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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

Bathing Suit Season has Arrived.

The pools are open which means bathing suit season has arrived. We can look at this two ways…UGH we have to put on a bathing suit after a winter of packing on the pounds, or WAHOO,  we finally get to be outside in bathing suits. For a while we thought that summer was never going to arrive. We were still making cold weather outfits for our clients at the beginning of May, so at the time, the thought of putting on bathing suits and sitting at the beach or the pool (unless on vacation) felt like a distant moment. But, friends, bathing suit season has finally arrived, and we’re here to tell ya’ about one of our new fave bathing suit retailer.  Actually, it isn’t new, but it’s really, really good, and you know we love to talk about GOOD. 

Literally, it’s Everything But Water.

Everything But Water is just that. They have everything for the pool and beach. Suits, shoes, hats, cover ups, sun block, bags, they truly are everything minus the water. (They do sell water bottles, though.) Everything But Water has store fronts, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has one (Hallie was at the NYC shop recently), hop on in, but if not, hop online it’s just as good. And truth be told, if you’re like us, it might be even better because you get to try on your picks in the privacy of your own home.  

Bathing Suit by Fit.

Bathing suit shopping sucks, but now it doesn’t have to. Listen to this, Everything But Water has a fit guide menu. It works like this… If you have narrow shoulders, click the box, if you have a big booty, click the box, if you have a tummy that needs a little added control, click that box. Click based on your body type, and then wham bam thank you ma’am the perfect fitting suits will pop up. And guess what…IT WORKS!! We tried it, ordered one, and kept it. Give it a try and find your perfect fit. But, in the meantime, check out some of our favorite picks for the summer, suits and all. 

Spring Wardrobe Refresh – Add Lavender and Yellow

Last week we talked about giving your wardrobe a refresh this spring, without spending a boat load of money.  (Here it is just in case you missed it.) Another easy way to refresh this spring, and make things feel updated is by adding a few key colors. Even if you’re a tried and true neutrals fan, meaning most of your closet is black, white, grey, and tan, adding some pops of color can be fun, and make you feel all springy and stuff. Spring is typically about bright florals which give that “spring is here” feel, and this season is no different – in fact,  the floral dresses available are abundant and fabulous. Hallie loves, this one,  this one and this one too. But, this season, in addition to florals, we’re gravitating towards a few particular colors, and so are the fashion gods. So we are listening…

There are two colors we recommend adding to freshen up your wardrobe this season.  Yellow and Lavender. Adding either color is an easy update whether you choose to add it as an accessory, a dress or as a whole suit.  Both colors are very cool, brighten up a day (and a complexion) and are available in stores right now! 

Mellow Yellow and Lovely Lavender-THE colors to add.

Since you don’t want to walk out of the house looking like rainbow bright, it’s good to know that, both yellow and lavender play nicely with your tried and true neutrals. They’ll both pair back to just about anything you already own making it really easy to update without investing a lot. Initially, you might think we’re crazy and that these colors are hard to mix in, but on the contrary. They are ultra easy to incorporate…

A TWC Tip

Hey, and a little TWC tip…IF you think you can’t wear yellow, you’re WRONG! Here’s how…

Fashionable Rain Coats.

Last week it was raining in Cleveland, and I got caught in it. (Btw, this is Elana writing.) Let me rephrase. It was pouring buckets and I left the house and didn’t wear a rain coat because I don’t really like the one I have. It’s functional,  just not that fashionable. It’s more for walking the dog (which we don’t have) or hiking (which I don’t do). Ha!  I was talking to Hallie about it afterwards and it made us think.  There must be functional rain coats out there that are still fashionable at the same time. The kind of rain coats that you aren’t embarrassed to leave your neighborhood in.

Fashionable Rain Gear.

We started a search and found some pretty awesome coats. These coats might actually make you feel like you want it to rain, or at least not make you feel so glum when it does. While we were searching for these fashionable raincoats we found some pretty cool rain boots, and other rain gear, too. Rain gear that isn’t embarrassing to do more than walk the dog in. We’ve got you covered…