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As 2018 comes to an end, we want to thank you all for your continued interest and support. Truly, without you, this could never happen.  Wishing you a year filled with peace, love, and laughter.

2019 Bring. It. On!!

And now, back to the weekly fashion advice…

Are jeans tucked into boots over?

Let’s call this the second installment of panicked texts from a client that turns into a blog post. The first in this series was “Is it ok to wear pantyhose?” and that post has turned into our all-time #1 most popular and most googled post.

So needless to say when this text came in a few weeks ago I knew it was a blog post in the making.

“I have a very important question… Are jeans tucked into boots done? I feel like they don’t look current anymore.”

“Well, yes aaaand no. It’s not a cut and dry answer…”

So, we wrote a whole post about it and even included a video.

Add some sparkle for New Years Eve 2019

When you google “what to wear on new years eve” pictures and posts featuring skimpy, sparkly party dresses flash on the screen.  But, what if you don’t want to wear a dress on New Years Eve? It is winter and all, and it’s too cold outside to bare that much skin. (Even if you’re vacationing down south, it still gets cold at night.) And, if we’re being honest, at a certain age, skimpy dresses are better saved for the “kids” or the Kardashians, don’t you think?

Or, maybe your New Years Eve plans consist of going to a friends house to celebrate and you want to wear something festive but a little comfier for the evening. These are the questions and scenarios we get asked by our clients, and the answers we try to provide as stylists for REAL people.

What DO you wear on New Years Eve, to feel special, glittery, warm, comfortable and still put together?
The general answer is to add a bit of sparkle or shine, it could be a skirt, or fabulous earrings or even a scarf.  But, this year we’re favoring a top that has some sparkle. Why? Well….

How to Know What Color Cami to Wear with a White or Cream Top.

In the midst of all the holiday shopping guide frenzies, this might seem like an odd topic to be posting about, but it’s a question that comes up again and again.  The big question…What color cami (or camisole) to wear under a light color top? And for clients, it’s often one of those Oprah “AH HA” moments when they find out the answer, and then realize it totally makes sense as to why their outfits always felt a little off…

If you’re wearing a white or cream color top that needs a cami under for see-thru reasons, you’d think the cami should match the top, right? So you’d choose to wear a cream, white, or nude cami so it will blend.  BUT, and here’s the BUT… What happens when you match a white cami to a white top is that when it’s tucked into your bottoms,  you see a weird line where the waistband of the pant meets the tucked in cami. (Just like Hallie in the picture above.)  That disturbs the visually elongating line most of us are going for in the whole “dressing is an optical illusion thing”.

What’s the Answer??

There are 2 simple answers!!

What’s in and what’s out in Men’s Fashion

After we published the post last week “How To Make Gift Giving Easy” we quickly found out that you desperately want to buy for the man in your life (a gazillion of you clicked on the Adidas joggers and now only large sizes are left – but we found them here for you too just in case you still want them). Anyway, we’ve been talking about writing a post on how to update your man’s wardrobe for some time now, but the urgency just didn’t seem like it was there, so we put it off. But after last week, boom it hit us in the face. We realized what better time to talk about men’s fashion than now while you’re obviously all in the height of the gift-giving season.

Just as with women’s wardrobes,  for men, accessories are the key to updating season to season. And as powerful as accessories are in making an outfit great, they’re equally responsible for making an outfit look outdated and out of place. Generally speaking, accessories can be found at a more reasonable price point than a suit or jacket and they pack a lot of punch, so they’re ideal to give as gifts – especially for a guy that would never indulge himself.

The 6 Accessories that’ll Update your Man’s Wardrobe ASAP…

Puffer coats are hot.

The puffer coat is hot right now. No pun intended, seriously.  They’re the most fashionable piece to hit the snowy streets in a while and they’re warm too! In September we were wishing for a little cold weather to bundle up in. Now that it’s here we can get right down to it. When deciding which piece of outerwear to add to your winter coat collection this winter,  a puffer coat should be top of your list. 

They are all over in a range of colors, from brights to prints, and lengths from cropped to long, and thickness from more trim and structured, to bulky and thick.  So, no matter what your body type or style is there’s a puffer coat out there for everyone. And have no fear…you don’t need to worry about looking like the ever dreaded Michelin man when you choose the one that’s right for you.

Find a puffer coat that’s right for you…

Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

We’ve done posts on this before, but still every year the what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner question is a hot one. Probably because it’s one of those enigma events. You want to be dressed up, kind of. And you want to be cozy. And you for sure want to be comfortable because it will be an eating fest. But you still want to look put together, like you tried, but not like you tried too hard. See all those contradictions? That’s why it can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are a few elements that make an outfit a winner, winner, turkey dinner kind of outfit.

