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Zara bootie with crystals and Aldo shoe clip

Holiday Party Outfit Overwhelm

In theory, getting dressed for a holiday party can seem kind of simple and straight forward. But let me give you an idea of what goes through most people’s minds…

“I know the invitation says FILL IN THE BLANK (cocktail, festive, casual, business) but what does that REALLY mean??? Do I have to wear a dress? Long? Short? And pantyhose? Do I have to shave??

I don’t want to be too overdressed. But I also don’t want to be underdressed. And, I don’t have anything in my closet that fits the bill! Ugh, I have to go shopping for something new. But I don’t want to buy something I’m only going to wear once. I have things but they don’t feel special or festive. And, my “going out” clothes aren’t totally appropriate to wear around my FILL IN THE BLANK (boss, co-workers, clients, grandpa, children). UGHHHH forget it. I just won’t go!”

And that there is precisely why getting dressed for holiday parties can be so dang stressful.

But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s get down to it… what do you wear to a holiday party so you’re not overdressed and also not underdressed. AND, I’d even add, if you need to buy something new, that it’s something you might actually be able to wear at another time of the year.

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…

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.

Baublebar Baroque pearl earrings styled by The Wardrobe Consultant

Just Add Pearls

I’ve always loved pearls. The Audrey Hepburn kind. The Grace Kelly kind. The Jackie O kind. Honestly, I don’t even hate the Barbara Bush kind. They’re total classics and never have truly gone out of fashion. My personal style is somewhat classic and pearls, even the prim, and proper kind work for me.

Right now, however, they’re having a major fashion moment. So even if you’re not the type that typically likes wearing pearls you might want to take a second look, because there is a NEW WAY TO WEAR PEARLS, and it’s super cool! I’d dare say even edgy.

These Ain’t Your Grandma’s Pearls

What makes the pearls you’re seeing on social media and in magazines and at Fashion Week different than their predecessors is this…

Rag and Bone slip dress Nordstrom The Wardrobe Consultant

$5000 to Spend at Nordstrom?? YES!!!

This was a really fun post to write (and research). When asked by the folks at the Bag Lady Luncheon, to pretend I won the “FILL YOUR CLOSET” raffle, i.e. a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card. I’m pretty sure I barely paused before saying yes. Because it meant I got to go on a big ‘ol, shopping spree. A hypothetical one, but still… Hypothetical or not, I found great stuff!

How to get your hands on a REAL $5k Nordstrom gift card.

I’m partnering with The Bag Lady Lunch to promote both the luncheon (September 12, 2019) AND the “Fill Your Closet” Raffle, sponsored by California Closets.

They’ll be drawing TWO NAMES and each winner will receive a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card! You do not need to be present to win! Raffle tickets are on sale now, through the BidPal website.

1 ticket for $50 // 5 tickets for $100 // 15 tickets for $200 // 30 tickets for $300   

I’d recommend stocking up. The odds are good, the prize is fab (TWO $5000 Nordstrom gift cards) and the cause it supports,  College Now is solid.

What I’d Buy With that $5K.

On my pretend shopping spree I created mini capsules for the various life roles so many of us have. Work, Play, Evening’s Out and Off Duty Time.  Most everything here mixes and matches for even more outfit combinations. Depending on your particular life roles you might choose to buy less in the workwear arena and more in the jeans and athleisure department. But any way you slice it, these items can do double or triple duty and really take you thru your day.

And I followed my own advice…

The Easiest Way to Transition into Fall

I’ve seen it called Burnt Orange, Spice, Cooper, Sugar Almond, Dark Nutmeg and Cognac, just to name a few. But the bottom line is that this warm, spicy, terracotta color is THE COLOR TO ADD THIS SEASON! It’s a warm and earthy burnt orange color and it’s perfect for fall, but it’s also a color you can start wearing RIGHT NOW.

Personally, I’m in denial that fall is around the corner…to me it feels like summer just started, doesn’t it? How it’s possible my kids go back to school in a few weeks I don’t know. TBH, I’m kind of dreading it but also kind of excited for them to be back on a schedule. Anyone else feel me on that?? Anyway, back to the topic at hand, HOW TO WEAR BURNT ORANGE RIGHT NOW AND THEN INTO FALL.

It’s Like the Color MVP

Wear burnt orange right now – it looks great with ivory, white and chambray, even in the heat of summer.  And then as the season transitions, it looks fabulous with black, grey and camel as well as pink, blue and red. And if you’re not color adverse, it looks amazeballs with red and yellow together – it grounds them in a softer way than black. It’s like the ultimate go with everything color.

It’s Sandal Time!

Summer is here! YAY!! And that means sandal weather is finally here too. Get your pedicures ladies, it’s time for the toes to come out and play.
When it comes to sandals there are a few sandal styles that are uber stylish and versatile too.
Theoretically, I could throw up a zillion sandal styles on you right now because there are so many good ones to choose from.

But I’m gonna get my ADD under control and organize them by category… Really organize by life role – because that’s how we do things for our clients too.

Yes, I could organize them by flat, wedge, heel, etc., but in reality, there are wedges you could wear to work and those that are a no go. So, organizing them by life role, I believe (and hope) will be more practical and helpful…

The New “IT” Shoe you need to know about.

It’s our job to seek out and let you know about what the new “it” pieces are each season. And the floss heel is where it’s at.  We don’t encourage clients or readers (or even each other) to be trendy per se, but being current is something that most people and we like to strive for.

Adding a few key pieces, like a floss heel, can really make your old things feel fresh and new. And that’s how we like to roll.

This season the floss heel is the one shoe we keep seeing that is really wearable and has that ability to update and transform your old clothes into fresh new outfits.

What are Floss Heels??

The floss heel is basically a strappy sandal that while not naked on your foot elongates your legs. The straps are thin, like floss, get it?!? They have kind of a 90’s vibe in a very 2019 kinda way.

Don’t let the name scare you away from it. The heel of the floss heel can be super high or more of a kitten heel. And the nudist quality of the straps lengthen everybody’s legs – and who doesn’t want that?

Hallie’s been wearing the bejeebers out of the pair above. Sadly, they’re sold out but we’ve found a bunch of floss heels that are amazeballs! These floss heels range in price from $89 – $900 and in heel height so there’s something for everyone! Check em’ out…

Floss Heels We Love…