Summer’s Over – What Comes Out of My Closet?

I’m a firm believer in Season-Spanning Wardrobes, but with a hint of Fall in the air, it’s time to rotate out of my closet the items that are clearly “summer-only”.  Forget the old “no white after Labor Day” guideline.  It’s the mix of color, fabrication and styling that combine to define seasonality.  Your decisions may…

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Play Paper Dolls in Your Fall Closet

After you rotate the cold-weather items back into your closet, it’s great to spend some time experimenting with new combinations you may not have worn before.  I lay out mixes on my bedroom carpet, finish with the accessories and snap a quick cell-phone pic of each combo for future reference, like this…

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Pale Pink – of All Things – Gets an Autumn Flavor

The whole pink family — light to darker —  is a fashion favorite at the moment, and its versatility makes it a favorite every season for me and for my client work.  We don’t typically think of this blush tone as a cool-weather option, but just see how beautifully it really can work …

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Updating for Fall – Jade Green Cardigan

Still playing paper dolls – this time with a feather-weight jade green swing cardigan that I”m carrying forward for Fall.  This colorway — first cousin of teal/turquoise blues – is flattering to nearly everyone, although women with paler coloring may prefer a toned-down version. Here are some lessons from mix/matching it …

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Editing & Prioritizing Lisa’s Fabric Stash

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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Color-Based Capsule Wardrobes

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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Professional Denim – and How to Do It

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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What Your Wardrobe Says in a ZOOM Interview

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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Wardrobe update for those new “silver highlights”

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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Picking & Pairing Impactful Prints

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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