3 ways to wear a Ruby Ribbon Tank Top

One of the top sellers from Ruby Ribbon each summer are our “extenders,” a top that is a fashionable way to extend your tops and layer over our leggings.

Here are three easy ways to wear our Extenders.

  1. Tank Top — Every loves a tank top in the summer and our extenders are offer a long, lean line to pair with a skirt, capris or shorts.
  2. Layering at the Office — Want to have a simply layering option at work? Wear a sleeveless extender under a jacket for a pulled-together look that will still keep you cool.
  3. Swimsuit Cover-up — Toss a long extender over your swimsuit for quick cover-up that is flattering and simple.

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There is no typical Ruby Ribbon stylist

Let me tell you a little bit about the life of a Ruby Ribbon stylist – who she is and how you might see yourself in her shoes. (I know, since I am one myself.)

Being a Stylist means you can run your own business, at your desired pace, earning an income that’s truly worth your time and effort.

If you were to come to one of our Ruby Ribbon events, you would find Stylists who have full time jobs as varied as they come! From corporate employees & attorneys to police officers, flight attendants and nurses.  I work as a VP at a software company as my “day job,” for example. You’ll also find Stylists who flex in and out based on their life: teachers and students who prefer to run their business during the summer, or full-time moms who squeeze a few Trunk Shows wherever they can.

Some of them do it to supplement their income. Some women do it for the incredible business network and community of like-minded women who share business tips and support one another with advice, humor and love.

And others still become Stylists simply to bring bring joy, girlfriends, travel and adventure into their lives. (This is mainly the reason I do it — the joy of seeing a woman’s face light up when she finds the perfect outfit that fits just right.)

Travel?  Sure!  Many women specifically work just to earn our all-expense paid vacations,  And others work to travel and see the world.  We also have optional business training conferences throughout the year in San Francisco and this year our annual conference is in Chicago.

And most of our Stylists have team members across the country that they’ve met online or through friends!  For my team, just a handful are local here in ND but we stay connected virtually.

The best part about this business is that you don’t have to choose your “reason” for being a Stylist forever!  This isn’t a 9-to-5 job with a 30-minute commute and 2-weeks of vacation a year.  This is a job that actually fits with your ever-changing life and can flex up or down based on what you want it for.

To learn more about becoming a Ruby Ribbon stylist, and possibly also win a free Ruby Ribbon cami, contact me and I will invite you to our 30-minute call. It’s often hosted by our CEO Anna Zornosa. 

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Some of our best innovations are in your lingerie drawer

Recently, we’ve taken some of the best innovations in our product and extended it to other items in your lingerie drawer too, including sleeping, nursing, and even Swim!

  1. We’ve added our slimming and shaping technology to our RR Swim line. You can banish the awful cramped quarters and florescent lighting of department store dressing rooms. Shop in comfort, when and where you want! I can help you select a suit you’ll look great and feel great in, lose and inch from your waist smoothing out your curves with invishapeTM technology and no underwire!
  2. Our Nursing Cami has  an easy one-hand clasp, plus full belly coverage that smooths and trims, all while providing extra back support. You’ll never want to wear your old nursing bra again. You’ll want one in each color – black and pale.
  3. For sleeping, we offer the Dream Cami, so comfortable you will sleep in it!  It features a beautiful lace v-neck and hem and just enough shaping. Shown on the right in the photo and comes in white, pale and black.

To learn more about all the innovations offered from Ruby Ribbon, join my online community.

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Ruby Ribbon Essentials: Wardrobe Staples Made Better

One of our main product categories at Ruby Ribbon is called “Essentials.”  These are the modern woman’s wardrobe staples made better with Intomi, which isuur built in smoothing and shaping, designed to give you the long, lean and lifted look.

Essentials are your favorite go to items- the 20% of your closet you wear 80% of the time. Think those black leggings, yoga pants, comfortable dress pants for the office, the dress or skirt you pull out for date night. Or put another way, it’s that piece you love so much that you’ll take the time to launder it, rather than wear a back-up piece. You get the idea.

One of the main things that makes our Essentials unique is the “skinny band,” that gives you just a little extra shaping in the 5-inch waistband. Our clothes come in XS to 3XL and will fit most women. And in our pants and leggings, the sizing is consistent so once you find your size, you’ve found your size. It makes reorders a breeze.

Some of our most popular Essentials include:

  • Ankle or Capri leggings — a fabric you can’t see through, even when you’re wearing them in white
  • Ponte Pants in either a Slim or Flare Leg — a basic office pant that just isn’t so basic. In black, mink brown or navy, these pants are as comfortable as yoga pants but always professional looking
  • Bootcut Leggings — speaking of yoga pants, we’ve got those too
  • Flip Skirt — reversible and can be worn either with the black or the mink brown side facing out. And, in a jersey fabric that washes and travels well

Connect with me on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the newest items we add to our Essentials pieces!

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Get the lowdown on Ruby Ribbon tankinis

A big thank you to my friend Carolyn H who took the time to record this snippet videos to help anyone shopping online see the features of each of four different Ruby Ribbon tankini tops.

Any of these tops can then be paired with either the Ruched Bottoms (my personal favorite and I got rid of every other tankini bottom I owned once I tried these) or the super cute Swim Skirt.


First, let’s take a look at the Bali tankini, which comes in two great prints with a high neckline adorned with a built in necklace.

