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Juxtaposition, It Takes Your Outfit Up a Notch

I’ve been meaning to write this post about the rule of juxtaposition for quite some time. But this trick is very visual and I got totally in my own head and was worried about how it would come across in a more word-heavy space.

And then, as always happens, my lovely clients showed me the light. In the last few weeks, the juxtaposition trick has come up frequently.  I’ve been talking about this rule as a way to transform how you think when putting outfits together. Yes, for me it’s an art, almost intuitive really. When I look at someone and what’s in their closet (or at a store) I kind of just know what will work. Now my major caveat is that I am not the fairy gd mother from Cinderella and I can not just wave my wand and make it happen. There is definitely trial and error that is an inherent part of the process. But all in all, for me it’s a pretty intuitive journey.

However, when I’m working with clients or writing a blog, I try to take 3 steps back and think about the what’s and the why’s. This allows me to better explain it in non-fashion nerd terms, for all to (hopefully) understand.

Juxtaposition – It’s a Fashion “Rule”

I know how much you all love style rules (and if I’m being honest, so do I). I don’t love them in the oppressive, ‘these are rules and this is proper and you can’t express yourself, you must conform,’ kind of way. Rather I like rules because they provide a framework. Then within those guidelines, you can decide what part(s) work for you. If you like rules too, be sure to check out the third piece rule and the fashion rule of one.

Okay, enough about my philosophy on rules, and let’s get to the actual juxtaposition rule, or maybe it is better described as a trick. The juxtaposition trick is one that, in the simplest of terms, helps you take your outfits up a notch. 

This is a particularly good rule if you’re not a big accessories person. Often we rely on accessories to spice up outfits. However, if you’re anti-accessories, then it becomes more challenging to add interest to your look.

Well, that’s where the juxtaposition rule (or trick) comes into play.

Opposites Attract

The basis of this fashion trick is formed around the idea that opposites attract…

What’s The Best Topper To Wear With Your Dresses and Skirts?

As I was curating a client’s virtual closet for the summer months we talked about making sure to add a wrap, sweater, or jacket to all of her outfits – even her summer and Florida outfits. Why? Because even when it’s sweltering out – when you go inside the AC is blaring and it gets COLD. Or when the sun goes down it gets chilly. Another reason, some ladies want (notice I didn’t say need) to cover their arms. Or for modesty reasons, some need to cover their arms.

Yes, all valid reasons to need a third piece. In addition to the fact that a layer often adds an extra element of interest to an outfit (and ya know how much I love that). However, even though there are so many reasons to throw on that third piece, there is a perpetual issue when it comes to adding a layer to outfits with a dress or skirt. If it’s the wrong piece – or more specifically, if it’s a piece with the wrong proportion, the functional layer ends up looking dowdy and ruins the whole outfit.

Or the third piece looks like an afterthought instead of an intrinsic part of the outfit. Sort of like when someone is going to a black-tie event and throws their Northface puffer over it. Yes, they’re both items of clothing, but they don’t go together. It’s like eating Filet Mignon and Froot Loops at the same meal.

So what’s the best topper to fix this common dressing dilemma?

Can You Wear Suede in the Summer?

Three times this past month I’ve been asked if it’s okay to wear suede in the summer. Three times!  And you know what? That’s not uncommon. I file it under questions I get asked every April & May. Along with “Do, I have to wait for Memorial Day to wear my white jeans?”

Is it because suede has traditionally been known as a cold-weather material? Along with textiles like cashmere and shearling? Or is it because of certain fashion faux pas rules that have been ingrained into many of us through the years? You know, those combinations that, when worn, will send the fashion police after you with their sirens blaring.

Supposed Fashion Faux Pas

You CAN’T wear:

White after Labor Day
Blue and black together
Sequins during the day
Suede in the summer
I call bologna on all these cannots. And am here to assure you that the fashion police no longer give tickets for any of these offenses. In fact, I’d say, every single one of these supposed faux pas now falls in the category of a fashion DO. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Is It Seasonally Inappropriate?

But back to the subject at hand: suede in the summer…

No Buy January: How To Shop Your Closet Instead

Maybe you’re on a shopping freeze post-holiday or you’re just sick of shopping and need a break – either way, shopping your closet is the key to literally making the most of what you have.

January is a month of resolutions. It’s a month full of big hopes and sometimes, disappointments. We’re conditioned to expect diet and exercise resolutions. In recent years, however, there have been movements to reset other excesses that come after the holidays as well. Most recently Dryanuary (aka dry January – starting the new year on a sober, clearer, more refreshed note) and No Buy January, where only essentials (groceries, medicine, household supplies) are purchased.

Those of us that use shopping as a vice (cough, cough) might find it a sizable challenge to go an entire month without purchasing clothing, home goods, or cosmetics. But just because it’s a challenge doesn’t mean that it’s bad. Taking a month-long break, especially after the shopping frenzy that can accompany the holidays, is a way to reset and establish new habits. 

