The idea of style “rules” is silly, but a recent post on a famous trend-focused fashion blog gave me heartburn by suggesting that the looks below prove that style guidelines – in this case advice from Vogue editor Anna Wintour – could be “broken” with impunity.  Interested to hear what you think …

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It’s New Year’s Resolution time .. and closet clean-outs are high on many to-do lists.  Despite all the buzz about the Kondo method, it probably isn’t the ideal way to tackle your wardrobe.  I’m certainly not opposed to purging.  But plenty of things that don’t set your heart aflutter with joy can still be valuable…

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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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Point.  Click.  Easy.  That is … until the item arrives and it isn’t the color you thought it would be.  Or the fabric feels sleazy.  Or it’s itchy or it doesn’t fit right.  Then there’s the paperwork and the return trip to the Post Office and you’re back at Square One.  There has to be…

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Just got this question from a viewer of my Bluprint video class* on wardrobe development and thought it might apply to lots of folks.   “Nancy, I probably like colors that don’t look good on me, such as clear, intense reads and blues. Can I still look good in them if I keep them far from…

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I was kvetching (complaining) to a friend the other day that I seem to buy, sew and wear the same things over and over.  Then I suddenly realized that’s not a bad thing!  We all have certain colors, styles, etc. that look best on us — so why would we choose less-enhancing ones just for…

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At a recent ASG event,  a woman with beautiful dark brown hair like this asked how she could wear her Key Neutral – chocolate brown – in combinations that didn’t get too warm and Autumn-y (which she was certainly NOT).  I often get this question from people who asume that only the warmest accent colors…

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As I was putting away the accessories from the chocolate brown mix-and-match photos, I spotted even more coordinate options. It really does happen that everything that works together, works together – odd as that sounds.  With so many combinations, she can be the best-dressed woman in the group every day.  Somebody’s got to do it,…

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Finally- after nearly a decade’s absence –  the beautiful earthy browns are making an appearance in stores this Fall. Chocolate, Caramel, Camel and Sand are in the spotlight … and not exclusively for women with warm coloring.  See mix-match options for a cool Chocolate-based wardrobe HERE.  And read on for more ideas …

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If you’ve tried a wrong green and vowed to avoid that color family entirely, this is the year to revisit that decision.  Color temperature is usually the culprit in a mis-match, and this year you’ll find gorgeous choices in warm greens, cool greens and everything in between.  Here are some ideas to get you started…

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