3 Very Veratile SS/19 “CLASSIC” Trends

I love trendy pieces that are also classics. Here are 3 examples and a few ways to wear them.

1. ANIMAL PRINT: We keep hearing it’s a jungle out there in the fashion world and for good reason. The legendary wardrobe classic is clawing it’s way into the season and in a good way! Bring out the old or go for new items adorned with the coveted Leopard print. If you previously snagged yourself a clutch or blouse, maybe go for a sneaker or sandal this time around to add to an all black look. Side note: MULES are a major look this season (TREND) as well and also a classic. Go for a pair in animal print and kill two birds with one stone!

 

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2.  LOW KEY UTILITY: The possibilities are endless with this classic that is hitting the fashion world by storm this season. Whether its a Military style jacket with huge boxy pockets, or simpler ones. High-rise cargo pants or bahama style cargo shorts, you can pair them all with so much. Basics, prints, sparkle, leather, denim jackets or vests that are cropped or oversized it all works!

My favorite retailer for this one is FASHION NOVA – due to Quality and a good price point. Comparable to Zara and Top Shop but with a sexier edge fit wise.

3. STRAW BAGS: Whether you are headed to roam the Tuscan vineyards in Italy this summer, headed to a garden party or simply out and about this classic comes in an array of shapes and sizes and wait for it…my favorite – ITS NEUTRAL! Yes so it goes with almost anything and everything. Alternatively you can go for color. Red, Pink etc. The tote style is most popular as it can also be used as a beach bag. I love the small circular rattan.

 

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Liz 💋

Ask Liz: Easy Pieces

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 Hi Liz! – I am a Nurse and live in SCRUBS most of the time. When I go out I have literally nothing to wear! I do not want to spend a lot of money on clothes because I don’t go out much. What do you recommend I do, or buy to be more prepared for any event? As soon as I walk into a store I feel bombarded and overwhelmed!!
 – Danielle, Costa Mesa, CA

 

 

Hi Danielle, thanks for writing in! This is a common issue I see among both men and women. That is why an interchangeable wardrobe is at the top of everyone shopping list. In your situation the solution is three magic words. “THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS” this classic staple has been coming to wardrobe rescues for decades and for good reason. Its highly versatile. They come in an array of styles to suite many tastes from the fashion forward, or simple dresser to the more conservative client. My favorite style is with a capped sleeve (or short sleeve pictured above) as it accentuates the shoulders nicely. It’s also more elegant and flattering to various body types. I like the respectable length being right above the knee as it makes it an easy go to for an occasion. Throw on a blingled out waist-defining belt and strappy heels for a dressier look or a cardigan and knee or ankle boot for a casual option. You can add a jean jacket or leather one with  sandals for a day event. If you want to convert it into a professional look throw on a blazer in any color with pumps and your good to go!

Liz 💋

Building a 10 Year Wardrobe: Where to Start

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A ten year wardrobe revolves around classics and staples. If you consider your personal style “trendy”, then switching to classic can be challenging (at first). Many find “classic” style to be boring but it doesn’t have to be. I consider my personal style to be classic, and when I do wear trendy pieces they are the “Classic” ones (See my post “The SS ‘19 Classic Trends” next Sunday March 24th). Here are my 3 top tips for building yourself a 10 year wardrobe.

 

1: BUILD AROUND YOUR BASICS

Many bypass the quality aspect when it comes to building your basics. They are what a canvas is to an artist, that’s how important they are. The main issue is when you go cheap in this department they become a revolving door of $$$$ wasted. I always recommend going for better quality basics that will last you 5-8 years or more. YES FOR REAL!  unless you tear or stain them off course.  I will go over my fave brands for a quality and timeless wardrobe (that don’t break the bank) in my SHOPPING GUIDE Sunday March 24th.

 

2. REBUILD WITH NEUTRALS

Neutrals are the golden child of any wardrobe because, why? Because they go with Everythang! This is how you start building yourself an interchangeable wardrobe. Which is what most of my clients want, is a wardrobe that easily goes from day to night. For eg., you can wear a cropped taupe blazer, a white bodysuit underneath and a black pencil skirt to the office, then go home and change the bottom half into skinny jeans and head out to dinner without batting an eyelash. The thing about neutrals (Taupes, Greys, Nudes, Navy, Black, White, Cream and even Olive) is they are easy on the eyes and transition well with various pieces. Especially animal prints, florals, camo, leather, denim and the eventual addition of more color etc.

 

3. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

My number one tip to clients in this area is!…Yes you can and no it doesn’t have to be costly if you don’t want it to be, it just requires smart shopping and planning. Know the brands you love that haven’t disappointed you and sign up for their emails. Bookmark the items that work for you, make sure these retailers have REFUND in their policy. Once their annual sales hit you go to your bookmark and load the cart. This way you score your favorites for 30%-70% less. Side note BLACK FRIDAY each year is one of the best weeks for epic deal grabs. As for the items you can’t wait for or that never go on sale just plan, save, ask for it for your birthday etc., just don’t surrender to the lesser quality version that you will end up tossing after one wash!

Liz 💋

 

 

 

Reworking Your Wardrobe: The Key To Effortless Dressing

 

Most have come to me with the notion that they have “no style”.  I disagree. I think everyone has style and an array of great outfits they didn’t know they had. I think whatever you feel good and comfortable in is STYLE. It’s organization that is the key and smart shopping off course but it all starts with your closet. Many just blindly shop for more without knowing what they already have. Wasting time, trust, money and ending up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. That’s when a closet rework needs to happen.

Here are my 5 EASY STEPS (now I said “easy” not QUICK, remember that 😉 to getting you on your way to effortless dressing.

1. Remove everything. I mean everything …your about to do your own inventory. Now depending on the size of your closet it can take anywhere from 4-8 hours or more. Bear in mind you may need to break up the process over a couple days.

2. Now you sort  and toss. Remove all items that you haven’t worn in the last 2-3 years, don’t worry about regretting it…because you won’t! You won’t ever wear those again and you know it . Remove items that are piled, faded, lost their shape or damaged (no matter how attached you are it’s time to move on lol) and prepare them for donation, trash or consignment.  You’ll notice a lot of what you toss are the same brands, note those in the mental file for later, cough…            As for the trendy items that may come back it’s up to you. Most trends have a cycle of 8+ years, stay for 2-3 some for a bit longer and on to the next. So by the time it’s IN again you may want the latest version/s.

3. Your closet is to look like a store. All hangers the same (Walmart has decent wood or white plastic ones in 10 packs and well priced). All your keeper pieces now go back in, however this time they are walking into a dream world. All colors aligned all garments in sections, all knits, shorts, athletic wear and basics folded.  Trousers, jeans , skirts, dresses, blouses, jackets, blazers, long items like cardigans and kimonos are now hanging and merchandised. Bags lined up on a shelf. And all footwear lined up by season and color.

4. Now you step back. You may have 50% less than before but it’s all worth it! You are now on your way to reinventing yourself, your wardrobe and your wallet.  The items you have left are what you build around.  You make a few outfits out of what you have or have someone help you and know exactly what you need or don’t when it’s time to shop.

5. Now you have the recipe and can shop for the ingredients, right?! The concept is similar to cooking.  So here is my final and most important tip. QUALITY over QUANTITY. Go for quality over quantity always. Your goal here is to build a 10+ year wardrobe or better yet — a timeless one.

See my post on “ Building a 10 Year Wardrobe: Where to Start. “

Liz 💋