When I downsized into my condo and found myself with one garment rack and one dresser to store my clothing, I realized that some things would have to go. I also realized that I really didn't wear most of my clothes. I just kept cycling through my favorites. I've heard it said that we typically wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. So why bother hanging on to one-off's, unworn, or unloved pieces that take up valuable storage space?
Layering can be as simple as throwing on a cardigan or a long sleeve shirt over your outfit when it's cool and then taking it off or tying it around your waist or hips when it warms up. Or it can be adding another topper like a vest and then throwing a blazer or jacket (bomber and varsity are big for Fall) on top of that. All depends on the thermometer and what look you're going for.
When it comes to creating outfits, the key words here are layering and accessorizing. Many women feel that their outfits are incomplete because they don't take this final step. Think of it this way -- putting clothes on and being dressed is like a simple, plain cake. Layering and accessorizing are the icing and decorations. Sure the plain cake will do, but how much better will the fully iced and decorated one look?
When you know how to dress for your shape, you know how to play up your assets and downplay the areas of your body that you don't necessarily want to draw attention to. You know how to highlight certain parts, de-emphasize others and fool the eye into believing that you are the epitome of proportion and balance.
very once in a while, life knocks us down. Like it's trying to show us who's boss. One of the biggest blows I've ever encountered was my divorce. Now I'm no therapist, but I do know that when you look good, you feel good -- and feeling good, in my books, is exactly what you need when life deals its blows.
We all know that when you take care of yourself first, you're better able to take care of those around you. Besides, who doesn't like a little spoiling every now and then. Whether soaking in a bath, hitting the spa or indulging in your favourite meal is your idea of a little self love, as a personal stylist, mine always involve clothing.
Much like many of my clients, I am a woman of many moods. Instead of letting it confuse or overwhelm, why not embrace it and go with it. Below are my picks for how to style just some of the many moods you might be feeling. For each look, I've chosen to go with a simple white T-shirt and jeans to show how easy it is to switch up some basics.