Does Your Blouse Undermine Your Authority?

When you have to get dressed for work day after day, and especially when it’s hot weather, it may be tempting to slip on a simple cotton blouse with a pair of slacks and call it good. Unfortunately, it’s simply not enough! Specifically I’m talking about an un-accessorized outfit consisting of a fitted cotton, puffed short sleeved blouse worn on the outside of a pair of neutral colored slacks and neutral shoes. Why is it not enough? There are several reasons. First, one of the cornerstones of professional dress is layering. Instead of the blouse alone, layer it with a [..] read more

A kinder, gentler What Not to Wear

Dana Lynch’s Elements of Image offers a kinder, gentler What Not to Wear.  If you’re too busy to shop (or just hate it) but want to look your best, you’re wise to work with Dana.  Her image/wardrobe consulting services are flexible, reasonably priced, and make efficient use of your time. I’ve learned not only what works (and what doesn’t) for my body type and personal style, but also about sources for clothes and accessories I didn’t know about.  Dana also offers pointers for how best to organize your wardrobe. All of this has saved me time and money. Mary Lemma, [..] read more

10 Fashion Tips for Tall Gals

Recently I asked my followers for blog post suggestions. My friend, Lida Citroen, asked for tips for tall gals, so to Lida and all other members of the “tall girl club,” here you go! While it’s still important to dress for your body type, most of the following tips are fairly universal for tall women. As you read, you will see that just like all other women, alterations make a huge difference in your clothing. 1.  Be proud of your tall model-like height! And to that I add, if you want to wear heels, don’t hesitate! (A small caveat might [..] read more

Dana gave me wonderful guidelines

I learned so much working with Dana.  She really took the time to get to know me and understand my goals for creating my personal style.  She made some great outfits with pieces I already had in my closet, pairing items I never would have thought to put together.  When shopping, she explains why various shapes and cuts do and don’t work for me.  She gave me wonderful guidelines (there are no rules!) to help me continue to develop my own personal style.  I get so many compliments now on my wardrobe! Investing in me, working with Dana, is the [..] read more

Dressing for Four Seasons in One Day

As an addendum to How to Dress in an Arctic Office, I’d like to talk about layering when you’re not working in an office, but you’d still like to maintain a great presence when the temperatures vary vastly throughout the day. For example, how do you dress when you start your day starts at a cool 60°, then the temperatures swell to desert highs? Again, layering! If you haven’t had the chance to read the last post on this topic, I’d mentioned that “layering” is such a buzz word, but it seems to leave us a little baffled unless we’re [..] read more