Your Closet Called ….

 

 

The weather in the Washington, DC area is not going to be pleasant for anyone without ice skates this weekend.  And since your closet called – it could probably use a review of what is working and what is just hanging around.  There are outfits lurking in there, you just need to discover them, but in order to find them, it’s time for a bit of housecleaning and organization.  It’s time to stop pushing around pieces that don’t work anymore.

Now that you are a few months into your Fall/Winter wardrobe, take a second look at everything you own (the first should have been when you brought out this season’s options).  Are there things you have not worn yet?  Why? Are they too big/small? Are they out of fashion?  Answer these questions on every piece.  Even though most styles come back into fashion at some point, there is usually just enough change that you may not be able to use it again the second time around.  Or is it an item you just can’t find anything to go with?

As you sort through things, make several piles.  Ones that you consider past any hope of being worn again as they are torn or stained, ones that just aren’t right for you anymore; whether style or size, and those that are good, but just do not fit the style image you want to project.

Once you get through this exercise, organize the items left in your closet.  If you have not already done so, your closet should be organized by tops, bottoms and dresses.  Within these groupings, organize by color.  This is the best way to take a fresh look at what you have, what you may need to add and what may truly be a new outfit right in front of your nose.

With the January sales in full swing, think about items you may be able to pick up at a great price that will create an entirely new outfit or 2. The items in your closet should not be a one-to-one relationship.  And don’t be stuck on always finding a garment to create that new outfit, look to accessories to make the difference.

Here is some insight into your options for what to do with those items you took out of the closet; don’t look back and don’t second guess yourself.

Donations –
There are many options for donating usable clothing, some with pick-up service that are nationally known such as Vietnam Veterans of America and The Salvation Army. These are 2 of my favorite as the clothing is used for a good cause.

For donations that have seen better days, don’t just throw them in the trash, recycle them and get a discount in the deal. H&M offers H&M Conscious in their stores. They will accept any clothing, not just an H&M brand, to be recycled. You can bring into the store up to 2 bags/day and in return get a 15% coupon toward a purchase. What a deal! And H&M is a great place to pick up a new trendy item at a great price.

Swap some clothing –
There are many sites on the web that offers this type of deal but what about throwing a swap party with your friends? This is a great idea for a girl’s night out. It would also be a great place to swap not just clothing but scarves, belts and jewelry. If you want a little education added to the mix, Your Style IQ would be happy to join the fun and give you a mini session on the accessories for each body type.

Earn some extra spending money –
True you invested in every one of those garments you are about to send out the door, but there is no reason not to recoup some of that as spendable cash rather than a tax deduction. Every town has local consignment shops with varying percentages of what you will earn on clothing they sell for you.  Check the web for a local list as some of the shops my clients have used in the past no longer exist. There are also many options on-line with their own app. Be sure to check carefully as every store or site has a list of “labels” they will accept.

Now you are ready to find new outfits right in your closet.

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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! “

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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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THE colors of Spring/Summer 2016

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Just when you think spring is around the the corner, they are predicting wet snow in the next few days.  But think positive and keep looking forward, we are closer to spring then not.   This spring, the color palette from Pantone Color Institute, the people who forecast color trends, will help you envision a calm, tranquil environment with a mix of pastels and brights,  There is something for everyone.

Rose Quartz and Serenity, announced as the colors of the year for 2016, are light and airy. Orange has been a strong color for many seasons, so it’s not surprising to find Peach Echo, a pastel of the orange family, stepping into the scene to continue consumer’s love for orange. Limpet Shell, a shade of Aqua, rounds out the pastel palette of colors for women’s fashions this season.

Every season needs neutrals and this season is no exception, with softer versions of navy, brown and gray.  Snorkel blue conjures up a warm sunny beach and relaxation. Lilac Gray puts a new twist on basic gray with a hint of lilac and Iced Coffee is a great transitional color that can carry you from spring to fall.

For those who’s skin and hair color need more bright fabrics in their closet, there are several to consider this season.  The brilliant shade of Green Flash, brings a touch of the outdoors to your wardrobe. It reminds me of the newly budding trees of spring.  Fiesta is bright and fun and would be a great combination with the sunny feel of Buttercup.

I just love this use of Green Flash, Limpet Shell and Fiesta in this design by Nicole Miller.

Nicole Miller Spring 2016

Nicole Miller

 

Whether you prefer bright colors or pastels, there are many ways to mix and match this season with each other and with the help of the new neutrals. Experiment by first looking in your closet!

 

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