Well, it's day 31 of 31 Days -a writing challenge. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed Simple Style A-Z. I loved sharing this month with you.
Thank you so much for following along. I hope you found some useful tips for discovering and cultivating your own fabulous style.
Your style is uniquely your own. Use it to express yourself beautifully and authentically. Expect your style to change over the years. Accept that fact as a natural part of evolving and aging. Don't let give up. Don't settle.
Looking great is not hard. It doesn't have to be expensive. Finding your look and owning it will improve your confidence and make getting dressed a simple task. It takes a bit of effort to lay the groundwork but then effortless style becomes a part of your life. Forever.
If you don't love your look...change something.
Small steps will help you build the courage and confidence needed to
rock your own unique style.
Always wear gold jewelry? Try silver
Only own black shoes? Buy brown next time
Forever in denim? Pull on some corduroys
Sweaters every day? Sample a blouse
As I wrap up the final day of the challenge, please remember...
As important as it is to look great, we are only talking about clothing.
Don't take it all too seriously. Don't spend all of your time shopping.
Make a style plan
Create a budget and save
Shop for the season
Build a fantastically functional wardrobe
Go live your life!
The tiniest changes can lead to bold moves in your wardrobe...
and in your life. Be brave.
Be you. Better.
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In order to stay stylish...it’s important to stay inspired. Finding inspiration is a vital part of keeping your look fresh. Your wardrobe must continue to evolve with you…supporting you through the different phases of your life. At some point, you might discover that your style is stuck. Don’t stress. It happens to all of us! To help you get back on track, I want to share a few of my favorite places to find style inspiration when I’m feeling trapped in a wardrobe rut.
These books have helped me time and time again. They sit on a shelf in
my closet and I refer to them regularly when I need a little boost.
that extra half an inch – by Victoria Beckham
Regardless of how you felt about the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham has proven herself to be a formidable presence in the world of fashion. Her brand is well-loved, respected and highly successful. In addition, Victoria Beckham is always impeccably dressed.
This fun book is loaded with VB’s tips and quips about how and where to find great style. Sexy photographs and lovely illustrations are combined with solid, helpful information...making this a true style guide.
Parisian Chic- A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange
As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Ines de la Fressange. Her personal style speaks to me. Her aesthetic resonates with mine. Within
the pages of this snazzy red book, she beautifully explains how to dress and live like a Parisian. In addition to her “six-point guide to the Parisian gene code” this treasure also features a lengthy section titled…
Ines’s Paris…which includes ”handpicked addresses” for her Paris favorites. It’s like a peek into her little black book of all things stylish in the City of Lights. This book is a must for your next trip to the capital of chic.
Paris Street Style – A guide to effortless chic
by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset
I looked at this book one day while working at Anthropologie. After a quick glance, I knew I had to own a copy. It's a cool book full of ideas and suggestions to help you find your own style. It also contains interesting interviews with the world’s style-makers. Plus, great photos for inspiration!
Lessons from Madame Chic-
20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
I’ve personally referred back to this book several times in the past few years. I do find Jennifer’s vibe a bit old-fashioned, but in the most delightful way. As a result of her student exchange trip to France, Ms. Scott now lives her life with more grace and poise.
With regards to style, Jennifer explains the mystique and genius of the
10 Item Wardrobe which is readily embraced by French women. I'll share more on this concept in a coming post. This book is a wonderful read for anyone wishing to better understand the essence of French women. It’s almost impossible not to make a few positive changes to your life after reading it.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up –
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
While this is not a book about style, it is a book that will forever change your closet and your relationship with your clothing. I loved this book
so much that I started a YouTube channel to share my experience withMarie Kondo’s incredible KonMari method.
You can watch here…
All of the books mentioned are available on Amazon. Just click the titles for a direct link (I have no affiliation, just wanted to make it easier for you.) It seems that many of these books are available used for only a few dollars.
I also find inspiration in several other places...
InStyle magazine- Currently, my favorite for real life style. I’ll always love Vogue, but it is harder to translate the pages of Vogue into a look that most women would be comfortable wearing.
