My sewing clients routinely tell me they own more fabric than they could sew up in two lifetimes.  So why waste time sewing anything but the very best pieces – the ones that are the most flattering to your coloring and features?

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Rachel asked – during a VIRTUAL Style School session – if she could build a capsule wardrobe grouping around a fashion color instead of a traditional neutral.  Of course she can – and so can you.  It may not be quite as versatile, but it still work fabulously.  Here’s an example I shared with the…

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Your company’s dress policy should clarify  when – and whether – jeans are office appropriate.  Whether your office environment these days is physical or virtual, it’s important to polish your look to maintain your professional presence.  With added Spandex and brushed surfaces, today’s denim can be a cozy-comfy work-from-home choice. And building a coordinated outfit…

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These days the right interview outfit can pay big dividends.  Although no hiring manager is likely to consciously base a decision on an applicant’s outfit, decisions are made every day based on the beliefs that appearance causes an interviewer to form. With so many work-from-home situations these days, wardrobe choices for interviewing are far more…

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In the past few months, lots of cool brunettes have been discovering – and often celebrating – the un-pigmented strands of hair they have long been coloring over.   If you are one with this wonderfully mixed hair color, consider shifting your Key Neutral to taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever…

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Since I’ve been teaching about print selection – and especially since my article on the topic for Threads magazine – I’ve realized that my own wardrobe was the opposite of most of my clients’.  The typical client’s closet has too many prints; my closet actually had very, very few.  I’ve worked to add more patterned…

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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 to understand.…

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Although retail and the fashion press promote black as the universal choice, it really is flattering to only a small minority of women — those with very dark hair and high-contrast coloring. Try a different neutral – ideally one that is closely related to your hair color. Black mixes best with clear, bright, cool accent…

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Style Solution:  Blondes are usually overpowered by black and showcased by their particular shade of camel. All  the women pictured below wear camel beautifully.  Golden blondes like the woman on the far right should seek out equally golden camel or caramel tones; ash blondes want a less golden, more champagne or tan version of camel.

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Style Solution:  Brown – in it’s various versions – is flattering to far more women than black, and because it’s unexpected, it is more interesting too. Many, many less saturated colors look wonderfully sophisticated with brown. Women with color patterns like these look gorgeous in various shades of brown:

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