20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #16 & # 17

Hello Everyone

          Since we are still in the midst of sales, sales, sales —-everywhere! our next step is to avoid the temptations marked  ‘Reduced.’

#16 BEWARE OF SALES

          Of course you can find a bargain in a sale……but only if you are an experienced shopper.

          During sales more mistakes are made than any other time. Remember, it doesn’t matter how pretty a dress is, if you have no use for it………. IT’S NO BARGAIN. Say you find a lovely dress reduced to $80 from $400 (Who can resist a bargain like that? Not many of us) but if you have no occasion in the near future to wear it, it will just hang in your closet — and when months later you are invited and wonder what to wear, you remember the dress you bought a while ago. Getting it out of your wardrobe, probably still with the tag on it, you might ask yourself the following questions:

-Do I still like the dress?

-Is it still in style?

– Do I still feel that it is a new dress? (having seen it in my closet for months).

          Whatever the answer, you will probably wear the dress because you have it. Wouldn’t it be better to buy a nice dress NOW? – A dress that will fit your mood and the occasion? Nothing lifts your spirits more than wearing a brand new dress — don’t let a bargain spoil your fun.

          Sales are great when you can find an item that you need and can wear —-NOW!

#17 SPEND MORE MONEY ON

Coats

-Suits

-Accessories

These items should cost more than other things in your wardrobe. You will wear a coat or a suit longer than other thing. Spending more means better quality. Better quality means that you will look better and project a positive image.

          Accessories should not be cheap – a good scarf can always make a simple, inexpensive dress look good, but never the other way around.

More on accessories next week  — until then

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

KNEES AND THIGHS ARE DISAPPEARING AGAIN

Hello Everyone

          I know it is not Monday, when I usually write to you, but this is too important not to share with you right away.

          This morning when I picked up my copy of the Women’s Wear Daily and looked at the front page, my heart made a little jump. The model, who always shows the latest fashion, was wearing a skirt covering her knees by 2″ to 3″ – what bliss – was my reaction.

         Bliss for whom you might ask? For all the women who are not 20 any more – for all the women who don’t have long, perfect legs – for all the women who did not want to be seen with half their dress missing – and  for all the women who did not know how to sit down in a micro-mini skirt.

          It looks like common sense has returned – hems are getting lower.  For those of us who were not part of the short, shorter, shortest – craze, the new length – over the knee – will makes us feel very fashionable, and comfortable again.

          In case you are not yet aware of the new trend, it won’t be long before you will see in stores and magazines.

         Until next time

        STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST (in a longer skirt)

Image from WWD August 25, 2010

20 STEPS TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #14 & #15

Hello Everyone

          Today it is back to basics, namely to the next steps helping you to have the right clothes in your wardrobe.

           #14 NEVER BUY A GARMENT A LITTLE TIGHT

            You might think that you will lose weight in the near future, but remember how many times you didn’t or it took longer than you thought it would. Seeing this purchase in your wardrobe will frustrate you every time you see it hanging in your closet. First, and most importantly, because it reminds you of not having lost the weight, and second because you bought a garment you can’t wear, or if you do you might look like this.

          Even a size 7 woman looks fat in a tight garment. Better to buy things a bit larger. I can assure you that you won’t look bigger but slimmer in a slightly looser garment.

         #15 BUY THE RIGHT SIZE

         The right size is what fits you.  If you are a size 10 don’t hesitate to try on a size 12. Today sizes are not true to what we once knew. In order for manufacturers to save money they often cut their garments on the small side, or they patterns are designed differently. In one brand you might wear a size 10 and in another a size 12. Better merchandise is often cut  more generously than cheap clothes.

         So don’t insists that your are a size 8. Instead try a larger or sometimes smaller size – IF IT FITS – IT’S YOUR SIZE.

         Hoping that you will find well-fitting bargains this week when you go shopping 

         Until next time

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

WHO INVENTED THE FLIP-FLOPS?

 Hello Everyone!

