Posts Categorized: tutorial

Reader Request: Moving from Casual to Business Casual

change style from casual to business casual

Jenn threw this one into the Suggestion Box:

I would love some tips and ideas for transitioning into wearing business casual and more heels/pumps/dressier shoes. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 2 decades – and most of my “dressing up” has been for church or military functions. On a daily basis, I normally wear casual clothes – because doing errands, cleaning, volunteering, and taking care of my children (6!) requires casual (but no pj’s or yoga pants allowed – my rule).

However, I am starting my master’s in education and will be student teaching and teaching for real soon – all which require business casual every day! How do I make the transition without feeling overdressed? Especially in the southwest, where super casual is the norm (seriously – people wear shorts to the opera and theater here!)? I love to wear heels/pumps, but I always feel overdressed… read more

Originally posted 2012-11-09 06:12:48.

Reader Request: Styling High Waists

How to wear high waist skirts and how to wear high waist pants

Laura e-mailed me this request:

I think it would be great if you could write about the high-waist trend (i.e. what types of tops to wear to balance a high waisted skirt, how to balance high waisted pants). I just can’t seem to figure it out without it looking strange, and I assume others feel the same way. I guess hip huggers have just been in style too long!

Since high-waisted bottoms bring the perceived waistline upward, each woman will need to consider how that impacts her proportions. Women with larger busts and long or short torsos may find that high waistlines emphasize these features. Some will love that, some will hate it, some will be neutral … but it’s worth noting. High waists also mean that a defined break in your outfit hits higher on your body than usual, which means that shoulder span, hairstyle, and jewelry should be considered. All three are going to be closer than usual to your waistband, so giant shoulders, hair, or jewels may feel like too much. read more

Originally posted 2012-09-07 06:25:57.

How to Make the Most of Your Wardrobe

how to shop your closet

I offered closet consultations and personal shopping services for nearly eight years. Know how many clients hired me to do personal shopping only? Less than 20. Know why? Because I insisted on doing the closet consult first, and every single closet consult client I’ve worked with has finished up with more than a dozen complete outfits, many of which incorporate underutilized pieces, closet orphans, and long-forgotten items. I adore shopping, and my personal shopping excursions were a BLAST. But I believe quite firmly that before you buy anything new, you should be certain you’re making the most of your existing wardrobe. read more

Originally posted 2012-10-18 06:18:13.