Are you a busy woman on the go? I’m going to spend the next few posts giving helpful tips to make sure that you are prepared by having everything that you need on hand. Whether you are traveling or just one of the many women who leaves the house at 7:30 a.m. and doesn’t return until 5:00 p.m. there are so many situations that come up. You can keep lots of items organized in your car, but some things just need to be at your fingertips. Let’s start with the basics: you need to carry a tote bag. Tote bags are great because of the variety of styles, fabrics, weights, and price points available. I suggest that you have a classic style, 1 for spring and summer…another for fall and winter. That way, you will get long term use out of your totes. Here are some of the features that might be important to consider having: Zipper closure – make sure that your contents are secure and spill-proof. Easy to clean fabric – totes get a lot of use and need to be easy to clean. Feet on the bottom – it is easier to keep the bottom clean if there are metal or plastic feet. Exterior compartments – these might be on the sides, front, & back of the tote. Compartments are great for keys, umbrellas, hand sanitizer, water bottles, & anything that you want to reach for easily & quickly. Interior compartments – these are helpful for items that are smaller or more sensitive in nature. Your smart phone, MP3 player, or loose items such as pens, & eyeglasses can easily be stored and accessed this way.
Creating your travel wardrobe means that you can mix and match a limited number of pieces and still have enough outfits for the week. Do you want day to night options? Is your priority to have only a carry on bag? Feel free to add your ideas to this list: TIP #1: Stick with a color theme; include neutrals. Be bold and mix unlikely colors such as teal and purple, orange and pink. TIP #2: Commit to wearing an item at least twice. TIP #3: Think in layers…camisoles are great under wraps, jackets, sweaters, shirts, etc. TIP #4: Dress it up or down! By day: wear a trouser jean with a shirt and jacket, ballet flat, tote bag. By night: remove the jacket, wear a sweater with embellishment, pull a clutch bag out of your tote and add heels! TIP #5: Stick to basic, adaptable wardrobe pieces: city shorts, trouser jeans, white shirt, pashmina, tank style dress. TIP #6: Pack fabulous accessories: textured hose can dress up shorts, metallic flats can be worn day or nighttime, white shirt can be dressed up with a sequined belt and big earrings. Be creative!!
Right or wrong, how we look is an outer reflection of how we feel about ourselves. Here is an interesting article about emotions and clothing:
You look into your closet…you stare at your clothes…you wear the same old things. Is this your daily dilemma? Want to learn how to update your wardrobe and image? Here are the 6 commitments you will need to make: #1: I will let go of out-of-style clothing. Ex.: suit jackets with shoulder pads, mini skirts, pleated pants, holiday cardigans, etc. #2: I will invest in well fitting undergarments. #3: I will donate or consign clothing that doesn’t fit the body I am in today. Ex.: the clothes I am waiting to wear when I lose those last 10 pounds. #4: I will ask a friend or professional for an honest assessment of what clothing flatters my body type. #5: I will only wear clothing that is flattering and comfortable. #6: My wardrobe will express my personality and lifestyle. More OIOM tips to follow!
Here’s my article with easy tips to help you look your best in 2013: http://www.beautyinforum.com/2013/01/15/spark-up-your-wardrobe/
I love helping women shop in their own closet, creating new outfits from clothing they already own (and hopefully like). This lovely woman couldn’t decide if she wanted keep the sweater or skirt. In working with her I learned that she wanted an all white wardrobe and so, we put her pieces together with a great belt. She looked fantastic and was so happy.
The easiest way to create an outfit is to being at the bottom…pants or a skirt. The right fit is essential so that you are comfortable. Then, focus on the top(s). Depending upon the occasion you may want to layer a top under a sweater or jacket. Avoid the “matchy matchy” and think about these options: Use complementary colors. Mix textures. Vary patterns such as stripes under plaid. Skip the jewelry and wear something with an embellishment.
I am always saying that the best tip for looking good is wearing clothing that fits. Nothing looks worse than clothing that is too tight, baggy, low cut, or short unless it is appropriate for your body type. Still, we need to consider age (sorry), comfort, and whether it is event-appropriate. So, do you now how to select jeans that flatter your body type? Straight leg – creates a slimming effect for countering fullness at the hips & butt. Helps create a lengthening effect by not breaking at the knee or ankle, too. Trouser leg – also has a slimming effect for larger thighs & calves. If you are petite, consider wearing a heel. Flare leg – adds curve especially if there is embellishment or pocket lapels on the butt.
A few simple changes will give you a new, more polished look! Update your eyeglass frames next time you get your eyes checked. Try on wigs to see what a new style might look like. Bring an honest friend along. Add a little color with blush and tinted lip gloss. Send me your photo for more personalized ideas!
Despite the current heat wave I can’t help but begin to think about ideas for a holiday wardrobe. Keep it simple and use layering and accessorizing to expand your outfits. Color continues to be big this season. I love this silky print under the gorgeous hip length jacket. Dress it up with a vintage brooch, tuxedo pants, & heels. Next time you can wear it with a classic white shirt, pencil skirt, and boots. Remember to shop in your closet, first. Update something you own and love with a current trend. Need ideas? Send me photos!