How To Wear Your Summer Clothing Into The Fall

How To Wear Your Summer Clothing Into The Fall

In between seasons can be kind of tricky when it comes to getting dressed.

But just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean you have to switch over your seasonal wardrobe right away or go out and drop a ton of cash on a new wardrobe!

There are so many season-neutral pieces nowadays, that transitioning those Summer pieces into the Fall really just comes down to getting a little creative.

So today I want to share with you some of my favourite ways to make some of your Summer staples work for the Fall.

 

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 White Jeans

Yes, white jeans are a Summer staple, but they can be worn into the Fall (even the Winter).

It all comes down to how you style them.

Those skinny white jeans you wore with sandals and a tank top in the Summer can now make the transition into Fall by adding other soft neutrals like grey, tan, caramel, and denim.

One of my fave Fall looks is pairing my skinny white jeans with a denim shirt, faux fur vest, and ankle boots.

 

The Sundress

 The key here is layering.

Sundresses are obviously made of lighter weight fabrics, so to make them look appropriate for Fall you just need to add more depth and weight with layers.

So, start with a cute jacket…

 

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A leather jacket works if the dress is in a darker colour. If it’s lighter coloured dress though, go for a jean jacket.

Then of course, when it’s cooler, you’ll need some tights. If you’re feeling daring, some textured or coloured tights will add some extra personality to the outfit.

Then finish it off with a pair of cute heels or boots. Voila!

 

 

Shorts

Yes, there are ways to do this no matter what your age (of course, keep your body shape and personal style in mind as well).

For example, someone in their 20’s might do it with a printed short, coloured or textured pair of tights, graphic t-shirt, a long cardigan, and open toed booties.

Whereas a woman in her forties may wear them with a pair of opaque tights, a blouse, blazer, and more conservative footwear.

 

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 The key with this of course is to make sure the shorts are a dressier cut and in a heavier Fall appropriate fabric.

So, there you have it – a few different ideas for you on how to wear 3 different Summer staples into the Fall!

Hopefully this has you looking at your Summer clothes in a whole new light and thinking about other pieces you have that could transition into the Fall.

Looking for more Style Tips & Tricks?

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In the meantime,

Happy Styling!

 

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3 Fall Fashion Trends & Why You Need Them

3 Fall Fashion Trends & Why You Need Them

So, I was out shopping with a new client yesterday and we started chatting about Fall trends. 

You know, what’s big for Fall 2019 – scrunchies (no, I’m not kidding), statement sleeves, and anything mustard coloured. 

I understand that being “trendy” isn’t important to everyone though.

So if you’re not into trends or spending your money on things you may not want to wear the next year, but you still want to look “current” – I have something for you!

I recorded a short video talking about 3 Fall Fashion Trends that will ALWAYS be in style. 

 

I hope you enjoy it!

And if you do, I would LOVE if you could give the video a “Thumbs Up” on YouTube, maybe leave a comment, and even Subscribe so you’ll be notified every time I upload a new video to my channel.

Growing my YouTube channel this year is big on my priority list, so if you could do any of the above to help me – I would be forever grateful. 

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Early Spring Fashion Tips

Early Spring Fashion Tips

“Yippee – it’s officially warmer (not quite “warm” yet, but warmer) weather here!

Which means it’s time for some early Spring fashion.

You know what I mean, right?

It’s not quite warm enough yet to break out all the Spring styles, but it’s too warm to keep wearing heavier pieces.

We all know this transition period between seasons can be tricky.

So, to help you put your most stylish self forward and transition your wardrobe between seasons, I’ve put together some early Spring fashion tips for you.

 

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Early Spring Footwear

During early Spring weather it’s too warm to wear your ankle booties and wool socks, but it’s not quite open toe weather either.

And let’s be honest…you haven’t started up your pedicure schedule yet, so the toes need to stay covered for now.

So, what do you do?

Don’t worry – you don’t have to ditch the cool look of ankle booties altogether.

You just may want to do a different style like a perforated ankle bootie or cut out style. Your feet will still be covered up, but you’ll look and feel cooler.

 

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And if you spent most of your Winter wearing more casual boots like Muk Luks or Sorels with your skinny jeans, nows the time to trade them in for equally cool styles like a pair of oxfords or slip on sneakers.

 

Early Spring Layering

You know I love my layering!

Not only as a fashion technique (it really adds such cool visual interest to an outfit), but also for practical reasons…I am always cold in the Winter!

But if you’ve been layering shirts, sweaters, cardigans, jackets, and thick scarves in your outfits  – how do you transition the cool look of layering into the warmer months?

The first step is to start looking for lightweight pieces to do it with.

If shirts are your first layer, look for some in lighter weight fabrics.

