I run into this issue a lot.
A client, friend or family member finds a piece that she LOVES.
She loves it so much that she feels compelled to buy it in every color available.
Even in colors that she doesn’t really like. In colors that don’t coordinate with anything else in her closet.
Stop. Breathe. Then, proceed with some caution.
Let’s look at this a bit closer….
There are a few instances where I believe it is wise to stock your closet with the same item in several colors.
When you find a ‘basic’ that really works for you, it can be smart to buy it in a few hues.
Here are the pieces I happily own in more than one color:
Bras and panties – Find a great bra and buy it in black and nude, at least…the same goes for panties.
Jeans- If you worship a particular brand and style of denim, buy them in more than one color or wash. A perfect example of this is the AG Stevie Ankle.
Tees and tanks- In the perfect fit and shape it’s wise to grab these in more than one color. Search until you find ‘your brand’ and then buy several. TLA, Pure and Good, Gap, James Perse, Old Navy, Target, Forever 21- there are great options at every price.
Shoes- This one surprise me… I wouldn’t have thought I’d buy the exact same pair of shoes in two (or more) colors. But, I currently have two pairs of Sam Edelman "Petty" booties in my closet. They’re suede; one black and one taupe. I wear them both at least once a week. I started with the light color and quickly realized that these are incredibly comfortable, affordable, good looking boots. I bought a black pair and I’m considering adding one more in brown leather.
I could add other basics to this list, such as…
Leather gloves- two pairs, one black and one brown would not be crazy
Workout clothes- score some comfortable clothes for exercise?…buy multiples
After this, things become a bit murky. Here’s what I find tends to happen…
You are out shopping and find an awesome piece. It comes in several colors. You decide you have to have it…but can’t decide on the color. So you buy them all.
Or you figure that you will wear it so much that having the other colors will give you more wardrobe options. This rarely works as planned.
Women figure, if one is good, then more is better. If you buy a few then getting dressed will be easier but...
Buying a special item in more than one color makes none of them special.
This practice adds to the too-full closet and then deciding what to wear becomes even more difficult.
Usually, there is one color that you really, truly like best.
There is a gut feeling that lets you know which color is your favorite.
You light up when you put it on.
You are already making outfits with it in your head.
Listen to that voice. Buy that color. Leave the rest.
Have a question? Leave it in the comments below or send me an email...
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A beautiful young woman at my corporate job was recently promoted. Her new role requires her to rock a slightly different look. She needs a look that inspires her team members and radiates her own personal style. She needs to upgrade.
I'm regularly asked, "How do I upgrade my wardrobe?"
The real trick to looking great every day is start with a simple style plan
and then learn to elevate it.
It's a straightforward concept. Easy to execute.
Let's break it down...
Here's what we have in the photo below:
Headband (or even a black ribbon)
Conversation tee (more on those in a later post)
Each piece is fairly basic on its own...yet, when worn together the look is chic and finished.
Read more about my 'must haves' here.
Elevate your style = look sharp and pulled together, yet still at ease.
The point is to elevate just to the place where you look like you, only better.
Show the world the best possible version of yourself.
Finish what you've started
Most women already own the bulk of the pieces needed to look dynamite everyday.
Many actually possess a mad sense of personal style. Yet they don't complete the process. Therefore, lots of women leave the house without feeling confident and looking fabulous!
It's in the details. The finishing touches.
Going from an almost-put-together look to how-does-she-do-it...is simple.
With a few little tweaks, you can have the world (and even yourself) believing you always look amazing!
1. Choose great basics- These pieces should be classic and timeless. Able to be worn more than once a week without anyone catching on:-)
2. Dress in layers- this is the key! Layering, done correctly, creates and defines style. And keeps you comfortable in changing temperatures.
3. Add smart accessories- scarves, cool pendants, statement chokers, hip sunglasses
4. Find you best hair- Whatever that looks like for you...rock good hair!
5. Pick compatible shoes- Be sure that your footwear completes your look.
Here's a little inspiration....
You can do this. Simple, yet elevated style is possible.
Still unsure, feel free to ask me how. firstname.lastname@example.org I want to make this easy for you!
Thanks for reading.
I help women create beautiful wardrobes for real life. I guide them in making decisions about
what pieces to buy. Pieces that will mix well with what they already own.
New clothing is an investment. Clients often ask me for tips on how to care for their purchases.
I'm a firm believer in taking good care of what I wear. My 'tool box' includes the following products
to ensure that my clothes look great for a long time.
Mesh Laundry Bags-
These are the best! I use them for anything that needs a slightly more gentle washing.
Those pieces that I don't want mashed around and tangled with the rest of the load.
I have no time or patience for hand washing. I only dry cleaner blazers, coats and true
'dry clean only' items.
By tossing more delicate pieces into a zippered mesh bag, I'm able to machine wash items that might otherwise require a trip to the cleaners.
When the load is finished, I take the contents from the bags and hang them to dry on a drying rack.
Two classic laundry room staples-
Spills and stains happen. Enter these two old-school rock stars!
When I first looked at a box of BIZ at the grocery store, I wondered... hasn't this stuff been around since I was a kid? The answer is yes! BIZ first appeared in 1968. It was the first enzyme based,
pre-soak laundry product. It's still around because it works!
Another relic that does the job...
Original blue Dawn (created in 1973) is the only cleaner I use on oil stains. It lifts out olive oil, dressings, butter and grease. It even works on old, oil stains.
(and if you have a little girl who decides to dispense an entire tube of A&D ointment and apply it to her hair at naptime... Dawn will gently wash it right out:-)
An iron and an ironing board-
I love to iron. Always have, always will.