My amazing co-workers at Anthropologie! I am blessed to work with a team of incredible women who each have their own fabulous style. We represent a variety of age groups and life-stages. I love seeing how differently we each style the very same garment!
Pinterest- When I’m in the right mindset, I adore Pinterest. I enjoy creating boards filled with European street style. The images available on Pinterest are seemingly countless, just take it in small doses so you don’t become overwhelmed.
Time spent in a metropolitan city- There is nothing like spending time in a big city for recharging my creative outfit juices. My favorites are New York, Paris and Madrid…but any big city will do. Allow some time for people watching. I find that I’m much more willing to try new things after seeing the variety and pure expression of personal style on urban women.
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The last letter of the alphabet is brings us to Zara. If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a Zara store, then you know how much style this amazing retailer brings to the world of affordable fashion. The first Zara was opened by Amancio Ortega and his wife in La Coruna, Spain in 1975. This week (40 years later), Business Insider featured an article about this retail giant…
You can read the entire article here...
This clothing company, whose CEO was briefly richer than Bill Gates,
is blowing the competition out of the water
Today, Zara has 6500 stores in 88 countries. The incredible thing about
Zara is that they've found a way to combine the latest fashions with
high quality and affordable prices. It's a trio that works! They've been increasingly successful for the past four decades. No wonder Amancio Ortega is the second richest man in the world.
Unfamiliar with Zara?
Here’s what I know-
It's a fascinating mix of some of your favorite stores. Think…a bit of H&M,
a touch of Target’s best fashion options with some Forever 21 thrown in…
all merchandised to look more like Nordstrom or a high-end clothing shop.
The quality is incredible! Most pieces look and feel like they should cost considerably more than their actual price.
It’s not uncommon to admire a sweater in Zara…
be swept away by the quality and details…
try it on and promptly fall in love…
and then realize that it’s only $39.90 Full-price!
My list of what you should check out at Zara is long…in fact, it might include every category in the store:-)
The sweaters are amazing
Zara’s coats are stylish and current
The accessories are on trend…handbags, belts, scarves, jewelry!
Luxurious trousers and skirts
They offer lovely work attire with an edge
Zara’s evening wear is beautiful
TRF is the trendier, less classic Zara line
There is also Zara Maternity for expectant moms who want to look
Denim- I wasn’t expecting to be impressed with their denim, as the price points are ridiculously low. However, my daughter tried on a few pairs of jeans and I must say…they were super flattering and very stylish.
Shoes- I don’t have any experience with Zara’s shoes. They look great,
but I haven’t ever tried a pair on myself. Please comment below if you
have any info on Zara shoes.
There are about sixty Zara stores in the United States. If you are lucky enough to live in a city that has a Zara…I urge you to go check it out!
Traveling to Europe? Leave room in your luggage and find the nearest Zara, as most European cities have at least one.
If you can’t make it to one of Zara's locations, shop from their online site.
It’s not quite as fab as visiting a store, but it’s much better than nothing.
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Trying to be younger is pointless…but trying to preserve a sense of youthfulness is essential to aging gracefully. There is a grey area between giving up when it comes to style and trying too hard to be stylish. I’ve found that many women reach a point in their lives when they choose to default to a sense of no style. This phase can happen at any age, but is most often seen after forty.
Women move into an unfamiliar stage in life and abandon the concept of trying to look sharp. Often there are myriad reasons for this ‘giving up’, but the result is a woman who looks like a tired mess and therefore feels like one, as well. It makes me sad to see a woman who’s lost her way with regards to putting herself together.
There is no magic pill. You can’t turn back the clock, but you can keep
from looking like you’ve thrown in the towel. A dull, outdated, uninspired wardrobe can't possibly make you feel good or youthful.
Youthful style = current and fresh.
A woman with a youthful style possesses a sense of playfulness and curiosity. She tries new things! Youthful doesn’t mean trendy or trashy...
it means that you still care enough to keep your look modern.
Instead of resigning yourself to looking ‘okay’, remain open and stay informed. Adopt trends that you can translate into age-appropriate style.