Instead of thicker knit sweaters or cardigans, look for lightweight silk or cotton versions.

If vests are your thing, skip the heavy faux fur styles and go for a menswear inspired style.

 

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And when it comes to scarves, ditch the heavy ones for lightweight cotton or silk ones.

The idea is simply to keep on applying your same layering techniques, but with warmer weather materials.

 

Early Spring Outerwear

While it’s nice to say goodbye to that heavy coat you’ve been wearing for months now, early Spring temperatures often still require some sort of coverup to stay warm.

The good news is that there are TONS of options in this department!

You can swap out your long wool coat for a lightweight cotton trench coat.

Or if you’re used to wearing more casual puffer jackets, swap it for a cool cargo jacket, silk baseball jacket, or jean jacket.

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Don’t forget, even leather comes in different weights – a Spring weight leather jacket could replace your heavy duty Fall/Winter one.

Kimonos offer great third piece options as well.

 

 

So, are you feeling more ready for this in between season of fashion known as “early Spring”?

If you need more help, feel free to get in touch to find out how we can work together on getting your wardrobe ready for a new season.

And make sure to grab a FREE copy of my “How To Build an Outfit from Scratch” e-book to help you start building your complete outfits this season.

In the meantime,

Happy Styling!

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Style Self Care: Small Steps That Lead To Big Wardrobe Wins

Style Self Care: Small Steps That Lead To Big Wardrobe Wins

I bet like many of us, you have a running list of “shoulds” in your head.

And when it comes to your wardrobe and clothing, maybe some of these ones sound familiar…

  • I should tackle my closet once and for all.
  • I should get dressed for the day even though I feel like staying in my yoga clothes.
  • I should figure out why I can’t seem to get out the door without leaving the bed piled high with rejects.
  • I should figure out what I’m doing with those suits I used to wear to work.
  • I should be able to put a decent outfit together by now.
  • I should get those shoe repairs done so I can wear them again.

(Feel free to substitute the word should with have to, need to, or ought to.)

Any way you say it though, it sounds like a stressor that’s ready to ruin your mood.

Don’t worry, I get it.

Things may not be the way you’d like them to be, but talking to yourself like you’re “less than” for not having it all together or comparing yourself to seemingly perfect images on Pinterest or Instagram is not going to help anything.

So, how do we get past it?

Well, the first step involves a little bit of reflection…

 

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When you look underneath the should statement, do you see what the actual desire is?

Maybe it’s to have more ease, time for yourself, or pleasure?

Remove the should and focus on the desire.

For example…

  • I’d like more order in my closet.
  • I’d like a few well-put-together outfits.
  • I’d like to wear these shoes again.
  • I’d like to find someone who’d appreciate those suits I don’t use anymore.
  • I’d like to feel great about how I look outside of yoga class.

 

Doesn’t that feel so much better?

With the “shoulds” in your rear-view mirror, you can now move in the direction of satisfying your desires.

It’s all about Style Self Care.

Here are some tips to get going…

 

1. Keep your expectations low so your successes have a chance of showing up.

 

2. Before you have a closet of put-together-outfits, you need to start with just 1 outfit.

Give yourself the gift of time and create one outfit using an item you love wearing.

One outfit equals success!

If this is the biggest issue you have with your wardrobe, keep your focus on this desire to have ready-to-go outfits and next week, create two outfits!

Do you see how this is going to add up?

 

3. If you have shoes or handbags that need repair, your first tiny step (shoe pun intended!) would be to put them in a bag or box and take them to your car. Easy peasy!

Now you’re already one step closer to being able to wear them again!

On another day, drop them off at your local shoe repair shop. In a week or so you’ll pick them up.

Before you know it, you’ll have them back in your closet and ready to wear. How amazing would that be?!

 

4. If much of your closet is devoted to clothes that don’t suit your lifestyle anymore, you need to remove them so you can focus on what you CAN be wearing RIGHT NOW.

But that can feel overwhelming right? And wasteful too.

Again, let’s reframe all of that and first decide where you’ll take clothes you don’t use.

How about a church, women’s shelter, or an organization that helps others get back into the workforce? That first decision is SO powerful and will create the momentum to bundle items up and take them to your car.

And thinking about the win-win this will mean (to you + the charity you’re helping out) will give you the energy to follow through.

 

Okay, so do you see how starting small can lead to big changes over time and how it also takes so much pressure off of you to “do it all, right now”?

Are there other desires on your list?

Maybe there are things that I can help you with. 🙂

Having an experienced professional at your side who is compassionate and understanding is one of the best ways to practice self-care.

So if you don’t want to do this alone, I’d love to be that someone for you!

I can help you realize your dreams of ease, time for yourself, and pleasure in getting dressed.

Message me and we can chat more about taking that first step together.

