The Perfect Fall Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps!

As we head to the Fall and dream about having that perfect wardrobe.The one that is fully integrated  and well edited that epitomizes your style and fully covers all your needs yet manages to look fresh and exciting every time you step out.

Some swear it is just an urban myth and is impossible but with these 5 easy steps you can attain  wardrobe nirvana.The biggest mistake people make is buying one offs,a cute top or a great outfit or some divine shoes and when you bring it home and add it to your closet it just does not give you a cohesive wardrobe.My definition of a dream wardrobe is one that you can get dressed completely in the dark and when you step out into the light you look like a million bucks.

This is the perfect time to do a little planning,Fall is not quite here but we pretty much know what is coming in the next two weeks.Here is what you need to do.

Step 1-Be honest about your body and lifestyle.

As we age our body shape often changes so does it if you have lost or gained more that 15 pounds your shape changes.It is important to dress the body you have,not the body you have or the body you plan to have.Take a few minutes to measure yourself and confirm your body type.Here is a cheat sheet to help you.

Be honest about your lifestyle,if you work from home buying a whole lot of dresses and suits is not going to help.Take stock of what you wear 80% of the time.Do not buy something because you friend is wearing it and loves it.

Step 2-Stick to a Color Story

For the majority of what you wear stick to 4 complimentary shades and work with them.This allows for optimal mixing and matching.For the Fall I like mixing two dark tones with a mid tone and an accent.If you are a print person do add one great print.You can have a color story for work and another for casual if you like.Here are some on trend color stories for Fall 2019.

Step 3- Go for Quality and Fit over Quantity

As Americans we love variety but here is where we should take a lesson from our European sisters.French women tend to have less but it fits them perfectly and is the very best quality they can afford.This is very important when it comes to Outerwear,Bags and Shoes.Quality pieces tend to last longer so in the long run they actually cost less.

Step 4-Create your Core or Foundation

Just like a great house begins with a foundation your wardrobe is built on core pieces or essentials.These are the work horses of you wardrobe that multi task in many outfits.Depending on your lifestyle you may have different core pieces.Make a list of what your items are and make sure you have them,that they fit and are in good condition.Create a checklist and if you do not have it make sure you acquire these pieces first.Here is an example for a professional who works in a casual office.

You should add some on trend fashion tops to balance out your selection.The general rule is that you should have 3 top options for every bottom.Make sure these pieces flatter you really well,if not go out and get a piece that does,here are some guidelines.

Step 5-Work with your Budget

The best way to do it is to follow the 80/20 Rule. 80% of your funds go to carefully planned items to fill your wardrobe gaps.The balance 20% goes towards impulse buys,whims and sales.Here are 10 wardrobe basics that are always in style and give you the best bang for your buck.

So with these five simple steps,a little planning and some smart shopping with a dose of self control you can have an amazing wardrobe.

Love,Sunil

 

 

 

 

Fashion Tips from the Red Carpet

With the 2019 Awards season ending last night and all of us talking about our favourite dresses,the fashion hit and misses.There are real takeaways that will influence what we are going to wear.What is worn on the red carpet influences what we wear to prom,weddings and other events during the year.So what are the fashion lessons that you can use in your own life.

1.Fashion is having a big princess moment.The award season was all about full volume dresses with ruffles,bows and bodices often paired with some kind of cape detail.So if you are buying a dress this season make sure it has the princess vibe.

2.Black is king,after analysing all the award shows it was very clear that most of the unique cuts and shapes were in black.This is an important fashion lesson if you are taking a risk and going for a silhouette you usually do not wear do it in a color like black or navy. It is easier to step out of your comfort zone when you have the confidence and flattering effects of black on your side.

3.Red is the new black?What does that mean?Red is now on par with black and white when it comes to color for evening.Red was once considered a daring choice but not any more.Women have embraced the  sexy power vibe it brings and love how it makes heads turn.So if you already have a black dress opt for a red one and rotate them.Yes it is perfectly okay to wear red to a wedding,in may cultures it is a sign of good fortune.

