wardrobe coordination

Celeste’s 12-piece Capsule Wardrobe

I created a personalized Color Fan for Celeste at a conference some months ago.  She has subdued coloring and hair that is a mix of brown and silver strands, so her Key Neutral is a grayed brown and her secondary neutral is a paler taupe. Sage green relates to her eye color. She is also super…

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Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 2

Last week we created the start of a 12-piece wardrobe with a Core Four in navy blue.  Now let’s layer some accent-color over-tops onto the pants+shell and the skirt+shell columns and link the color combinations with accessories to polish off each outfit.

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Smart Shopping at Summer Clearance Sales

Style Dilemma: I love shopping the sales, but too many of my so-called bargains end up gathering dust in the back of my closet.  How can I be a more savvy sale shopper? Style Solution: 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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Style Dilemma: When and how can I wear jeans in the office?

Style Solution: Your company’s dress policy should clarify the “when”.  But whether your office allows jeans every day or just on Fridays, it’s important to polish the look to maintain your professional presence. Jeans — by the way — are defined by the styling, not by the blue denim.  Details like a back yoke, rear…

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Style Dilemma: What can a wardrobe makeover actually accomplish for a woman?

Style Solution: Everybody seems to love before & after photos. But as you look at these example, remember that our work isn’t about looking good once for a photo.  It’s about having a whole closet full of inter-coordinated outfits just as flattering as the looks you see here. Melissa’s too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt all dragged her…

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Style Dilemma: I’ve heard that black doesn’t flatter everyone, but it seems so easy to mix and match with other colors – what’s the deal?

Style Solution:  Although the popular fashion myth is that everything goes with black, in truth “everything that goes with black goes with black.” Clear, bright, cool colors like those shown below look great with black. (Many other colors – especially softer, warmer or more muted ones – not so much.) Those combinations are also easy…

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