7 Ways to Keep Your Look Youthful...
Stay covered- As we age, so does our skin. One of the best ways to look younger is to cover up some skin. Choose your best skin and let a bit show in that area. Maybe it’s your legs or your arms…show it off in a tasteful way. Pay attention to chic older women. You’ll notice they are usually a bit more covered than their ‘trying too hard’ contemporaries.
Fit matters- If you don’t already have one, find a good tailor. Clothes that fit well help you look younger. Don’t be discouraged if a piece needs to be altered in order to properly hug your body. Clothing is made on fit models, not real women. A nip or a tuck to a garment can make all the difference!
Color can be your friend- I am prone to wearing mostly solid, neutral colors. I'm most comfortable in navy, black, and grey. However,
I've started to introduce a bit of color into my wardrobe. A touch of color can add much needed whimsy to an otherwise plain outfit. Choose colors that are flattering to your skin and hair. The correct hues should brighten you up!
Take pride- L’Oréal is right…you are worth it! Don’t forget that. Your style should make you proud! Regardless of your age, bank account, lifestyle or figure…it’s totally possible to look and feel youthful. A few small changes and you’ll begin to wonder why you waited so long to take back your style!
Buy quality- Though young women can often wear items of lower quality and still look great…this becomes more difficult to pull off as you age. Moving forward, choose better quality pieces over a closet filled with ‘cheap’, poorly made clothing. Good quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Having fewer items, but investing in those items, costs the same (or less) than countless inexpensive pieces. Creating a great wardrobe just takes a bit of mindfulness and practice.
Cool shoes- This one is big. The wrong shoes will instantly sap the youthfulness right out of your outfit. I only wear comfortable shoes, but
I refuse to wear shoes that look dated or frumpy. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Spend a day trying on shoes that are different from what you would usually wear. Be open to a new shape and style. One of the fastest ways to upgrade your look is with a cool new pair of shoes.
Your best hair- So important. Bad hair is not youthful…it’s a complete buzzkill to your style. Your hair can be short or long, grey or colored…but it must be modern.
Not sure where to start? Be on the lookout for women in your town with awesome hair! Stop them and ask who they go to for cut and color. Start
a file of hairdresser options and begin to research them for price, location availability. Check out Yelp and CitySearch for reviews. Troll Pinterest or magazines and create a vision board for your hair. Then…choose a salon and go for it! Great hair is attainable for everyone. You might have to let go of the hairstyle you rocked in high school. You might have to accept that your best hair is not that of a Victoria’s Secret Angel…but trust me…the right hairstyle and color is one of the fastest way to look and feel incredible!
Age is just a number.
Keeping your look youthful will help to make aging more fun!
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I apologize for making up today’s word. I know that X-tras isn’t really a word...but in my defense, there aren’t any (that I could find) X words that relate to style. So…thanks for giving me a pass.
X-tras are those pieces in your wardrobe that add some pizzazz. They aren’t basics or essentials...and they aren't the same for everyone. There are no rules for what qualifies as an x-tra. You call the shots. You decide what becomes that ultra-fantastic piece that makes you feel like a rock star every time you wear it. X-tras are special.
After you’ve created a functional closet filled with clothing that supports your lifestyle and allows you to dress with ease….it’s time to add some special sauce.
These pieces are not what you reach for every day, but they are vital to your wardrobe. The x-tras are waiting in the wings, yet always at the ready when you need to pump up the wow factor.
Some examples of awesome x-tras include...
A fairy tale skirt, a show-stopping jacket or sweaters that sparkle. Remember, you determine what this element looks like for you. Once you find a piece you love...don't save it for special occasions.
Go ahead and mix it into your every day wardrobe. Be brave.
The holidays will be here soon. Now is the perfect time to experiment and find an x-tra for your wardrobe. The stores are filling up with all things fabulous…and you'll fit right in this season when you rock a little more bling. Need some inspiration? Anthropologie and J Crew are masters at curating looks that include one (BIG) part dazzle!
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How you feel about winter has much to do with where you live. In Southern California, it’s just another mild season. To the folks in Boston or Chicago, it’s an often dreaded deep freeze. I have only ever lived in states where it’s cold in the winter. I grew up on the east coast, disliking the cold weather…always dreaming of warmer days. I think part of the reason that I couldn’t warm up to winter was the fact that my wardrobe was ill-equipped to keep me toasty and chic at the same time.