          I am interrupting my 20 Steps again, because there is something I want to bring to your attention while it is still summer. Yes, it has to do with feet again. You must think I have a foot fetish. Maybe a little bit, or at least,  a shoe fetish. So what I am talking about today is the health of your feet, and the look of your feet.

                                          WHO INVENTED THE FLIP FLOPS?

                                                                    

                        Whoever it was should get a medal for inventing such a comfortable style of shoe and should be condemned for making women give into wearing just a sole and two straps in the name of comfort for any occasion.

                        When walking into my building this week I was following a lady who was about 60 years old. She wore a black and white skirt with a pretty black top. ’That looks nice I thought.’ When we reached the elevator we had to wait for it, and that’s when I looked down at her feet. What do you think I saw? Yes, a pair of white flip-flops made of cheap white rubber. Her pale feet, looked even whiter and very naked, like she was not wearing any shoes at all.

          According to the files she was carrying under her arm, she was either going or coming from work – maybe a real estate agent? I was ready to ask her what she was thinking when she put on those shoes. Probably she wasn’t thinking – or just wanted to be comfortable, but I curved my impulse and minded my own business.

            When the elevator came she walked in with great determination, and asked: “What is your floor?” “12” I said. She was going to 34.

            Hoping that her client was not as sensitive to flip-flops as I, I left the elevator, and wished her ‘A Good Day.’ But if her client did not think that flip-flops are a business attire, she was in trouble. A piety, because from her well cut grey hair down to her ankles, everything was perfect.

            The excuse ‘ I want to be comfortable’ or I have to walk a lot today, is not valid, because this year the choices of comfortable, nice shoes are endless – open, closed, with a little heel, with no heel, anyway you want it – it is out there. So let’s enjoy the choices we have and leave those flip-flops for where they belong, the beach or in a garden,

          But if you insist on wearing them do what I saw a young lady do the other day. She stepped out of an elevator in one of the big office buildings and put down her attaché case, She took her high-heeled shoes off and exchanged them for a pair of flip-flops, which came out of another bag she was carrying. After putting her high heels away, she was walking quickly and in great comfort out of the building. By doing this she had not compromised her image, and not sacrificed her comfort.

            But we have not found out yet who has invented flip-flops?

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This is hard to say. Many people have claimed they did, and some even had their models patented. In many developing countries flip-flops are the cheapest footwear available, often less than a $1 and are made of recycled tires.

In New Zealand the woven soled Japanese Zori was worn in 1930. And their popularity increased when the Australian swimming team wore them during the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956. So they have been around a long time and certainly come a long way – all the way to the white house. When the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team was honored by President Bush on July 19, 2005, four of the women were wearing flip-flops – but there the protocol of the White House drew the line, and these women were criticized for not knowing better.  But the popularity of flip-flops has not suffered. On the contrary. They have never been as popular as now – we see them in restaurants, in theaters in the offices, just anywhere.

          But if you don’t agree with my views on the elegance and appropriateness of flip-flops, may I leave you with some facts on what they do to your feet? Wearing them for a long period of time and walking in them for a long time, will result in sore feet, ankles and legs. These are the findings of a study conducted by  the Auburn University in 2008. And the lack of support for your ankles can also create other foot problems.

            So now there are two reasons for wearing flip-flops with discretion – one, not to hurt your feet, and the other is not to let them spoil your image where it counts.

            So until next week

            BE WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

 

 

Scource of pictures WIKIPEDIA

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE # 12 AND #13

            Hello Everyone

            Has the heat kept you out of the stores the last few weeks? I know the worst thing to do , when we are all hot and sweaty is to try on a pair of pants, or anything else. But while you might be waiting for the cooler weather to take advantage of the sales, we can learn a little more on how to avoid a mistake.

            # 12 BUY OUTFITS OR SEPARATES THAT GO TOGETHER.

            Do not buy only a skirt or only a top. (Exception: if you are buying a piece to match something you already have.) Often a top and bottom are designed to be worn together. But when you buy only one piece you might never find a match. If you cannot afford a whole outfit or two matching pieces, discipline yourself to wait and save until you have money to buy what goes together.