Bora Bora

Next, Carolyn showcases the Bora Bora, my personal favorite and right now I own it in panther, tropical and black. The front of this top has figure-flattering ruffles.


Our third tanking to look at is the Lanai, a tankini that leaves you feeling very supported and features a swing top made for lots of tummy coverage.


Finally, check our our newest tankini top, the Kauai. It features a flattering sweetheart neckline and side ruching that ties to let you adjust the length.

Enjoy the videos and let us know which looks like it might be your favorite!

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What are the ways to share Ruby Ribbon if you’re a stylist?

Ruby Ribbon Stylists share our clothing and shapewear products through their personalized websites (for example, mine is rubyribbon.com/chargust) and through in-person styling appointments that are either 1:1 or in a group; we call these Trunk Shows. Trunk shows can even be online.

I love holding trunk shows. They are my favorite ways to sell Ruby Ribbon because they are fun, social, and casual get-togethers that last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. (And it’s also where a Stylist can really maximize her dollars per hour.)

We have two types of shows a Stylist can do:

  1. “Bye-Bye Bra” show that typically lasts no more than 45 minutes and helps every woman ditch her bra
  2. 90 minute Ultimate shows that show what a woman wears from her foundation-wear to a completed look

Trunk Shows can be hosted almost anywhere…

Best of all Trunk Shows  can happen virtually through Online experiences.  Imagine shopping online late at night with the benefit of a personal touch – someone who can give you all the sizing, styling and personal service you need, without having to leave your home! Or, think about hosting a party on Facebook, with my unique and themed online trunk show format that women love.

Want to learn more?  Join my online community to ask questions and get answers.

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What types of products does Ruby Ribbon offer?

So who is Ruby Ribbon?  We are a company that supports women in every moment of their crazy busy, typically untypical, ever-changing, always abundant life.

We offer camis to unlock bra-free days. We have the perfect pant, legging or shaping bottom that looks great! We go with you from play dates to date nights, from power meetings to power Pilates. Let’s walk through our product line.

Beautiful Shapes

First is our incredible shapes category with seriously life-changing foundations for any outfit. What makes us different?  We deliver real results with comfort.  This is not your once-in-a-blue-moon torture device.  This is bra-replacement while feeling like you’re wrapped in a cloud product!


  • Support any cup size with NO precise cup-measuring required
  • NO underwire
  • Lift your bust & butt
  • Smooth your back, hips & waist
  • Sculpt a little bit or a lot but always comfortable
  • Banish bra and panty lines
  • Stay Put – with our gripper edge that keeps your cami in place!

Editors love our product as do our customers.  90% of our customers return to purchase more.  And 90% tell a friend.   It;s one of the best parts of my business.

RR Swim

We’ve added our slimming and shaping technology to our RR Swim line. Banish the awful cramped quarters and florescent lighting of department store dressing rooms. Shop with me in comfort! I will help you select a suit you’ll look great and feel great in, lose and inch from your waist smoothing out your curves with invishape technology and no underwire!


Our next category of products is Essentials:  the modern woman’s wardrobe staples made better with Intomi – our built in smoothing and shaping – designed to give you the long, lean and lifted look. These are your favorite go to items- the 20% of your closet you wear 80% of the time. Think pants, leggings, skirts and dresses that you pull out over and over again.

Complete the look

Our last category is Complete the look:  the perfect top, jacket or layer to complete any outfit.  These products are released four-times a year and provide a little bit of seasonal fun to complete any look.

Connect with me to get all the latest info on Ruby Ribbon – we release new styles every few months!

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What’s an Instagram Grid?

Who doesn’t love scrolling through Instagram to check out all the amazing photos that are getting added by the millions every day?

One of the latest Instagram fads is to post your photos so that when displayed in the Grid format, that they tell a bigger picture or story. There are so many amazing grids out there and they also are super fun. The photo above is a “before” picture of my Instagram grid.

This week, I’m starting to do my own Instagram Grid and I thought I would share my Instagram handle (@stylewithchar) so you can follow along and tell me what you think!

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Most popular slimming swimsuit now in Ruby Red

One of our most popular Ruby Ribbon swimsuits has been the Riviera, named “universally flattering” in InStyle magazine. Last week, we kicked it up a notch by adding this gorgeous Ruby color option for this suit.

You also can still get it in black, Oasis, Panter and Tropical. In sizes 8-20, the ruching on this suit is your biggest friend. It slims you across the body for an hourglass look, plus this suit also shapes and slims your waist and hips.

Plus, the Ruby Ribbon technology is back to help with your bustline. This suit supports you without underwires. Check out the pictures I shared to show you the flexibility offered with the halter strap tie.

And one of the main benefits of choosing a Ruby Ribbon swimsuit is that we can meet and you can try it on in comfort without the pain of those dressing room mirrors.

Want to learn more about the slimming and supportive Ruby Ribbon swimsuits (both 1-piece and tankinis), then join my online fashion community

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Can you see Joy?

Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? This one, one of the podcasts I listened to featured Ingrid Fetell Lee who has been researching Joy. She talks about the the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find — and create — more of it in the world around us. I wanted to share it with you.

I was intrigued enough by Lee to also find her website, which is a colorful burst of Joy itself. While I may not start decorating my home as a rainbow, I am inspired to think more about how I can use this information. And, it’s so interesting that it’s all backed by science.

I invite  you to connect with me for ongoing joyful discussion, join my online community

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