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.

 

 

 

How to be warm and fashionable at the same time!

Major winter weather is here and some of you have had almost 2 weeks of below freezing temperatures.We are expecting record low temperatures starting today all over the United States and I think Calgary Canada just broke a few records as well.I am not going to talk about Ottawa that looks like it belongs in the movie “Frozen”

Winter is no excuse to look like a Bag lady or a Michelin man just to stay warm.Style never freezes.Staying warm and cozy means piling on the layers but once inside you may encounter near tropical temperatures.Your look has to work both indoors and outside.

Layering adds complexity to a fashionista’s quest to maintain a certain level of chic.Just getting in and out of layers tends to mess up hair,make up and general decorum.If you are not careful you can end up looking and feeling like a very messy layer cake.

The solution?

Follow these simple 5 steps to stay fashionable,chic and comfortable no matter how low the temperature drops.

1.Choose your base layer wisely.

Most people think no one is going to see it so why bother and then you get to a really hot office or department store and have to strip down.Your first layer should be

  • Soft,absorbent and great feeling against your skin.Cotton,Merino and Cashmere are all great fabrics for a base layer.
  • Have a close to the body fit and can stand alone if needed.Leggings and Tights are are great under pants and skirts.
  • Be in a skin flattering color.
2.Your layers should work together.
  • Your next layer should be easy on,easy off to not destroy hair and make up.Zip and button fronts work really well,as to cowls and deep necklines.
  • Your pieces should all have the same feel or spirit working together and standing alone.Make sure they all have the same mood.
  • Lay out all the pieces on the bed and do a quick check before you put them on.
3.Create interesting color stories.
  • Stick to the same color family with one pop color.
  • If you choose to go monochromatic mix up your textures or else your outfit will look flat.
  • Pay attention to your skin tone,most people get paler in the winter so something that looked great 3 months ago may not work right now.
4.Pay attention to fit.
  • Every layer should be figure flattering,as you go up make sure each layer is slightly bigger.
  • Nothing looks worse than jamming four layers under a jacket or coat that was made for one.The stuffed sausage look is one of the most common layering mistakes.Opt for a wrap coat or a poncho that can take many layers and look good.The good news is technical innovations in fabric and construction have created coats that are super warm and thin at the same time.They are pricey but worth the investment.Look for a more classic style that will not go out of date.
  • Make sure you have mobility especially that you can drive once you get in to a car.
5.Make sure to ice the  layer cake which is your outfit.
  • Your final layer is the most important,Do not fall in to the trap of “I am going to take my coat off when I get there so let me just throw on this old super warm thing”This is  a common mistake.You will run in to several people before you get your coat off it is Murphy’s law.
  • Match your coat to your look;have a great sporty coat for day that goes well with jeans and pants and have a dressier one for night that works with dresses and skirts.For most occasions the ideal top layer is an easy fitting coat that looks stylish no matter how many layers lie beneath.
  • Have fun with accessories,make sure you always have a great scarf and gloves that complement your outfit. A stylish hat will keep you warm and chic.You lose a lot of your body heat from your head so choose one that fits well.
  • Boots are the way to go for footwear.They really complete a layered look and can be both warm and stylish.Make sure you get a pair with great traction because a fashionista must always be upright.

 

 

Bags you must have right now!

Yes it is that time again!Time to find out which handbags  you need to be sporting this Season.All the Fall and Holiday purses have been revealed at all major NYC stores and here are the “Must Haves”.If you are a “Purse Lady”this is your season,so here are 7 reasons to shop.

This trend started out last fall and has only been getting stronger.The challenge of course is how do you fit all your stuff?The answer is easy you just have to carry 2 of them or even 3.This is perfectly acceptable and is a handbag lovers dream come true.If you do not like carrying multiple handbags you can just pay someone to carry your stuff and follow you all day.

Yes,fashion is about the Yin and the Yang,designer’s love extremes.Big bags are big style,but be cautious as you do not want to look like you are lugging all your worldly possessions around.Do not fill a major bag to capacity only put in it what you would normally carry around.

Fall is always about texture and this season the texture is crocodile.real crocodile can cost you an arm and a leg but there are excellent imitations around.Look for something with structure and the great news is that this trend goes from day to evening.So if you are the “I only need one handbag”type of girl opt for a mid size top handle or crossbody and you will look flawless day and night.

Clutches,normally reserved for evening have transitioned to day.Most of them are designed to fit a small computer or an ipad and usually come with some kind of strap in case you need it.Fall’s key silhouette is about the shoulder and the sleeve and this is the perfect trend to balance out that detail.

This season designers have transformed the functional strap into the focal point.Reinventing it in ribbon,beading and fur it becomes both practical and ornamental.Very often designers will include 2 or 3 straps with the bag so that you can change it up.Some retailers are selling handbag straps that can be added to bags you own all ready.The key trends come from extravagant guitar straps.

If you are looking for a holiday bag the key trend is velvet.They are available in every size,shape and color.If it is strictly for evening look for one that is embellished.

This is the most whimsical trend of the season.Why carry just a purse when you can carry a work of art around with you.Inspired by sculpture and the decorative arts these bags make a major statement.If you choose to sport one of these babies make sure the rest of your outfit is simple.

 

 

 

The Shoes you must have right now!