          #13. TAKE TO THE STORE WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND A MATCH FOR.

          When you want to find a blouse for your new gray suit, wear it to the store and try the blouse with it. Or if you need a skirt to wear with your cream-colored shirt, take the shirt and put it on when trying the skirt you’re consider buying. This way you can avoid coming home with a blouse that doesn’t fit the style of your jacket, or a skirt that looks wrong with the cream-colored blouse.

           No, don’t be hard on yourself by thinking you should know. After all, it is difficult to remember colors exactly or to see what styles go together unless you see them in front of you. I remember a customer of mine, who each time we went through her wardrobe, brought out a skirt she had fallen in love some years back. Whenever I hinted that it was time to let it go, since she had not found a match in last 4 years, she answered: “Don’t worry, one day I will.” and so we hang it back. But eventually, I don’t remember if it was year five or six, she greeted me by saying, “This skirt is really starting to frustrate me, let’s just get rid of it.”

            So, don’t let a skirt frustrate you, just make sure he has a mate when you buy it.

Until next time

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

         

A GOOD REASON TO SHOP YOUR OWN CLOSET

   Hello Everyone

          I am interrupting my 20 Steps to tell you about a new arrival in  department and chain stores – BEDBUGS. They are no longer only in beds, they have come a long way, they are now living in stores. We have to fear meeting them in sweaters or, yes, underwear. Victoria Secret encountered a problem. Of course, they took immediate action to solve it. And Abercrombie & Fitch closed one of their stores for two days, and many other retailers are trying to nip the problem in the bud by taking preventive measures.

       I must admit my heart goes out to these retailers. They have not asked or done anything to deserve the visit of bedbugs. I remember a time when they were in beds. I even remember that when I was a child, to the horror of my mother, we found some in our beds. And I don’t remember an exterminate coming, but I can still see my mother turning our beds over and under every morning and evening to find them – and then they were gone!

          Well, that was then, and this  is now. Now bedbugs have found new ways to attack us. I am not squeamish, but I would not like to worry about having a visitor in the seams of my new bra. So what is there to do? To tell you the truth, I don’t know!  Maybe I will wait to go shopping again until this problem has been solved and the stores give us the green light!

          In the meantime, let’s look at our wardrobes and maybe by putting things together differently we can live with what we have until the coast is clear.

         Of course, if you don’t live in New York City, and the bedbugs have not come to your town, this will not throw a curve ball into your shopping spree.  But for the unfortunate women of Manhattan, we have to be patient. Instead of inviting bedbugs into our home by going shopping – let’s wait.

         I will continue with the 20 Steps next week

         Until then

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #8 & 9.

Hi Everybody

Here are two more tips on how to buy what suits YOU BEST:

#8 LOOK AT YOUR WHOLE SILHOUETTE.

          When trying on a dress, or any other garment, — look at yourself. Does it do something for you? Does the color suit your complexion. Or is that beautiful print overpowering?

           I once 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 if she felt that the dress did something for her. Before answering she looked more carefully at herself, and saw that the bright colors washed out her pale complexion.

          You don’t buy a dress because it is beautiful, but because it becomes you –  because it makes you look better.

# 9. BUY THE SAME ITEM IN DIFFERENT COLORS.

          When you find a blouse, top or anything else that suits and fits you well, or a pair of pants that fit like a dream, think about buying more than one, in different colors. Nobody will notice that your white shirt and your forest green shirt are the same. This applies also to shoes and underwear – but make sure they really suit you and make you feel good.

Until next week

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #5, 6 and 7.

Hello Everyone

Have you had time to make your list since last week? Do you know what you need to add to your wardrobe?  —- Well, then let’s go shopping!

Here are the next three steps how not to have a another mistake join those hanging in your wardrobe.

#5. BUY BETTER QUALITY CLOTHES.

         You can’t afford them? YES, you can! How? By buying LESS. The advantages of buying better merchandise are:

          – It is cheaper because it lasts longer

          You feel better in a well-made garment

          It does not lose its shape, regardless of how long you have it

          It fits better

          Most important,  you will present a better image and feel better.

