Several years ago, I ended up working with a style consult client who intimidated me. This woman had fabulous taste, a marvelous wardrobe that included both well-edited basics and funky accent pieces, and she had already figured out how she wanted to flatter her fabulous figure. What, exactly, did she need ME for?
Well, for starters, she was bored stiff.
My sweet client had her basic style totally nailed, but she had no idea how to use her wardrobe to express her creativity. She looked polished and lovely, but she wanted to look polished, lovely, and INTERESTING. And yet, as the mom of two young kids, she had to keep her ensembles simple, comfortable, and washable. In the end, we found three techniques that she could use to spice up her pared-down outfits, and since they can be applied to just about any woman hoping to make simple outfits sparkle, I thought I’d share ’em with all of you!
Originally posted 2011-02-15 06:37:09.
But before I dig into how shorts and shoes play off one another and affect body proportions, one quick note:
Yes, you can wear shorts. I don’t care how old you are or how much you weigh or what your legs look like. If it’s hot and you want to, you can throw on a pair of shorts and wear them to your heart’s content. Whoever said that certain body types and age groups should avoid shorts is a Clothing Tyrant and should be overthrown in a bloodless coup. If you like shorts and feel comfortable in ‘em, wear ‘em.* Find a style that suits you, and sport them all summer long. The end.
Originally posted 2012-07-19 06:13:56.
Purging your closet can feel marvelous. Jettisoning items that have gone unworn for months (or years) alleviates anxiety and guilt, gives you room to really see what you own, and allows you to focus on items that you truly adore. But if you’ve spent big on something and never worn it, or know it’s a quality item that just doesn’t suit you, it can feel frustrating to simply admit sartorial defeat. Donating clothing to charity is a generous and admirable choice, as is handing over quality duds to organizations like Dress for Success who can use them to help women further their career goals. But sometimes you just want to recoup your losses. Or some of your losses.
Originally posted 2012-01-16 06:33:56.