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Remember going Passover or Easter Dress Shopping as a Kid?

It’s Spring – YAY! And that means the spring holidays are here. Along with the what to wear for Passover and Easter question. There’s something that feels ritualistic and traditional about getting a new dress for these holidays. It’s like a renewal for the season and makes the holiday feel special when wearing a new frock.

But that all being said, it can stress people out too. I remember as a little girl we’d go with my Grandma and shop for our Passover outfits – I so looked forward to that! Yes, I was a clothes lover even as a kid. My mom talks about taking the rapid downtown to Halle Bros department store and wearing white gloves for her holiday shopping trips. When I imagine it I totally picture a scene from Marvelous Mrs. Maisel but of course, set in Cleveland.

Today that Shopping is Done in Front of the Computer

Today, sad to say, I sit down with my kids in front of the computer and order what they need. Somehow that doesn’t have the same romantic quality as a white glove trip downtown – but it does the trick in today’s busy world. It’s family time but in a different way. At least that’s what I keep trying to tell myself.

And like most moms, I’m usually the last on the list – so if you don’t have your Passover or Easter Dress yet, don’t fret – I spent a little extra time in front of the computer shopping for you, and for me. And I found some great options!

Special but not TOO Special

One of the challenges of getting a dress for a holiday is that you want it to feel special, but not so special that you only wear it once. Ideally, you want to be able to wear it again throughout the year(s).

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….

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…

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)…

Update Your Wardrobe With These 2 Pant Styles.

The next two items up on our “What to get list” are, mom jeans and cinched waist pants. They are back and better than ever. These two bottoms will update the tops that you already own making them feel refreshed and new. By no means does this mean that all of your skinny pants or wide leg cropped pants are out. THEY ARE NOT, but if you are going to add in a few new bottoms, the mom jean, and cinched waist pant is where it’s happening.

The “What to Get List”

Just to recap, or in case you’re new around here. The past two weeks we covered the first 4 items…

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…

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