WHAT? Not Everybody Should Wear Black?

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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Your Key Neutral – Probably NOT Black

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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What Coordinates With Camel?

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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What to Coordinate with Basic Brown …

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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Wardrobe Coordination with Sophisticataed Gray

Style Solution:  Mix gray separates with accent pieces and accessories in clear, cool, softly-bright colors. Pinks, blues, blue-based greens and purples play happily with both light and more mid-tone grays.  Keep any metallic details – buttons, jewelry, handbag closures, decorative zippers – in silver or pewter rather than gold.

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Kathleen’s Capsule Wardrobe

After Kathleen viewed my Craftsy video class about wardrobe development she immediately started on her Capsule Wardrobe and I thought you’d like to peek in on her progress, especially since she was kind enough to share some terrific collages of her selections. Kathleen is an avid sewing enthusiast, but her process should be just as…

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Smart Shopping at Season-End 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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Wardrobe Challenge: Shop in Your Closet

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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Maximizing Mix & Match for Any Lifestyle – Part 2

Last week we created the start of a coordinated 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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Mixing and Matching With Brown

You may think brown isn’t as versatile as black – especially for women with cool coloring.  Looking for new ways to wear my brown pieces I realized that even if I have fewer options, they are so subtle and sophisticated that they rank among my favorites. Because brown can be hard to find, I’ve stockpiled…

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