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Gym Clothes to All Day Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Tatiana, a 20-something corrective exercise specialist from NYC about how to rock her gym look as an all day outfit. With a few simple wardrobe additions you too can wear your sweaty yoga pants from the gym to errands to lunch and beyond. Athleisure chic is not only a trend, it is a way of life!

 

“HOW DO I RESTYLE MY WORK CLOTHES FOR CASUAL LIFE?”

Think outside the box! We are so quick to categorize things in our closets. This top is for work. These pants are for vacation. Why? When you open your mind and stop pigeon-holing items you realize your wardrobe has a LOT of potential. Take a step back, look at your “work clothing” and think about where you are currently going. Would it fit into your “new lifestyle”? How can you restyle it? Play around, you just might put together something fabulous.

WHAT IS THE PERFECT LAYERING PIECE FOR GYM TO REAL LIFE?”

A waist length light-weight bomber jacket . Yup, it’s as simple as that. This piece will take any gym look to real life in an instant. Your sweaty post-work out look becomes a chic and sporty outfit. Have you always dreamed or wearing your yoga pants all day without the world wondering why you never got dressed? Throw on a bomber jacket and no one will ever wonder again. The dream is real.

“CAN I WEAR THIS GYM OUTFIT AS AN ALL DAY LOOK?”

Hell yes. I mean, you aren’t going to a fancy function in it, but it certainly works for errands or lunch with friends. By pairing your gym outfit with a fun pullover and cool sneakers, you are instantly upgrading your workout wear. Lucky for you, athleisure is a trend now so being ever so sassy in your comfy gym outfit is an actual thing. If you are going to spend $100 on yoga pants shouldn’t you actually be able to wear them outside the gym, don’t you think???

How to Style Statement Pieces Right

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Lauri, a 50-something Education Administrator from Rhode Island. Lauri asked me about how to style her favorite statement items, she LOVES all things loud, fun, printed and colorful! Is there a formula to fitting in your “FUN” pieces in every look? Yup. So go forth and buy the things that make you seriously happy without wondering, “How the hell do I wear this?!?!”

“IS THERE A GUARANTEED WAY TO STYLE STATEMENT PIECES?”

YES! You have to start by building the foundation of your fashion house !!! I often walk into closets where the client wonders how they have a huge wardrobe and “nothing to wear”. The answer is always the same, if there is no glue holding together all of your fun pieces, how do you create an outfit? You can’t wear paisley paired with floral topped off with stripes. At least not in this universe (the one where you want to be taken seriously). So stop thinking foundation pieces are”boring” and begin to recognize that they make your awesome statement pieces more awesome.

 

“HOW DO I STYLE MY FUN SHOES?”

This is one of my favorite questions because so many ladies are drawn towards fab, fun shoes and then NEVER wear them. Let’s change that starting now! The easiest tip is to start with your shoes and then style around them. They should be the main story of your look, NOT the finale. The rest of your outfit should be neutral allowing your shoes to shine. Remember, everyone’s version of neutral is different depending on your personality. No matter who you are, keeping the outfit on the more simple side is best.

 

“CAN I WEAR A MATCHING TOP AND BOTTOM?”

In my loudest most authoritative, excited voice, “YES!!!!”. Have some damn fun, we seriously need it. Matching sets are that great combo of playful and sophisticated. Choose your print wisely, it can go to “clown chic” very quickly… Go with something that makes you smile and shows off your personality. If you are a beginner, choose a more subtle print. If you are more advanced, the sky is the limit!

Work from Home Waist Up Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Farnoosh Torabi, a working mom and host of the “So Money” podcast. Farnoosh asked me about finding the best shopping deals and how to look chic from the waist up while working via video chat. Does it take half the time to get ready if you’re only focusing on half your body? Hell yes. Who said working from home wasn’t kind of awesome?

 

WHAT’S THE BEST WAIST-UP WORK STYLE FOR VIDEO CHAT?

Chic and simple is the name of the game. Remember ladies, we are ALL working from home so getting too done up will just flat out look ridiculous. Plus, who wants put in all that effort? Take a cue from your audience. How does your boss look? What about your fellow co-workers? Don’t have the answers, don’t worry. I will have you ready in 10 minutes, just scroll down to my top 5 tips below to get waist up work fabulous in a jiffy.

