Being Intentional with Black

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¬†When a color is deemed “neutral,” the temptation is to throw it into a mix and be done. And you certainly can: Blue denim is neutral, and I’ve never heard anyone say that it should always be worn with garments or accessories that complement shades of blue. But ANY color, neutral or no, will look fantastic if it appears multiple times within an outfit.

Originally posted 2016-03-14 06:34:38.

Reconsidering Investment Pieces

We've all heard that coats, bags, and shoes are worth investing in - but what about daily-wear pieces?

The following items have long been viewed as investment pieces: Handbags, winter coats, classic shoes. Why? Because those three items get more use, wear, and abuse than other items. Even a favorite pair of jeans is unlikely to be worn every single day for the duration of a winter, and no dress or sweater will ever be worn as hard as a pair of shoes. Bras are occasionally added to this short list by style experts who recognize the importance of a good foundation, but everything else is up for grabs. You can invest in whatever you’d like, of course, but if you’re seeking expert advice, it’s generally bags, coats, and shoes. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-03-19 06:24:31.

Reader Request: Working from Home … in Style

Also see this post on what to wear when you work from home, including the concept of a loungewear capsule.

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An anonymous commenter had this request:

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for those of us who work at home. I am lucky enough to do so, but it means that 3-4 days out of the week, I don’t leave the house and only have contact with other people online. As a result, I tend to wear comfy t-shirts and pants most of the time and my nicer things hang in my closet, rarely getting worn. There are times when I really feel stuck in a stay-at-home wardrobe rut, but the fact is, no one is going to see me and I need to be comfortable sitting at my computer all day. Any suggestions on how to change up my home office uniform? READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-03-07 06:16:19.