Color isn’t Cool

Wearing color – loads of it, in big pile-on style outfits – used to be one of my greatest joys in life. And whenever the Trend Dictators declared that this season it would be JEWEL TONES! Or NEONS! Or SATURATED 70’s SHADES! I was thrilled.

And never surprised when very, very few folks actually indulged in these color gluts. Style bloggers may hop on the Technicolor train quite cheerfully, but the rest of the clothed world typically remains standing on the platform.

Because black? Black is eternally cool. Neutrals are perpetually chic. And most women want to as look cool and chic as possible as many days as possible. Neutrals are also a palette unto themselves and generally look fabulous worn in virtually any combination. They’re not only cool and chic, they’re relatively easy to work with. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-24 06:15:58.

Reader Request: Minimizing Laundry

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Reader Gabrielle popped this one into the suggestion box:

I know you have offered up a few tips here and there about getting the most wear out of clothing before washing. Could you do a post devoted to these tricks? I remember one with DIY armpit protectors in a coat, and I just can’t seem to find it again.

You can see some of my other tips for wardrobe care here and here (although I’ve since reneged on the Woolite endorsement), but I’m happy to share a few more … with this important caveat: read more

Originally posted 2011-05-23 06:15:29.

Self-care Cheat Sheet

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Make daily affirmations a habit. Every morning, look in the mirror and praise yourself aloud. Say, “You have the BEST smile,” or, “Lookin’ hot today, lady!” or, “You are strong and capable.” You will be amazed at the impact this simple action will have on your self-image.

Wear clothes you love. Don’t wear clothes you don’t love.

Even if you don’t or can’t exercise, stretch. Do it several times each day. Stretching your body reminds you that it’s there, it’s alive, and it’s amazing. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-18 06:10:35.