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Easy Spring Update – Add THESE Colors to Your Wardrobe.

Spring Wardrobe Refresh – Add Lavender and Yellow

Last week we talked about giving your wardrobe a refresh this spring, without spending a boat load of money.  (Here it is just in case you missed it.) Another easy way to refresh this spring, and make things feel updated is by adding a few key colors. Even if you’re a tried and true neutrals fan, meaning most of your closet is black, white, grey, and tan, adding some pops of color can be fun, and make you feel all springy and stuff. Spring is typically about bright florals which give that “spring is here” feel, and this season is no different – in fact,  the floral dresses available are abundant and fabulous. Hallie loves, this one,  this one and this one too. But, this season, in addition to florals, we’re gravitating towards a few particular colors, and so are the fashion gods. So we are listening…

There are two colors we recommend adding to freshen up your wardrobe this season.  Yellow and Lavender. Adding either color is an easy update whether you choose to add it as an accessory, a dress or as a whole suit.  Both colors are very cool, brighten up a day (and a complexion) and are available in stores right now! 

Mellow Yellow and Lovely Lavender-THE colors to add.

Since you don’t want to walk out of the house looking like rainbow bright, it’s good to know that, both yellow and lavender play nicely with your tried and true neutrals. They’ll both pair back to just about anything you already own making it really easy to update without investing a lot. Initially, you might think we’re crazy and that these colors are hard to mix in, but on the contrary. They are ultra easy to incorporate…

A TWC Tip

Hey, and a little TWC tip…IF you think you can’t wear yellow, you’re WRONG! Here’s how…

How to Tuck in Your Shirt This Spring and Then, Add a Belt.

Simple Spring Update. Add a Belt.

There’s a really easy way this spring to take what you already have and make it feel current. Ready for it….Tuck your shirt in, and add a belt.  In fact, chances are you already own at least a half a dozen belts that you’ve been storing in the archives waiting for this moment. Yes, people…belts are back and we’re seeing them everywhere, because, the proportions are changin’.

Why add a belt?

It doesn’t even have to be a huge investment to make things feel current. Like we said, the proportions are changing. (We even talked about this last summer in the mom jean post.)  The waist and rise of pants, and skirts have been on the rise for a while now. The days of plumber’s crack is gone, and in our humble opinion…good riddance, because this makes it super easy to achieve an hour glass figure, even if you don’t have one. It’s just about every girl’s dream to have an hour glass figure and with the rise of the rise, you too can. Like Hallie says, getting dressed is all just an optical illusion. So, tuck it in and add a belt to be current, while creating the ultimate hour glass figure.

To tuck or not to tuck.

The question becomes to tuck or not to tuck?  When the waist of your bottoms sits just at about your belly button the goal then is to create an hourglass figure. So, now’s the time to tuck in your top and add that belt.  A TWC style trick…After you’re tucked in and belted, reach your hands up over your head like you’re grabbing something you can’t reach. When you let your arms down you’ll find you have the perfect amount of blouse over. You’ll feel more fashionable, less stiff, and a lot less like your local UPS man.

The one downside to wearing a belt is that a once quick bathroom break now takes a good 5 minutes longer when you factor in having to tuck your shirt in and then buckle the belt. Oh the things we do in the name of fashion…

The 5 Best Dress Cardigans.

The dress cardigan.

After our dress post a few weeks ago we had a some questions from you guys about what to put over a dress. The answer is a dress cardigan. There was a cute little bridal shower dress and we suggested wearing a dress cardigan with it. Here’s where the questions came in…

Q. What’s a dress cardigan? A cardigan that’s dressy, OR a cardigan that you wear over a dress?

A. Plain and simple! It’s one that you wear over a dress. It hits at the perfect spot at your waist. It’s not too long, and not too short. It creates the perfect balance when you’re wearing a dress (or a skirt) and need or want to be covered up. It’s that easy.

Why wear a dress cardigan?

Having dress cardigans on hand in a few colors will take the stress out of trying to figure out what to throw on over your dresses. Let’s say you’re going somewhere where you need to be modest, and covered, or you’re just a freeze baby. Or, you hate your arms (we’ve heard that one plenty of times). Or let’s say it’s just the perfect piece to complete the outfit when a pashmina just won’t do the trick.  All of these are good reasons to have one on hand.

A few good ones to keep on hand…

Blog Takeover: Those times I hope I don’t run into Hallie

It’s a Blog Takeover

You guys, my sister-in law, Jodi asked to guest post while I’m away on spring break…I am going to be in a totally different timezone, so feel free to comment and commiserate. She has my full permission to post this and when she originally showed me I was literally LMFAO!! Read on and let me know if you too dread running into me too… I feel awful about it! Really, when I am off the clock and I run into you I DO NOT JUDGE!! Promise, pinky promise, cross my heart…

Just as a side note, Jodi deserves serious props because she was my very first guinea pig, ahem, I mean client, EVER. In fact, without her insistence (she’s super hard to say no to – hence the blog takeover) I would honestly have never started The Wardrobe Consultant… so, basically we owe it all to Jodi. Love it or hate it, ya gotta thank her…

Jodi Abrams Miller is Hijacking the Blog

Hello TWC blog readers,

While Hallie is out of town, I thought I would take this opportunity to hijack her blog.  I have a burning question that I thought I would take this opportunity to ask – and maybe she won’t see it…

I am dying to know what it is you wear when you know (or hope) you won’t run into Hallie. What are those items you know are out of style but you still love?

Perfect Party Dresses for Every Occasion on Your Calendar

Perfect Party Dresses

We’re all busy ladies with full calendars. Go on, take a look at yours. We’re betting that between now and June you have some sort of party on the horizon.  A wedding, bridal shower, graduation, or prom, what ever the case may be, you most likely are looking for the perfect party dress for the occasion. And, hey, you aren’t the only one. We’ve had more than a few of you reach out, and ask if we could help find a dress for…you fill in the blank. So we did the looking for you, and we’re breaking it down.

Fashionable Raincoats That Actually Keep You Dry

Fashionable Rain Coats.

Last week it was raining in Cleveland, and I got caught in it. (Btw, this is Elana writing.) Let me rephrase. It was pouring buckets and I left the house and didn’t wear a rain coat because I don’t really like the one I have. It’s functional,  just not that fashionable. It’s more for walking the dog (which we don’t have) or hiking (which I don’t do). Ha!  I was talking to Hallie about it afterwards and it made us think.  There must be functional rain coats out there that are still fashionable at the same time. The kind of rain coats that you aren’t embarrassed to leave your neighborhood in.

Fashionable Rain Gear.

We started a search and found some pretty awesome coats. These coats might actually make you feel like you want it to rain, or at least not make you feel so glum when it does. While we were searching for these fashionable raincoats we found some pretty cool rain boots, and other rain gear, too. Rain gear that isn’t embarrassing to do more than walk the dog in. We’ve got you covered…