Tales from an “I love my wardrobe” session

 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with a new client. I have known her for several years through a networking group and over that time she has expressed an interest in my services.  Well, she finally felt the time was right to delve into her closet.  She had a great basic wardrobe along with some fun dresses and jackets. One of my goals was to add more color to her outfits.  She had it, but just didn’t know how to make it all work.  Here are some photos of what we put together and what she had to say afterwards.

“I had a session today with Karen / Your Style IQ that was amazing!  I was afraid going in that I had nothing she could work with.  She created over 30 outfits that when worn with different shoes, necklaces, pants and jeans offer over 100 combinations! “

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

What will be “in” for Spring/Summer 2016

It seems that mother nature doesn’t want to let us forget who’s boss when it comes to the weather, but we are inching closer to those days when we’ll be wearing those new colors for 2016 I talked about a few weeks ago and sandals instead of close toed shoes. So what are the newest styles you’ll see in stores now and in the coming months? Here’s a rundown of some of the trends and how you might incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Spring 16 styles

1 – Victorian influence – The trends of this era can be seen in many styles, from the high neckline and ruffles, to subtle floral prints. Interpret this trend with a floral print dress with a ruffled neckline.

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2 – Lightweight Denim  This is a classic, whether your go-to style is a dress, pants or a skirt. Lightweight denim skirts are a great alternative to shorts in spring and summer.

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3 – X-factor  This is a combo of a halter top look with the off the shoulder look.

4 – Fringe – It looks like this is a trend that is here to stay.

5 – Paper bag waist – Not the easiest style to wear, this style pairs this easiest effect with wide-leg pants and loose skirts.

6 – Pleats  Gone are the wide car-wash pleats of the fall. Spring styles are showing much smaller knife pleats.

7 – White shirt That staple that everyone should have in the closet had a makeover for this season.

8 – Spanish influence – This will feature a lot of red (which was not one of the predicted colors from Pantone) to styles that remind you of flamenco dancers with flounces and full sleeves.

9 – 70’s inspired suede  This era continues to have an influence in fashion.  For those of us who remember the original, it may be something you want to pass on, but combining it with suede?  This one is simply a personal preference that has no boundaries by body type. Why not get your 70’s look along with a fringe statement with accessories.

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As always, every trend is not for everyone. For example, the woman with a little extra in the middle should not even think about wearing a paper bag waist style. And of course you need to look in your closet first. You may very well have something with fringe (maybe a scarf) and have that light denim shirtdress stuck in the back of the closet.

 

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Do you know your ideal style?

Another holiday season has come and gone and now we are all trying to get back to our normal routine and normal life.  I don’t know about you, but due to the warm weather we’ve had, I’m not settled into my favorite outfits for the season yet. I’ve hardly worn my boots, and fleece leggings were not on my radar when it’s 60 degrees outside. But that all appears to be changing a bit, but still no drastic cold snap is in sight. Since we might not be getting full use of some of our sweaters and boots, maybe it’s time to look through your closet and see what other season appropriate outfits you might create. Or maybe the clothes in your closet are just not the right style for your body type.
Being a stylist, my job is to help you find the right look for your body type, lifestyle and your comfort zone. It is not about me trying to get you into the latest fashion or subscribe to my look. It’s about you and what image you want to project, whether it is at work or at “play.” Now I will tell you to push outside of your comfort zone a bit. You never know, you may find an inner you who has been longing to get out.
To present a confident image, the first element to finding a style that will flatter your body is to know your measurement. Are you bigger at the bust than the hips? Do you have a little extra in the middle? Whatever the case may be, this body typing is key to knowing the styles that will compliment your body. And it will help you make the right selections in the future when shopping.
You need to take 3 key measurements. Using a fabric tape measure and a friend, take the following measurements:
Bust – Measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over the fullest part of the bust.
Waist – Find your natural waistline and measure.
Hip – Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist)

Measurements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not designed to determine what size you should wear but what styles to look for when you shop. For example, if you are bigger in the hip area, you don’t want to buy pants that sit at the hip. This will only add volume where you don’t want it.
Armed with this information, you can now classify what body type you have:
 Bigger on Top – proportionally broader in the bust then the hips and waist
 Bigger on the Bottom – proportionally broader in the hips, thighs and bottom
 A little extra in the middle – wider in the middle rather than hips and bust
 Curvy – top and bottom are proportional with a smaller waist
 Not Curvy – waist is in line with the hips and shoulders

From this information you can use clothing style, color and accessories to create balance in your body type and the illusion of having that perfect hourglass figure which only about 7% of women have.
So next time you go shopping, even if it’s in your closet, keep this in mind. Am I really a “Bigger on the Top” person with a closet of soft flowing tops? Do I usually buy boxy sweaters for my “Not Curvy” body type?

Do you have the right style jacket in your Fall/Winter wardrobe?

Polyvore - neutral blazer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Office outfit to Holiday outfit

Turkey day is over, which means we are a few weeks away from Christmas and the celebration of the holiday season.  You just got an invitation to a holiday celebration with the boss and fellow office staff.  As with any function that involves senior executives in your workplace, you should dress appropriately.  That means nothing too high at the hem or low at the neck, or so tight that you dare not sit down.  Save the real party girl outfits for the club or the celebration with close friends and family.

It’s always wonderful to go out and buy a festive new dress, skirt or pants for a special occasion, but is it a good investment piece? Why not be creative with what you already have in your closet. If you are like most women you have a festive thing or two hanging in your closet just waiting to see the light of day or sparkly jewelry stuffed in a drawer for years. If you do need to add one of these items to make the transition to a holiday outfit, you may want to keep the investment at a minimal cost by shopping at a local thrift or consignment shop or a discount retail location. I love to shop H&M and Forever 21 for trendy accessories at a low cost.

Add a jewel colored top, one that makes your skin and eyes shine, to a current pair of pants or skirt. Accessories with a little sparkle and shine go a long way.  Add a statement necklace or dangle earrings to a current dress.  Pashminas are a must for every wardrobe and if it has some sparkle to it all the better. Throw it around your shoulders in case the event is chilly. A pop of color or shine in your footwear will complete the outfit.

Here are some suggestions on how to take an office outfit and turn it into a holiday celebration outfit with little to no additional investment.

Polyvore - Holiday 15 pants

Swap out your sweaters and booties for a sleeveless top, statement accessories and shoes with a heel.

 

Polyvore - Holiday 15 skirt

Leave the sweater at home and change up the shoes for heels.  The red sleeveless blouse is a great holiday look with a gold belt (this should be a staple in your closet).  Or add a glittery top! No other accessories necessary.

Polyvore - Holiday 15 dress

Think you can’t make an office dress work for a party?  Change a jacket or sweater for a shrug, fringed top (trendy) or go sleeveless.  Add some jewelry, a different belt and different heels.  Even a sweater dress can look great.

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