How to Minimize a Full Bustline

A blog reader reached out last week asking how to minimize her ample bustline – which she colorfully described as “2 buffalo’s in a bag”.  Here are a few thoughts on gracefully wardrobing those DD’s …

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“Cost per Outfit” … more

Thanks for all your comments on substituting cost-per-outfit for the more traditional cost-per-wear to determine the long-term value of proposed new purchase.  Here’s a bit more about evaluating …

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Presto! Refresh!

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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The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

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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“Cost-Per-Wear” Analysis Re-imagined

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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Elevating a Bargain Blazer

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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Metallic Magic

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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Preview an Online Purchase

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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Update: from Basic to Bravo!

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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Two Tiny Style Tips

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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