Sweet, Sweet Sunday

National Dress Gaudy Day

Today is National Dress Gaudy Day, a national “holiday” inspired by the TV show “Three’s Company”…a day that gives us an annual excuse to wear the most unstylish things that we can find.

But sadly there are people every single day wearing terrible clothes who have never gotten the message that dressing “gaudy” is only acceptable one day per year, not all 365.

Sadly, you find people…

  • Showing up to PTA meetings in cut-offs…
  • Wearing “hooker” clothes to church…
  • Finding themselves on websites such as “People of WalMart”…
  • Being nominated for TV shows such as “What Not to Wear”…

And as for me personally, I don’t care to be the latest “talk of the town.”

Nowhere has the fact that many of us have very little, if any, knowledge when it comes to fashion..even though most of us have enough sense to actually wear clothes to Walmart?…been more noticeable than when “business casual” and “casual Friday” became part of the work world.

So what exactly does “business casual” mean? And how can you add a “business casual” to your budget?

Obviously, “business casual” will mean different things from job to job, industry to industry, office to office, and state to state.

And even though there is no “official” rulebook for dressing “business casual,” there are basic principles such as…

First of all, when starting to create any type of wardrobe, you should strive to…

  • (1) eliminate the amount of time spent folding, organizing, buying and washing clothes
  • (2) fill your closet only with clothes that actually make you feel fantastic, that you absolutely love, and that make you happy
  • (3) keep you from mindlessly shopping despite the fact that you clearly have tons of clothing already
  • (4) keep you from staring at a closet full of clothing each morning, and yet feeling that you have nothing to wear

(5) weed out those pieces that you actually never wear now, and probably never will wear again

1. Face the Facts…Be completely honest with who you are now…not the person you used to be, the person you hope to one day become, or some other type of person that you honestly are not.

Don’t think about what you wish you could afford, wish you could fit, and wish you had the lifestyle to wear.

Dressing professionally means dressing to do your job in a well-groomed and non-distracting fashion.

Never wear denim, shorts, miniskirts, crazy makeup, or anything vinyl or sequined.

Get tips from your coworkers.

Ignore the “dress for the job you want” thing. Dress for the job you actually have and for what is right for you. You don’t want to look like the geek who is trying way too hard.

2. Fewer But Better…Quality pieces, taken care of properly, will generally last much longer than cheap pieces It makes sense to invest in things you know you’ll actually wear often…such as black trousers, pencil skirts and blazers.

Buying fewer clothes will allow you to purchase higher quality, longer-lasting pieces that would otherwise be too expensive.

Establish a color palette.

Invest in a few keys pieces. Add other items slowly…. It’s much better to have a smaller wardrobe full of great pieces than a closet full of junk. Don’t try to build a wardrobe all at once. First buy the bare minimum pieces, and get a sense of what your office is like and what feels right on you in that environment. Then you will have time and money to make better choices.

Sell old clothes to offset the costs….Selling old clothes on eBay or at consignment stores will help the people currently needing that item and provide you additional cash for the new items you need.

Shop online….Even though shopping online means that you obviously will not be able try the clothes on before buying them, you can often find really great deals.

Stay away from full-priced department store items….Great pieces can be found much cheaper at stores like T.J. Maxx and Ross, and consignment and thrift stores.

3. Figure Out What You Actually Need..Having a list of what you already have and getting rid of those things that are simply occupying space enables you to actually see what you already have, figure what else you need, and create different outfit combinations.The following list of items might give you some idea of what your wardrobe might consist of.

  • Tops…1 trench…2 blazers…3 dresses…1 cardigan…2 lightweight sweaters…5 blouses…a layering tank…4 T-shirts
  • Bottoms..1 skirt…2 pairs of shorts…1 pair of white linen pants, full length…3 pairs of cropped pants (one colored, one khaki, one black)…1 pair of boyfriend jeans
  • Accessories…2 scarves…3 necklaces…1 set of bangles…1 cocktail ring…1 pair of sunglasses…1 neutral handbag…4 pairs of shoes

4. Find Your Favorites…Your capsule wardrobe should consist only of those items Thad you absolutely love…Notice what gets the most wear and why. This can help you figure out what NOT to purchase in the future.

