There's something wonderful when each new season approaches as it gets me cleaning and organizing my closet and planning how to pull new outfits together without breaking the bank, something most of us thinks about, I suppose.
Just today I asked my husband if he would take both pair of my boots and get them cleaned up and repaired so they'd be ready for me when I want to wear them.
Yea, he's good like that.
After reading so many of the feedback emails you've sent to us regarding what you're looking for in a wardrobe and how we can best help you, the overall emphasis is that you want to look great for your age; you don't want to look like your daughter OR your mother.
I'm with you on that one.
As you prepare for Fall, remember first and foremost to wear colors that compliment you and clothes that flatter your figure. Don't rely on well-dressed mannequins in store windows to determine if that particular outfit will look good on you because most of us aren't built like mannequins. We're real women, with real bodies, whether that means being fluffy, thin or somewhere in between. We're not made of plastic (well, maybe some have plastic parts, but we won't discuss that here, hehe!) and most of us have a need for some type of shaper to make us look smooth all over.
Adding one or two trends to your basic fall pieces from last year can update your look in a jiffy.
For example, lady like dressing is really big this year. So what might that look like for you? How about a lace blouse like this. Wear it with a pair of jeans that suit your body type (if skinny jeans don't work for you, then don't wear them, opt instead for a great pair of bootcut jeans instead.) Or wear these with a pair of yoga pants. I'm excited about the new So Slimming Jeans from Chico's and I'm IN LOVE with kika Paprika's new Yoga Pant (new fabric this season).
By adding this blouse to your wardrobe, (all ages look great in it), you have an outfit that is casual or dressy.
Let's say you don't have $88 to spend. Then use this for inspiration and look around for a blouse adorned with lace or ruffles in a price point you can afford.
Here's a blouse from H&M I found for only $24.95. And it's a beauty.
It comes in Coral and Black.
You see, it's really not about the price (because you can find things in all ranges) it's about knowing what you are looking for to achieve the style you want to project.
What's great about this coral blouse is that it works with the trend of Color Blocking and Color Banding. Color Blocking is when you have 2 colors together in a bold pattern. Like this:
An example of Colorblocking from Belk, $150.
This is Color Banding:
It's when you wear a bold color on top and a DIFFERENT bold color on the bottom.
On two different pieces. Colorblocking usually happens on the SAME piece as in the black and white dress.
So as you begin preparing your wardrobe for fall, putting the summer pieces away and pulling the fall pieces out, what can you do to make your wardrobe come to life without spending a lot of money? Perhaps you can put two pieces together like a colored pair of jeans with a brightly colored top that you never wore together before...get creative!
I hope your week is going great! I'm headed to Dallas, TX today to speak at the Int'l MOPS conference....exciting to be with all those wonderful leaders from around the world. So what do you think of these two new trends? Will you add lace or color blocking or banding to your wardrobe?
Love you girls! Next week I'll be in Indianapolis for the Fashion Meets Faith Workshop...I think there's a few spots left! Come join us!