 

IS IT THE RIGHT TIME FOR SALE SHOPPING?

I know this is not our biggest concern right now, but it is DEFINITELY worth chatting about. There are crazy sales happening, it helps you, the economy and your fellow human to swoop up these deals. Think long term. In these uncertain times we don’t know what we will be doing tomorrow. Go for foundation items, things you KNOW you will need no matter what. Choose big ticket items that on are super sale. Get it girl.

WHAT SHOULD I BUY NOW?

Simple answer, things you absolutely love. Your closet should bring you joy and thrill you every time you open the door. This should be how you operate ALL the time, but now is a good time to start practicing this habit. Most people have too much stuff. Right now we are being forced to analyze all of that “stuff”. Great! Start building a wardrobe that sings to you, that makes you feel alive when you wear it. It is always the right time to start a new habit. Especially one that saves you time, money and wardrobe heart ache!

College Grad to Workplace Style

I had so much fun this week on #CommunityClosetChallenge! My guest Arianna, a 20-something recent college graduate on the job hunt asked me how to transition her college wardrobe to a successful career look. She is looking for a job located in NYC in public relations specializing in fashion. This means there is LOTS of wiggle room and very few “interview look” rules. How does she know what is TOO far? She asks me obviously:)

 

“I NEED A CREATIVE INTERVIEW LOOK THAT GETS ME THE JOB!”

“Dress for the job you want.” Live by this mantra, especially when picking out your outfit for the interview! Learn about the company culture, the environment and specifically the person interviewing you. Impress them. Create a confident and bad ass, “remember me I’m awesome, smart, sassy and ultimately the RIGHT person for this job” look. Arianna’s cute black and white polka dot dress , black blazer and a black pump are the perfect pick when interviewing for a fashion public relations house in NYC.

 

“I LOVE MY BLACK BLAZER, HOW CAN I WEAR IT MORE?”

This is going to be a solid piece in your wardrobe that can “business-ify” any outfit. What do I mean exactly? Take any dressy casual look, throw on your black blazer and boom! You are ready for a creative work environment. Make sure it is well-fitted, higher quality and tailored to perfection. This is a foundation item so you will be wearing it a lot.

 

“CAN I RESTYLE MY OVERSIZED BLAZER FOR WORK?”

Hell yes. Ever wonder how those effortlessly styled women look so effortless? An easy way is by topping off any outfit with an oversized blazer. Seriously, it’s that easy. Go from casual to business appropriate by pairing it with a black ankle pant and a simple white shell. Let your awesome oversized blazer have it’s shining moment by making it the center of the style show!

Athleisure Chic: Look cute AND comfy

Ready for more #CommunityClosetChallenge??? My guest Elia, a 30-something personal chef from NYC, asked me about the best picks for athleisure chic. There is no other style more important right now than comfy fabulousness. We may be stuck at home, but I refuse to give in to dirty pajamas everyday. Be cute for yourself, it is the most important way of staying sane. Dress up for you, doctors orders!

 

“ARE JEAN JACKETS STILL COOL?”

Always. Whether you are an athleisure junkie or just dipping your toe in the pond, this is your perfect layering piece. You should have multiple colors (and styles if you get really into it). This is the perfect topper to any look if you want to look cool and casual.

 

“HELP! MY LOOK HAS BECOME LIKE A UNIFORM.”

You are not alone. It’s tough to change up your look everyday, but there is hope! The key to switching it up without re-inventing the wheel is jewelry and shoes. Having a simple base outfit (or uniform), but changing out your “flare” everyday is the answer. Learn what silhouettes and designers are best for you first so your “uniform” fits well and flatters your figure. Then all you have to worry about is your fun factor!

 

“NO SHOW SOCKS ARE MY NEMESIS!”

Girl, the world hears you. Digging into the back of your shoe to lift up your no-show sock might be the most annoying thing in the world. And, if athleisure is your thing, no-show socks are essential to this sneaker-bound style. My favorite brands are Bombas and the Gap. Designers have yet to create the perfect pair, but these come close.