Dress comfortably…Feel free to be yourself…If you feel uncomfortable, you won’t look very professional.

Choose slightly more structured versions of what you already like to wear.

5. Find Your Niche…Your lifestyle, tastes, job, budget, and even the climate will all play a role in defining what works for you. Define your own “personal style” and color palette. This will allow you to be more specific and selective when shopping.

Create a “uniform.” This takes the work and the panic element out of getting dressed every morning. Two examples of “uniforms” would be almost always wearing A-Line skirts, low heels and blouses…or wide-legged pants, Oxfords and a sweater.

Know your brands and what you’re looking for.

6. Fit the Puzzle Together…..Never buy anything if it doesn’t go with at least two to four other pieces. .Look for those retailers who best fit your figure, your budget, and your lifestyle.

Don’t worry too much about what everyone else is wearing. Business casual runs the gamut in any given office.

7.  Forget Following the Trends..Forget following trends that will be gone next year and replaced with new trends. Classics, such as a white buttondown and khaki pants, are the basics

8. Forget the Forty…Forty is not some magical wardrobe number. No dress, skirt, or perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe will magically transform your life or make you look ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner. What matters is that you have a wardrobe of clothing that you absolutely love and can’t bear to part with.

Getting Dressed

Pants


Finding the perfect pair of pants can also be challenging. So here are a few questions to ask yourself when shopping for the perfect pair..

1. Are the pants lined? Lined pants can help conceal any lumps or bumps.

2. Are the pants too high?

3. Are the pants too low?

4. Are the pants too tight?

5. Are there creases or “smiling” across the crotch?

6. Can you can grab at least an inch of extra fabric on your thighs?

7. Do the pants sit too far below the belly button?

8. Do you have a visible pantyline?

9. Do you have the dreaded “camel toe,” outline of your lady parts, through the pants?

10. What material are the pants made from? A heavier fabric, like wool gabardine or cotton twill,are more flattering.

 

 

Pants worth having…

  • Jeans
  • Khakis
  • Leather Trousers
  • Suit
  • Wide-Leg Pants

More About Buying Jeans
All women face challenges when shopping for  that “perfect” pair of jeans.

Jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, so finding ones that don’t look like “mom” jeans, give us the comfortability that we crave, and actually flatter our changing bodies often takes effort, diligence, and endurance.

Questions to ask yourself when shopping for the “perfect” pair of jeans include…

  • Are they long enough to roll down and wear with boots?
  • Are they long enough to roll up and wear with sandals?
  • Are they “suffocating” you?
  • Are they too high or two low?
  • Do they allow just the right amount of stretch to hug your curves?
  • How do they fit around the waist?
  • How good or bad does your butt look in these jeans?
  • Would you haveto wear a belt with them?
  • There are several different cuts of jeans available. these include…

1.  Boot-cut…Boot-cut jeans-those that are fitted around the thighs and butt, but a little more relaxed around the calves and ankles-help “balance” out your figure.

2.  High-Waisted…High-waisted jeans accentuate and flatter your waist, and will elongate your legs. Petites look best in high-rise jeans for this reason.

3.  Low-Rise Jeans...Tall women, on the other hand, look best in low-rise jeans, but be careful not to pick a pair that is so low rise that they expose a little too much of your curves, such as your butt crack,  every time you sit down…

4.  Skinny Jeans…A pair of streamlined skinnies creates a sleek look, but also accentuates your shape and highlights your curves….(which could be either a good or bad thing). They can also make your legs appear a few extra inches longer. Choose a pair of skinny leg jeans that has a contoured waist and is made from a stretchy material that will “give a little” in the hips and rear. Steer clear of a super skinny, too-tight-of-a-fit jeans.

Other things to pay attention to…

  • Dark wash denim creates a slimming effect.
  • Higher prices don’t always mean better fit or quality.
  • Lighter color washes draw the eye dow
    Leggings—worn for warmth, comfort, style, and athletic wear— are perfect for creating a smooth base layer for long tunics and short dresses.
    But leggings come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and lengths.So how do you choose the perfect ones to buy?1.  Color…yes, leggings do Come in a wide variety of solid colors and prints, but lighter-colored, brighter, and patterned leggings draw attention to your legs and emphasize the lower body…and unless you’re very tall and bone thin? So typically steer away from these.