4.Metallics are the key trend of the season.Metallics have been growing in strength over the past few years and have overtaken lace as the must have fabrication.Silver seems to be leading the way but we are also seeing gold and other Spring tones like lilac and pink.

5.Pink is the new player.Last year it was all about nude and understated color this year it is about pink.Pink is the new power color with all it’s old associations being tossed aside.So if you need to make a splash at your event pink is the way to go.

If you want to read more about color for this year go to http://sunilr.com/blog/must-wear-colors-for-spring-19/

6.Pants are now totally glam for evening.It used to be that if someone showed up in pants on the red carpet or at an event is was as if they were not even trying to dress up.However some celebrities have been rocking some high wattage pant looks.Think of tailored feminine tuxedos,glam pantsuits and pairing pants with overly dramatic tops.So if you are not a dress kind of girl this is your year to dazzle in pants.

 

“So be influenced by the stars and do take some fashion risks at your next event”

♥ Sunil

The Perfect Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps!

We all dream about having that perfect wardrobe.The one that is fully integrated  and well edited that epitomizes your style and fully covers all your needs yet manages to look fresh and exciting every time you step out.

Some swear it is just an urban myth and is impossible but with these 5 easy steps you can attain  wardrobe nirvana.The biggest mistake people make is buying one offs,a cute top or a great outfit or some divine shoes and when you bring it home and add it to your closet it just does not give you a cohesive wardrobe.My definition of a dream wardrobe is one that you can get dressed completely in the dark and when you step out into the light you look like a million bucks.

This is the perfect time to do a little planning,Fall is not quite here but we pretty much know what is coming in the next two weeks.Here is what you need to do.

Step 1-Be honest about your body and lifestyle.

As we age our body shape often changes so does it if you have lost or gained more that 15 pounds your shape changes.It is important to dress the body you have,not the body you have or the body you plan to have.Take a few minutes to measure your self and confirm your body type.Here is a cheat sheet to help you.

Be honest about your lifestyle,if you work from home buying a whole lot of dresses and suits is not going to help.Take stock of what you wear 80% of the time.Do not buy something because you friend is wearing it and loves it.

Step 2-Stick to a Color Story

For the majority of what you wear stick to 4 complimentary shades and work with them.This allows for optimal mixing and matching.For the Fall I like mixing two dark tones with a mid tone and an accent.If you are a print person do add one great print.You can have a color story for work and another for casual if you like.Here are some on trend color stories for Fall 2018.

Step 3- Go for Quality and Fit over Quantity

As Americans we love variety but here is where we should take a lesson from our European sisters.French women tend to have less but it fits them perfectly and is the very best quality they can afford.This is very important when it comes to Outerwear,Bags and Shoes.Quality pieces tend to last longer so in the long run they actually cost less.

Step 4-Create your Core or Foundation

Just like a great house begins with a foundation your wardrobe is built on core pieces or essentials.These are the work horses of you wardrobe that multi task in many outfits.Depending on your lifestyle you may have different core pieces.Make a list of what your items are and make sure you have them,that they fit and are in good condition.Create a checklist and if you do not have it make sure you acquire these pieces first.Here is an example for a professional who works in a casual office.

You should add some on trend fashion tops to balance out your selection.The general rule is that you should have 3 top options for every bottom.Make sure these pieces flatter you really well,if not go out and get a piece that does,here are some guidelines.

Step 5-Work with your Budget

The best way to do it is to follow the 80/20 Rule. 80% of your funds go to carefully planned items to fill your wardrobe gaps.The balance 20% goes towards impulse buys,whims and sales.Here are 10 wardrobe basics that are always in style and give you the best bang for your buck.

So with these five simple steps,a little planning and some smart shopping with a dose of self control you can have an amazing wardrobe.

 

 

 

What to buy now!

We are half way thru the Spring season and parts of the US and Canada had snow last weekend.This unusually long Winter has lead to an over abundance of merchandise at most retailers and the Summer product is about to hit stores right about now.Most retailers are currently offering 40% to even 60% off  the current seasons merchandise which is unprecedented this early.

