By the time this holiday season is over, it is highly likely you will find yourself with a few wardrobe acquisitions. Woohoo!! That brings us to an important question: Is your closet ready? If not, now is the perfect time to tidy things up and make your storage space really work for you. It doesn't matter whether you have a huge walk-in or a challenging cubby because the same principle works anywhere: Keep only the things you really use and organize them in a way that makes the most sense to you. You will be happy to know that there is no right or wrong method. That doesn't give you a free pass, though - there does need to be some form of organization!
Where do you begin? We think grouping clothes in their respective categories is the easiest way to go like shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc...Within each category, it's helpful to organize even further. So, for dresses and tops/shirts, consider categorizing by sleeve length and then organizing those sections by color and print. For pants, color grouping is definitely the way to go.
In a recent post on apartmenttherapy.com, Nicole Anzia of Neatnik offered some fabulous and very honest advice and we couldn't agree more:
"Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogues. Trust me. I've been in a lot of houses and apartments and even after we've totally reorganized a space, it doesn't look like an ad for The Container Store. It looks great and works properly, but it is a space that is used by an actual human being, not one that has been carefully staged by a team of stylists and marketers for a non-existent resident. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is success."
Clearly seeing what you have and knowing where everything is makes dressing much easier every day. It's like a gift to yourself, and you will be really happy that you have a clean uncluttered space with room ready and waiting for those other awesome gifts that will be taking up residence shortly. Make an effort to reserve some quality time for your closet during this hectic time of year. If you're way too busy or overwhelmed, our Closets to Impress service does the work for you. During this comprehensive styling session we assess your wardrobe and then custom organize your space.
So matter how you do it, just do it - cheers to making your closet tidy and bright!
V & T
Whether we're celebrities or not, holiday events, parties and picture taking will be upon us before we hear the first “Santa Baby” on the radio or in the stores! That means now is the time for you to go through the "dress up" clothes of everyone in your family to see what each person has that fits properly and is truly appropriate for the merriment ahead. If you find a few holes (aka missing pieces) in anyone’s wardrobe, hit the stores before the rush to shop for the needed items!
When you dress your family, you don’t need to be matchy matchy. To snap great holiday shots like the royals, skip those dreaded holiday sweaters and go for coordinated and complimentary clothes in the vibe that fits your own "royal" crew.
Work a game plan and put YOUR look together first! When you begin by choosing what makes you feel wonderful and then move on to the other members of your family, the process goes much smoother. It's as simple as that to look like a VIP. So, make sparkling memories...
DRESS TO IMPRESS you and your peeps this holiday season!
V & T
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will find ourselves spending some time living out of a suitcase. Whether it's heading to spend time with family and friends or getting away for a well deserved vacation, you don't want to fall victim to poor packing! Here are a few simple tips to make the the prep less stressful!
STICK TO A COLOR PALETTE
Pick a neutral base like black, brown, grey or navy. Use this for your simplest go-to pieces, shoes, accessories and outerwear and then pick one or two complimentary shades to mix and match with it. This gives you less to tote but maximum versatility!
LEARN TO ROLL AND FOLD
Adapt your packing style to the type of bag you're using.
Roll your clothes if you're carrying a duffle or an unstructured bag. It works especially well for casual items and can really maximize space. Here's how: For pants or jeans, fold them in half lengthwise with back pockets facing out and roll as tight as you can from the cuffs to the waistband. For a shirt or dress, fold each sleeve backward, fold the entire piece in half lengthwise, and then roll from the bottom hem up.
Folding is best for a structured suitcase. Check out the picture tutorial below if your skills can use a refresh!
MAKE USE OF PRACTICAL PACKING ACCESSORIES
Waterproof travel bags and pouches in assorted sizes are lifesavers. They can hold toiletries, jewelry, socks, undergarments, delicate items, shoes, and even dirty laundry during your trip, all while keeping your packed bag much neater.
In general, staying neat is the name of the game for a stress-free suitcase. It might take a little extra time, but making an effort to be an organized traveler is well worth it. So, here's to packing like a pro this holiday season!
V & T
As you're shifting your closet for cooler temperatures, here's a gentle reminder to first get back to basics. Really examine your wardrobe to be sure your tried and true "work horse" pieces are in great shape! You're bound to find some items that need to be refreshed, so this is the perfect time to update. What are the items we always like to include in our start-up Fall wardrobes??? Our absolute "can't live without" faves are:
Since fashion is personal, your "back to basics" list might differ slightly from this one but you get the idea. As you're buying, remember your core pieces are worn time and time again, so consider spending a bit more on items you plan to use a lot. Being a smart shopper is very empowering!
V & T
Ok, our October style pick for any age goes to...the statement SLEEVE!!!
Big bells, balloons, pleated, ladylike lace or edgy fishnet...they all score high marks in chic and are going strong for Fall/Winter 2017.
Here's a tip: if you go really big with your sleeve, try belting your waist so you're not completely lost in the voluminous fabric. The dramatic sleeve is a favorite of ours because it works for a woman of any age and there's an option for everyone's personal style. With the weather turning cooler, you may find it difficult to wear with blazers or jackets but that's no problem at all. Pop on a great poncho to keep you warm and doubly stylish!