    Black and darker-colored leggings have a moreslimming effect on the legs, flatter all body shapes, coordinate well with a wide array of outfit choices, and just plain out far less tacky.

    Fabric…are usually made from a Lycra or a spandex blend, but can also be made from cotton, silk, lace, and wool.

    They can also be sheer or opaque, smooth like tights, or textured like cable-knit.

    Jeggings are a hybrid between jeans and leggings. They are made of a stretchy denim material that has had elasticated fibres added during production to give the denim plenty of stretch and to create a softer, less rigid fabric. Jeggings are more versatile and durable than standard leggings.

    Length…Length of leggings usually depend on where you are going to wear them and what length you yourself actually like best.

    1. Ankle-Length Leggings...Ankle – length leggings They provide full coverage and warmth and can be worn beneath  dresses, skirts, pants, and longer tops. Ankle-length leggings cover a wearer’s entire legs, reaching all the way down to the ankles. They are commonly worn with boots or high heels. Full length leggings help make your legs look longer, especially dark leggings worn with heels, and best flatter slender women.  .
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    2. Capri-Leggings…Capri – length leggings have a more casual feel than full-length leggings. They work well with mini-skirts,  oversized sweaters, and long shirts.

    Be sure that the Capri leggings that you choose end at the mid calf. If not, they will simply look like full-length leggings that are just a little bit too short.

    3.  Footed Leggings..Footed leggings are similar to tights, but they are made from a thicker material.. These leggings are great for wearing with dresses, skirts, long buttondown shirts, and coat-style cardigan sweaters during the winter.

    Always make sure that your top covers the top of your thighs and your butt. Leggings are basically meant to be a type of an undergarment, not actual pants.

    4.  Knee-Length Leggings…Knee – length leggings fall to just below the knee and are typically worn for various forms of exercise, such as dance, gymnastics, and yoga…but they could also be worn under skirts and dresses. Knee-length leggings can flatter legs with a heavier calf.

    5.  Stirrup Leggings…Stirrup leggings are similar to ankle-length leggings, but they also have a connected elastic-type strap, called a stirrup, that wraps under the arch of the foot.  The stirrup prevents the leggings from riding up and gathering at the ankles.These leggings are typically worn as pants instead of a layering garment.

    nward.

  • Struggling to get into the legs is a key to finding good jeans. If the jeans you try go on easily, go down a size. Jeans always stretch.
  • The waistband should be snug enough to fit two fingers down the back. If you can fit your whole hand, they are too loose, if only one or no fingers, they are too tight.

Citizens of Humanity Avedon Slick Skinny jeans…$188

Levi’s Curve ID Low Rise Bold Curve Skinny Jeans…$80

Lucky Brand Charlie Low-Rise Skinny Jeans…$60

 

Lauren Conrad Slim Bootcut Jeans…$20

 

More About Shorts…

Shorts are a staple wardrobe item in summer weather, and having a variety of different shorts in your closet can obviously expand your outfit options..

But finding shorts that are appropriate, comfortable, and wearable can sometimes e a challenge.

1. Appropriate…The main question as to whether shorts are appropriate or not is length. Shorts come in many different lengths, and choosing the perfect lengths primarily depends on what you personally prefer and why/where they will be worn…
Three standard lengths of shorts are short shorts-those with a 3″ inseam..lmid-range-those with 4″ inseam…and Bermudas—those with a 12 inseam.

Typically a pair of midrange shorts that are neither too tight nor too baggy are the most flattering on everyone. Stay away from short-shorts unless you are in amazing shape.

2. Comfortable…Finding the right fit should involve first measuring your waist, hips, and inseam. inseam lengths are determined by the height and length of your leg. To measure the inseam, run a tape measure from the bottom center of your crotch straight down…

Comfort also depends on the material that the shorts are made from. Fabrics that have more structure, such as linen and silk-cotton blends are most appropriate for dressy shorts. Stretch denim is more comfortable than regular denim.

3. Wearability…Neutrals and bright, solid colors are going to mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. Also try to steer clear of large patterns.

