Fashion Friday!

When I was growing up, I wanted to dress up all the time.  It didn’t matter the event, I wanted to dress up.  My mother would get so mad at me because I thought that I should wear my best clothes no matter where I was going. I couldn’t be like all of the other kids and wear my play clothes to play in. Nooooooo…..I always felt the need to dress my best.

I realized later that you should dress your best, but you should also dress for the occasion or you will feel out of place.  If you feel out of place you won’t feel confident.  Always ask what the attire is when you are invited to an event.  It will help you to make the right decision.  It is no fun to show up in jeans and a t-shirt and everyone else is wearing a dress and heels.

Informal:

This means good casual. Consider a pair of dress pants and a silk shirt or maybe a loose sundress during the summer.  Or consider a maxi dress and a pair of sandals.

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If Jeans are appropriate, then wear dark wash jeans with a Fashionable top. The appropriate shoes would be in the 1 to 2 inch range.

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Cocktail:

Here’s where the little black dress comes in.

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Add a jacket according to your comfort level.

Accessories should not be over the top. Medium to high heels are expected.

Formal:

Pull out the long dress or skirt.

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Mid-calf is only appropriate if it is very elaborate.

High heels and sparkly accessories are expected.

Evening Glamour:

Start with a simple classic dress either long or short in a rich or dark color, maybe black, navy, burgundy, deep turquoise or deep purple.

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Sleeveless styles have more glam, but short sleeve dresses look just as nice.

Then you can add the following items:

Strappy, high-heeled sandals or high-heeled shoes.

Add sparkling jewelry for excitement and glamour, soft colored stones for evening elegance or a fashion forward piece.

Other items to consider:

  • Add a beaded jacket
  • Wrap a long string of pearls around your neck to form a choker.
  • Add drop or dangling earrings
  • Add a rhinestone clip to your hair
  • Wear a sheer or lacy top
  • Wrap a gold contoured belt around your waist or hips (if it’s in fashion).

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  • Wrap a beautiful shawl around your shoulders.
  • Add some glamour to your make-up and hairstyle. A glossy colored lipstick in a deep/rich or vivid color will add the WOW factor as will getting your hair styled in a more romantic style.

Wedding attire:

Don’t be that girl.  You know, the one that shows up obviously trying to look hotter than the bride or worse, in white.  This is the brides day so she should shine over everyone else.  You should dress according to the attire of the wedding, but absoulutely no white.

So don’t forget to ask what the attire is for your event and dress accordingly.

Fashion Friday!

Fashion Friday!

De clutter it, Clean it Out and Organize it….Your Closet, that is!!

I posted this last year and received lots of likes and comments.  With everyone social distancing at home, this is a good time to do some closet organizing.

Closets are one of those rooms that can easily get neglected. All we have to do is shove stuff in them and close the door. No one will ever know what’s behind those doors, right? Well it doesn’t matter if anyone else knows, when it comes to your clothes closet, you are the one that matters. I have come to realize that the more my clothes closet is organized and decluttered, the more outfits I can put together and I have less duplication of items, because I can actually see what I have.

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Not only is it a good idea to keep your closets clean and decluttered, but you can color coordinate your clothing and accessories as well. Think of your closet as a boutique. If you go to your local boutique, all items are organized either by color or by style. Shoes are all in one location, handbags in another and jewelry and other accessories in a section of their own. This is the same way we can organize our closets. Our closet should be easy to shop in. We should be able to stand in the middle of our closet and choose and outfit by just looking and not have to move anything around. I know, not everyone has a large closet that they can stand in the middle of, but even if you have a small closet you can still organize it in a way that will make it easy to shop.

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I’ve helped to organize closets for many women and one of the first things I find is that most don’t know what items of clothing they do or don’t have. They purchase items that they don’t need, because they forgot they had the same item in their closet already. You can avoid this if you organize your closet better.

Color coordinating is the first key to organizing.
• Separate all items of clothing by style then color and they can be in whatever order works best for you.
• All Shirts by color, then dresses, jackets, skirts, pants, etc.
• Black, white, grey, brown, yellow, green, etc.
• Solids first then any item that is multi colored, for instance black with other colors included will come after black. So start with solids then multi colors.
• If you have double hanging rods, this will give you more space to utilize.

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Then find ways of utilizing every bit of space in your closet. There are many space saving tricks for smaller closets. For instance, you can hang jeans with hooks from the hardware store and fold sweaters and put them on shelves in your closet if you don’t have enough room in your dresser drawers.

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Showcase your handbags and shoes neatly on shelves in your closet or if you have space in your bedroom, use a decorative shelf and decorate with shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry. Who needs other decorative items if you have fun fashionable handbags and shoes?

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If you have plenty of costume jewelry, like I do, there are many DIY ways of storing them. You can use coat hanging racks on the back of your closet door, put wire mesh in a picture frame and hang your earrings on it. Use bathroom towel rods to hang bracelets and necklaces. Use decorative bowls to store your rings and lapel pens. The examples are endless. Be creative and think outside of the box.

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Socks, underwear and tanks can take up a lot of space as well. Store them in clear pocket hanging organizers behind your closet door or roll them and store them in a drawer or plastic ben.

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For those of you who have an abundance of clothing and require extra space, you can always turn an extra bedroom into your dream closet. The sky is the limit as to the items you can use to make your extra bedroom your special dream closet.  The hardware store has do it yourself shelving units you can use and you can also put your own touch on it by adding fun colors with rugs ottomans, wallpaper and wall art.

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Have fun with it.  This is your boutique and you can design it as you see fit.  So de clutter, clean out and organize your closet.