In our household, The Netflix series “The Crown” has been a much-needed diversion from current events — as much for the costumes as for the historical value or the gossip-y bits.  In the video below, fashion historian Raissa Bretaña fact checks and disects … … several of the most memorable styles from the series –…

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As COVID restrictions move many brunettes  away from coloring their hair – allowing  unpigmented strands  to mix in – they find the overall softening effect moves their Key Wardrobe Neutral from the previous Chocolate Brown or Soft Black toward Taupe.  Now that’s a very sophisticated Neutral, but not always an easy one to find.  I…

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About this time of year, many of our dark washable garments may start to look a little faded and drab.  No need to replace them.  Just refresh them.  Here’s how:

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It’s shocking: Second to petroleum – fashion/textiles is the most polluting industry in the world! Prompted by Reanna’s comment about my “Bargain Blazer”, here are some jarring statistics and some painless but powerful things YOU can do to make a difference.  And actually dress BETTER in the process.

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Wardrobe consultants have long endorsed the value of establishing a cost-per-wear calculation to assess the true value of an item.  Divide the price you paid by the number of times you wore the garment over its useful life.  The result = CPW. Problem is, with this season’s crazy clearance price, a low CPW isn’t an…

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Yesterday – at Chico’s checking out pieces I thought might work for some clients – I spotted this cream/black/tan tweed jacket (one of my signature styles) marked down to a ridiculous $19.95. (I know it isn’t technically a blazer, but I loved the alliteration, sorry!)  I tried it in several sizes before settling on the…

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If your optimal metal choice is silver,  any gold trim on a shoe or purse would be out of sync with your jewelry or the colors in your wardrobe.  It’s easy enough to change a wrong button, but you can’t change accessory hardware.  But there is an answer …

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Another Style School participant pointed out that my demo technique for the class could work perfectly for “trying on” potential online purchases.  Just copy/paste your own face photo into a Powerpoint slide and add the purchase you’re considering.

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Last week I challenged each participant in my VIRTUAL Style School to put together an outfit demonstrating a technique they had learned in the class thus far.  This class member realized that her dress color was too pale to balance her stronger personal color pattern. Any of the deeper colors swatched along the left side…

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I occasionally spot creative ideas from retailer and clients – things that seem to small for an entire blog post, but that I still imagine you would enjoy.  Little “stocking stuffer”  tidbits, if you will.  Here is a quick sampling:

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