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Having an amazing collection of clothes requires some work. There are several steps to creating a wardrobe that functions effortlessly, helping you look fabulous every time you get dressed.
Many women assume that the most important part of the equation is where to buy the clothes. Actually, I don’t think this is true. I believe it’s possible to cultivate an incredible wardrobe from just about anywhere...Neiman Marcus to Goodwill.
I am regularly asked, ‘Where do you shop for clothing?’
My answer often comes as a surprise. I only shop in a limited number of stores. Why?
By limiting the number of stores, shopping takes less time and is less overwhelming.
Am I missing something amazing in one of the stores I don’t frequent? Possibly, but I’m okay with that. Too many choices is paralyzing for me. In the past, I became frozen when faced with endless options!
Fewer stores = less stress + a better wardrobe
As a general rule, I only shop in about nine stores for all of my wardrobe needs, including under garments and shoes. Nine.
Below you'll find my current list. Keep in mind that my list does change sometimes. I might seek out a new spot because of a change in lifestyle, budget or size/shape of my body. But for now, the following stores are my staples.
Nordstrom and DSW - for shoes
I like good shoes. I only wear shoes that are very comfortable from the first step. I don’t want to spend a fortune on footwear. I like a flexible return policy, in case I have an issue with fit or quality after buying.
Old Navy, Target, H&M and Forever 21- for the basics
I buy the bulk of my basics in these stores. For better or worse, they work for my current lifestyle and budget. I always look for the very best quality available in these fast-fashion spots. I consistently find items that will work with my existing wardrobe. The price points in these shops allows me to stay current each season while still having money left to buy the things my kids need for their wardrobes:-)
Anthropologie- for denim, blazers and
This one may seem obvious since as an employee, I’m eligible for a discount. I am very thankful for my Anthro discount and it allows me to purchase items I honestly might not buy without it. However, I really only buy what I absolutely love. At any price. The items I choose to purchase at Anthropologie, I would purchase at full price even if I didn’t work there.
I’m often surprised by the wide range of price points available at Anthropologie. Always check out the sale section. Often you’ll find beautiful garments for $39.95 and under.
Gap and Victoria’s Secret- for undies and bras
I am a creature of habit with regards to underwear. I also don’t want to spend a fortune on undies and bras. I tend to buy the same panty in basic colors when there is a promotion. I love VS’s 7 for $25 deals!
Bras are tough for me. I’ve nursed three babies and I’ve been informed by those who fit women for bras that my ‘fullness is on the bottom’. That’s a nice way of saying I have ‘very small breasts that have sagged’.
I can usually count on finding good quality bras and panties at these two retailers.
If I find myself shopping for fun, I will occasionally check out what’s new in some other stores.
I’ve learned that the stores below don’t really work for either my body, style or budget, but I am inspired by their displays...
Small, hip boutiques
There are some women who buy almost everything for their wardrobe in one store. Those women often dislike shopping or have extreme brand loyalty. No problem. If that’s your way and it works for you, stick with it.
However, it seems that most women tend to spend exhaustive hours trolling their local malls and visiting many, many different stores. There is a definite FOMO that compels women to hit every store that could possibly carry something they might want to wear.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or the energy for that approach.
I want to find great pieces and get on with my life!
So, I’ve edited the list of stores where I regularly shop. It’s a small, dependable handful that works for me. Only shopping in a few favorite stores, allows me to assess collections quickly and easily...purchasing only what I need and love.
Why create your own short list of favorite stores?
Saves time - This method beautifully limits the time you spend shopping because you aren’t roaming all over the mall, combing every rack in the entire place. There's simplicity in a tight selection of stores that you know carry pieces that work for you.
Saves money - You'll benefit from customer loyalty programs and discounts as well as early notification of sales. Fewer options means slighter chance of buying something you'll later regret. Stick with what you know and love.
Saves energy - It’s mentally exhausting to search through piles and rows of clothing to find a few great pieces. Having too many choices leads to decision fatigue...the very real problem of depleting your power to make a decision.
How to decide which stores to include in your list?
If you aren’t a seasoned shopper, you’ll need to be patient while you learn which stores are your best fit for lifestyle, budget and body type.
