York. Tasi has all the hot style choices waiting for you.

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The Occasional Woman — Summer Fabrics

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fiber is not only good for you digestive system. In hot summer weather natural fiber clothing is more comfortable. Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, discusses the benefits of all natural fibers. The choices available include linen, cotton, silk, and hemp, among others. Each offers different properties but all of them, when used to create a summer frock, will help to keep you cool and dressed well.

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The Ubiquitous and Essential Cocktail Dress

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

The prince has invited you to a glittering cocktail party and all the “right people” will be there. What do you wear? A cocktail dress, of course! Or, maybe you just want to glam up your look for Saturday night at the trans friendly piano bar. The cocktail dress is also your friend in that situation. Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, has some suggestions on how to rock a cocktail dress for any occasion. From one shoulder looks to long sleeves, and of course the essential little black dress, Tasi has many ideas on how to add glam, enhance your figure with fashion, and be the darling of the cocktail party.

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The Occasional Woman: Undergarments

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Wearing women’s clothing is something you have to teach yourself if you want to look comfortable and poised in a dress or separates. Even the best coordinated outfit, when you’ve done your best to match your shoes and handbag to the color of the tiny blue flowers in your floral print dress, will not look as nice as it should if you don’t have the proper foundation garments doing their job underneath your dress. Today Lorraine Anderson brings undergarments out into the open and gives you some ideas on what to wear.

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Retro Rerun: Stalking The Elusive Bargain

| Jun 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

This Retro Rerun from the TGForum Archives originally was published back in the ’90s. Some of the prices mentioned are a lot lower than we have today and some of the stores mentioned have disappeared into the mists of time. In general what I wrote back then is still applicable for a trans person who […]

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Behind the Fashion Code

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack shares a secret passed down from the ancients that will transform fashion faux pas into fabulous fashion. It’s a hidden code that sets the rules that make the difference between dowdy and svelte. At the root of it is the Divine Proportion and that stands behind The Fashion Code. The Divine Proportion was used in the creation of the universe and rules all from galaxies to the Eiffel Tower, to the outfits in your closet when it’s implemented as The Fashion Code. Get this secret knowledge from Tasi and start transforming blah outfits into fun outfits.

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The Occasional Woman: Make Sure it Fits

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

So you found the perfect little floral print spring dress and it’s, heaven’s to Betsey, in your size. You love everything about it from the tiny flower pattern to the cut, and the flouncy skirt. And to make it even better it’s clearance priced! You take it home, without trying it on since using the changing room in the lady’s department makes you nervous, and learn that “little” is right. It’s too tight. Even though it is your size it’s either mislabelled or just “runs small.” Fit is very important. If you’re worried about popping buttons, or if you can’t raise your arms you’re won’t make a great impression. Today Lorraine Anderson talks about the importance of fit.

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2017 Fashion Trends I love

| May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our Fashion Mavin Tasi Zuriack talks about her favorite fashion trends for 2017. Tasi lives in Mexico and she talks about how the ladies in her city in the Yucatan are fashion forward and as such are a good indication of what the ladies in the USA will be wearing in the coming months. From ruffles to the slip dress, and from pink to platform shoes, Tasi previews it all in today’s column.

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The Occasional Woman — Spring & The ’50s Look

| Apr 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

We leave winter behind and step into spring! And the fashions we wear are a step back — to the ’50s. Retro looks and feminine touches are all the rage and today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman, gives you ideas for how to be fun, floral and femme for the new season. Kitten heels, cinched waists, and full skirts decorated with floral prints will have you feeling all girly and glam.

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Advanced Style . . . Older and Wiser

| Apr 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today Tasi Zuriack lauds the style of older women. After living through several decades of fashion older women have seen it all, and they have found their personal style. While today’s fashion trends seem to be shorter, tighter, and more casual, older women have often learned how to project their personal style in feminine ways that range from elegant to bohemian. Give Tasi’s post a read and get some tips from some fashionable and stylish older ladies.

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The Occasional Woman

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (1)

Some members of the trans community, especially on the crossdressing end of the spectrum, love to dress sexy, or some would say slutty. That causes a bit of conflict with those who feel all trans folk should blend in with other ladies of their age in their surroundings. To be tastefully dressed and attractive as a woman is what they feel the goal to be. Today The Occasional Woman looks at the fashion mistakes a girl can make and cautions against them. This is not to say that you shouldn’t ever wear that extreme mini with those ten inch platform pumps. Just think a bit about the impression you intend to make on your audience. If you’re hoping to hear “Look at that sexy slut” then go for it. If you want advice on being sultry while sedate give this post a read.

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The Maxi Trend — Here To Stay

| Mar 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Looking for maximum fashion effect? You might want to think about adding a maxi skirt to your wardrobe. But, they’re so long. Can you wear a maxi and not look silly? Tasi Zuriack has the answers to all your questions concerning ways to work a maxi skirt into your style menu. From daytime, at work, to evenings out Tasi shows you how to make the maxi skirt look work for you.

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The Occasional Woman: Dressing for our Winter Spring

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

In the north east we are having an odd spring-in-the-middle-of-winter week. Temperatures will be in the area of 50 to 60 degrees F. all week long. No need for that long wool or down filled coat. Time to shave your legs and wear nude hose. You can forsake the warmth of heavy leggings, layered sweaters and fur lined boots for more spring-like attire. Lorraine Anderson, the seamstress who runs The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, says keep in mind — it will get cold again. So use this warm period to find clearance bargains on coats. And during the warmer week pick up a cool moto jacket. One of those motorcycle jackets that are fashionable and look great with a feminine flouncy skirt.

