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Handbag Know-How:

There are so many types, sizes and styles of handbags in the stores and it can be tough sometimes to figure out what to purchase.  You may be one of those people who will wear the same handbag everyday no matter what you’re wearing or you may be the person who changes purses like you change your ………; well anyway.  I’m the latter.  I change handbags on a daily basis, depending on what I’m wearing.  whether you’re like me or not this list will be a great help to you.  These are “do’s” and “don’ts” of sporting your handbag.

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Do:

Own at least one great quality handbag in a basic color e.g., black or brown.

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Make sure your bag works with your proportions.

Carry a bag that is in sync with the style of your outfit and shoes.

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Carry a beaded bag with a velvet outfit, not velvet on velvet.

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Buy inexpensive ‘in fashion’ bags to stay current.

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Don’t:

Over stuff your bag with unnecessary junk.

Carry a bag at the widest part of your body – bust line, waistline, or hip or thigh-line.

Carry a summer style bag with a tailored suit.

Carry a wicker style bag when wearing hosiery. It will only cause snags.

Match a beaded bag with a beaded dress. A satin or velvet bag would work better.

Don’t go into debt over a designer bag unless it is in a classic style.

Team heavy leather bags with lightweight clothing.

Fashion Friday!

Shopping 101

Shopping is a fun activity for most women, but I do know that there are some who would rather go to the dentist than have to go shopping. I’m not that girl.  I love to shop even if I’m not buying anything. My daughters and I can spend a full day shopping.  I like to see what type of items the stores have year round.  The key is to learn how to shop so that you won’t have to stay in the stores for hours at a time.

You want to be familiar with what stores have the best bargains. This is another reason to shop often.  I’ve even asked the store clerks when their weekly sales start and when they get new merchandise in. Who doesn’t like to save money?

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You want to have a few “go-to” stores where you can always find what you want. If you don’t shop around you won’t find that store. You may find that some stores have better summer items than winter items.  You’ll want to find the stores that carry more of your size and style.  What hours are they open?  Are you able to shop after work or does their store hours only allow you to shop on the weekends?  These are all good questions to ask when looking for that “go-to” store.  Also you may have more than one “go-to” store and that’s fine.

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Keep your wardrobe of separates down to two or three basic colors for maximum versatility and ease.  Meaning you can match these colors with most of the other items in your wardrobe. This will make shopping much easier as well.

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Don’t spend a lot of money on here today gone tomorrow trend items. Buy your wardrobe foundation garments including coats and shoes in the best quality you can afford. These are items that are timeless and should last a long time.

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Here are more shopping do’s and don’ts:

Keep impulse shopping to a minimum.

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Don’t go into debt over clothes.

Shop designer labels when on sale.

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Develop an accessory wardrobe to vary the look of your outfits.

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Never shop last minute for an important or expensive garment.

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Consider the price beyond the price tag. If you can’t afford to dry clean the garment, then pass it by.

Now go Shopping……

Some Resources:  Zulily, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Jollychic, Lane Bryant, Stein Mart, Dillards, TJ Maxx, New York & Company

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What type of hangers should I use to hang my clothing?

Great question. There are many types of hangers on the market. Some are good and some are not.  The best hangers for hanging dresses and shirts are wooden, plastic or padded, but they have to be of a specific type.  The wooden hangers need to be thick and rounded on the edges as well as the plastic ones.

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Don’t use the wire hangers as they leave rabbit ears on the shoulder of your clothing. You don’t want to walk around with 2 little spikes on your shoulders. If you have a bunch of them, try using them for a DIY project 😃.

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Pants can be hung one of two ways. They can be folded over a think hanger, that will not leave a crease in the middle like the wooden hangers above or if you have enough space in your closet you can hang them from a two prong pants hanger.  This eliminates any creasing.  Or you can be creative and hang your jeans from S-hooks as I show in one of my previous blog posts.

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You can even find creative ways to hang your scarves.  I have a lot of them so these do come in handy for me.

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2068ea704a74afd7e47aea5069ab1e9dYou can find these types of hangers at the container store, Ross, Target, Walmart and many other department stores.  Again, have fun and be creative.