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I know. It's hard to hear the words, "pant suit," and not think of Hillary Clinton. But, that's not why we're here. We're here to talk about the resurgence of the matching jacket and pants, AKA pant suit, that's about to take over. As a personal stylist for women, I know that this seems well outside of what Seattle-ites are wearing to work. And, this can sound awfully stuffy and conservative. Not to worry, we can look to Cate Blanchett to show why the pant suit is something worth investing in. I was pining over which suit to show you when I discovered this article that chronicles all of the suits she wore on her Oceans 8 press tour. Magic.
When and How to Wear a Modern Pant Suit in 2018
It's about balance, not about size. As a personal stylist for women, I find this concept comes up pretty regularly. The loudest voice we hear is our inner voice and more often than we'd like, that inner voice can actually be the voice of the inner critic.
We're all familiar with the inner critic. She has all sorts of opinions on career, parenting, keeping the house clean and so on. She also, has some very strong feelings when it comes to our bodies.
It doesn't have to be this way. Although her voice will always be the loudest, it doesn't have to be a negative one. We can reframe the conversations we have with ourselves, especially when it comes to our bodies. That's where I come in. I work with a woman to identify what she is trying to communicate the the world, then marry that with her budget, body type and lifestyle and we create a strategy for her moving forward. Each client has a password protected webpage to show her what is flattering, and what isn't which also helps simplify her life.
In truth, I worry that shorthand conversations about body types sound like criticism of someone's body. That's not how I see it. If you only know one thing about dressing for your body, here's what it you need to know:
It's not about size. It's about balance.
As a personal stylist for women, I'm all about hearing real women's challenges and providing solutions for real bodies, real budgets and real life. One common struggle is experimenting with style while respecting the budget. We've all been there. A great way to get more bang for your buck is with some strategic shopping, like maximizing holiday sales.
Often times, we hit our standard go-tos, whether or not we've found them satisfying. After all, finding new retailers and brands can feel like a chore. So, this time, I'm offering up some places you might not expect to kick off your shopping weekend. Enjoy!
10 Unexpected Places to Shop for
Memorial Day Weekend Deals
Enormous thanks to everyone who participated in the Poplin Style + re-souL giveaway! Anyone who followed Poplin Style and re-souL on Instagram and tagged three friends was entered. If you tagged three friends everyday, you were entered EVERY time. Bam! Thanks for that.
And our winner is:
As a personal stylist, it's clear to me that a great steamer is everything. I know, it can seem so fancy to have a steamer. Trust me. Once you have one, you'll never look back. Here's everything you need to know about owning your very own steamer.
Steamer 101: Why you need one
and which one(s) to buy
As a personal stylist in Seattle, I've been very fortunate to develop relationships with lots of local businesses, makers and all around incredible people. As if time with great people isn't enough, I also get to share all sorts of beautiful pieces with you, Dear Reader. I've been a long time friend and fan of re-souL in Ballard. In fact, one of the owners, Maggie, also volunteers doing styling sessions with me at YouthCare each month.
Therefore, I'm beside myself with anticipation as we kick off the spring re-souL giveaway. The lucky winner will get to choose a pair of shoes from the re-souL collection to keep for her very own. The re-souL Collection is Maggie's brainchild. She designs the shoes here in Seattle and has them made in Italy with high quality materials. She always pays close attention to upcoming trends AND ensuring that every pair is comfortable enough for a woman on her feet all day.
The re-souL + Poplin Style Giveaway:
8 Days. 8 Pairs of Shoes to Choose From.
If you've been reading this blog for any period of time, you're probably very familiar with the emphasis on celebrating the body you have and learning how to dress it to ensure you feel like the best version of yourself each day. As a personal stylist for women, it's clear to me that a big challenge to this approach is the limitations that retailers and brands create when it comes to sizing. The typical store carries up to size 12 or 14. I spend a great deal of time with women in the 12-14-16 space. It's hard. As if finding the right clothes isn't already hard enough, when you size out of the stores and brands you know so well, things can quickly devolve.
Women who are petite (under 5'4") or tall (5'8" or 5'9" and up) face their own set of struggles as only a small subset of brands and stores carry pieces designed for their bodies.
Now, combine two categories and, whether or not this is your personal experience, you can imagine how limiting this can feel. After all, how can you begin to ruminate on your personal style when you first need to find a pair of pants that fits.
So, here we are. I've made this list of my favorite 10 places to find petite plus clothing. Women who are 5'4" and below and wear size 14 and up, this list is for you. If this doesn't speak to you, I've got two things to add:
1. If you have a long or short torso or are on the edge of petite or plus, these brands may work for you, too. As an example, if you like flare jeans and are 5'5" or 5'6" a petite pair may mean you can skip the tailor and wear them with flats.