Pair your shorts with shirts that offer contrast in color and texture—such as a loose shirt worn with tailored, fitted shorts.

Types of Shorts

Having a selection of several different types of shorts—casual, dressy, and athletic —available will give you more flexibility

1.  Casual Shorts

 

  • 2.  Dressy Shorts
    •  Bermuda…Bermuda shorts are typically knee-length shorts that look like cut-off and hemmed trousers…such as these PURE JILL COTTON-STRETCH BERMUDA SHORTS from J Jill.
    • Culottes…Culottes have a flap in front that covers the shorts, making them appear like a skirt; designed to appear more feminine but still have functionality
    • Walking…Walking shorts are everyday shorts that are designed for comfort; most of the time they reach mid-thigh and are fairly looseWalking Shorts & Bermuda Shorts – Varies but should hit 1″ above the knee
Getting Dressed

Sweaters


Cardigans are perfect for layering your clothes, adding texture and interest to outfits, and keeping you warm. Cardigans are also easy to throw over on a basic dress or top.

Cardigan sweaters are fabulous for layering with your tops, multiplying your outfits, and dressing down a flashy outfit.

to add contrasting color, to mute a loud pattern in a dress or blouse, or add a color to a drab ensemble

In fact cardigans are some of the most flexible sweaters available.

It is important that you first fill your wardrobe with timeless,  can’t-live-without essential in solid neutrals such as black, navy, and cream. Then you can start adding more trendy items.

Basic sweate colors include purple, blue, green, mustard yellow, and  fiery red.

You will most likely wear whatever sweaters you purchase for years, if not decades. So this is one item that you should be willing to invest more money in.

I highly recommend you to invest in at least four high-quality cardigan sweaters that will work with the rest of your wardrobe.

1.  Possible fabric options include…

Cashmere
. A cashmere sweater is the ultimate in softness and  luxury. They are available in a wide array of price points, qualities and styles.

Cashmere/wool blend..
. These sweaters are more reasonably priced than cashmere sweaters. They still have the soft and luxurious feel of cashmere and are less itchy than wool.

Cotton…
Cotton sweaters are soft and comfortable, but will not keep you as warm as a wool sweater. Most cotton sweaters can be worn all year round.

Wool…
Wool is perfect for cold winter days because it is not only soft and comfortable, but also works as an excellent insulator to keep you warm. There are several  different types of wool, including…

  • Alpaca…stronger than other wool types, but still soft
  • Lambswool…fine and soft, cost-effective, durable, stretchy and breathable, itchy
  • Merino…a finer fiber if you don’t like itchy wool, offers near the softness of cashmere but with substantially more durability, cost-effective, durable, stretchy and breathable…thinner and not as warm as lambswool
  • Mohair…lustrous and long-wearing
  • Shetland…made from coarser fiber

 

 

Style


A few types of cardigans to consider are…

1.  Boyfriend cardigan…casual and long, great for keeping warm, might look or feel a bit like a doctor’s coat…great paired with straight pants, pencil skirts, and simple sheaths…and long necklaces

2.  Coat cardigan…makes almost any jeans and tee outfit look polished

3.  Cozy knit cardigan...for that effortless, vintage look

4.  Draped cardigan.... looser than typical cardigans…have more volume than a boyfriendcardi, but are just as long.

5.  Oversized cardigans…needs to be the right cardigan in the right shape…not big slouchy sweaters that have no shape and just plain out look sloppy…never wear them with oversized pants because this makes them look way too frumpypair it with a more form-fitting outfit. That means skinny or narrow pants, leggings, skirts, or dresses with a tapered waist or belt.

Oversized cardigans are not simply cardigans that are a size or two bigger than you are…or cardigans actually borrowed from your boyfriend… Shop with your correct size in mind, and make sure that the shape of the sweater itself doesn’t swallow you up. Sleeves should hit at the wrist or just slightly cover the hand.
6.  Simple cotton cardigan...light and thin, excellent for layering over a t-shirt or dress

 

 

Length


Typically cardigans hit just below the hip and can be as long as mid-calf. If you are short, keep the length right around the knee or above.

Any length cardigan looks good with pants…

A cardigan that hits slightly above or below the hem works best with skirts.

