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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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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It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true: I am just about the laziest person you can imagine when it comes to my wardrobe.  I get stuck in a rut – wearing the same few outfits over and over while lots of other great options hang in my closet.  I’ve identified two causes.  (1). Sometimes an…

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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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Your company’s dress policy should clarify the when – and whether – jeans are officeappropriate.  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…

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Try one – or several — of these easy strategies to give your traditional pieces a more edgy, contemporary feeling. Best of all,  you can probably apply them to clothes you already own. Experiment with pattern mixing .  The easiest way is to use one tiny pattern – something that looks almost like printed texture…

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Everybody seems to love before & after photos. But as you look at these examples, 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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The right interview outfit can pay dividends well beyond its price.  Although no company is likely to base a hiring decision directly on an applicant’s outfit, decisions are made every day based on the beliefs one’s appearance causes an interviewer to form. Newest research reveals it takes as little as 7 seconds for someone to…

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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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Style Solution:  Try a different neutral – ideally one that is closely related to your hair color. 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. Black mixes best with clear, bright, cool accent…

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