2. If this isn't your story, please send it along to someone that this can help. They'll really appreciate it. I promise you. So, off we go! And, please make sure you are on the mailing list for lots of great style tips and a chance to win a pair of shoes from the re-souL collection.
All good things.
10 Places to Find Petite Plus Clothing
Earlier this week, I was in a women in leadership session listening to an incredible executive coach talk about the word, "busy." I think about this a lot, because as a personal stylist who is on the interweb, lots of people can see what I'm up to. So, when we run into one another, I often here, "how's it going? It looks like you are super busy."
I take this as
As a personal stylist for women, I've discovered that the smallest issues are often the ones that really derail our days. Surprisingly, the average office doesn't employ a tailor. I often tell our 7 year old, there's always a solution. You may not like it. But there is one. The same is also true for fashion mishaps. Hopefully, these will fall under the, "I'm so glad I know this," column.
5 Fashion Hacks to Save the Day
As a personal stylist for women, I spend my days offering tips and tricks to make lives easier. Who doesn't want the mornings to run more smoothly? Who isn't looking for easy ways to keep her style game elevated without having to try too hard?
There are a few easy ways to do this, depending on your lifestyle. I, for example, tend to
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As a personal stylist and blogger, it's always fun to show off the latest trends and ways to wear new pieces. But EVERYONE asks for basics. After all, they are the core of our collections. A long cardigan is one of these style essentials.
A long cardigan presents
Upping your style game does not have to mean running out and purchasing a ton of new clothes. Whatever your budget might be, there are creative ways to help you embrace your style and be mindful of your money. On of my very favorite things to do is to find new life in existing pieces. If this speaks to you, you'll should certainly check out the post about updating your "they work for work" pants. There are lots of ways to stretch those Banana Republic/ Ann Taylor/ Express pants.
My client, Julie, is a manager at a large tech company. She opts for pieces that are on the professional side but expresses her style through unexpected prints and textures. Going through her closet was SO much fun. We found a wide array of pieces that could easily be updated with some key tweaks. You'll see lots of that in an upcoming booklet on tailoring. For now, let's dive into one of the high impact, minimal effort transformations from her closet. As Morrissey says, "Repurpose repackage reissue reevaluate." Who said the Smiths wouldn't stand the test of time?
Transforming a Vintage Coat
So I wrote a post in March, 2017 about how to wear a belt bag (aka a Fanny Pack). And now, I'm seeing belt bags EVERYWHERE. So, My Dear Reader, here's what you need.
1. Check out
Believe it! The Marimekko + Uniqlo Collab started with a bang. I watched pieces disappear from my cart as I shopped. Simultaneously, clients and friends were shooting over photos of themselves in the Uniqlo dressing room or calling with sizing questions. It was big.
Are you seeing this? I sure am. As a personal stylist and solo-preneur in Seattle, I'm fortunate to spend my days with incredible, inspiring women. I must admit, over the years, I've become very fond of my adopted hometown. But, every once in a while, the interweb reminds me of my previous life, decades ago, in Northern California. That also happens to be the home of a strong, creative, woman, Mindi Steiner.
If you loved the styles I've featured over the past year or so at Universal Standard but didn't happen to fit into the clothes, this post is for you. If you love US as much as I do and DO fit into their pieces, this post is for you. And, if you have never heard of this groundbreaking brand out of Seattle and NYC, this post is for you, too.
How Do I Win a $300 Gift Card for Universal Standard?
As a personal stylist for women in Seattle, I've spoken with hundreds of women about their style and inevitably that means their size and challenges that they face with finding clothes that fit their bodies and their sizes. That's what led me to develop a comprehensive system to dress your body type and identify your personal style. That's also what led me to write this post back in 2016: The End of Plus Size.
So, you can imagine how elated I was to discover Universal Standard. The brand offers hip, high quality pieces sizes 10 and up. Amazing! After all, I work with a lot of women size 12/14/16 who struggle when they can no longer shop at their favorite retailers. Over time, I've shared pieces I adore from US, held an event at the local showroom and have taken clients shopping there. Now, things are getting MUCH more interesting.
Universal Standard is expanding to offer sizes 6-32. What?! Believe it! And to celebrate, I'm giving away a $300 gift card to use as you please online or in the NYC or Redmond, WA showroom. Here's what you need to know.
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Oh it's happening. Spring 2018 is upon us and that means new colors to introduce into your wardrobe. Introduce? Meaning I don't already have them in there? Indeed. While it's possible you have a few of these beauties floating around. It's likely that you don't have many, whether or not you love them, simply because we haven't seen this color palette in a while. And it's not surprising. Fashion and style are combatting tough times with playful, happy pieces to help us wake up, smile and fight the good fight.
As a personal stylist for women, I'm always reminding clients that just because you don't think a color is flattering, doesn't mean you can't wear it. So let's dive into the colors of the season and the next post will focus on how to wear them. Off we go!