Yes,it is that time again.Time to find out what you are going to be obsessed with this Fall and Holiday season.After spending a whole day at Saks,Bloomingdales,Bergdorfs and about 17 other shoe stores here is what I think are the must haves for the season.

If you can only afford to add one shoe to your collection this season make sure it is a red one.The red boot was a stand out during fashion week and delightful variations of it are in the stores at every price point.The good news is that they are available in many heel heights and so many styles.Why red shoes you may ask?Well I will let David Bowie answer that one.”Put on you Red Shoes and dance the Blues“.So many of us have been having the blues lately so it is time to put on our red shoes and just dance.

This fabric that dominates holiday is now designers choice for the must have shoes.Never have I seen such a variety of velvet dazzlers.Do stay away from black and opt for one of the fabulous jewel tones that are dominating this trend.Sneaker lovers rejoice there are a slew of stunning comy,cozy versions for you this season.

This 80’s shoe trend is back full force force again but before you run to your attic and start rummaging for your vintage Dr Martens this season’s versions have a cool edge to them.The key to pulling them off is to pair them with very feminine pieces to create a cool girl vibe.

Boot lovers “Rejoice” this Fall is all about boots and another key trend is the urban take on traditional cowboy boots.The cowgirl boots have a fresh urban take that is cleaner and sexier.Go for edgier details like studs and embroidery.

The slouch boot is a fresh take on all the tall boots we have been seeing.They have a great casual vibe to them and if the knee high version is not your thing do get the cute bootie version.

Shine made a big splash on the runway and now makes a bigger splash on the real way.This trend was a major deal at Channel and Saint Laurent but is now at J Crew and Topshop.Silver is the big color but blue and red are also key.

Who said art is just for your wall.The major shoe designers have been inspired by art in a big way this season with the emphasis on sculptural heels.So if you are both an art lover and a shoe lover this is your season.

For shoes this season More is More and More is better.Embroidery,extravagant lace,pom poms and beading are lush,luxurious and over the top.To pull this trend off pair it with a simple outfit and let the shoe be the star.

“So remember holding up every successful women is a fabulous pair of shoes”
♥ Sunil

 

Win at the Game of Style

Style is a great game and just like any game it can be mastered,it takes insight,planning and practice.Here are 5 steps that can up your style game.

Step 1-Know the Game

Before you start planing the game you should know what the objectives are:

The Objectives are to Look

  • Confident
  • Beautiful
  • Pulled Together
  • Chic

While achieving this you should make it look Effortless and be Comfortable.

Step 2-Learn from the Women who are part of the Style Hall of Fame.

I have studied these women in great detail and these are the strategies that standout:

Great Style is the A List

  • Age Appropriate-they always dressed youthful but as they got older their style evolved.
  • Area Appropriate-they dressed for their surroundings and what they were doing from sailing to the red carpet.
    fits your environment
  • Anatomy Appropriate -they took in to consideration their best attributes and showcased them.
    dress for the body you have
  • Attitude-they always stayed true to this personality.
    – bring out your personality

 

Also once they found out what worked they stuck to it but they constantly updated a good example is Princess Diana’s hair it was always short but always current.

I often get asked to you have to be dead to be inducted in to the Style Hall of fame and the answer is yes,that way you cannot make any mistakes.It is ironic that these four women are most mentioned when it comes to being an inspiration to today’s women.The good news is there is a current group of women you can look to for inspiration who are proving to be grandmasters.

 

Step 3-Know your self-The Main Player

  • What are you playing with?
  • Your Strengths
  • Your  perceived Weakness

So know your body and what flatters you,take the time to find out what really looks good on you.

Ask your self the following questions:

  • What colors suit me the best?
  • What clothing do I feel the most comfortable in?
  • What clothing do I feel the most confident in?
  • What am I wearing when I receive the most compliments?
  • Whose sense of style do I identify most with?

This will help you ascertain your strengths and weaknesses,for example if you get a lot of compliments when you wear a short dress your legs are your asset so you know you should always showcase them.If everybody raves when you wear red,make that a signature color.Make sure you know what your body type is.Here is a quiz you can take.

Step 4-Get the Right Equipment

Just as any great athlete take the time to research and invest in the best equipment that works for you:

  • Clothes-The right pieces for your body type, personality and lifestyle.
  • Accessories-Get the best that you can afford specially for shoes and handbags Keep things classic and elegant
  • Hair and Make up-Keep it simple and easy to maintain but constantly update it do not get stuck in a particular decade

If you are not sure what flatters you check out this video.

Step 5-Come up with Winning Strategies

  • Find your key looks for each component of your like Travel,Work,Casual or Night on the town
  • Pull them together with the right accessories
  • Complement them with the right hair and make up
  • Practice them until you get them perfect

Here are some examples of Key Looks:

Your perfect 10;

This is an on point look that always gets you a perfect 10 when you wear it,it should be quintessentially you.

Your jack of all trades;

This is an outfit that can take you from day tonight with just switching out your accessories.You wear this on a really full,busy day to look effortless.

Your Queen of the Day;

This is your sexy sassy outfit that will make all the men in your life treat you like a queen.You bring this out when you need something done.Nothing wrong in using your feminine strength and charm.

The Ace up your sleeve;

This is your power wow outfit that makes you feel on top of the world.You wear this when you have a deal to close and it usually says”Don’t Mess with me Fellas”

With these simple strategies you can win at the game of style with a little effort and energy.