Retail Reconnaissance – Oct 20

This new blog feature  – “Retail Recon” for short – is a quick report on particularly interesting finds I spot on the retail scene.  This week I was picking up some charity donation samples at Soft Surroundings (which just happens to be headquartered about a half  mile from my house) and spotted this gorgeous tunic …

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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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Tiny But Terrific Closet Tip

Sometimes the smallest things – things you might never even think about – can make a very big difference.  That’s the case with this tip a professional organizer shared with me the other day …

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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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Summer Sweater Goes Year-Round Stylish

Mid-tone cardigan/shell combos, made in breathable fibers, can be 12-month wardrobe staples in almost any climate.   This rich, deep pink set from Chicos was a summer favorite – shading my arms from extreme sun outdoors and balancing out extreme air conditioning indoors.  Now it’s the basis of several cool-weather outfits … with the added benefit…

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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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Happy Summer Legs & Feet

Summer brings some special challenges for looking good and feeling comfortable in our shoes – especially after a year or more of mostly being home in our bunny slippers.  “Real” shoes – open toes, sling backs and bare sandals – all elongate our legs by leaving more skin visible.  But they can rub uncomfortably, and…

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How to Tie an Up-sized Scarf

Our new collections of super-sized rayon scarves are the perfect accessory to update your Summer wardrobe.  You’ve asked for suggestions on fun ways to wear them, so here are some of my favorites  …

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