Spend Money Wisely

How do you spend money wisely on your clothes? Quality over trends Spend on signature pieces   What Does Quality Look Like? Fabric drapes nicely, doesn’t stick to the skin or other garments, doesn’t distort.  A high-quality garment will naturally hang well, you don’t have to pull at it and fidget with it to make…

How to Save Money on Clothes

I believe that we’re going to see a marked uptick in clothing costs in the next couple of years – so how do you keep your budget from exploding?   Make a plan.   Spend money intelligently. Spend time intelligently. Expand your hunt.     Make a Plan:  This is where your wardrobe plan comes in. …

Answering Questions about Fabric

Why are my t-shirts see-through? Answer:  Because we’ve gotten so close to the wall on cost-cutting with clothing that the textile manufacturers are just using less textile. Why can’t I find a cotton t-shirt these days?  Everything I see is polyester or a blend. Because petrochemicals are cheaper than cotton.  And the manufacturers figure that…

Why Plan Your Wardrobe?

It seems like planning out a wardrobe has gone out of fashion.   Sure, it’s fun to shop on a whim – but it’s exactly like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry without a list.  You’re coming home with all the things – many of which you don’t need.    And now instead of…

DIY Dress Doctor

I’ve been listening to business podcasts, and one of the things that they talked about was, “Aren’t you happy to spend money on other professionals who do things for you?”  I think that a lot of us aren’t.  We want to be the ones who know how to do all the things!!!   Self-reliance is a…

Wardrobe/Pantry

Your wardrobe is like your pantry.    We all know how to stock our pantries correctly and efficiently – so why not treat our closets the same way? You buy what you need based on what you already have and what you’re planning to cook.   And that’s great, and every wardrobe book gets you there……

Shopping Expeditions: Plus Size Wasteland

As everyone knows, Southern California is the home to the original Cult of the Body.   It’s not the most comfortable place in the world to carry a few extra pounds, but this is nowhere more obvious than when you hit the mall. Just because SoCal is a fit area of the country doesn’t mean that…

The Hot New Style: Individuality

The best thing about the Oscar fashion parade this year was that there was actually fashion to be had.  Beautiful women wearing beautiful dresses are a good thing, but I missed the awards ceremonies of my youth, when there was an excitement inherent in seeing who would wear what, what bit of the inner self…

The Capsule Wardrobe

The phrase, “capsule wardrobe” came to popularity in the 70s, but the concept has been a foundational part of wardrobe management since women started having more than one or two outfits at their disposal.   It’s the best way to maximize the value of your clothing dollar.   The concept has changed slightly in recent years, where…

Color Evokes Emotion

One of the most powerful tools in the box is color, and it’s one of the easiest to deploy.   Ad agencies all over the world use color to manipulate your emotions – because it works.  Why shouldn’t you do the same, when you’re trying to create a certain impression? There are three ways in which…