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Shopbop Surprise sale - The Wardrobe Consultant

Shopbop Surprise Sale!?!?

I mean I like surprises and all. And I love a good sale. But this was a surprise for me too so, I didn’t get to plan this one for you guys like I usually do…
None the less, I perused all 1000 pieces and compiled my favorites – mostly pieces I have tried or seen in person. But there is A LOT that is part of this sale so do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself.

Shopbop is one of my favorite contemporary retailers. They carry a lot of quality pieces so this is a chance to scoop them up at a great price – UP TO 40%b off!

Joie dark floral wrap top - The Wardrobe Consultant

Dark Florals for Fall (and Winter)

Typically we think of florals as a spring and summer kinda thing. But right now, moody, dark florals are having their moment. And for good reason…They’re probably the most versatile piece you can own. Adding a dark floral to your wardrobe is an instant and easy update.

A dark floral can span the seasons – you can wear it 12 months a year
Even though florals are typically romantic, with a dark background they become moody and edgy
They don’t show dirt and stains as easily as light florals
You can wear a dark floral if you’re 15 or 55 or even 85 – it’s ageless.
Dark florals are showing up in dresses and tops and shoes and home goods – there’s a little something for everyone
Runway designers and fast fashion alike are showing dark florals so you can find it at every price point
A Totally Versatile Piece

A dark floral is easy to transition from summer to fall to winter and then to spring. Probably because it’s so fun to layer and with the change of shoes and a topper it can go from June to January and morning til night.

The Lifecycle Of my Dark Floral Dress…

Evereve lightening bolt graphic t-shirt and zebra cardigan

EVEREVE is a store for Mom’s – But in a good way…

EVEREVE is NOT a maternity store. And it’s not your mother’s kind of mom store either. Meaning when folks use the term “mom fashion” it’s often meant as being comfortable and practical but looking dowdy and frumpy. But I can tell you that’s not what my readers want and it’s not what my clients want and thankfully that is not at all what EVEREVE delivers.

Maybe I’d describe it as a cool, casual mom vibe. Current and put together with a little bit of interest or edge. And age-appropriate, no crop-tops or thigh-high slits, but with just a touch of sex appeal. The chain founder, Megan Tamte, calls it “wholesome sexy – mom sexy… Hot and wholesome”

Think jeans, a graphic t-shirt, and a cozy cardigan. Or a cute cami and a leather jacket with a bootie.  But there are pieces for work, and going out too. A few dresses but not special occasion wear. Really the store is stocked with pieces that work for everyday life. Outfits to take you from carpool to a meeting, then to the grocery and straight to a sporting event and then to dinner out. Clothes that take you through your day and therefore through your life.

J crew cashmere star sweater and pleated silk midi skirt

J Crew, Classics with a Twist

A couple of weeks ago our local J Crew asked me to come in and do some styling on the spot.  As a J Crew junkie that fell out of love during the last few years, I was excited about it for a few reasons…

1. I love meeting all of you guys IRL (in real life)

2. I’m in my zone when I’m styling someone or there’s a fashion challenge that needs to be fixed (like what do I wear with this?? or what do I wear to my high school reunion, a funeral, a work presentation, my kids’ soccer game – you get the idea)

3. And, I was able to get all up close and personal with J Crew’s latest collection – it’s the first collection with new head designer, Chris Benz (who originally worked at J Crew under Jenna Lyons back in the day). 

Like J Crew Back in its Heyday

I’m happy to say this new collection gives me all of the classic J Crew feels, but updated for 2020. For a while, after Jenna Lyons left, it was like J Crew lost its identity, and quite frankly the quality seemed to plummet as well. But, this collection is back on track. Yay for us all!

Vince floral midi skirt set

The Midi Skirt Length is EVERYWHERE This Season

Back in our grandmother’s day, there was yearly fodder about the skirt length of the season. Miniskirt, knee-length,  tea-length or midi skirt, floor-length. Hemlines went up and down year to year. In fact, there’s even an economic “theory” from the 1930s called the “The Skirt Length Index”. It basically correlates highs and lows in the stock market to the hemlines that were in style at the time.

In recent years skirt lengths have been more varied. Perhaps even more personalized. There wasn’t one style or length that was totally in or totally out. It depended more on how it looked on the wearer and the appropriateness for where it was being worn.  This year, however, the midi length for both skirts and dresses has been gaining a huge following.

Kind of like the name suggests a midi skirt is a length that falls in between a mini skirt (short) and a maxi skirt (long). Falling midway down your calf between your knee and ankle.

What body shape does the midi skirt look good on?

Happily, this style flatters every body shape, size, style and age making it universally flattering. Why? Because the midi skirt visually makes your waist appear slimmer and hugs the curves on your lower half in a good way.

