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Sincerely Ty Presents: Style Etiquette 101

What does his style of dress portray about him?

What do you think of when you see these ladies? What does their style and appearance portray?

Sincerely Ty Presents: Style Etiquette 101!

Sincerely Ty invites you to attend the new workshop series: Style Etiquette 101! This workshop provides attendees with the foundation of style and how to present oneself in the proper manner.

What is Style Etiquette?

Believe it or not, how you look transcends into the way you carry yourself and how you are portrayed by others. It’s important to portray yourself in the proper manner when it comes to style and appearance.

Why is Style Etiquette Important?

It’s contagious, and it’s the right thing to do. Fashion becomes a trend because humans tend to follow one another. Thus, good fashion trends will follow suit.

What will Style Etiquette teach you?

Learn good and bad habits of style as well as attitude and every etiquette when it comes to appearance. Discover what to wear and when to wear it and how to speak fashion truths. Learn how to maintain your appearance and promote good hygiene

Who benefits from Style Etiquette?

EVERYONE! Educating oneself on how to approach the social and daily aspects of life and living that are associated with appearance is essential.

Contact me today to schedule a session! Great for individuals, students, young professionals and non-profit organizations in need of expert image and wardrobe advice.

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Keep Your Panties On Girl…Or Not


Ladies, lA9XATXQCYAEPomm (1)adies, ladies:

This one’s for you!!!!

First of all, DC during Inauguration 2013 was amazing! While attending one of Saturday night’s events, a few of my girlfriends asked for my style advice: Should you wear panties underneath Spanx? Pantyhose? Tights? Sorry about the “P” word. It’s not one of my faves but for the sake of the blog, PANTIES it is. The answer to their question is Yes, No and It Depends. 

Here’s the rundown.

  • Pantyhose – First of all, if you’re wearing any type of hosiery that can be seen any day of the week strutting down the halls of Sunrise Senior Assisted Living Center, please pay close attention. Flesh tone pantyhose are NOT as popular as they’ve been in the past. Sheer hosiery is definitely in. Take notes from Beyonce if you want to see them worn well. However, as far as the flesh tone hosiery that currently fills your grandmother’s hosiery drawer – not so much. So what about the panties? If your pantyhose come with a cotton crotch (and they should), then ‘no’ you don’t need to wear panties. That’s why that area exists.
  • Tights – They’re fun, they’re patterned, they’re all the rage. See notes for pantyhose.  
  • Spanx – Pretty much the same as pantyhose. Spanx body wear provides a crotch area to serve in place of panties. No undies will also help to avoid pantylines. In addition, there’s a hole in place in most Spanx body wear for when it’s time to tinkle.
  • BONUS: Leggings – Put on some panties, girlfriend! Especially if you’re wearing leggings with a shirt that does not cover your buns. I have a few friends who refuse to wear panties with leggings, and I’m sure they’ll continue to not wear them. However, it goes back to 1) most leggings don’t have a cotton crotch, 2) leggings are often made of synthetic fibers or blended fibers and not cotton, 3) continue to do so and you’re begging for yeast growth and 4) EWWW!

What to do if you can’t part with your undies?

  • Go bare-legged. Some ladies opt to do so. I wouldn’t recommend this for east coast lovelies, especially with the snow that was coating my front porch a few days ago. However, hosiery is great for covering unsightly scars, varicose veins, stretch marks, etc.
  • Wear panties with a cotton crotch, preferably a white, cotton crotch in combination with hosiery. Make sure the combination isn’t too tight. Should you be prone to yeast growth, you might want to go with this option. Also, stay away from combining hosiery with panties made of synthetic fibers.
  • Wear thigh highs. Victoria’s Secret has the absolute best selection. I’ve been wearing them for over 10 years and have been extremely satisfied.

Hope this was helpful.

Sincerely, Ty


Bradley Cooper + Tom Ford + SAG Awards = DONE!!!

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How Deep Is Your Tuck?

How Deep Is Your Tuck?

During an evening out with a guy friend, I noticed a fairly, nice-looking gentleman in my peripheral who was the most recent victim of bad winter fashion. First of all, he was wearing a white turtleneck. Not a mock turtleneck often worn by the more mature men in the office, but a real turtleneck that most likely required him to fold it a time or two (more like five) to the get it perfect. To make matters worse, the turtleneck was tucked in so tightly that my friend and I both agreed that it must have been tucked into his undies. To give the guy the benefit of the doubt, the turtleneck was clean. That’s about as far as I can stretch it.

After witnessing the deep tuck, my friend and I discussed the issue. As a fairly fashionable guy, he felt the need to mention that there are different levels of tucking. Seriously? Yes, seriously. Apparently guys have different tucking styles for each occasion. I assumed that most men just made a habit of buying shirts that fit well and could be tucked in as usual – tuck front, tuck back, tuck sides, zip, belt and go. Anything that couldn’t be tucked in this fashion would be deemed as a piece of clothing that did not fit or didn’t need to be tucked at all. Wrong!