-Soft  yet substantial fabrics (it is November after all, think velvet and cashmere, not linen)
-Forgiving waistbands (ummmm stuffing, enough said)
-Fun accessories or details (it’s a celebration after all)

What NOT to Wear:

-Bell sleeves (this is an eating holiday and you don’t want your sleeves stuck in gravy)
-Bandage/Bodycon dresses (again – it’s a marathon of stuffing your face, give your abs a rest)
-Your everyday pj’s or sweats – it’s a holiday and one of thankfulness. What you eat is not your everyday food and what you wear should be elevated a bit too – that’s what makes it special.

We’ve created outfits for a few various Thanksgiving scenarios… depending on how you and your family/friends celebrate…

Inhabit-Our Favorite Sweater Brand.

Sweater season is here! And to celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite sweater brand with you AND a 40% off savings just for TWC readers with code HALLIESPICKS! We’re in love with Inhabit sweaters. Seriously you guys, they are good! Not just good, SO GOOD! They’re a fave of celebs like Alessandra Ambrosio, Katie Holmes, Emma Watson, and Jessica Alba to name a few…

So when the awesome ladies at Inhabit reached out to collaborate with us, we yelled “YES” from the rooftops. Hallie has had an Inhabit sweater for years and years and it’s withstood the test of time both in wear, and style, and in the compliments department, too. So this collab was a total no-brainer because we were already loyal fans of the brand. And you know we only share stuff here that we fully believe in, because we are NOT salespeople – we’re matchmakers between real people and fabulous, tried and true finds!!

Inhabit sweaters are luxe, and delicious, (yes delicious as only a sweater can be), and can be worn in multiple ways over the long, long winter. (IF you live in the CLE you know what we’re talking about.) And since there are so many cold winter days (are we sounding glum?) we wanted to share sweaters that are cozy, warm and can be worn over and over again different ways for both work and play.

Inhabit = Effortless Style.

Not only are these sweaters beyond toasty,  but they have an effortless style that never goes out of style. (Just like the one Hallie has had for years and years.) They’re classic with extra little details that make them so special. Inhabit adds inverted seams, pin dot holes, interesting sleeve, shoulder, and neck details that give the extra oomph we love so much when putting outfits together for clients and ourselves.

Each sweater is totally cool and effortless on its own, and can easily be worn as a basic with pieces you already own too. When you invest in a sweater like this, you want it to function for all parts of your life, work and play, girls night out and kids soccer games. It’s that cost per wear thing we’ve spoken about in the past. It becomes worth it when you can reach for the same piece again and again and wear it in multiple ways.

We totally get that, so we’re going to show you HOW TO STYLE 6 DIFFERENT SWEATERS FOR WORK AND PLAY…

We’re running this post early because the Banana Republic Sale ENDS NOVEMBER 6 at MIDNIGHT!!

Yes, I know this is delivering to your inbox Sunday instead of Tuesday. But for good reason. FIRST,  to remind you to make sure you go out and VOTE on Tuesday!! Because your vote counts!!! And apathy ain’t gonna make any changes happen, and we need change! SO PLEASE VOTE! And second,  to reward yourself for fulfilling your civic duty with a little online sale shopping at Banana Republic, sounds like a really good plan, right??? BTW, the sale ends Tuesday at Midnight – so get on it!

You might be thinking, Banana Republic? Really? That store feels like a great place to shop for work clothes but I need…    But  I think most of you, like most of our clients, want pieces in their wardrobes that can serve multiple purposes. Like a blouse, you can wear to the office, or a volunteer meeting but then also wear out on a Saturday night too. And that’s what we’ve found at Banana Republic and it’s all on crazy sale AND it comes in petite and tall sizes too. So, YOU ARE WELCOME!!

The Accessories That’ll Take Your Outfits from Good to Great this Season.

When we’re with clients we often use food analogies to describe the various elements of a wardrobe. It’s either because we have ferocious appetites lately, or food analogies are just totally relatable. Let’s stick to the later.  A few weeks ago we talked about trends in relation to adding a pinch of salt to your cooking (remember?).  And, this week we’re gonna talk about accessories, the parsley of an outfit…

The Parsley Factor

What relates to parsley you ask? Accessories! Because just like a meal, your outfit can be great but it often needs that finishing touch, like the parsley on a plate, to make it feel finished. You know how you can serve the exact same recipe either in the pyrex dish you cooked it in or take the time to plate it and add a garnish to the plate? And the plated version gets more lovin’ from the family? Well, that’s the parsley factor… and it really does make a difference.

The final 2 items on our “What to Get List” are the parsley of the outfit – the accessories that add that extra oomph. This week we’re talking accessories, jewelry specifically.  Hoop earrings and acetate jewelry (also called resin or lucite)…