A Closet Full of Clothes But Nothing to Wear

Do you know how many people I speak to that have a closet full of clothes but feel like they have nothing to wear? Even if you’re not participating in a no-buy January, mindfully spending time shopping your own closet before hitting the stores can give you a fresh perspective on that closet full of clothes.

Shop your closet is an exercise I do with EVERY SINGLE styling client. Because, we need to see what you have, and how it makes you feel before we go out and buy new things. The rational mind gets it, how can we know what you need, if we don’t have a sense of what you already have. The emotional mind, not as much, but that’s why I’m there to support.

That doesn’t mean I’m condemning all shopping. Far from it. What I encourage is intentional shopping – and shopping with intention can only come from taking stock of what you already have.

Ok, I’ll get off of my soapbox and give you the deets and the how-tos for shopping your own closet.

Hallie Abrams in grey ALO sweatsuit

Sweats for the WIN-ter

It’s that time of year when I truly want to stay in my PJ’s all day long. I don’t know about you, maybe it’s the cold, or lack of sun, but my motivation level is waaaay low. If I have a day that I can be a homebody,  a lazy day outfit is on the docket for sure. And if I have to actually get dressed and go out (which is most days) then THE MINUTE I get home the comfy clothes are on.

Loungewear and pajamas that are presentable are a must-have for a zillion real-life scenarios, I went in-depth on that subject last year. And, I’ve updated those links so all the items highlighted should be in stock.

Sweatsuits are IN Again

2020 seems to be the year of the sweatsuit. Not athleisure, or loungewear or joggers, but full-fledged, matching top and bottom sweatsuits.

And those sweatsuits can look super cute out of the house too.

You may have noticed a lot of celebrities stepping out in matching sweat sets and that tells me it’s only a matter of time until we see it in a more mainstream way.

Hallie Abrams and Sara Shookman style animal prints

Animal Prints are HUGE right now. Maybe too Huge.

Animal prints are forever chic. They’ve truly never gone out of style. But right now, the animal print trend is huge. Like maybe too huge. All you have to do is spit and you’ll hit an animal print something in every store you enter. There is not a retailer, from Target to Saks (and everywhere in-between) that hasn’t jumped, heavily, on to this trend. In some ways, it’s great, because you can find animal print pieces at all price points. But in some ways, it’s feeling kind of overdone and saturated.

And as one client recently said to me “5 years ago you had me wear my animal print pieces and I felt a little edgy and different. Now when I go out it seems like everyone is wearing it, it’s a sea of women in leopard and it all just blends together.”

So the question might not be How to Wear Animal Print BUT How to Wear Animal Prints and Make Them Uniquely Your Own for 2020… Because getting dressed is about communicating who you are. Not just looking like everyone else.

Overalls, Really?!?

When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s I lived in, and lived for, a good pair of denim overalls. One of my favorites was a pair of size 16 from GAP kids I scored for $ 19.99, let’s just call that one of the benefits of being under 5’4″.
Then during my maternity years, overalls were a staple in the waxing and waning of my childbearing belly. 3 kids in 4 years and a 70 lb weight gain with each (yes, you read that right, scary but true) made them basically a necessity.
So, needless to say, overalls have a special place in my heart. Whenever I’d see them in a store I’d try, keyword here is TRY, to make them work. In the past they just make me feel like a wannabe teenage farmer – NOT the look I was going for – so I’d pass.

But, this year, We are LOVING them! For Real!

Recently, both Elana and I have been crushing on the whole overall, coverall, flight suit thing. They’re kind of like a jumpsuit, so it has the ease of all-in-one dressing.  But it’s a bit tougher than one made of silk. So it gives that uncomplicated, effortless, je ne sais quoi vibe. AND it easily transitions from sporty to cocktail just with a change of accessories.

Before you say NO WAY… hear us out…

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!!

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…

Have an arm party-stack it with bracelets.

This whole arm party thing has been around for quite a while and sometimes we need to check in and see if “trends” are still relevant. First though, we need to discuss WHAT AN ARM PARTY IS anyway? Basically, it’s stacking a bunch of bracelets on your wrist at once. Thus creating a par-tay on your arm. The bottom line is, YES, it is totally still current and in style. But just like a dinner party, there are subtle details that will make your party a hit or a flop.  

Summer’s an optimal time for an arm party because in the warmer months there’s more skin to show, more wrist space that’s screaming to be adorned. And again, like we talked about a few weeks ago, we have less layers to contend with so it helps us feel put together when we throw on more accessories to compensate for the loss of clothing. In a nutshell the bracelets, or the “arm party” are becoming your 3rd piece and taking place of heavy cardigans or jackets that are usually covering up your wrists. Now that we’ve established stacking bracelets is still “in”, read on for the do’s and don’ts and have your own arm party.