For us ladies of a certain age, this style gets bonus points because it hides pasty white legs, varicose veins, and droopy knees too.

Even though it looks good on everyone, making an outfit that flatters with a midi skirt can be a challenge. Finding the right top or shoe to pair can be hard. It can look frumpy or little girly if you’re not careful. Here are some helpful rules to assist in making it work.

sam edelman ankle bootie

What shoes do you wear when it’s October, 55 degrees and sunny? Sandals? Boots?
Transitional Fall Shoes.

Over and over this question comes up… WHAT SHOES AM I SUPPOSED TO WEAR WHEN the calendar says Fall and IT’S 40, OR 50 OR 60 DEGREES OUTSIDE? Like today? Tomorrow? Last week? Next week? When it’s not sandal weather, but it’s not time to break out the winter boots yet either. TRANSITIONAL SHOES, that’s the answer.

I hear you, the struggle is real! (BTW, the same challenge will happen in March, April and May, so bookmark this page:-) So this week we’re talkin’ transitional footwear and how to fill the shoe gap between sandals and boots.

Right now, September thru November, is what’s affectionately called shoe purgatory, but it doesn’t have to be hell (ha-ha, get what I did there?!?)

How to Fill The Shoe Gap in Your Wardrobe

There are a few transitional shoe styles that fill the shoe gap and easily transition between sandals and boots.

They all have one key thing in common, they show skin, like ankle skin or top of foot skin, BUT NOT TOE. And that, there, is precisely what makes them feel “right” when it’s warm-ish but fall-ish too.

So, for those of you with a closet full of sandals and boots, but nothing in-between, this one is for you! Oh yea, and know, these styles come at all price points – so I’ve tried to give you at least a few options for each.

Jeffrey Campbell snakeskin booties and plaid pants

Snakeskin for the WIN

Snakeskin is one of those things that never really went out of style. Kind of like animal print, it’s classic and a neutral… But right now it’s extra “in”.  Like you’re probably seeing it everywhere and at all price points too. And adding a touch to an outfit can make your old stuff feel NEW – even if the snakeskin stuff is the old stuff, like a bag, belt or shoes, it’s time to break them out again!!

Don’t Worry, It’s Not Over the Top

Some folks, especially my more classic style gals, tend to shy away from snakeskin thinking it’s too over the top. But just like a good leopard print, a snake accessory or even a snake print can work as a neutral with interest to make your outfit pop. Imagine an all-black outfit, classic but could borderline boring. Adding a snakeskin shoe or boot gives it just enough pizazz to make it feel interesting without being too much. The devil is in the details people and this season the detail to add is snakeskin.

How to Wear Snakeskin Right NOW

Depending on your personal style, you can wear a lot or just a touch of this print, and make it your own. Think of it like buildable makeup. You can layer more on if you want a bolder look (dress, skirt or pants), or conversely, apply just a touch (shoes, bag or belt) for a more natural look.

All that being said, there are a few rules to keep in mind when wearing snakeskin…

Light wash jeans and lavender TiBi blouse

Light Wash Jeans are VERY “In”…

Consider this post another page from the chronicles of The Wardrobe Consultant private clients… Lately, light wash jeans have been showing up on the shopping list of many of our clients. It’s mostly newer clients because we started sprinkling lighter washes into the wardrobes of our on-going clientele back in 2018. However, when we first make the suggestion, the questions are often the same. Maybe you’ll relate…

But, is light wash in?
Does light wash match? I think it’s hard to wear.
But will light wash make my, you fill in the blank (butt, thighs, stomach, calves) look big?
Can I wear a light wash in the winter?

The answers are YES, YES, NO and YES! In that order.

Light wash denim is an easy update

It doesn’t matter what style jean you favor, straight, skinny, boyfriend, paper bag, wedgie – they all come in a light wash option. And adding that lighter color to your jean repertoire is a quick and easy wardrobe update. And who doesn’t like quick and easy, right??

Now, let’s take each question/hesitation and address them one by one…

Black homecoming dress with sleeves

The Homecoming Dress Dilemma

My daughter, Maggie, is taking over the blog this week. It’s all about homecoming dresses and she, just like most high school girls has a very strong opinion about what they want to wear for homecoming.
This year, happily, we found a homecoming dress we both could agree on. Not an easy task btw… As we were going through the process, or a better descriptor might be the negotiation, Maggie voiced a distinct opinion on the subject. I thought her take on it was an interesting insight from the POV of the teen, the person that actually needs to wear said homecoming dress…

So without further adieu…Here’s Maggie

The Teen’s Point of View

Last year my mom did a blog post on what to wear to homecoming from a mother’s perspective. And while YES, a parents’ perspective is super-duper important, I think the perspective of a teenage girl is too. As a high school girl in 2019, I can tell you…