Look in your closet and evaluate your current wardrobe.
Answer the following questions...
What are your favorite pieces?
Which pieces have the best shape/fit for your body?
What items don’t really work for you?
Which pieces aren’t very good quality/aren’t lasting?
Which garments gather the most compliments?
Next, note where you purchased the pieces you listed above. Most women notice a pattern…
All my coolest t-shirts came from:
The jeans that fit me best are from:
Garments that aren’t holding up so well are from:
My most comfortable clothings/shoes are all from:
Your answers will be the beginning of your very own...
Short List of Favorite Stores!
Still building your Short List? Use what you've learned through the exercise above to streamline your next shopping trip. Start by shopping in your go-to stores first.
If you’re not finding everything you need, check out one additional store. Not every store in the mall, just one. Become familiar with what that 'extra' store offers and how their merchandise works for you. Then, decide if it makes your list.
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Don't worry. No spoilers here, but House of Cards on Netflix? Wow! My husband and I recently finished the final episode of Season 4. We tried to stretch it out as far as possible...really, we did! Yet, we didn’t even make 30 days. This season was just too good! If you don’t already watch House of Cards…cross your fingers for a string of rainy days or a bad cold so you can curl up with Netflix and partake in our current culture’s mysterious pastime…binge watching! You won’t be sorry…but you also won’t accomplish much until you finish all four seasons. I warned you…
I have always enjoyed Robin Wright and her work. I faithfully watched the soap opera Santa Barbara in the 1980s and loved her as Kelly Capwell.
It seems Robin Wright continues to grow more graceful and beautiful with age.
She is cool and stylish.
Her character on House of Cards…Claire Underwood…is pure genius.
Elegant, chic, poised, stunning, sharp and sexy.
Much like binge watching, another topic that's almost impossible to ignore is the constant buzz surrounding Marie Kondo’s guidelines for tidying up our lives.
Magazines, blogs, news stories, friends and family members are chiming in on the merits of putting the KonMari Method to work in all areas of our lives.
(Want to know more about this incredible method? Check this out)
As I declutter, tidy and organize, I find myself fantasizing a bit about who has actually mastered this "life-changing magic of tidying up".
I'm curious about strangers, friends and celebrities, wondering…how do they fold their t-shirts? What lurks under their bathroom sinks?
Crazy, I know. However, in all of my daydreaming and exploration I believe I've identified an imaginary KonMari role model.
Here’s what I’ve decided…
The KonMari Method in human form is...
Whether she resides in the Netflix White House or not, I’m quite certain that Claire’s cupboards are in order.
Her papers discarded and her desk clean.
Her clothing folded into neat little rectangles.
Her hair is consistently tidy.
Every word she speaks seems intentional and uncluttered.
Claire’s wardrobe is simple, understated and deliberate. A capsule at its finest.
Ahhh, life goals.
When there is order, the chaos and messiness of real life don’t throw a wrench into our daily routine.
By having systems in place we create peace in our homes. From that place, our days can truly be fully lived. What a brilliant plan. I’m all in.
If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I strongly suggest that you do. And soon.
The act of decluttering is transformative.
Maybe grab a copy of the book and turn on House of Cards…tidying categories while you cruise through four seasons with the Underwoods.
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I believe in the classics. I embrace a traditional, tailored, timeless style. The khaki pant is a classic…but it’s often difficult to make this age-old trouser look cool. What is khaki? According to Merriam-Webster it's a "dull, yellowish-brown cloth made usually of cotton or wool and used especially for military uniforms; commonly pants"…sounds uber chic, huh?
I’ve worn khakis since high school. I've always appreciated their utilitarian vibe and durability. As a teen in the eighties, khakis were readily accepted as a key piece in a preppy-inspired wardrobe.
Over the years, khakis began to get a really bum rap. Nerdy, stiff, masculine and unflattering…not the look sought after by most hip women.
I want to defend khaki pants!
There are ways to wear them without slipping over to the un-stylish dark side.
Wear them with white or black- Clean, modern and sophisticated.
Choose your version- tailored and slim or slouchy and distressed.
