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The Search For My Favorite White Jeans.

The Search for White Jeans

White jeans, OMG, what are you doing to me?!? And, btw, it’s Hallie. Why am I OMGing? Because I have been on the search for white jeans this season and it’s efffing hard to find a good pair. Honestly, I didn’t expect it. I’ve always loved my white jeans, they’re a staple. A great way to “summer-ize” an outfit. They go with all of the current spring colors. And, they’re a super good cheat for those places you’re not allowed to wear blue jeans, like the country club, but you still want to wear jeans, because like I said, they’re a staple.

But this search has been painful and prolonged and slightly depressing. My love of pasta and dislike of exercise has finally caught up with me.  I knew I had gained some weight (thank you slowed metabolism) and I knew I had gotten older (thank you gravity). But I had not realized the material on white jeans had become so dang thin!

As we’ve been meeting with clients planning their spring and summer wardrobes, the need for a favorite white jean has been coming up again and again. And so has the frustration in finding a pair. White jeans, sort of like white tee shirts, need to be replaced every few years. Even if you use oxi clean to wash, the white just does not stay pristine after a lot a wear. And wearing yellowed white jeans is just ewww.

So, I’m taking you on my journey because maybe you too are looking for a great pair of white jeans this season. And while some may not work for me, they may work for you. I’m going in depth here folks – I’ll give you the nitty gritty on each pair and the kind of body that seems to work with each. I’ve tried a BUNCH on, and I’ve had clients try a BUNCH on, and I have some thoughts…

What to look for in a White Jean

Finding a favorite white jean is hard. It is a tall order to fill:

-Thick enough fabric that doesn’t show every nook and cranny
-But thin enough fabric that it is warm weather appropriate so you’re not literally sweating your a** off
-Slim in the leg but not too skinny
-High enough rise that it stops muffin top
-But not too high rise that it looks weird in the crotch
-Doesn’t show the front pocket thru the jean – ugh I hate how that draws attention to a woman’s widest part
-And in 2018, hits at the ankle with a bit of a kick

Well the good news is my stress is your gain – For both clients and myself, I have ordered, felt, seen and tried (or seen on) on like 40 pairs of white jeans in the last few weeks. And, thankfully, I have found some winners!

What Kind of Socks to Wear with What Shoes, Here’s the 411.

THE SOCKS TO WEAR WITH…

If you google “what kind of socks to wear with”, what comes up in the blank is every kind of shoe and boot under the sun – Vans, Chuck Taylors, booties, duck boots, cowboy boots, Birkenstock. But, that kind of makes sense when you think about it. Each kind of shoe does have a specific kind of sock that works best. And when you’re wearing the “wrong” one,  it just looks weird – either too much or too little of it shows. And just like the wrong shoe can throw off an entire outfit, so too can the wrong sock and shoe pairing.

But never fear, the TWC team is here to help. When we wrote about the essential undergarments a woman needs in her lingerie drawer, we received reader suggestions that a post on socks was needed – ask and you shall receive people!! So, we came up with a list of the socks that are good to keep on hand. What was once a somewhat boring staple can now be a fashionable accessory to your outfit. And, what used to be a fashion faux-pas has turned into one of springs hottest must try items because the rules have slightly changed. (We’ll show what we’re talking about.)  But, in reality most of us aren’t going to wear them in any other fashion (no pun intended) outside of function. So, at least if you’re wearing socks, wear them right.

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…

Why Black Pumps Are the Shoe Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

Black Pumps, Boring But Necessary.

Black  pumps. Are they boring? Kind of. But, are they necessary? Yes! This is one of those needs vs. wants things.  In the food pyramid of clothing,  a plain black pump falls into the veggie category, not the sweets category. Nobody really wants to eat them, but they need them to sustain a healthy body. Eating sweets would be way more fun. And the same goes for the black pump.

Most people don’t really want spend a chunk of their clothing budget on a “boring” shoe like the black pump, but it’s a building block in your wardrobe. In fact, if you invest in a plain black pump now it’ll save you money in the future. With the black pumps we’re talking about, you probably won’t need a different black pump for every occasion. When you have a classic pump in your closet that goes with just about everything,  just like your veggies, it will take you further than a piece of cake.

Black pumps are versatile.

Time and again we meet with clients that are missing this key element in their wardrobe.  We’ve realized maybe it’s time to give the classic black pump a little PSA. It’s one of those pieces it pays to invest in.  It will end up being one of, IF NOT the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe. It goes with just about everything from jeans, to dresses. It’s that versatile, and a classic if chosen correctly.

Rules for picking a classic black pumps…