There are different ways that we can describe a woman’s body type. Rather than comparing our bodies to fruits or geometric shapes, I prefer something like those used by fashion stylist, Stacy London: Curvy, Extra Curvy, Not Curvy Bigger on Top Bigger on Bottom Extra in Middle The key question is, do you know how to dress for your body type? At Outside In Organizer and Makeovers my mission is to help you look your most fabulous and feel your most confident in the body you are in today! Remember these 3 guidelines: (1) Use clothing to create balance and accentuate your best features. (2) Wear clothing that fits well. Most women’s clothing requires some altering. (3) Don’t keep something you own, or buy something that doesn’t look great on you today. Working with an Image and Wardrobe Consultant isn’t a luxury. Think of it as an investment in your “image education”. Not ready to go there yet? Go with a friend who will be honest (and kind). Here is the OIOM Process: First, we analyze your current wardrobe – what to keep, donate, consign, alter. Second, we “shop in your closet” – recreate your wardrobe by mixing, matching, layering, breaking up suits, etc. Next we go shopping (not buying) – a session with no pressure to purchase. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and learn what styles, colors, patterns, and accessories create the most fabulous-looking you! Your goal? Walk away with the skills and confidence to know what to wear, how to wear it, and ways to shop! Make it a fun learning experience.
Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy. First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, put it into the DONATE or CONSIGN bag. RETURN UNWORN ITEMS: If it still has tags on it and you never wore it, return it for store credit. Second, if something is worn out or soiled and beyond repair or laundering, DISCARD it. You deserve better! If you need summer clothing that fits and is still in style but needs to be LAUNDERED or DRY CLEANED, do it now and put it in your summer storage area for next year. Move it out to make room for the coming season.
Do you have a closet full of clothes but tend to wear the same items and outfits most of the time? Try these strategies for wearing all of your clothes in new ways! Purge those items you know that you will never wear, or will never fit. Decide how you want to organize your closet: by color? Sleeve length? By outfit? Re-organize the clothing accordingly. Hang an accessory that you haven’t worn recently over the hanger with an outfit. Enjoy that scarf or necklace and create a new outfit. Do the same with shoes. Now, turn every hanger backwards and each time you wear a garment, rehang the item correctly. At the end of the season, donate or consign everything that is still hanging the wrong way.
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.