Welcome back from your long holiday weekend. If you thoroughly enjoyed time with family and lots of tasty food, you may find facing your closet this morning a little daunting. Not to worry. As a personal stylist for women, I often have conversations with clients about how to deal with weight fluctuations. You can look great at any size. Truly. Sometimes, as our own size changes, it can be challenging to figure out exactly HOW to do that. So, here’s one from the archives. Enjoy! And can we just take a moment to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season?! It’s happening!
As a personal stylist for women, sometimes I have clients who want to save their "good stuff" for special occasions. Think of this as your good china staying in the cupboard until Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
That approach works for family heirlooms such as china, but how likely is it that you're going to save several of your work appropriate pieces for your daughter 20 years from now? I'm guessing not super likely.
However, it is, of course, important to take care of your nicer pieces and running around in the mud and rain is probably not your first choice for when to pull them out. And, when playing with the kids at the pumpkin patch or out trick-or-treating, it's vital that you are ready to run, jump or ride in the car. Translation: Comfort trumps all.
But, I assure you that you can still look stylish when celebrating autumn outdoors. Here's how.
Your Outfit for Autumn Outings. Go!
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First of all, I sure hope you received the Poplin newsletter in your inbox this morning. I heard from three people within 20 minutes of sending it. This tells me that I should share it with everyone. So, here you go. And, please remember to subscribe so that you’ll see all the good stuff every time.
Author, coach, mom, all around bad ass and Poplin Client, Julie, is the picture of confidence in her animal print coat. It's time to get your animal print on, my friend. Whether you are going full force with texture AND print, like Julie, or you'd prefer something a little less bold, this is the season to stock up. Remember, animal print is a neutral and can be paired with virtually any color. Just choose your print carefully as it's vital that it communicates your personal style. And, remember that placement is key, too. Opt for animal prints where you want to draw the eye. If you have an Inverted Triangle shaped figure (shoulders wider than your hips) go for a skirt, pants or shoes. For a Triangle shaped body, like Julie, (shoulders narrower than your hips or thighs) opt for a top, scarf or coat. Rectangles (shoulders and hips are aligned without a defined waist), you'll want fitted options that provide shape or try a belt, scarf, shoes or details in the print. Or, an all over fitted dress. Diamond figures (shoulders and hips aligned and narrower than your middle) should try a vertical zipper or stripe down the middle, sleeves, pants, shoes or a scarf in the print. And if you have an hourglass figure (shoulders and hips aligned with a defined waist that is smaller than both), try it all over or balanced equally on the top and bottom. A belt works well, too.
Now that you know how to wear it,
Whether you dig into the back of your drawer to pull out your collection of this fabric or head out to get a brand spankin’ new piece, it’s time for corduroy. Believe it. As a personal stylist for women, I know how much so many of you have been pining for the days when this soft fabric makes its comeback. The time is now.
As a personal stylist for women, I spend a great deal of my time with real women, helping each women determine her personal style. Knowing your personal style isn't enough. Clothes need to be functional for your life and realistic for your budget. And, of course, they should be flattering for your body type. This may sound tricky, but it isn't. It's all about having the proper filters to know what to wear and what to buy.
The weather is changing and that's a sure sign that it is time to make sure your collection of lightweight jackets is on point. Sure, you can keep wearing cardigans and yes, everyone needs a few. But, if you are still wearing cardigans on the daily, it's time to mix things up and elevate your overall look with a jacket. Not to worry, there are jackets that are right for everyone. Let's get you started.
2018 Fall Fashion Spotlight: Lightweight Jackets
Most of us are drawn to specific fabrics. As a personal stylist for women, I see this all the time. Some women adore the way natural fabrics feel on their skin. Others, care more about the way a fabric looks. Does the print draw her eye? Does it look like a quality item? Whatever your feelings, one fabric feature has an impact on how flattering a piece is on your body.
It's all about whether or not the fabric is shiny.
How Shiny Fabrics Can Be Assets
As a personal stylist for women, I'm all about finding new ways to help a woman express herself through her clothing. Fall is major. The change in weather means the kids are back in school and it is officially time to start fantasizing about Fall Fashion Trends. Whether you are a fan of jumping on the latest trend or you prefer to just sit back and enjoy the magic, this fall is sure to treat you right. Off we go!
10 Fall Fashion Trends
In the very early stages of Poplin, I won a pair of shoes (of my choice!) from one of my very favorite retailers, the now defunct SoleStruck. I really wanted a pair of giant platform clogs. They were the result of a collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Chloe Sevigny. What could be better. There were two options: black leather or white patent leather. I was on the fence, but kept coming back to the white and since they were free, I decided to take the plunge. At the time, white shoes seemed like insanity. Naturally, there were few places to look for style inspiration and I found myself experimenting with them with much success. In fact, this blog post details that journey.
That experience was just the beginning of my white shoe phase. Next up, platform white Birkenstocks, white sneakers and so many others. My latest love is my white pair of Vince slides. As a personal stylist who works with real women using pieces in their existing collection or purchased using their actual budgets, it's vital that I know how to maximize pieces for my clients. White shoes and the challenges of styling them have come up often. That brings us to white shoes. They are ubiquitous, so if you don't already have a pair, you soon will. Now, let's make sure you know how to wear them so you get the most out of this hot trend. Off we go!
5 Ways to Style White Shoes
If you aren't on the Poplin email list, you are missing out. This week's edition was all about florals. Here's a sneak peak.
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.
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
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.
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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!
2018 Spring Color Palette
As a personal stylist for women, I can't tell you how many times I've ended up in a client's closet going through a giant pile of, "work pants." You know the ones. They are usually from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Loft or some other company that offers functional trousers for work. More often than not they are wrinkle resistant, easy to care for and work as the, "essential uniform for work."
Over time, the cut becomes dated. So, they fall out of the heavy rotation. But they are still functional, they've held up well and, "they work." However, they don't look fresh and they certainly don't make the wearer feel like she's killing it at life.
That's when I inevitably hear the question, "Should I keep these?" Which brings us to today's post:
What do I do with Outdated Pants?
Make sure to take a look at the first post of this series, if you haven't already. Fall is an especially fun time to experiment with new trends. Try mixing things up by adding some unexpected sleeves into the mix. Whether you opt for giant 80's shoulders or sheer sleeves, drawing attention to your arms has lots of benefits.
How to Do Sleeves
This has been a jam packed month with not one, but two Poplin events in one month. First, the Poplin Client Party and then a very special gathering for anyone in the Poplin Style community who's interested in pieces starting at size 10.
You can see photos from the Client event in a previous post. Now, you can also see just a sample of the women at Sunday's Universal Standard gathering. Each attendee received a personalized tour of the showroom and selected her desired pieces from the samples available. Then, she tried them on in the comfort of a showroom filled with supportive, enthusiastic Poplin subscribers and clients. As it turns out, it was a sea of women making a huge impact on the world. I heard from several attendees that it turned out to be an incredible networking event, too!
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This week's newsletter is a little like a wishlist for the reader. I structured it in the way I structure wishlists, explaining how to pair items together. I just sent it out last night and have received so much positive feedback that I thought I'd encourage blog readers to take a look, as well. Here you go and enjoy!
Are you kidding me?! One of my favorite brands, Universal Standard, opened a showroom in Redmond. What's a showroom you ask? It means that it's not a standard retail store. You make an appointment for a visit and expect to find a wide variety of pieces that aren't available on the website. This is VERY exciting because the only other showroom is in New York City.
If you think that's exciting, there's MUCH more.