A cardigan that is a few inches above the hem, at the hem, or mid-calf if you are wearing boots works best with dresses.
Note for Petites…

If you are petite or plus size, stick with cardigans made of thinner material. The drop shoulders, length and slight oversized middle of cardigans in these fabrics will not overwhelm a small frame or add bulk to a larger one.

Also, thinner oversized cardigans look more polished than cable knits or other heavier sweaters.


As we approach the beginning of fall and winter… (even though it’s still 95 degrees here in Texas most days)…it’s time to drag out or start thinking about dragging out the sweaters…and probably even buy more.

But there are so many sweaters available that you may find the choices a little overwhelming. How do you know which sweaters look best with your body type, face shape, and neckline?

Let’s take a look at several different styles of sweaters and necklines and consider which ones will be the most flattering based on both the shape of your face, body, and neck.


 

 

 

 

 

1.  Boat Neck


Design……sits near the collarbone and extends horizontally outward onto the shoulders and parallel to the bustline

Best for…

Bustline…makes it seem more pronounced.
Face Type…can enhance the beauty of a heart-shaped face
Head…provides a balancing effect for women with a smaller head
Neck…flattering for women with long necks, can make an overly long neck appear slightly shorter


2.  Cowl Neck 

Design…the collar of a cowl neck sweater  folds over and lies on the shoulders and chest to create a drape around the neck

Best for…

Body Type…excellent for apple-shaped women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting…also great for pear-shaped women because they draw the eye up and away from the lower body
Bust line…excellent for busty women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting

3.  Funnel Neck

Design…similar to a mock turtleneck except that the neck extends upwards from the bodice of the shirt in one piece instead of being a tube sewn onto the neckline…excess fabric could either stand straight up or roll over

Best for…

Neck Type…short neck, as the collar does not normally cover most or much of the neck length


4.  Jewel Neck

Design…a plain rounded neckline that rests near the base of the throat

Best for…

Bustline…makes the bustline more noticeable
Face Type…heart-shaped
Necks… long, because the jewel neck minimizes attention to the neck and


5.  Mock Turtleneck… 

Design…similar to a turtleneck, but about half as long…stands up on its own… gives the appearance of a turtleneck without the extra folded-over fabric

Best for…

Body Type…woman with a slimmer build.
Bustline…makes busty women look confined and somewhat matronly
Neck Type…short


6.  Turtlenecks

Design…have a long tube of fabric that is longer than the neck serving as the collar and draping around the neck…can also be folded over once for a neat appearance at the base of the neck…often form fitting with long sleeves and a hem that ends at the waist or top of the hip.

Best for…

Bustline…large-busted women tend to look even larger in turtlenecks, so care should be taken to choose a finely knit material and add a layer that creates a longer line
Face Type…heart shape…can provide flattering concealment for a double chin
Neck Type…can have a slimming effect on a wider neck and not best on short necks, although older women may like the neck camouflage offered by a turtleneck sweater


7.  V – Neck 

Design…V-shaped neckline with long sleeves and ribbed cuffs and hem…wide at the top and slants inward, coming to a point at the bottom.

Best for…

Neck Type…Since they show a narrowing section of skin, they can have a lengthening effect on the neck. This illusion makes them popular among women with shorter or wider necks visually elongate the neck. They typically give women with short necks a more elegant appearance.Thicker Neck or Double-Chin

Things to keep in mind when shopping for sweaters…

1.  Close-fitting sweaters work well with wide-leg pants and flowing skirts. Bulky sweaters look best with snug bottoms, such as a tight pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or leggings…

2.  Keep in mind the events, occasions, and activities that you might want to wear the sweater…the climate you live in…and any accessories that you might need to go with your new sweater.

3.  Smaller, thinner jewelry works better with light sweaters or those in a fine-gauge knits. Thinner necklaces look even smaller when worn with heavy sweaters.

4.  Thick sweaters look best with longer, thicker necklaces or long, thin chains with bold pendants.

5.  Tying or draping a scarf around your neck and shoulders gives a sweater extra flair.

Getting Dressed

Dressing Without Stressing…The 100

  

Although you should not necessarily avoid new trends that you actually fall in love with, it is important to fill your clothes closet primarily with wardrobe staples that can play the supporting role to those trendier pieces.

