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The “What To Get List” to Update Your Wardrobe

Last week we started our Fall 2018 “what to get list” with our first two picks: Leopard print and Western wear.  We thought the post totally made sense, but we heard from a few of you (and we’re grateful that we did) that it just didn’t come out as clear as we had intended it to. We apologize for being confusing and would like to clarify… Leopard print and Western wear are JUST TWO of our picks to update your current wardrobe. There are 8 total easy updates that we’re jonesing for, but we’re chunking them into 2 recs a week. Why? Because depending on who you are and what your style, life, body, and budget are, you may want to add just a few or all of them to your fall/winter wardrobe.

The purpose of the “what to get list” is to give you a quick and easy look at a few things (8 to be exact) you can add, that’ll have you feeling updated and current this season. There’s no reason to start from scratch every season – with a well-balanced wardrobe, most things should mix and match to make multiple outfits for the various areas of your life. The “what to get list” has the key pieces or trends to add that give new life to your current tried and true clothes.

A Little Goes A Long Way

Just like adding a pinch of salt to finish off a dish, adding just a little of something from our Fall 2018 “what to get list” will update and finish off your wardrobe for the season…

Instant Fall 2018 Wardrobe Updates.

Fall is our favorite season for getting dressed.  We love a warm cozy sweater and a pair of booties on a nice crisp day. There’s nothing quite like getting dressed for Fall, ya know? Maybe it’s that we feel safe not showing so much skin. Or that the extra layers of clothing help us to feel more put together. We don’t really know. We do know we never feel bad buying a few new pieces for our wardrobes in the Fall.  We’ve got months ahead of us to wear them over, and over (and maybe over) again. So, on a cost per wear basis, we’re getting our money’s worth.

We’ve come up with a list of the 6 essential items to add to your existing pieces to feel instantly updated for Fall/Winter 2018/19. We looked at what we were seeing on the runways and magazines, what we were drawn to ourselves and what we were suggesting to clients.

These 6 Updates Will Get You Fall ’18 Ready ASAP.

We’re going to share the 6 items that’ll instantly update your wardrobe this Fall. A few each week so you won’t get overwhelmed. So stay tuned.  We’re starting with the first two on the list –  1. western wear, and 2. leopard print (which we talked about a few weeks ago) and we’re doing it again because alone they’re good, but together they’re great!

Style Tips…

Saks 25% Off, Yes Please!

This is a quicky post. Saks is having their Friends and Family 25% off sale NOW THRU OCTOBER 9. There are fabulous pieces at significant savings. Just note, some things are excluded, like Chanel bags 🙁 But if you goto the Saks site and hover on the SALE tab, on the top right, Friends and Family will come up. Then you can shop all that is part of the sale.

We’ve had quite a few clients looking for cocktail dresses lately, Weddings, Bar mitzvahs, Galas… So here are a few that have caught our eye. Along with some other good basics – it’s kind of a hodgepodge of picks. But remember, I said it was a quicky post.

Great Fitting Pants

Finding a great fitting pair of pants is flippin’ hard. And when I say pants I mean non-jeans. Could be work pants or just khaki pants, basically like gown up non-sweat and not jean pants. It’s like the holy grail of bottoms. “I need a great fitting pair of black pants,” says every woman everywhere. And they’re not easy to find. This is a common theme with many women we encounter, including ourselves. Too tight in the hips and too big in the waist. Dumpy in the tush. Looks matronly. Oy!

Elana and I are built totally differently and often when something doesn’t look good on me, it’ll look amazeballs on her. And vise versa. BTW, that’s how I lucked out with my leopard print high holidays dress this year – If you follow me on Instagram Stories you know all about it. Elana ordered it for herself but it was no bueno on her, so I happily inherited it. Last year the same thing happened in reverse. I ordered and yuck on me, but fab on her.

The Nili Lotan Brand Looks Good on Both of Us!!

Why am I telling you all this? Because when we find things that look good on both of us, it typically means it will look good on most women. Remember the universally flattering Madewell jean we were waxing poetic about last year? That’s one of those pieces that looks good on both of us and on like every woman that has tried them.