Either can work; just pick the shape most flattering to your body and complementary to the rest of your wardrobe.
Elevate them- Think J Crew. Add a fancy necklace and some great heels. Khakis go on dates and out to dinner, beautifully.
Add light blue- Chambray or powder blue oxford cloth...gorgeous with khaki! So fresh and classic.
Dress 'em down- Lazy, slouchy, boyfriend vibe. Pull on a favorite conversation tee or sweatshirt… with a stylish pair of kicks.
Farmers’ Market? Coffee Shop? Yes!
Handle the hem- Cuff or roll the bottom to keep the look modern and youthful. Show some ankle!
Pick your best color- Khaki pants come in a variety of similar shades. Some are more brown, others stone-like and some almost white…choose a pair that will coordinate well with the colors in your wardrobe. Regarding khaki, seems most women have a strong preference for one particular hue.
Are you starting to see it?
Pretty chic, don't you think?
If you already own a pair of khakis...dig them out! Play around with some new ways to wear them and go rock those classic pants!
Need a pair?
Easy. Khakis are available almost everywhere at every price point.
My current favorite is the Pilcro Chino from Anthropologie. $88. They wash and wear beautifully. Great fit. Super comfortable.
Also check out J Crew, Banana Republic, Old Navy, H&M, Gap, Target...the list goes on.
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Week Two Recap...delayed by the chaos of moving! I had the crazy notion that moving would not interfere with my posting schedule. What was I thinking? Moving is an all-in, full-time, hands-on endeavor...one that requires more mental and physical effort than I originally recalled. Silly me.
While the tasks required for moving might temporarily interrupt my blogging schedule, I remain committed to wearing everything I own. I'm learning quite a bit about my wardrobe habits as I work through my closet. The second week was enlightening...I'm excited to share what I've learned. I apologize for keeping you waiting:-)
I promise to continue sharing what I discover along the way. Hopefully, we can all benefit from this little experiment.
The goal is to have a closet filled only with pieces you absolutely LOVE!
I ask for your patience over the next few weeks. I plan to resume a regular schedule again as quickly as possible! Right now, I'm off to pack some boxes...and remind myself to keep breathing;-)
Lots style and de-cluttering stuff in the works for the coming months! Super excited to share some new things.
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Change is in the air...On January 1st, I decided it was time to fix the areas of my life that aren’t working very well. One such area is my closet. Yes, embarrassingly…my very own closet needs help! My current issue?
I have too much clothing that I’m not wearing. So...I challenged myself to wear it all.
I’ve just finished the first week of my Wear Everything I Own Challenge.
The process is simple…commit to wearing every single piece of clothing in my entire wardrobe. Take photos and keep notes and at the end, decide what stays and what goes.
I must say, this is proving to be a rather interesting study.
Here's the video recap which includes the actual outfits worn this week.
What I’ve discovered so far:
1. The first week was easy. I could mainly just wear the clothing I already know I love. Though, I did force myself to choose a few pieces that haven’t seen the light of day in quite some time.
2. I have several pieces that I once really loved, but don’t anymore. I think they made it through the KonMari tidying process since they do spark joy when I hold them. That’s probably because I once loved them. I’m feeling that it might be time to thank those pieces and let them go.
3. I tend to ‘save’ favorite pieces for special days or occasions. These items aren’t dressy or fancy. Though they are often better quality, more luxurious or I just LOVE them more than the clothing I wear regularly. The problem with this method of ‘hoarding the good stuff' is that after a while, the pieces lose their shine…even if they've just hung in my closet. I’d be much better off to wear every piece immediately after purchasing…and make every day a special occasion!
4. I have more tops than I originally thought. I have lots of tops that are very similar. I didn’t realize how many tops I have compared to bottoms. I’m sure that several tops will be discarded/donated at the end of this experiment.
Big light bulb moment...
5. My whole wardrobe should take a lesson from my denim collection. I only own denim that I truly love. This item of clothing is easy for me to select. I only pick jeans that are comfortable and flattering. Interestingly, I'm more willing to invest money in denim than in any other clothing category. I tend to look for bargains in other areas, but I’m willing to spend more on great denim. Maybe it’s time to apply this method to tops, shoes and other clothing. Seems I’d probably end up with a wardrobe full of pieces that I really love wearing!