I moved to Colorado a little over two years ago. I’m happy to report that my outlook on winter has changed drastically. I now realize that winter in some places is eagerly anticipated…even celebrated.
It shows in a woman's style when she embraces winter. You've seen them...in your own town, on the silver screen or photographed in Telluride or Aspen...I’m referring to those women who rock winter with effortless style. They look weather-appropriate and fabulous even in bitter temperatures.
I might not be able to help you with your attitude about winter...but I can help you create a gorgeous, winter-friendly wardrobe. Here's what you'll need...
A great coat- This one is a must. There is no way around owning a good coat if you live where it’s cold. Keep in mind that your coat sets the tone
for your style all winter long. It's what people will see first...sometimes it's all they'll see. A super stylish outfit isn't visible under a bad coat. Make your coat a priority.
Choose a style that’s in keeping with the rest of your wardrobe. In really cold climates you might actually need two coats…one for cold days (something that's wool or lightly quilted) and one for frigid days (some version of the iconic North Face long parka).
Stylish boots with a traction sole- I know that most of the world has moved away from Uggs, but I’m still in the Uggs camp. I realize that they are not the most ‘fashionable’ boot, but THEY ARE WARM. Like ‘keep your toes from falling off while watching your daughter’s riding lesson in the barn’ warm!
I have purchased Uggs new (at Nordstrom Pre-Season Sale) and used at Plato’s closet for under $40. Truth is, I actually love the used ones more! Don’t write off this style because of price or lack of style…they will keep your feet warm so that you’ll hate winter less.
There are lots of other boot options for winter. Just be sure that whatever you choose has a lug sole that won’t slip on snow and ice.
Cold weather accessories:
Stylish gloves or mittens that are actually warm- There are tons of fun options when it comes to covering your hands…just make sure that the pair you choose will actually keep your hands warm. Cute doesn’t matter if your fingers are numb.
Worried about not being able to use your smart phone? Don’t be, gloves with sensor pads on the fingertips or mittens with flip-tops and half- fingered gloves underneath are available everywhere! So, you’ll still be able to swipe:-)
A fabulous hat- Hats come in a zillion styles, textures and colors. You might find it hard to pick only one…so don’t. Knit beanies are chic and modern. Try on a bunch and step out of your comfort zone a bit. This isn’t a huge investment. It’s a hat. Have fun with it.
Amazing scarves- Scarves are literally the icing on the cake. If you prefer to keep your winter ensemble monochromatic and possibly even all black or grey…a colorful scarf can be your signature for winter. Pick one that feels incredibly soft in your hands. No itchy yarns. Choose colors that are flattering with your face first, then your coat. Here, big is better. Your winter scarf should create a stunning ‘collar’ to finish your look.
Silk long underwear- Ideally; opt for 100% silk, as it’s uber insulating. Wear them under your regular clothing for an added layer of warmth without any bulk. Tops and bottoms are often sold together and are available from lots of retailers. Check out Amazon, Uniqlo and even Costco…
Warm socks- Give your boots and shoes some help by purchasing a few pairs of socks created to protect your toes from frostbite. Visit your local ski shop or sporting goods store…grab a pair that’s made especially for winter.
Ready to shop for your winter style survival kit? Here’s where I’d start…
Target- almost a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your winter wardrobe
Your local department store- a full selection of everything you need
Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club- you’ll be amazed at what’s inside…
Marshalls or TJ Maxx- for socks, coats and winter accessories
Plato’s Closet- for high-quality boots and coats at resale prices
Anthropologie and Forever 21- loads of interesting and stylish scarves, hats and gloves…at a variety of prices.
If you need some inspiration to gear up for the winter ahead…treat yourself to a dose of The Holiday. What a magical film! Even before moving to CO, this movie helped to change the way I view winter. Caution: You’ll become obsessed with finding a cozy, pastel cashmere sweater and possibly your own Jude Law.
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It’s day two of the letter V. I’d like to share my recent interview with an amazing young woman named Vithya. I first met Vithya when she booked a Personal Styling appointment with me at Anthropologie. I have since worked with her many times at the store and in her home. Her style is impeccable and she is beautiful, inside and out.