Having a closet filled with staple pieces that “every stylish woman must own” will make it easier to decide which options should be added to your collection each season.

 The book, The One Hundred: A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia, contains a the following list of 100 things that every “stylish woman” should own…

    Nina Garcia’s The 100:

      1. (Tops)…A-line Dress
      2. Blazer
      3. Boyfriend Cardigan
      4. Cable-Knit Sweater
      5. Caftan
      6. Cashmere Sweater
      7. Denim Jacket
      8. Evening Gown
      9. Little Black Dress.
      10. Little White Dress
      11. Men’s White Shirt
      12. Multiples
      13. Missoni Knit. 
      14. Old Concert T-Shirt
      15. Plain White Tee
      16. Polo Shirt
      17. Safari Jacket
      18. Striped Sailor Shirt
      19. Suit
      20. Tuxedo Jacket
      21. Wrap Dress.
      22. Zippered Hoodie
      23. (Bottoms)…Jeans
      24. Khakis
      25. Leather Pants
      26. Pencil Skirt
      27. Sarong
      28. Wide-leg Trousers
      29. (Shoes)…Ankle Bootie
      30. Ballet Flats
      31. Converse
      32. Cowboy Boots
      33. Driving Shoe
      34. Espadrilles
      35. Frye Harness Boot
      36. Havaianas
      37. Knee Boots
      38. Mary Janes
      39. Minnetonka Moccasin
      40. Sandals
      41. Slippers
      42. Stilettos
      43. Vans
      44. Wellington Boot
      45. (Handbags)…Clutch
      46. Cosmetics Bag
      47. Exotic Skin Bag
      48. Hobo Bag
      49. Investment Bag
      50. Jewelry Pouches
      51. L.L. Bean Tote
      52. Luggage
      53. Belts
      54. Silk Scarf
      55. (Jewelry)…Turquoise and Coral Jewelry
      56. Brooch
      57. Pearl Necklace
      58. Statement Necklace
      59. Watch
      60. Bangles
      61. Charm Bracelet
      62. Cuff
      63. Cocktail Ring
      64. Signet Ring
      65. Diamond Studs
      66. Hoop Earrings
      67. (Outerwear)…Camel Coat
      68. Cape
      69. Fur
      70. Motorcycle Jacket
      71. Peacoat
      72. Trench
      73. Aviators
      74. Gentleman’s Hat
      75. Gloves
      76. Sunhat
      77. Umbrella
      78. Wayfarers
      79. (Underwear)…
      80. Bikini
      81. Black Opaque Tights
      82. Fishnets
      83. Lingerie
      84. One-Piece Swimsuit
      85. Pajamas
      86. Pushup Bra
      87. Robe
      88. Spanx
      89. Yoga Gear
      90. (Miscellaneous)…Animal Print
      91. Blackberry
      92. Mad Money
      93. Monogrammed Stationery
      94. Nail Polish
      95. Perfume
      96. Pucci
      97. Quality Champagne
      98. Red Lipstick
      99. Valid Passport
      100. Vintage
      Getting Dressed

      Dressing Without Stressing…The “F Word”


      This year I set out on a quest to simplify each area of my life,starting with an attempt to create the perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe…a wardrobe that supposedly would…

      (1) eliminate the amount of time spent folding, organizing, buying and washing clothes

      (2) fill my closet with clothes that make me feel fantastic, that I absolutely love, and that make me happy.

      (3) keep me from mindlessly shopping despite the fact that I clearly have tons of clothing already

      (4) keep me from staring at a closet full of clothing each morning, and yet feeling that I have nothing to wear

      (5) weed out those pieces that I actually never wear
      Many people seem to think that forty is the perfect number of items in the capsule wardrobe, but trying to consolidate my wardrobe into the perfect number has actually taught me many things are way more important than the number of items you have hanging in your closet.

      1. Face the Facts…

      Be completely honest with who you are now…not the person you used to be, the person you hope to one day become, or some other type of person that you honestly are not. Don’t think about what you wish you could afford, wish you could fit, and wish you had the lifestyle to wear.