This conversation sparked a little research and observation on my part. I didn’t go around stalking random men, but I did eyeball a few. From my research, I compiled the key rules applicable to the fellas when it comes to tucking. I thought most men were knowledgeable of these rules; however, my research concluded that apparently there are quite a few men who require a little guidance.

  1. Dress shirt – Tuck. We all know this style. Buy a nicely fitted shirt, well-fitted pants, wear a belt and you can’t go wrong. Beware of wearing pants too high!
  2. T-shirt – No tuck. Even if it costs $80, a T-shirt is meant to be casual. A regular t-shirt worn as the FEATURE/MAIN piece of clothing should be worn un-tucked. However, if the t-shirt is NOT the main feature and is to be worn under another shirt, sports jacket or blazer, then you’ll definitely want to tuck it.
  3. The “Muscle” Shirt – No tuck. I know that none of my male readers and/or male clients wear muscle shirts outside of the gym – at least I hope not. But just in case any of you want to go there, then this is for you. You’ve all seen this shirt. Men who have muscles and like to show them off tend to wear them. Muscles aren’t the issue, we all enjoy that part. The tucking in of the muscle shirt is a problem. I don’t care how many muscles you have, we can still see all of them without the tuck. Even if it’s a rayon blend (no!!!), it’s still a t-shirt. T-shirt=relax=this is not serious=no tuck required. The only way you can get away with tucking in this type of t-shirt is if it’s the dressier type and is layered with a blazer or sports jacket, or if you’re a male go-go dancer and it’s part of your uniform.
  4. Sweater – Never tuck in a sweater. THE END.

Please be aware that there are some exceptions to the rule – ala the plaid shirt. Tucked or un-tucked, I like it either way, or both. But in general, if you’re just a guy trying to make it every day, then I’d suggest you stick with the basics and leave the exceptions to the guys who like to dabble in men’s fashion.

And remember, SINCERELY TY is here to assist with your fashion dilemmas. Contact me today to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION!!!

Sincerely Ty

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Style Etiquette Session: Holy vs Hussy

Hussy (1980)

My aunt and I often call other women, and sometimes eachother, “hussy” just for funsies. Although we really don’t mean it (kinda), the word rolls off our tonugues’ very easily, without filters and without regret, to describe a woman who appears loose, promiscuous, the floozy type, etc. Every Sunday morning while in preparation for church, after hair, makeup and wardrobe are complete, I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Do I look like a hussy?” Now understand that my wardrobe is stylish, classic and safe. There are a lot of animal prints and a little bit of spandex, but those items are usually not reserved for church. However, I always feel the need to ask myself the question: Holy or Hussy?

I can recall one evening during cocktails with a few friends, a young lady mentioned that her grandmother called her a “hussy” because she had the nerve to show up to church sans pantyhose. From what I can recall about the conversation, her grandmother was 175 years old, lived in Alabama or Mississippi (or something of the sorts) and it was 112 degrees outside on the day of the bare-legged scandal. This really bothered me. I absolutely despise wearing pantyhose to church, as did my crew for the evening. As a church member who likes to feel welcomed in one’s church environment, I look forward to the day when the more mature women in the church will eventually pass the torch to the women of my generation. But if they think I’m going to wear pantyhose in the heat of the summer, then they’ve got another thing coming. Why won’t I assimilate?

1. I can never find my shade. You would think that brown with yellow undertones would be easy to weave together. Guess not. I often have to settle for something in between. Basically, I have special skin. A sunkissed complexion to which only God knows the formula. I’m just saying.

2. Pantyhose are such a nuisance. My dress/shoe combinations don’t particularly call for them. Patterned tights? Yes. Thigh Highs? Yes. Sun Shade Hose most famous for being seen on the runways of Sunrise Assisted Living as well as my grandmother’s sock drawer? Definitely no!

In addition to the hosiery issue, there is also the feeling of not covering up the bosoms well enough. Being a small-bosomed woman, I thought I’d be exempt. Negative. Apparently men like chest meat of all sizes. Showing it to them makes them like it more. So for the past few years I’ve invested in all types of camisoles, tanks, slips, etc. All of this to appear to modest in my appearance.

I say this all in jest, but honestly, this is Sincerely Ty’s Style Etiquette Rule #5: Dress Appropriately. Appearance is important. Learning how to dress for the occasion is key to making a good impression. Whether it be at church or at work, you want to learn how to show your own personal style while also being respectful of others.

Remember, no is perfect. I’ve broken many of the style rules myself.

If you’re tired of being the hussy/floozy type, I can help. Contact me to schedule one of my styling sessions. I also offer FREE Sincerely Ty Style Etiquette sessions to non-profits, schools and other organizations – children and adults welcome!


Sincerely Ty


P.S. There are a slew of Proverbs that exemplify why dressing like a hussy is bad. YIKES! Maybe God will forgive us if we only dress like hussies Thurs – Saturday? 3 out of 7 days walking in sin isn’t so bad. Could be worse.

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