In addition to Vithya’s enviable way with clothing…her closet is awesome! She turned a spare room into a style sanctuary! I’m so grateful that she agreed to answer my questions during 31 Days of Simple Style.
1. What made you decide to turn a bedroom into a closet?
Our bedroom has a small single closet which was perfect for all of my husband's stuff, but there wasn't much room for me. Before we transformed the spare bedroom into a closet, my items were scattered throughout the house. Some pieces in the study, some in the guest bedroom, and some in the laundry room, plus lots of stuff in various plastic storage boxes. I was always struggling to find where everything was located. Finally we decided to move my husband’s downstairs office to an upstairs room and convert the bedroom where he had been keeping an office into a closet. Best decision of my life. I finally saw all my things in one place. It gave me an opportunity to truly assess my style and wardrobe. It was exhilarating.
2. How did you come up with the design? How long did the project take to complete?
We came up with the design for my closet using a checklist of my ideals. Ideally, I wanted the following:
1) Full length mirror
2) Short hanging space
3) Long hanging space
4) Jewelry drawers so I could see all of my accessories at once
5) Small area for clutches and shoulder bags (in my previous world, they were all stuffed in various corners),
6) One wall dedicated to shoes. Within the shoes area I wanted sections for boots.
Given these wishes, we looked at the room dimensions and drew up a plan. We had to work around the basement windows and lower ceilings. But these restrictions only helped me to design more quickly. I could only do
so much given the room we had.
We took about a day to draw up my ideal design. Next, we called a few closet providers and received quotes over the course of a month. Finally, we landed on a company that we felt was affordable and was customizable to my needs within their stock options. We didn't want to go too custom and have it be super expensive. The company came out and installed everything within one day. I got my closet done the day before Christmas. On Christmas, I giddily put in my entire wardrobe into the new closet.
It was so exciting!
3. Are you pleased with the results? Would you change anything about the final look?
I am absolutely thrilled with the results! The only thing I would have changed is maybe have less short hanging space and more long hanging space. When I originally designed the closet I felt I needed more short hanging space, but turns out I could have used more long hanging space.
4. What advice do you have for someone wanting to revamp their closet space?
My advice to anyone revamping their closet space is understand that even if it's a small space and not a bedroom like I did, it's still worth doing. It's a worthwhile investment. The peace of mind from knowing where everything is and being able to put things together in new ways has been so valuable. Plus (this is my husband's favorite part), I spend a lot less on clothes and accessories that I don’t like. I now only purchase things that I love. Having everything in one place made me realize how much I already have in my wardrobe.
5. What is your favorite part of your new space?
My most favorite part of my new space is that I am able to view and ascertain my wardrobe holistically. Do the items serve me? Are these items still good? I can now see this blouse goes with that skirt. Before my closet renovation, I would just buy random pieces never being able to see what they might go with. I was wasting money without even knowing it.
6. How do you approach creating your wardrobe?
My wardrobe creation has evolved and morphed so much over the years. When I was in my early 20's, everything was trend driven. I was constantly buying trendy items. Wasn't sure how to put it together, but just kept getting them and when I would wear them, many of the trends wore me instead of the other way around.
In my late 20's I kept purchasing items cerebrally. I would refer to fashion books that would tell me the "ten pieces every woman should own" etc. Some of the advice I still agree with, but there were many pieces in my wardrobe that I had just because I thought I "should" have but didn't really go with my lifestyle. One of the struggles I’ve had with my wardrobe is that
I naturally like to dress-up in a more formal way- pencil skirts, sheath dresses, blazers, etc. But for the last decade I have worked in more casual environments. I struggled with how to be appropriate for my setting and fit in, but still stay true to my natural style. This is why I decided to use a personal stylist. I wanted someone who could work with me to create a wardrobe that was both reflective of my personal style and appropriate for the casual city where I live.
7. What is your go-to outfit?
My go-to-fall outfit is a blazer, great blouse, skinny jeans and ankle booties, or a solid dress, statement scarf, leggings and booties.
