TIP OF THE DAY NO. 37 – A DRESS FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION

TIP NO. 37 – A DRESS FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION

When we receive an invitation to a wedding, a cocktail party, a formal dinner party — isn’t our first thought  ‘Oh what will I wear?

Our second concern it that we have to spend money unexpectedly, money that might not be in our budget at this time. What is the answer?   Thrift Shops!

We talked about thrift shops yesterday – and today I want to point out that besides all the other bargains you can find there, it is a very good place to find a dress for that special occasion – not being an everyday item there is usually a big choice, and they are always in good condition. because the previous owner probably only wore it once – and for the price you pay – $50 – $75 – you can afford to buy it for just one occassion too, without thinking what you will do with it later

As for the style, you can find dresses from the 1950s  – a style that is in again now – look at this photo –Brigitte 1950.jpg yes, it is a dress from the 1950s – and it is what everybody is wearing now – just remember  what you saw on the Red Carpet a few weeks ago – isn’t this what most actresses wore – a staples gown. So if you take your time and look carefully you will indeed find something up-do-date and suitable for your special occasion at a price you can afford  -even if it was not really in your budget.

See you tomorrow

                               Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

TIP NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

Shopping in thrift shops has become a sport – spurred on by the ambition to find the bargain of a lifetime. But to find that bargain you must know how to look, and what you are looking for – prepare yourself – you will need:

1. An idea of what is missing in your wardrobe – this is to avoid getting side tracked by things that don’t fit your lifestyle.

2. Know what is in fashion – even if you don’t follow the latest trends, knowing that full skirts are in will prevent you from buying an unfashionable tight one.

3. Plenty of time – thrift shops are packed with merchandise –  displayed either in heaps on tables or hanging on rags tightly packed, making it difficult to go through it quickly. You must have enough time to see what is there and to examine carefully what you buy.

4. Check it out – when you find an item you like check out its condition –  look under the arms and around the collar. There should be no sign of wear – also check for snags, pulled threads, spots, rips, and piling when it is knitwear.

5. Try it on – today most thrift shops have fitting rooms – use them – don’t come home with something that does not fit or suit you – remember there is no exchange.

6. Consider an alteration – if it is only a matter of shortening the length and/or the sleeves, and it fits otherwise, it will still be worse buying.

Once you have found a thrift shop you like, some are more pleasant than others, drop in whenever you have some time and check out what has come in – their merchandise changes daily and after all you don’t want to miss the bargain of a lifetime.

Happy Hunting – see you tomorrow

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TIP OF THE DAY – 21 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 21 – FINDING A MATCH

You might have items in your wardrobe which don’t have a mate.  Like that wonderful skirt you bought in a sale, but you don’t  have anything that really matches –  so it is hanging in your closet not serving its purpose — and when you try to find something that can go with it, it will be hard to remember the exact tone of beige, or without having the skirt, to know how a top you are looking at is the right shape  —- not too long, not too loose——not the right color!

The only way to get it right is to take the item you want to match  to the store, find what goes with it and try it on together. I know it is a bit of a nuisance, but the effort will reward you with a new outfit.

See you tomorrow

           scan0004-2                                Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 20 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

But by 11 am., even though we have done some work, we don’t feel so good. It is our subconscious telling us that we don’t  look as good as we did when we went out to work, and it is telling us so by making us feel uncomfortable. And when passing a mirror it gets even worse, looking at ourselves we might wonder -Who is that? And then with a deep sigh, our not so coiffed hair, or too large top is dismissed with – well nobody sees me anyway. You should stop and ask,” What do you mean? Am I nobody?”

Oh, I am not just preaching, I have been there and when one day, not by 11 am but by 2 pm I felt so bad that I thought I was sick. I took a shower, washed my hair, and put on a nice pair of pants with a fresh white blouse — I did not feel sick anymore, I felt well and alive. Since then I get dressed every morning, and even put on some make-up.

I don’t mean you have to wear your black suit around the house, but your jeans can be replaced by the slacks you have hanging in your closet. And you have other tops besides t-shirts and sweats. Of, course if you can’t miss the comfort of your sweats; buy nice ones, maybe a top with a zip in front, or a sweat or warm –up suit that matches.

My grandmother, who I admired for her down to earth wisdom, was always dressed and combed early in the morning. She used to say, “You never know who will be knocking at the door, and you don’t want to be embarrassed about how you look.”  You don’t either!

See you tomorrow

                                     Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 19 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 19 – Trust Your Own Judgement

Many women say: “But I don’t know what suits me.” I can tell you from experience that most women know what they like and that is usually what suits them best. Just ask yourself: Do I like it? Does it make me look good?”

I am certain that you know the answer if you take the time to look carefully at – and think  about  – what you are buying.

See you tomorrow

             scan0004-2                                Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO.17 – LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 17 – Look At Your Whole Silhouette

When trying on a dress, don’t look just at the garment — look at yourself. Does it do something for you? Does the color suit your complexion? Or is that beautiful print overpowering?

I recently watched a lady try on a dress that was very colorful. She loved it, but she looked only at the dress, never at her face. I asked her is she felt that the dress was flattering. Before answering she looked more carefully, and saw that the bright colors washed out her pale complexion.

You don’t buy a dress, or any other garment, because it is beautiful  but because it becomes you – BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER.

See you tomorrow

         scan0004-2                            Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO.16 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

Tip No. 16 – Don’t Buy The Latest Fashion Fads.

If you are on a budget, like most of us, your clothes have to last several seasons. The best investment, therefore, are conservative styles, simple styles. They will not look oudated next year or even the year after.

Simple, conservative styles are more versatile. You can change them into a different look with accessories. You will not get tired of a plain dress as quickly as you will of get tired of the print on this dress.

Carolina HerreraFebruary 2013 Town & Country
Carolina Herrera
February 2013
Town & Country

It is a beautiful dress, but you can only afford if your budget is unlimited.

If you want to follow the new fashion trends, do it with accessories – a belt, a  hat, shoes, or jewelry in the latest style.

See you tomorrow

       scan0004-2                            Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 13 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 13  Invest in your Wardrobe!

I am sure you have heard this before – buy quality not quantity – but we do forget and it is not really our fault. Manufacturers today can make things look so good that when something is new it really does look great,  but when it is washed only once it often looks, well poor, and has lost all its charm – to evaluate how good something is, just consider  how good can top really be for $19.95?

A girlfriend of mine said quite emphatically the other day, ” I am through buying these cheap t-shirts and tops. After the first wash I don’t recognize them anymore.” Has this happened to you?

Clothing, like many other things in our life, are an investment, when you buy quality it will reward you again and again, by making you feel good because you look good –  and  everybody can tell when you are wearing cashmere sweater!

See you tomorrow

         scan0004-2                 Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY – NO. 6 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO. 6  Buy the right size – you will say of course I do – but sometimes we fall in love with a dress or top because it is on sale, or it is sexy, or it is a Ralph Lauren, but it is a little small – thinking well I am going to lose those extra pounds, and then it will fit!’

Most of the time we don’t lose the extra pounds and we are stuck with something we can’t wear or we look like this!

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See you tomorrow

                             Brigitte                      

TIP OF THE DAY – NO.2 LOOKING GOOD AND DRESSING WELL

TIP NO 2 – DON’T BUY THE LABEL 

Most of us cannot afford to buy expensive labels like Ralph Lauren, Chanel, or Valentino – but we get very excited when we see a designer label on sale.  Hold your horses  – look past the label. Maybe it is there because it is an odd colour, a way out style, or an unbecoming print. Look at the garment, don’t let the label mislead you!

See you tomorrow

                scan0004-2                  Brigitte