This summer we separately tried on the Nili Lotan pants and you know what? They were amazing on both of us!!! Instead of it being one style that fits us both, we each found a different style that was flattering. And since they’ve got a bunch of different styles, there is something for every style, taste and every BODY shape.

Here’s the Low Down on Nili Lotan…

Denim Jackets are a Wardrobe Staple.

Denim jackets or jean jackets, whatever you call them, they’re the one thing both of us, Hallie AND Elana, have had in our wardrobes since we were like 8 years old. Back in the day, Hallie had one that was embroidered with “Do The Hustle” Total 70’s child, right? Maybe colors and washes have changed a little over the years but our denim jackets have been a constant workhorse no matter the date, or year.  And, it doesn’t matter how old you get, it’s a tried and true piece and a serious wardrobe must have. 

But here’s the thing, just like denim on the bottom, denim on the top changes too. To keep up with the times, the denim jacket can end up being long, short, frayed, dark, light, stitched, or embellished. But a good old fashioned lighter wash jean jacket ain’t goin’ nowhere.  They always work no matter the year, month, or day. They’re also great for dressing down any outfit that feels to dressed up, or just simply for keeping you warm. 

Here’s how to wear them…

Work Bags that you’d Happily Carry Off Duty too.

We’ve had a few clients on the hunt recently for work bags. You know the kind of bag that can hold your laptop, makeup, wallet, phone, spare chargers, snacks, and feminine hygiene if needed. BUT also still look stylish if you need to carry said bag to after work drinks or dinner. And a big bonus if the bag is chic enough to carry when off duty and the laptop is at home charging. That’s a tall order but we searched and searched and guess what? We found some real winners.

What Elements does a Chic Work Bag need to have?

-A work bag needs to hold a crap ton of stuff

-The handles need to be sturdy to hold all that stuff

-The bag must be LIGHTWEIGHT when empty (if not, when you put in all that stuff you’ll break your back for sure)

-It needs to look professional (like not Vera Bradley print busy) but also not like an old man’s briefcase.

Chic Work Bags We LOVE…

Leopard Print is on Trend, but not Trendy.

We’re seeing spots! Leopard print spots, that is. Splurge on it, or save on it, it’s everywhere and at every price point imaginable. So, either way, you can’t go wrong. The best part about it is, it’s one of those things that never go out of style, so it’s on trend, but not trendy no matter what year it is. So chances are you might already have it buried in the back of your closet.  If so, shop your closet, and pull it out.  And if not, we’re suggesting you give it a try because it’s having a really BIG moment. 

How to Wear Leopard Print Without Intimidation.

Here’s our one rule for wearing leopard print with ease… Think of it as a neutral. The print look can be a little scary for some, (no pun intended) but don’t think of it that way.  If you think of leopard print as a neutral it’s way easier to wear. It goes back to every color of the rainbow, so don’t worry about whether or not a certain color matches, cause chances are it most likely does. Like in the photo above, leopard AND turquoise AND floral?  The leopard is the neutral grounding it all. Instinctively you might reach for black or white to go with this print, but really the options are endless.  So, pick a piece of your clothing, or shoes, or accessories and swap it out for something more ferocious!  

The ONE Thing to Add for Fall

We promise, if there is ONE thing to add for fall 2018 that will spice up what you already own, it’s something leopard

Homecoming Dresses for the Win

School has started (Thank G-d). And if you have a high schooler, specifically a high school girl, she’s got ONE thing on her mind… where they’re going to find their homecoming dresses. I know this is true because my daughter has been talking about it ad nauseam, as have her friends, as have clients and readers who have been reaching out looking for suggestions about where to find their homecoming dresses.  I gotta be real here though, I am struggling with finding a homecoming dress for my daughter. Ironic right? Like this is my job! But when it comes to family it can get complicated.  In past years, honestly, I’ve been a little judgy looking at girls homecoming and prom photos. When I see them half naked, posing in all their glory, I’ve thought to myself (and heard from others) how could their parents let them go out of the house like that?!? But this year, with a daughter in high school, it’s my turn to eat crow. Because what she likes and sees as good looking, and what I like are not totally the same! Let’s just say karma’s a bitch baby.

They’re Basically Naked

I have a  non-psychological, psychological analysis as it relates to homecoming dresses…