My go-to-winter outfit is a blouse, sweater coat, skinny blue or black jeans and knee high flat boots.
My go-to-spring outfit is a statement skirt, striped tee or other tee, Tory Burch wedges.
My go-to-summer outfit is an ethnic inspired dress, gladiator sandals, and gold cuff bracelet.
8. How would you describe your style?
I like my style to be polished, refined, and chic. Olivia Palermo and Jenna Lyons are my style icons. I love how they can make a sequin or fringed skirt look effortless. The other day I was looking at my Pinterest board and noticed that there is a definite pattern to the apparel and home decor that I've selected. I love saturated color and geometric or modern ethnic inspired patterns.
9. What five pieces do you think every woman should have in her wardrobe?
1) Great pair of high-rise skinny jeans
2) Denim jacket
3) Knee-high boots with traction, lug sole, something you can wear in the winter on snow and ice
4) A statement necklace
5) A statement infinity scarf
10. What are the benefits of working with a Personal Stylist?
Sometimes people are surprised to hear that I work with a personal stylist because I love fashion so much. They figure I could do all of it myself. Not true. It's so nice to be able to work with someone who knows you, knows your taste. The stylist is able to envision things for you that you may have never considered. Someone else may not have the pre-conceived notions you have about your own wardrobe.
A personal stylist opens your eyes to possibilities. Working with someone as talented and kind as Kristen has been such a blessing. (Thanks so much, Vithya) Not only does she get my style and lifestyle needs, but she also subscribes to the same philosophy I have about having things that bring us joy. After having spent so many years buying things just because I thought
I was supposed to, it’s so nice to work with someone who doesn't pressure me to buy just anything. She works with me to create a wardrobe of items that bring me joy and that spills over to all areas of my life. It opens me up to making choices in all aspects of life that bring me joy.
Having a great wardrobe may seem like a superficial need, but I have seen in my own life how it has empowered me to be a better, more confident woman in many ways…much bigger than just clothes.
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Although sometimes it’s difficult for me to admit…an outfit's second layer doesn’t have to be a jacket or cardigan. Another stylish option is a vest.
While I personally don’t often opt for a vest…I do appreciate the versatility and finishing power of this classic garment. Fall is a perfect time to consider
adding this easy piece to your wardrobe.
Three super things about a vest…
1. A vest can take the place of a blazer, jacket or cardigan sweater in
almost any situation. There is a vest version of almost every sleeved
2. It provides just enough extra warmth. I hear from many women that they can’t wear layers without overheating. Yet, most of my clients love vests because they aren’t too warm and still allow for that stylish final layer.
3. They're a bit unexpected – If you’re like most women, a vest will add a
little something new to your existing wardrobe. You might think you’ll have trouble finding an awesome vest…not so! Once you start to look, you’ll find them everywhere.
Ready to try a vest….
I suggest you either look for a vest that’s similar to a sleeved style
you already enjoy wearing…or step outside your comfort zone and pick one that's totally different.
The options below are like the ‘little sisters’ of their full-sleeved counterparts.
Puffer – Choose one that’s not too puffy. Opt for sleek and lean. This vest will actually add some real warmth. It’s a great choice for a brisk day.
Military- Classic! Most often seen in army green, but this vest is just a fab in another color. Keep your mind open. A military style vest won't add much weight, making it perfect to throw on all-year long.
Sweater – There are so many incredible sweater-vest styles. Look for a color and texture that works with what you have in your wardrobe. Pick a knit vest you love…you’ll wear it often. The softer and yummier…the better!
Fur- I'd go with faux fur…unless you have an amazing vintage option that’s made of real fur. Today’s man-made fur fabrics look and feel very realistic. In addition, fur vests are available at every price point. This option is modern and stylish. You can select a fur that looks real or you can go for shaggy pale pink! The choices are endless.
Denim- This vest offers the same great shape as timeless denim jacket. Like the military vest, a denim vest works in every season. Dark or light wash…your call.
Shearling- Super chic. Luxurious. And the faux version is machine washable. I prefer man-made shearling fabrics to the real thing…but
either one adds a touch of rich style to your wardrobe.