If you haven’t noticed already, you will when you head out for some wardrobe updates…EVERYTHING is “in style” for Fall 2017. That’s right – everything: big shoulders, suits, blouses with bows, jean jackets and skirts, leather and animal prints, mini, midi and ankle lengths, block heels, kitten heels, stiletto heels, wedges, big and dangly earrings or small and delicate studs. So, what’s a girl to do? According to your age range, do this:
Under 30? Do it all and have fun! (We're trying hard not to be envious!!!)
30 to 50? Okay, take it slow and add the trends as you see fit. Don’t go overboard or you’ll look like you tried a bit too hard!
Over 50? Be discriminating and a tad discreet. Carefully look at what’s in your closet and ponder what you need to update but not look like you’re trying to be under 30. (Yes, it can be done but it does take a deliberate strategy!) Pay special attention to shoe choices because they can easily date you. We know you want comfort and that’s no problem at all this season since the block heel is big (think of it as “fashion meets function”). Earrings can also make or break an outfit, right? If you go too young here, they’ll grab all the attention. Resist that temptation and stay classy with better, less showy jewelry to be age appropriate…the Coco Chanel strategy scores again!
That brings us to hair and makeup…EVERYONE should always update these extremely important “accessories” before adding any fall clothing 2017 trends. Visit your favorite makeup counter for new ideas and your favorite hair salon for a color and/or cut. Then you’re ready to hit the stores (or the pumpkin patch) refreshed and in style!
When deciding which of the latest fashion trends you'd like to incorporate into your wardrobe, it's easy to become a bit overwhelmed. Looking up to date is great, but your personal taste and age should also come into play. So, our advice is to keep it really simple: Don't FALL for all the trends and "tastefully" test the trending waters instead!
Here's what we mean. Velvets, florals, embroidery and the color red are just a few of the hot trends you'll be seeing this Fall, and while each of these looks can be terrific, they can also easily feel overdone. So, instead of diving right in if you aren't completely sold, take a cue from the images above and start slowly by dipping your toes in first! Find a blouse or dress trimmed in VELVET...a FLORAL accessory like a fabulous scarf or headband...EMBROIDERED accents on a shirt or jacket...a POP of RED in a statement piece like a crossbody bag...You get the idea. We tend to agree with Coco that a little goes a long way and like to carefully experiment to find the new looks that really work for us. (Of course, if you're more adventurous and prefer to dive in head first, don't let us stop you! Go for it but just prepare to make big splash!)
V & T
Who doesn't love WHITE?!? This summertime clothing staple is cool, crisp and light...but it only gets a thumbs up from DTI if it's also "like new" bright! That's no problem at all if you follow some simple wash and wear tips...
Does wearing white seem like too much trouble to you? An easy way around that is to buy inexpensive white basics (like t-shirts), wear them for a season (or until they start to look dingy), toss them (or re-purpose them as rags) and purchase fresh inexpensive replacements...smart shopping 101.
Whether you're a recent graduate looking to launch your career or you've been out of the workforce for awhile and are looking to jump back in, you're inevitably going to face those dreaded interviews. No matter how fabulous your resume reads, keep in mind that your potential employer is also reading YOU. That means it's imperative to fine tune your wardrobe and personal grooming.
SO...DO YOUR HOMEWORK BY RESEARCHING THE COMPANY DRESS POLICY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND THEN DRESS ACCORDINGLY!
If you're looking for a job in a conservative field:
1. Wear professional attire like suiting pieces or a structured dress with a jacket.
2. Select colors that make you feel good but stay away from anything too bold to keep the attention on you and not your clothes.
3. Opt for fabrics that are breathable to avoid sweating.
4. Make sure everything is spotless, pressed and passes the squeeze test. (Squeeze and release - if it's a wrinkled mess, pass on it.) Wait to put a jacket on until you arrive and you are sure to be unrumpled!
5. Keep your makeup and hair simple and elegant. Eye contact is important, so using subtle eye makeup techniques can actually help!
6. Don't forget your hands and choose neutral or pale polish so it isn't distracting.
7. Wear minimal jewelry and avoid anything that makes noise like bangle bracelets.
8. Shoes should be simple and stylish in a heel height you can confidently navigate.
9. Carry a bag that is big enough to carry your essentials and implies "work" not play.
10. Make sure you smell good! Go light on fragrance and use breath mints (not gum!)
Even if you're interviewing for a more casual or creative field, it's still important to dress seriously:
1. A jacket is not required, but stick with short or long sleeves. Avoid sleeveless unless you also plan to wear a sweater or jacket.
2. It never hurts to dress a notch or two above the position you are seeking, so follow tips 2 through 10 as listed above !
When you adhere to these simple interview dressing techniques, you won't have to worry about your appearance and can concentrate instead on selling your credentials. One last helpful hint: Take a quick selfie before going in to check all the little details. Then, TURN OFF YOUR PHONE and TURN ON YOUR CONFIDENCE!
There's nothing quite like a good bargain, and smart shoppers know the next few months are the perfect time to grab spring and summer merchandise at deep discounts!
Now that you know what to look for, what are you waiting for? Happy summer sale shopping, fashionistas!
V & T
Vicki & Tracy
We're professional actresses and models showing you how to "dress the part" for all the roles in your life!