In the meantime, be gentle with yourself.

 

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How To Dress Up Your Jeans

How To Dress Up Your Jeans

You’ve been invited to a party and the invitation calls for dressy casual.

Sure, you have both dressy outfits and casual outfits in your closet. Great.

But how do you mix the two?

Would you be surprised if I suggested you start with jeans?

Jeans aren’t right for every occasion, but with some style savvy you can make them party ready.

Pinky Swear.

 

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Pretend I’m in your closet right now.

Using your jeans as a base, I’m going to help you look through your tops, jackets, jewellery, shoes, and handbags for ingredients that will make you party-ready.

When you see your wardrobe through my eyes, you’ll be surprised at how ready you can be when that friend of yours calls and says, “I’m going to a dressy casual event tonight. Want to come with me?”

 

1. It all starts with the RIGHT jeans.

Here are some general rules for the best jeans to use for your casual chic or elegant casual outfit.

– The darker the denim, the more dressy and formal it is (which works well with the fancier items you’ll be wearing on top).

– If your party leans more to casual than elegant and you love jeans that are distressed in some way (holes or fading), plan to wear a dressy shoe.

– You could start with a denim jean that is coated, so it takes on a different hue.

– Or consider a jean with some elegant embroidery or other embellishments – a great option is the grey velvet stripe jeans in my new online boutique which have an amazing mid rise fit and are super comfy with just the right amount of stretch!!! Just sayin’. 🙂

 

2. Find unique jackets in your closet.

Now let’s get to what you’re wearing on top because jackets can play a crucial role in dressing up jeans.

Here are some of my personal fave jacket styles to dress up your denim…

– Statement pieces like kimonos, dusters, Asian-inspired jackets, or vintage beaded jackets.

– Blazers in velvet, leather, lace or jacquard prints.

– A tuxedo jacket.

– Knit or woven jackets with fur trim.

– A heavily embroidered or quilted jacket.

 

3. Tops that are just right for going out.

Look at your tops through a ‘dressed up casual’ lens.

Do you spot tops that you may have worn in other parts of your life, but that would look well accessorized for denim outfits?

Here are some looks to consider…

– Blouses with statement sleeves like ruffles, ties, pleats, or ribbons.

– Romantic blouses with lace or leather trim.

– A knit or woven or top in a bold, bright print.

– A sheer print top with a camisole or bustier underneath.

– A sweater with pearl or sequined details, or a cashmere sweater that is delicate or feminine.

 

4. Jewellery selection is a must.

If you’re wearing simple clothing pieces, then your jewellery choices will lift your outfit into a dressy casual party scene.

Go beyond your tried-and-true everyday pieces and consider vintage or crystal jewellery, or any of your fine jewellery like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.

If you’re wearing tops that are already sequined or jewelled, then your jewellery may need to be more simple.

Here are some ideas for using accessories to make your outfit sparkle and shine:

– Chandelier earrings or dangly earrings.

– Statement necklaces or double or triple layered chokers.

– A sparkly brooch or a collection of pins worn together.

– Bold cocktail rings, rings on many fingers, or stacks of rings on a finger or two.

– Cuffs or layered bangles that have lots of shimmer and shine.

– Mixing in fine jewelry with costume jewelry.

 

5. Shoes matter, both functionally and fashionably.

You may have shoes in your closet that will only work if you’re sitting at a table (rather than standing all night), so be careful when picking which shoe to wear.

Know whether a two-hour shoe will work or whether you need a shoe that you can dance in all night long.

Here are some shoe choices for dressing up your nighttime denim look…

– High heels or kitten-heeled pumps in patent leather, fun colours, or fabrics.

– Comfortable flats that have playful details like bows, sequins, ribbons, or appliques.

– Metallic flats or booties.

– Velvet slippers, flats or booties.

– Heeled sandals.

 

6. Handbags need to be a lot more special than your everyday purse.

For many gatherings, the purse you choose only needs to hold your lipstick, a credit card, some cash, and your smartphone.

You may have cocktail handbags that you’ve used for years, but I encourage you to take a closer look at them this year. Do they still look viable or does yours need an update?

Here are some handbag selections for your jean party outfit…

– A smaller cross body bag with chain straps.

– Fabric bags made with beautiful tapestry or damask fabrics.

– Small framed bags including vintage bags.

– A small handbag in an intense colour or a metallic.

– A small clutch in faux reptile or animal print.

 

 

So, there you go – there are tons of ways to wear denim and still look dressy!

Could you use a few fancy casual denim outfits in your wardrobe? I’d love to help you assemble them, so you are party ready at any moment.

Or maybe you’ve realized some gaps in the “party department” of your wardrobe.

Let me help you discover them – we can set up an appointment and get this party started!

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