6. For the first time ever, I’m very intrigued by the thought of creating a true Capsule Wardrobe. Not ready yet…but I’m heading in that direction. I think I’ll know for sure at the end of this challenge:-)
A side note:
I currently work with private clients at a distance, but many women have been asking how they can work with The Together Act remotely and affordably. I decided it’s time to offer an online workshop.
I'll be releasing my Wake-Up Your Wardrobe Workshop.
For years, I've guided my one-on-one clients through the process taught in this workshop. It's simple and effective. It will change the way you look at your wardrobe! Getting dressed will be fun!
The 3-day online workshop will help you identify your authentic style and teach you how to create amazing outfits with what you already own. Outfits that support your lifestyle and reflect the image you want to present to the world. More info to come...
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I’ve made a decision. It’s time to make some radical changes in a few areas of my life. I’ve recently celebrated a birthday (a BIG one) and it’s a new calendar year. I’m more determined than ever to fix what’s bugging me. Life is short and long at the same time. I want more peace and more joy. Watch out 2016, I plan to find both on your watch!
First things first.
My closet needs work.
Let’s remember that I'm a Personal Stylist. My job is to help women create fantastic wardrobes that fully support their lifestyles. I am very good at doing just that…for other women:-)
If I’m completely honest, I sometimes don’t follow my own advice. This always proves foolish because then I end up with...
we can say it together...
“A closet full of clothing and nothing to wear!”
So, I’m turning my attention to my own closet.
Note: As many of you know, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo about 6 months ago. I immediately proceeded to use the KonMari Method of decluttering in every room of my house.
Half a year later, there are many areas/categories that still look amazing! I’m thrilled with how well we've managed to keep the flow going and the spaces orderly!
Other categories...not so much. Papers, I’m looking at you!
My closet has remained extremely organized. The KonMari folding method has been a game-changer and my wardrobe looks great. Here’s the problem…
I’ve noticed that I have lots of clothing that I don’t ever reach for when getting dressed. This shouldn’t be the case. I kept only what ‘sparks joy’ when I did my KonMari decluttering for clothing.
Why am I not wearing and loving everything in my closet?
I’m about to find out.
I am fulling committed to wearing every single garment in my closet.
I want to move through this experiment as quickly as possible, so I’ll focus on not wearing pieces more than once. However, I have a lot more tops than bottoms. As a result, I will have to wear jeans and pants repeatedly while I work though all of my tops. Same with shoes and accessories…those will be worn many times to make outfits with all of the tops.
The only two categories I will skip over are Formal Wear – really dressy dresses, shoes & accessories and Out of Season Clothing – I missed a few pieces when I packed up my summer clothes. If I can’t currently wear it, it shouldn't be in my closet.
Here’s my plan:
I will wear each piece of clothing!
Check out the video for the method I’m using to separate what’s been worn from the rest.
I’m not sure how long this project will take…probably four or five weeks.
Each week, I'll recap what I’ve worn and how I’m feeling about the pieces. I'll share what stays and what goes. And how I plan to avoid this problem in the future!
Once I’ve worked through my entire wardrobe…I plan to do some ruthless editing.
I’ve been resisting the concept of a capsule wardrobe, but this experiment might just change my mind…
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It's almost Thanksgiving. That yummy Thursday in November when Americans observe the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621.
Modern Thanksgiving is an interesting mix of wonderful traditions shared with family and friends. The bulk of the festivities tend to center around a large, special feast. Usually, the rest of the day includes a combination of parade viewing, football (playing or watching), napping
and the recently added trend of way-too-'early-bird' holiday shopping!
As a side note: my advice is to stay home and savor the slowness of
this unique holiday. Get a good night's sleep...and storm the stores at
dawn on Black Friday instead:-)
Thanksgiving is a day when you may visit with dear friends and seldom-seen family members. It's a day when you want to look your best...but often have a huge list of things to do! If you're not hosting, you might face a long day of travel before you arrive at your destination.