      2. Fewer But Better…

      Buying fewer clothes will allow you to purchase higher quality, longer-lasting pieces that would otherwise be too expensive.

      3. Figure Out What You Actually Need..

      .Having a list of what you already have and getting rid of those things that are simply occupying space enables you to actually see what you already have, figure what else you need, and create different outfit combinations.The following list of items might give you some idea of what your wardrobe might consist of.

      Tops…1 trench…2 blazers…3 dresses…1 cardigan…2 lightweight sweaters…5 blouses…a layering tank…4 T-shirts

      Bottoms..1 skirt…2 pairs of shorts…1 pair of white linen pants, full length…3 pairs of cropped pants (one colored, one khaki, one black)…1 pair of boyfriend jeans

      Accessories…2 scarves…3 necklaces…1 set of bangles…1 cocktail ring…1 pair of sunglasses…1 neutral handbag…4 pairs of shoes

      4. Find Your Favorites…

      Your capsule wardrobe should consist only of those items Thad you absolutely love…Notice what gets the most wear and why. This can help you figure out what NOT to purchase in the future.

      5. Find Your Niche..

      Your lifestyle, tastes, job, budget, and even the climate will all play a role in defining what works for you. Define your own “personal style” and color palette. This will allow you to be more specific and selective when shopping.

      6. Fit the Puzzle Together…..

      Never buy anything if it doesn’t go with at least two to four other pieces. .Look for those retailers who best fit your figure, your budget, and your lifestyle.

      7. Forget Following the Trends..

      Forget following trends that will be gone next year and replaced with new trends. Classics, such as a white buttondown and khaki pants, are the basics

      8. Forget the Forty…

      Forty is not some magical wardrobe number. No dress, skirt, or perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe will magically transform your life or make you look ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner. What matters is that you have a wardrobe of clothing that you absolutely love and can’t bear to part with.

      Getting Dressed

      August 3-National Underwear Day… Clearing Out Closet Clutter 

        
      Cleaning out and organizing your clothes closet is a very SMART long-term goal…(much like losing fifty pounds before Christmas, right?!)… that can seem overwhelming and must be broken into several short-term goals…

      Closets often become a stashing ground-not only for clothes, but also for all kinds of other stuff that you don’t exactly know what to do with. So it eventually becomes overwhelming to even begin finding the floor of your closet. 

      Your initial thought might be to pull everything out of the closet and attack the clutter all at once, but this can get way too overwhelming way too quickly..simply leaving an even bigger mess and wasting precious time.

      Instead, attack only one small zone at a time, starting with the most obvious items—anything that you haven’t worn in at least a year…simply don’t like…do not feel comfortable in…”wouldn’t be caught dead in”…can no longer fit into…

        

      Why Get Rid of “Clothing Clutter”

      1.  When you get rid of clothing clutter, you can help someone else in need who will be able to use the clothing you cannot.

      2.  When you get rid of clothing clutter, you can perhaps sell some of the discarded clothing to help you get back some of the money you spent. This can be more work, but it can be quite motivating as well. 

      3.  When you get rid of clothing clutter,  you no longer waste precious storage space in your home storing stuff that no one ever uses anymore.

      4.  When you get rid of clothing clutter, you’ll only be left with only things that make you feel good and actually still fit.

      5.  When you get rid of clothing clutter, you no longer find yourself doing “excess” laundry…and it will be much easier to put away the “clean” laundry..

        

      Once you’ve finished analyzing and curbing down your wardrobe, completely empty your closet. As you take items out of your closet, group like items together. This will allow you to see how many of each type of item you have and help you choose the right types and sizes of closet storage solutions.

      Now choose what storage solutions best accomodate the items you have kept and work for the shape and size of your space.

      Options to consider include additional closet rods…drawers…extra adjustable shelving…hooks and pegs…over-the-door storage solutions…storage baskets…vertical hanging dividers.

      You probably already have many items you can use to help organize your stuff around your home…so use whatever organizers you already have before buying any expensive closet organizer kits and systems. After all, there is no magical one-size-fits-all closet organizing system that everyone should use.

      After you have your closet organizing systems in place, finally place everything back into your closet, grouping like items together and placing frequently used items where you can find them quickly and easily.