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Create Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Sherrie, a 30-something stay-at-home mom who is looking to buy a new summer wardrobe after losing 20 pounds. You’ll wear these must-have pieces over and over to every fitting occasion this summer. 

 

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

 

Dresses are most people’s number one go-to in the summertime. Why? Because it is one and done. Your look is complete with a singular fabulous item. So why not make it the perfect piece no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle? A “sexy mumu” is the ultimate option. You look hot and you can eat 3 cheeseburgers at the BBQ. The main components of this option are slinky straps, an open, low neckline leading into a super loose and flowy long dress.

 

CHANGE YOUR WHOLE LOOK WITH SUNGLASSES

 

Sunglasses are one of the most important things you will own. They can upgrade and stylize your entire look in an instant. You go from having a “meh” outfit to freakin’ fabulous all by choosing the right sunnies for your face. This should be a collection. Take time to craft the wide variety of options you should and will have. The basics should include aviators (sporty and casual you) and an oversized pair (glam and chic you). My collection even includes options for specific locations…. Miami, the Hamptons, Greece, etc. And remember, a collection of anything takes time. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

 

THE ULTIMATE JEAN SHORTS

 

Jean shorts are not for everyone, I get that. I also believe that it is probably a case of not finding the right pair for your body type, budget and lifestyle. I believe whole-heartedly that they should NOT be expensive. I also believe that they should be comfortable. This is often a hard combo to come by unless you know a stylist who can tell you where to find them. Oh hello, my name is Amy, have we met? American Eagle (yes, the store for teenagers) has the best jean shorts ever. High-waisted, stretchy, long(er) and super comfortable. Boom, problem solved.

City to Country Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Crystina, a 40-something HR manager at a farm who is originally from Boston but recently moved to upstate NY, about how to transition her big city wardrobe to a country look. You can still look chic on the countryside!

 

BE YOURSELF! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE.

 

This is a must. You should always be you no matter where you are living. Clothing is a suit of armor to make you feel like your most bad-ass self, not a costume. The key is to identify your favorite element of your style and showcase it no matter where you are. If big jewelry is your thing, wear it. Just style it for your new locale. For example, country style = stone jewelry. Leave the big pearls for city life…..

 

HOW TO STYLE YOUR CITY DRESS “COUNTRY”

 

Just because you move does not mean you need to get rid of everything you own for your “new life.” Is this a great opportunity to clean out your closet with an iron fist? Yes. Is it also a moment to challenge your restyling capabilities? Hell yes. Check out my checklist below for tips on how to instantly turn your city pieces into country friendly looks. Hint: A blue denim jacket is your new best friend.

 

MASK STYLE. YES, THIS IS NOW A “THING”

 

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I’d be giving styling tips for face masks, and yet, here we are. Get ready, this is going to rival your sunglasses collection. It’s essentially the same thing. It goes on your face the moment you leave the house and you want it to complete your look, not compete with it. If this idea is so ridiculous to you (it kind of is to me too), choose a mask retailer that is donating all proceeds to a charity. Style mixed with good doing is always in fashion.

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!