Wardrobe

30 Outfits in a Carry-on Bag

Lots of you have asked for tips on travel wardrobes.  Whether you are squeezing a quick family trip into the waning days of summer, planning an extended big city weekend this fall or have a business conference in your future, packing for travel gives many women stress-induced heartburn.  Here are some tips to make it…

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Jean Genius – No More Sagging!

I hated jeans.  Lots of people though I was just insufferably prissy … but it wasn’t that.  They just weren’t comfortable to me.  Then, with the advent of stretchy, soft denims, skinnier legs and higher, more natural waistlines, I began to change my mind. Yet two problems remained.  The overlap end of the waistband curled…

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Just Don’t Go There …

Celebrities and style bloggers are photographed all over the place these days wearing bright white sneakers.  The look is  widely touted as a sure-fire way for mature women to look youthful and sporty.  Here’s the reason you might want to think twice before jumping on this particular band wagon.

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Sheer Summer Toppers

Kimono-style toppers in sheer fabrics and striking prints are a classic look that is especially on-trend this summer and likley to continue into cooler months.  They add pizzazz to various combinations of solid-color separates.  And they camouflage a multitude of “middle management” issues.

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Calibrating Your Visual Message

This video commentary about the wardrobes of female presidential candidates has lots of thought-provoking advice for the rest of us too.  Whether you’re running for office, making a business presentation,  leading a Sunday School discussion or PTA meeting, soliciting  good service from a store clerk or just hanging out with friends, I’m betting you want…

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Taming a Too-Large Print

Print garments can be exciting additions to our wardrobes, but they can easily take over the entire look, leaving the individual woman pretty much out of the picture.  This bold tropical print shell is a perfect example.  It’s colors make a lot of sense in my wardrobe, but it can easily become too much of…

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Match Your Shoes Contest

PatternReview.com is kicking off a contest to make an outfit to coordinated with a pair of shoes.  After looking a about a zillion pairs of multi-colored, embellished shoes that I could coordinate with, I realized that I’m not a person who wears embellished, statement clothes. (UPDATE: My green dress took 2nd place in the reader…

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Stay-Cool Summer Cardigans

I’m not a big fan of summer clothes – or summer weather, for that matter.  But I still want to dress with style.   For mixing & matching in warm weather, I still prefer  an under-layer/over-layer top combo.    So I was thrilled to find these lightweight, open-knit cardigans at my new favorite store.  Made from…

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Why Teal is So Terrific

I’m sewing more these days, largely because the retail selection is so frustrating.  But the style lesson from the jacket I just made applies even for those who buy their clothes. It primarily an homage to  TEAL BLUE – the most universally flattering color range for the vast majority of women.

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Best Jean Jacket Ever

You know I think most supposed “Must Have” items are bogus (white shirts, little black dresses, etc)  but a jean jacket does seem to be an “Everybody” piece — and one I loved on other people but could never find for my own wardrobe.  Not for lack of trying; I’ve bought several over the years…

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