Spring style preview

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Spring is right around the corner. Soon you will cast off your boots in favor of open toed shoes. Until then, think pink, feminine kitten heels, and soft neutral pants.

Spring style preview

Ted Baker wool cape
$285 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Michael Kors zipper pants
$140 – stylebop.com

Wall art

WallPops wall art

The Limited Scandal collection

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ever since I fractured my leg in August, I’ve taken to online shopping. When my sister came to visit me last month, she mentioned how many items she purchased during her last trip to the Limited. I’ve always liked the store, but unfortunately the clothes haven’t been sized for my body. When I went online, however, I discovered that the site carried petites in my size. I also came upon the Scandal line, inspired by the outfits that Kerry Washington wears on this t.v. hit series. I found so many items I just loved and went about ordering three sweaters, two tops, and the blush slacks featured in my visual. I would have purchased the blush wrap coat but it was not available in my size.

Even though I expected my purchases either not to fit or live up to my expectations, the exact exact opposite was true. I’ll start with the slacks, since pant shopping challenges my resourcefulness. The pants fit me perfectly. More often than not, petite slacks run too short for me since I’m on the cusp of petite. Although their true color resembles more of a blush/champagne and not a pink, it is a pleasing and very neutral shade. I’m also happy with the sweaters and tops, especially because they look different from the styles you see in every store. One top I bought on sale is a blush halter top with a silver, white and bronze sequined bib. I wore the trousers and top with a fitted Gianni Bini fitted blazer today to a luncheon. The outfit looked smashing and felt very comfortable.

Blush has just become my new favorite color because it goes so well with black, camel, white, grey, navy and burgundy. It also makes a terrific accent color. Wear a blush floral scarf with your black coat or beige trench. How about a blush open cardigan sweater over black leggings and a simple black top? Have you discovered blush yet?

Needless to say, I’ve joined The Limited fan club and will update you on whether my future purchases live up to the first one.

How to wear the color pink

Uncomplicated style

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

In my August 25th posting, “Style tips for overworked women“, I laid out five strategies for how to look your best when every day resembles an endless sprint. Essentially, style for the perpetually busy needs to be uncomplicated, and having a wardrobe that consists of functional, versatile pieces makes achieving a seamless look a whole lot easier. The concept of minimalism comes into play here as well. Time challenged individuals want to get dressed quickly, using as few clothes and accessories as possible.

I’m a huge fan of the wardrobe basics in this visual, because they offer endless style possibilities. Take the little black fit and flare dress, for example. Fashionistas can easily convert it into a jumper by wearing it over a sweater or feminine silk blouse. For those who like a more edgy look, they can pair the dress with a moto style jacket, like the cobalt blue one in the photo.

How would you style a fit and flare dress?

Uncomplicated style

How to overcome F.T.S. or failure to shop

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

All wardrobes require a solid foundation of clothing and accessory basics. If dressing each day puts you in the doldrums, then perhaps you suffer from F.T.S., otherwise known as failure to shop. This condition often afflicts those who lack the time or motivation to build a well rounded wardrobe. Several clients I worked with this month took bold steps to cure themselves of F.T.S. by engaging in some much needed retail therapy. Rather than rely on Santa’s fashion sense, the busy, overworked, and budget bound took matters into their own hands and did some serious shopping.

If your wardrobe needs style intervention, then now is the time to pick up functional winter pieces at deep discounts. Follow Santa’s prescription for gift gathering. Make a list of the basics (and check it twice) that you don’t own by inventorying your closet. Maybe it’s a quintessential black blazer that goes with a variety of pants, skirts and dresses, or a statement making animal print or bold colored blouse to make neutrals pop. Then carve out some time to shop for YOU.

I recently worked with a client at The Loft in Greenville, S.C. A woman on a mission, I combed the store to find reasonably priced work wear which flattered my client’s figure, and made her look and feel polished and professional. Two hours later, she left the store with most of what she needed and wanted to start a new year in style. What else could a wardrobe stylist ask for from Santa?

Many of the purchases my client made appear in this visual.

A Week 's Worth of Business Casual Basics