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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!

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.

Top 5 Tips To Clean Out Your Closet

TOP TIP #1:

SEPARATE SEASONS

Out of sight, out of mind. You should do this twice a year, when it is getting warmer out and when it is getting colder out. Or each season, depending on how much you own. Pack things away in plastic bins or put them in the back of your closet. You do not need your wool sweaters when it is 80 degrees out. If you ONLY keep items you are wearing visible, the easier you will make your life. You won’t need to dig to find what you are looking for.


TOP TIP #2:

ORGANIZE BY CATEGORY

Put all your similar items together. Skirts go with skirts, pants with pants, you get the idea! Below are the typical categories I put together so you can always find what you are looking for. If all your pants are together then you can always find any pair of pants at any time! Crazy concept!
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Blouses/T-Shirts
  • Blazers
  • Sweaters
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Beach Stuff
  • Formal Wear
  • Workout Wear
  • Comfy Clothes/PJ’s
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Bags
  • Coats/ Scarves/ Gloves/ Hats

 


TOP TIP #3:

ORGANIZE WITHIN EACH CATEGORY

It’s time to NEVER lose anything in your closet again. If you know where everything is, then you will always know where to find it. For tops, sleeveless tops go together, short sleeves go together, followed by long sleeved tops together. The second step WITHIN tops is to put like materials together. Cotton with cotton, silky with silky, etc. Now take it even further, within JUST the tops, organize by color. First white, then black, next solid colors and finally patterns together. The goal is to see similarities within each category and put those things together. Focus on silhouettes, materials and colors. You can decide on your own sub-categories based on what you own. Everyone’s closet is different and that is a good thing!


TOP TIP #4:
DONATE
This is your moment to FINALLY get rid of things. ONLY go through your spring/summer stuff. Doing it all at once is too overwhelming. Create 3 piles: Donate, try on and tailor.
  • Donate: Things you know need to go ASAP. Just toss it!
  • Try-on: Things you aren’t sure about, try it on and then decide.
  • Tailor: Things you might be able to save through tailoring. Refer to #5.
Most people wear about 20% of what they own MEANING they are fighting through 80% of things that they don’t love, don’t fit and they will never wear again. ASK YOURSELF:
  • When is the last time I actually wore this?
  • Do I LOVE everything about this? If you love the color, but hate the way it fits, the answer is NO.
  • Be hard on your closet. Getting rid of things that don’t make you happy WILL make you happy.
  • If you aren’t sure, ask your best friend. They will be honest with you.
  • If you really aren’t sure, keep it one more season. If you don’t wear it, say goodbye. For real this time!
  • Invite your friends over to dig through your treasures (they bring the wine!). Consign to ThreadUp.com. Or, for more expensive pieces, consign them at TheRealReal.com.

 


TOP TIP #5:
TAILOR
A great tailor can be your best friend. Your wardrobe often has potential to become what you want by just a tweak here and there. Change the buttons on your favorite blazer to update it immediately. Shorten your favorite skirt to flatter your figure even more. Let out the chest in that gorgeous blouse you USED to love and give the girls a chance to breathe. Only focus on items that are good quality and look expensive. You don’t need to tailor your dress from the GAP circa 1995!


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Santa Fe: Tips for Travel Shopping

I love to shop. Obviously. Shopping locally in a dope ass place where amazing jewelry is abundant and the style is bananas??? I’m done for it. I have tricks and tips that I use every time I shop, and more specifically, when I travel. These are the little nuggets of information that you, as my loyal readers, deserve to know. So here are the goods on how to shop like a local, Santa Fe edition.

Santa Fe is amazing. I fell in love pretty immediately. The scenery, the energy, the architecture and of course, the shopping! It was unbelievable how good the fashion was. I was immediately hooked. I’m not crazy into the navajo look, but a flare piece here and there will make anyone a little more fashionable. You just have to figure out what your look is, what is YOUR Sante Fe style? And of course, what will work in your “real” wardrobe back at home.

 

 

Obviously turquoise is all the jam in Santa Fe. I quickly realized that it is also hella expensive. Apparently I have never bought real turquoise before because I has some serious sticker shock. My approach was clear. I created a budget ($500) for my shopping excursion and set out to find at least one piece that would make me smile every time I looked at it for years to come. That is what travel shopping should do, take you back to the happy memory AND look rad with your outfit.

 

 

Everywhere I turned, there were options. Options for different stones, different styles, different metals. The number one rule of travel shopping is to WAIT FOR THE RIGHT PIECE TO FIND YOU. Often times we go in wanting to buy something and end up settling on something because the goal was to BUY something. You feel defeated if you don’t. Stop, this is crazy. Wait for the right piece to find you and then buy it. Going home empty handed is way better than spending a bunch of money on something that is just taking up room in your closet and reminding you of your failure every time you look at it. Shrink session complete.

 

 

 

My first piece was this fabulous pair of jet and turquoise earrings, price tag $300. I love shopping from street vendors more than anything in the world and yup, that’s where I found these. From the designer himself. How much cooler is that than buying them at a store with a huge markup?? Go to the source, it is always better, both price and story-wise. I wanted something that had some edge to it, this meant literal edges. I wanted more angular and architectural pieces. That is how I knew I would make it work with my NYC wardrobe.

 

 

 

My second and final piece was a ring. I came across Marcus Slim, a young and amazing designer of contemporary navajo jewelry and I fell in love. It was as if Santa Fe and NYC had a baby and it was Marcus Slim’s rings. Believe it or not, the vision in my mind did not really fit what was being sold, so I soldiered on convinced I could find it, and I did…..

 

 

At $150, I came in under budget for my Santa Fe shopping trip. I set out to buy one piece of jewelry that would make me smile and I came out with two. Double smiles for years to come…..

 


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