How to Wear Mauve for Fall

When I featured this mauve coat in a post about color combinations, I hadn’t really thought about how popular the color is this season. The fashion industry has been touting pink as a big trend for the past several seasons, and this season Pantone (the color experts) is calling it “ballet slipper pink.” It’s a very, very, very light shade of pink, but it seems to hint (to my eye) at being mauve with massive amounts of white added to it. We’ve discussed it before—extremely light pastels like Ballet Slipper can be very hard to wear for many women, actually [..] read more

Fashion’s Bell Curve

As an image and wardrobe consultant, when I do Closet Audits with my clients, without exception, they want me to tell them if something is outdated. It makes me feel horrible, but sometimes I see things that still have the tags on them, and they’re out of style. Often, my client had just been shopping the prior weekend. How can this be, you ask? It’s the fashion lifecycle. Read on to learn more, and find out how to make sure you never end up with brand new out-moded clothes in your closet. Trends are usually introduced at the New York [..] read more

Fall fashion stress

While my tag line is “I help take the stress out of getting dressed,” please don’t think for a minute that I never encounter any stress in my wardrobe. I’ve been super busy and having fun helping clients organize their closets and buying new clothes. It’s exciting seeing a wardrobe transform. And now after finally having a few minutes on Sunday to swap out my spring/summer closet into fall/winter, I’m excited to make some changes to my own wardrobe. My stress lies in the fact that my tendinitis is still bugging me, and most of my clothes need to be [..] read more

So Hot Will Melt Your Popsicle

I just returned from Chicago late last week after a week’s vacation. And yes, I can affirm–it’s hot there! I knew I’d be doing a lot of shopping, so I took along some casual dresses. I know this might sound dressy for vacation, but truly my dresses were the coolest items I wore. I’ve said it before, skirts and dresses are far cooler than pants. (I was baffled by women wearing jeans and maxi dresses!) Other pluses for these cotton knit sundresses: – They don’t wrinkle. I wore one of mine the last day of the trip and it didn’t [..] read more

The Great Hosiery Debate Goes On

To wear or skip pantyhose is the most hotly debated topic I cover in professional dress. It’s human nature to want to be ultimately comfortable and to also follow what others are doing; however, this is an area where you should really stop to think about your environment, superiors/peers and your goals. Something you may not know is that study after study shows that women who wear hosiery are viewed as more capable than their bare legged peers. They also typically earn more money. Why, you may ask? A couple of reasons…Hosiery gives a more finished look to professional clothes; [..] read more