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Smart Shopping at Summer Clearance Sales

Do you love shopping the sales, but find too many of those so-called bargains end up gathering dust in the back of your closet. Want to be a more savvy sale shopper?  Here’s how:  to take advantage of end-of-season bargains – without being taken advantage of yourself – you’ll want to SWAP.  No, I don’t mean…

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Multi-Purpose a Classic Suit

A beautiful suit is a treat to wear, but maybe there  aren’t many occasions when you need to dress quite that formally.  I spent some time the other day playing with my royal blue skirt suit and found 3 new ways to wear those pieces in a variety of looks.  Here’s how …

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Ethical Donating

After my recent post about how to best manage donating your closet discards, a reader questioned the recommendation about Goodwill based on information about the pay levels for their CEO and for disabled workers.  I did some investigating and the most informative read I found was this one from a fellow style blogger:

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Wk #9 – Reader Example of Value Contrast

After last week’s post about value contrast levels, a reader named Valerie emailed me a photo of her outfit and asked for input.  I though the ensuing discussion might interest the rest of our group, and Valerie agreed to share it. Valerie described herself as high-contrast, with a preference for black-and-white and bright colors.  The…

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Wk #8 – Invaluable Info on Value Contrast.

In any visual composition, attention goes first and foremost to the area of greatest light/dark or bright/dark contrast.  Since the objective of an optimal outfit is putting the attention on your face, that means that you never want to wear a color combination with more light/dark contrast that you see in your personal color pattern.…

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Wk #6 – People-Watching for Points of Connection

Last week I taught, exhibited and did color consultations at the huge women’s expo in Seattle and had the chance to see many of my blog readers and students wearing outfits that exemplify the “points of connection” concept.  They were so easy to spot! Regardless of age, dress size or personal style, they stood out in the crowd…

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Wk #7 – Finding Color Value Balance

“Value” means how light or dark a color appears.  Your personal color pattern has value too.  When the two don’t connect, your head looks disconnected from your body – that’s kind of weird, no?   And it makes you look shorter and heavier – not too many woman are looking for that effect! Here are…

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Wk #4 – Color Certainty is the Key

Nothing – absolutely nothing – is more critical to looking your personal best than defining your unique group of most flattering colors.  Color is the first thing people notice about what you are wearing.  It’s more important that than the figure-flattery of the style.  More important than the fit.  More important than the price tag…

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Holiday Looks Hiding in Your Closet

This Thursday is arguably the biggest party night of the year, and “I have nothing to wear” is a resounding refrain.  If your New Year’s event is a ball, only a ball gown will suffice.  But for many other celebration styles you can skip a trip to the mall and find festive fashion options right in your own closet.  Here’s…

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If You Hate To Shop For Clothes …

Hate to shop for clothes?  The majority of women tell me they do,  and each of them seems to think she is a real oddity.   And in truth I don’t enjoy the process all that much either, but I DO love seeing a client’s joy with the results. I’ve spent 25 years taking the pain…

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