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Dressing Sexy Without Letting It All Hangout

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! That romantic holiday that fills restaurants with loving couples and makes the greeting card industry a healthy profit every February. What’s important to ladies is looking fabulous on this important holiday. The most fabulous color outfit you can wear is red. Red is “the” color of Valentine’s Day. But how do you wear it well? If you do it wrong a red dress can make you look cheap and tawdry. Fortunately our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, has all the tips you need on how to wear a fantastic red outfit for your Valentine’s Day excursions.

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Retro Rerun: Dressing to Suit Your Figure

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

This Retro Rerun is from the 1990s and was written by the late Roberta Angela Dee. Ms. Dee was TGF’s how-to diva and covered all aspects of feminine presentation. In this post she talks about dressing to suit your figure. What works on one body type won’t work on other body types. She guides you through how to find your body type and then makes suggestions of what styles will enhance your feminine presentation.

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The Occassional Woman — Let’s Go Shopping!

| Jan 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s the time of year when a woman’s thoughts turn to bargains. Lorraine Anderson is not only an accomplished seamstress and custom clothing creator, which she does under the business name The Occasional Woman, but she is an accomplished bargain shopper. Today, while devoted to the bargains spots to be found in her local Philadelphia area, she has tips on where to get great clothes at bargain prices. Some of the spots she mentions are in national chains and others are local thrift shops.

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Monochromatic Outfits for a New Sense of Style

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

Monochromatic outfits don’t have to be monotonous. That’s Tasi Zuriack’s thesis in this report on fashion. She tells you all the tips and style secrets that can help you put together an outfit that utilizes a pallet of shades of one color. Properly done and accessorized you can work one color and become a fashion star.

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The Occasional Woman — New Year’s Eve Sparkle

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

New Year’s Eve! It’s the one night you can throw caution to the winds and wear whatever outrageous sequined, sparkly, snake print, feathered outfit you want. It’s a celebration and the best way to celebrate is in those sparkling 4 inch heels, that skin tight red dress and a ton of zircons, or real diamonds if you’ve got ’em. Lorraine Anderson, woman in charge at The Occasional Woman sewing service, has some tips on how to rock that New Year’s Eve party.

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The Slip Extender – A New Way To Create Style

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Have a dress or skirt that you love but it’s a bit too short to wear out and about? Fix your length problem and add a “pop of pretty” to the hemline with a lace, tulle or chiffon skirt extender under your dress or skirt. Today Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, tells you about the many ways to use these versatile and sexy garments.

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The Occasional Woman — Winter Accessories!

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s time to think about your winter accessories and Lorraine Anderson has some suggestions that will brighten your outfit and your perception of the cold, dark winter nights. When stepping out in your black winter coat and black boots add some color with a scarf. Or brighten things up with colorful, or patterned gloves. There no need to be gloomy and gray when accessories that “pop” can save the day! Get some hints and tips on how to enhance your look this winter in today’s edition of The Occasional Woman.

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A Return to Elegance

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our fashion consultant Tasi Zuriack says it’s time for a return to elegance in fashion. Casual Friday has lead to a landslide of sweat pants, workout clothes and other less than elegant attire being seen on the streets and in the malls. But can you be feminine and elegant without being a wimp? True elegance commands a room and lets people know you are a woman to be reckoned with. Let Tasi give you her tips on how to work the look in today’s post.

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Winter is Coming. You Need a New Coat!

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

The weather has been changeable with warm days, almost like summer, and then cooler, rainy days. But the big change to solid fall and winter will be with us soon. Of course that means one thing. Coat shopping! Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman, counsels color when choosing new autumn and winter outerwear. There’s nothing like a dash of color to brighten up a dreary winter day. Lorraine tells you what to look for on your coat quest.

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How To Be Super Sexy in a Pencil Skirt

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (2)

Today Tasi sings the praises of the pencil skirt. It’s called that because it is a slim silhouette that fits tight at the waist, tight at the hips and tight at the knees. Okay, it’s a tight, sexy skirt and wearing it right can make you feel at your most attractive, sexy best. Tasi outlines the many types of pencil skirts that are available and gives you hints and tips on how to work one, or many more, into your wardrobe. There are also video demos and links to other articles on this versatile wardrobe piece.

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How To Lace a Corset — Part 1

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Chanelle shows you how to bi-directionally lace a steel boned corset. That means you use two laces rather than just one. Why would you need this skill? Chanelle suggests that you may wish to, at some point, change the color of your corset’s lacing. How sexy would it be if the laces matched some other color in your outfit? You will only learn the answer if you watch Part 1 of Chanelle’s video on how to properly lace your corset.

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The Occasional Woman — It’s Fall! Stay Colorful

Some people feel that with the fall season comes a return to darker colors. They see black tights with brown and gray skirts and tops as appropriate for the season as the weather turns cold and damp. Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman custom clothing and alteration service says “Pshaw!” There’s no need, in her view, that fall clothes need to be drab clothes. A colorful top paired with a dark skirt and hose can lighten your mood as the chill winds of autumn blow. Give her fashion post a read and pick up some tips on how to stay bright in this darker season.

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The Bell Sleeve and Return to the ’70s

| Sep 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, touts the adaptability and style of the bell sleeve. Whether on tops or dresses the bell sleeve adds a feminine boho touch to any outfit. With different accessories and fabrics they can work on anyone and go anywhere. Check out this primer on how to wear bell sleeves and look fabulous.

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