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Okay, this one’s going to be short and sweet. Today’s word is uniform. If you’re cringing right now at the thought of the word uniform and how it relates to style…you aren’t alone. Uniforms have a nasty reputation for being boring, uninspired and dictated by others. Usually what comes to mind are private schools, specific jobs or the military. Is that what you’re thinking? Not so fast…
When it comes to wardrobes…the uniform is really a beautiful thing! Having a template for your style is liberating. Uniforms save time and money…and make it possible to always look sharp. Effortlessly.
If you’ve read even a few of my posts (thank you;)…then you know that
my uniform usually includes a blazer. Maybe it’s because I went to public school and never really worked in a ‘corporate’ environment…but I love
a blazer! Love.
Here’s my feeling… a uniform allows you to express yourself within a few self-appointed boundaries. You call the shots…you decide what you’re most comfortable wearing. As a result, you become a better shopper…
you know to only choose pieces that will play well within your existing uniform. Much like having a schedule, a uniform isn't confining...it's actually quite freeing!
Need more variety? It’s totally fine to change it up and try something new. After all, you created your uniform; you can tweak it at any time! Yet, it’s comforting to know that you can rely on your ‘uniform’ when you want to feel and look like the best, most authentic version of you!
3 No-Fail Uniforms for Fall and Winter
1. A blazer, t-shirt and jeans
2. A long tunic or easy dress with leggings and tall boots
3. A skirt with tights and booties (flats or tall boots work well, too)
You can't go wrong with a blazer and jeans!
A simple dress or tunic with leggings or tights. So chic.
A fun skirt and tights. Super style.
Limiting choices and a using set formula translates into fewer headaches when choosing what to wear.
Remember, your wardrobe should support your lifestyle.
If the clothes you currently own aren’t doing that…then it’s time to reevaluate. I suggest reading Marie Kondo’s incredible book on tidying. Her method for wardrobes is truly life-changing.
Begin to build a wardrobe filled with pieces you love. Determine your
own uniform. I promise you'll discover that getting dressed becomes
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In fashion, texture refers to the feel or appearance of the surface of a fabric. Texture plays a crucial role in whether an outfit ‘works’ or not. This element is often overlooked and when handled poorly, can lead to an ensemble that’s either boring or a mess. Let me explain…
The correct combination of textures creates an outfit that is interesting
and stylish. The wrong mix of textures and the look appears out of balance.
The texture of a garment is determined by the fibers used to make the fabric and how those fibers are treated. For instance, silk fibers can be spun into yarn that can be knit or woven. The resulting fabric can be smooth, like a woven, silk blouse or bumpy, like a loose knit sweater.
The same holds true for other fibers, both natural and man-made.
In addition, the texture of a garment sometimes appears in the details of the finished garment…like with pleats or shirring/ruching (fancy words for smocking and gathering).
It's a bit of an art to combine pieces with complementary textures. Once you know the trick, you'll be a textural mix master!
There’s an easy way to make sure that your outfits have enough texture, but not too much. Think in threes.
If you follow the trio plan with regards to texture, you'll discover that this element of wardrobe building is super important...and even a fun place to experiment.
As a rule, you can either mix three very different textures or choose two that are similar and then add a wild-card.
Above is an example of a great mix of textures...
Jeans paired with a silk blouse and a wool blazer. The denim is smooth,
but a bit rugged, the blouse is soft and delicate... and the wool blazer is rough. These three texture work very beautifully together.
In comparison, if the jeans were paired with a cotton blouse and a cotton blazer...then the outfit would lack that wild card element. All of the fabrics would appear too similar in texture...without enough contrast. Jeans with a cotton blouse would pair better with a chunky-knit, wool cardigan than with a cotton blazer. Make sense?
Let's take a look at some well-chosen texture combos...
Oh, but first...
It's also important to consider your hair when getting dressed.
Well...let's say you have super curly hair or very long, straight hair...then your hair acts as an additional 'texture'. So, keep that in mind when choosing the fabrics that you'll wear close to your face. You want to strike a balance of texture that looks effortless and chic...never overdone.
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Go ahead play with texture this season. It only takes a little practice to
know what works and what doesn't. Texture is a great place to have fun with your style!
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,