Given all of the 'stuff' that goes along with Thanksgiving, it can be challenging to pick the right outfit.
Are you wondering what to wear?
Let's break it down and make it easy as pie.
My tips for looking and feeling great on Turkey Day:
1. Comfort! This is the most important factor when getting dressed for this holiday. Whether you'll be in your own home or someone else's... (or even in a restaurant) wear something comfortable. Why? Because it's a day to be cozy and at ease. Thanksgiving Day is all about family and friends...
chilling together. And...it's centers around eating a huge meal!
Tight clothing has no place at this gathering. Opt for loose or stretchy garments that will be forgiving after a slice (or two) of pumpkin pie.
2. Layers- Be sure to dress in layers. You could easily find yourself dealing with several different 'climates' during the day. Outside, it can be quite cold on Thanksgiving in many areas of the country. Inside, well, the oven's been on all day...the house is full of people and there could likely be a fire roaring in the fireplace. All of a sudden you'll be roasting! If your only layer is a super chunky, wool sweater, you might wish you could borrow a t-shirt from the hostess or eat your dinner on the deck.
On top: Opt for layering pieces so that your outfit still looks great even if you overheat and need to remove a few items. Think blouse or even sleeveless top with a simple necklace. Then add a sweater, blazer or vest. Finish with a scarf!
On bottom: Go for stretch. If your skinny jeans are super comfortable...wear them. If not, choose a pair of soft trousers, boyfriend jeans or corduroys.
A top that falls below your waistband can be a life-saver when it's time to unbutton your pants:-)
Dresses and tunics: Great choice for Thanksgiving. Put on an easy dress
or stylish tunic paired with tights/leggings and boots. Perfect for the day ahead. Just remember to have an extra layer handy...a scarf or sweater will give you some temperature wiggle room.
3. Autumnal colors- This is kind of your last chance to rock the fall colors. As soon as the clock strikes midnight... the holiday season will begin! Browns, oranges and deep berry tones will give way to serious sparkle
and shine for the month of December.
So, if you have a favorite 'fall' piece...wear it for Thanksgiving.
4. Clean, pretty socks- Increasingly, I find that many homes are becoming 'shoe free' zones. Be sure to wear a pair of socks that you're proud to show off in case your hostess prefers that you leave your shoes by the front door.
I am beyond blessed and grateful for all of you who take the time to
read my words here. Thank you from the bottom of my very full heart.
Wishing you safe travels, good conversation,
real laughter and plentiful, delicious dining.
And if you're venturing out to shop on Black Friday...please be patient
with those of us who work retail:-) It's a crazy day and we promise to
do the best we can to make it fun for you! I'll be Personal Styling at Anthropologie...can't wait!
Sleep Clothes or Night Clothes…as I’ve confessed before, have always been a difficult wardrobe category for me. The thought of investing a lot of money on clothing that I'll never wear in the ‘real world’ always seemed excessive to me. So, instead I didn’t invest any money (or much thought) in what I wore at home. I was envious of movie characters who looked elegant and relaxed in their cozy robes and well-matched pajamas. I always felt like I could do better, but didn't.
The resulting outfits? Combinations of downgraded, demoted regular clothing that took on the role of ‘sleep clothes’.
How did I look? Like I was wearing old, past-it's-prime clothing.
Not very attractive.
How did I feel? Frumpy and dumpy.
Now, please understand that I’ve been helping my clients create beautiful, functional sleepwear collections for years! I was fully aware how much better I'd look and feel if I would just break down and buy some decent pajamas! I was stuck...looking less than fabulous.
I’m proud to say that I’ve finally created a small wardrobe of sleep clothing that I feel great wearing. I now feel ‘put together’ when I’m chilling in the evening and early morning with my family.
In the video below, I'll walk you through how I created a sleep capsule and share what’s currently included in mine.
My advice? Don’t neglect your sleep wardrobe. It’s shocking how much better you'll feel when your pajamas and robe are coordinated, flattering and comfortable.
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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.
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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.
And tomorrow is day 31 already.
It’s bittersweet for me as I face the last day of this challenge.
I have truly enjoyed writing for the past 30 days.
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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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