Ironing reminds me of my Nana. She would set up the board and invite me to
"Come watch the story (aka Days of Our Lives) with me while I iron". Fond memories.
Buy an iron with a steaming feature. There will come a time when you need a vertical steamer.
If your iron has this feature, you've got one less thing to store.
A lint roller-
Ahhh, the lint roller! I'm addicted, especially to the tiny little travel sized versions.
I always have one tucked into my suitcase.
Lint, pet fur, fuzz...all of these cling-ons on your clothing keep you from looking sharp. These genius inventions are inexpensive and readily available. And the thrill of seeing all that lint stuck in the tape is enough to keep me rolling!
Shoe Shine supplies-
Like ironing... polishing shoes is a favorite pasttime and happy memory for me.
My dad loves to polish shoes. He taught me how to do it right.
I love the smell and the waxy luster of a just-shined leather shoe.
Even if you don't love doing this task...it makes a huge difference in your overall appearance.
Polished shoes complete the package. Put together from head-to-toe.
Let me know if you have any question...
Thanks for reading. Have a great week.
Most stylists have a well-curated list of 'Must Haves'. A collection of wardrobe staples they encourage their clients to own and wear.
I believe that the purpose of these garments is to make it easier to look fantastic.
These pieces simplify the process of getting dressed every day. I don't believe that everything on any list of 'must have' items works for everyone. I have found that over time, your unique list emerges and it becomes the backbone of your fabulous, functional wardrobe.
My own list is rather short. It contains just three mandatory pieces.
Number One- A black blazer
Those who know me are not at all surprised that this is the first item on my list. The only reason this 'certified lover of all things navy blue' didn't choose a navy blazer is because it's just not as versatile. If you're a blazer girl, then you should have both. A black blazer and a navy blazer.
A blazer is a wardrobe staple. It provides instant polish. Buy one that fits you well. It should feel good on your body...comfort is key with a blazer. I seek out jackets that have a bit of stretch.
Number Two- A pair of great jeans
You need at least one pair of fantastic jeans.
What makes a pair of jeans fantastic?
They are comfortable and fit you beautifully.
The color can be dressed up or down.
The cut is classic and the style is unadorned.
You love wearing them!
My go-to jeans are dark denim with traditional five pocket styling. I prefer a slim straight leg that can be cuffed.
Bodies come in all shapes and sizes...so do jeans. The truth is that you must do the work and get into a fitting room. It's similar to finding a great fitting bra:-) The pay-off is huge.
I believe you should buy the best jeans you can afford. Good denim feels better, looks better and lasts longer.
That said, if your budget is tight there are lots of options...
Shop resale (Plato's Closet has racks of denim) borrow from your boyfriend and cinch the waist with a belt or seek out more expensive denim on sale (Anthropologie often has great jeans marked down to $69.95 or less).
Jeans are a fashion work horse!
It's worth investing the time to find a pair you will want to wear often.
Number Three- A striped tee
Leave it to the French. The Breton striped t-shirt is a classic. A cult favorite.
In 1858, a navy and white striped knit top was introduced as the uniform for
all French navy seaman.
After a visit to the French seaside, Coco Chanel was inspired by the sailor's shirts .
In her 1917 collection, she shared this design with the fashion world.
A navy and white striped tee remains quintessentially, perfectly French.
I love stripes! I believe there is a horizontal stripe out there for everyone.
I'm partial to these classic combinations:
navy and white
navy and cream
black and white
black and cream
Again, these t-shirts can be found in every possible price range. Search until you find one you that makes you feel like you're vacationing on the French Riviera. Buy it!
There is much more to say about 'Must Have' lists. I will explore how to create your own list in a future post.
Questions? Email me or comment below.
Thanks for reading!
Following my previous post- Myth Busting -Yes, you can wear blue with blue jeans! - I received lots of comments and questions regarding wearing black and blue together.
I was quite surprised. I had no idea so many people feel so strongly about not wearing black with blue.
I would never hesitate to wear them together. In fact, I strive to create outfits that contain these two most awesome wardrobe basics!
As a kid, I don't know that I paired black with blue. I am certain that on some playground in my youth, I heard someone say that wearing the two colors together resulted in a bruise...but the idea didn't stick with me.
Fast forward to my retail days...
Black and blue, especially navy blue, were often used together by my favorite designers. I viewed collections from Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and Armani and others... all showing a spectacular mixing of black and blue.
I learned to watch for this sophisticated color combination. I encouraged my clients to practice this magical union in their wardrobes. I found myself mixing my basic blacks and blues quite frequently and easily. These two colors play well together!
The resulting look can be chic and European
or laid-back and American-made.
Below is my personal style idol....
Inès de la Fressange
She does black and blue...so well.
Several women told me they have a "pet peeve" about their man wearing black with blue...
While I don't usually post about men's style... I want to include your other half.
Black and blue on men is classic and elegant. It can also be urban and rugged.
Not too shabby, huh?
If you'd like to give it a go...
You can ease into wearing black with blue.
Start by pairing your favorite blue jeans with a black blouse or sweater and black shoes.
Since summer is just ahead, why not consider a blue tee or tank, a black skirt and black sandals?
Honestly, this combo is timeless and good-looking. And even better, it's basically effortless.
Black and blue. How simple.
Most of us have pieces in our wardrobes that are solid black and solid blue.
It won't hurt to try them together!
Show me your fashion bruises! Please email me photos of your own black and blue experiment.
Or tag me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,