So what do you buy right now?We all know that this is going to be a very short Spring so what  has value?The good news is all the Fall/Winter fashion shows have all ready happened so we know what is going to be in for the rest of the year.I also recommend that you be a little daring and take some fashion risks and may be get a piece or two that is a little out of you comfort zone.You can afford to take a little risk when prices are so great.Here is what you should focus on.

 

  • Colors that go into Fall

    -Red that is a big color this season is moving to Fall in a big way.Red dresses and Jackets are going to be a key item for Holiday so if you can snag one at a deep discount where it from now to December.Deep Pink that is in stores right now is also going to be popular in September when it is going to be mixed with grey and red.Look for classic tops and sweaters in this color.

 

  • Perennial  Prints

    -Animal prints have now become season less and are a major statement all year round so grab some at a great price.Plaids which are normally associated with Fall are now a year round staple.

 

  • Key Items going in to Fall

    -Floral Dresses that are one of Springs must have items continue to be a statement in colder weather where they are layered with chunky sweaters and leather jackets.Look for prints that are on a dark ground and have sleeves.Trench coats which are the key outerwear for Spring were featured on major Fall runways.

 

  • Printed Scarves

    -Scarves in bold prints were an integral part of the Fall shows,designers showed them in all kinds of innovative ways.So grab a bunch on sale look for traditional square ones and stay tuned for my post on how to create all these amazing looks.

  • Layering pieces

    -Use this opportunity to stock up on Tanks,Camisoles and classic Tees in Black,White and Nude.You will have to freshen up these pieces on a regular basis.

 

  • Classic Pieces

    -White button Front Shirts,Classic cashmere V-necks,A little Black Dress and A great blazers are all items that are worth the investment.These are pieces that are timeless and are the building blocks of your wardrobe.

 

  • Investment Pieces

    -A fantastic black leather handbag,timeless nude pumps,a beautiful evening clutch.Think of these as items you will use in your life time and then share with your daughters.

 Always be a Smart Shopper

♥ Sunil

The shoes you must buy right now!

I believe that every season one must add at least three new shoes to your collection.Bags and shoes are very powerful because they can enhance and elevate even the simplest outfit.They also give you more bang for the buck because they tend to be current for much longer than clothing and are much more versatile.

Here are some of the must have shoes for this Spring.

 

In terms of color Pink and white lead the way.White shoes that are normally a summer staple are being worn earlier.Pink looks new and fresh when mixed with Khaki and Grey.

It is all about sparkle and shine for both day and evening so taping in to the little girl princess in all of us,this trend is all about your shoes being the star of your outfit.It is a perfect way to elevate a simple spring or summer dress.Metallic is the new neutral and silver leads the way followed by gold.

We are also seeing a lot of clear shoes as a new trend for the season,the good news is that they go with everything but the bad news is that you always have to sport a perfect pedicure.

Wedges are big this season and are great for any type of outdoor event.Denim ones are making a big splash.

As I have always said fashion is about the yin and yang.As kitten heels rise in popularity we see the classic spring strappy sandal being given a makeover with a dramatic stiletto heel.Perfect for poolside drama and making an entrance.

We say this trend last fall and now it has gained momentum,nerds are having a fashion moment and shoe designers take this trend and elevate it to a whole other level.This is the must have trend for the fashionistas out there.

For you lovers of comfortable shoes there are so many great options

Hybrid sneakers are basically an athletic shoe that is made in dress materials,think leather,suede or linen.They have all the comfort and support of the athletic shoe but look very dressy.

Flat mules have no back so they are very easy to slide in and out of.Great for the beach or pool.

 

This season is all about the “Kitten Heel” so ladylike,cute and yes so comfortable.The classic heel shape has weaved in an out of fashion since the time of Louis XIV of France. Perhaps a reaction to towering heels and comfort shoes alike, the delicate heels were everywhere from Prada, Dior, Marni, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, and more on both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 runways.They rose to popularity in the 1950’s when both Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn made them super sexy.A kitten heel is usually about 1 1/2″ high and has a slight curve to it.

Feminine Loafers are a girly take on a men’s classic shoe,they are great to wear to work and perfect for all day wear.If you are a pants girl this is the perfect shoe for you.

With 10 great options to choose from I am sure you can choose 3.