With the Polar Vortex in full swing, we'd like to take a moment to extol the virtues of one of our personal clothing favorites: the turtleneck. Though this clothing item is not for everyone, there is no doubt that when the temperatures drop, it's always a smart choice to help keep you feeling warm and looking chic!
The turtleneck gained initial popularity back in the 1860s when English polo players began wearing them as practical protection from the elements. As the years passed, women started wearing them, too, and they made the transition from being viewed as strictly utilitarian into also being considered quite fashionable. Socially, wearing a turtleneck in the 50s and 60s (especially in black) became associated with a bohemian cool vibe (as exemplified by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Funny Face). Today, the iconic T-Neck has come full circle. It is still cozy, it is still stylish and has definitely earned its place as a timeless classic that merits consideration for a spot in anyone's "working" wardrobe.
If we still haven't convinced you, consider this: The turtleneck really did get its name from resembling a turtle's neck coming in and out of its shell, and a turtle is known as a survivor...So, isn't it especially fitting to pop one on when you want to elegantly endure the chill as the temperature plummets??!!?? We vote YES!
V & T
With all of the buzz lately about the Facebook 10 Year Challenge, we thought it would be fun to add a DTI twist...In addition to looking at how you have changed physically over the past ten years, how about also reflecting on how your personal style has or has not evolved? We call it The Dress to Impress 10 Year Wardrobe Challenge.
Reflecting on our personal style journeys as seen in the above THEN and NOW shots, we can honestly say we still would (and do!) wear the outfits we were sporting ten years ago. Why? Because they were basic pieces that can be worn time and time again...smart classics. For Tracy, a crisp white shirt and black pant suit continue to remain core elements of her "working" wardrobe. Why not?!?! They are always appropriate and mix and match with other pieces to create endless possibilities for endless social and work situations. For me, a simple dress like the off-white knit number from 2009 is always a favorite. I especially like when a dress can pair easily with a blazer or sweater for a pseudo suit look. That dress fit the bill perfectly then and can still be found in my closet to this day. It's a great example of the longevity of purchasing smart investment pieces. Cost per wear in action!
Of course, we've both fine tuned our personal wardrobes from year to year to stay current. Our closets aren't exactly the same as they were in 2009. We continually purge any items that don't pass our FIT, FLATTER and APPROPRIATE test and add a few key trendy pieces each season to keep our looks fresh and fun. That being said, it is probably a safe bet to assume that if we do the same comparison ten years from now, we will still find that we haven't deviated very much from our fashion road maps. That's because once you have established a solid wardrobe based on classics and fine tuned your personal style with items that make it your own, you don't find yourself making many wrong turns :).
Are you happy with the wardrobe evolution you have made over the past ten years? Hopefully, your answer is YES. If not, our best advice is very simple: GET BACK TO BASICS! If you need a little help finding your way, our style strategy webinars will give you a jump-start. They are available FREE of charge on our menu tab. Select SOS! if you are a young man or woman just beginning to develop a working wardrobe or WYW! to access dressing tips for women of all ages, sizes and lifestyles.
Help is also available if you find you need individualized assistance. We'll get you on course with a one-on-one style consultation, personal shopping services or a customized closet re-organization.
So, what are you waiting for? Let The Dress to Impress 10 Year Wardrobe Challenge begin!
V (& T!)
Vicki & Tracy
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