#6 NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITHOUT TRYING IT ON

            I know it is a nuisance to try things on – in the winter we don’t feel like getting undressed, and in the summer we feel hot and sometimes sticky — but even if you are a medium and the T-shirt you are looking at is marked medium, try it on. It could be cut small, and you really need a large. Or the style may not look as good on you as you had expected. If you have no time to try on, DON’T BUY IT.

            Of course, I know that you can ‘always bring it back’, but remember, it is time consuming to go back to the store – and should you not have the time to bring it back, you have spent your money on a garment you don’t wear – so please try on what you consider buying. You will be happy you did! It will save you time and money.

# 7. DON’T JUDGE A GARMENT ON THE HANGER

                                                            

          The look of a dress on a hanger should not influence you. It might look drab hanging there but stunning on you. Or it might be beautiful on the hanger, but not on you. Remember, try it on.

 Until the next time

 STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEP HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE- # 3 & 4

Hello Everyone!

A week has passed and I hope you have had time to look at your wardrobe?

I had an email from a lady who told me that she had over 30 pairs of jeans, and did nor know what to do. Some dated back to her college days. She thought that jeans never wear out and saw no reason to eliminate any.

No, they don’t wear out, but their style changes, and after many times of being washed, their fit changes too. So, when all was said and done she had 6 pairs left. She is happy with those 6 pairs because, after trying on all her jeans, she is sure that these are the ones that fit well and are not out of style.

Now to this week’s tips, which are:

3. MAKE A LIST OF THE THINGS YOU NEED

No, not want! NEED! – like a new pair of basic black pants, or a  pair of  light summer pants or a pretty top to go with those jeans you have salvaged from the clean-out.

When you have made your list in writing, put it in your purse and keep it with you. It is important to have it with you all the time because you might not be able to buy everything on your list at once – and who can? This way you won’t forget what you need and you will refrain from buying that adorable sweater that won’t go with anything you own – it will also keep impulse buyers in check.

4. DON’T ONLY BUY THE LATEST FASHION OR FASHION FADS.

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

Furthermore, simple styles are more versatile. You can change them into a different look with accessories. You will not get tired of a simple (Little) black dress as quickly as you will of a trendy red one.

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

Until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST.

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #1 & 2

“Hello Everyone!” today we are going to look at the first two,  of the 20 most common mistakes women make when it comes to their wardrobes – and let me start with a story about my friend Wendy.

She couldn’t wait to show her friend Linda the beautiful top she had bought on sale that morning. She rushed home to change before Linda arrived. Once at home, Wendy quickly unwrapped her purchase, cut the labels, and changed into her new blouse. Admiringly she looked at herself – but what about those pants? They really didn’t go with this blouse. Frantically she went through her wardrobe looking for a skirt or a pair of pants that would match. After several tries Wendy had to admit that she had nothing to match her new top. Disappointed, she took it off. She felt depressed. This wasn’t the first time she had bought something that she couldn’t wear with anything in her wardrobe. And worse yet: for many items she had never found the right match. These garments, filling up her wardrobe, made her feel helpless. With all the clothes she had, she always felt that she had nothing to wear.

Wendy was not alone. Most of us have a lot in our closets. Yet how many times do we stand there helplessly wondering what to wear. And many women believe that if they had more money their problems would be solved. NOT SO! Money alone is not the answer to your wardrobe problems.

But don’t despair. These costly and depressing mistakes can be avoided. How???

By planning your wardrobe and by developing good shopping habits.

Let us start with planning your wardrobe, and the first step is:

1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSETS.

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

–         Does this still suit me?

–         Do I still like it?

–         Do I still need it?

To answer these questions – of course, it helps to have a friend, or wardrobe consultant to do it with you, but alone or with somebody, the next step is:

2. TRY ON ANY GARMENT YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT.

Do you still feel good in the plaid skirt you bought two years ago? If the answer is yes – keep it. If the answer is no, there must be someone who could use it

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, and of course you must keep in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order and I will give you some time to do it, before going on to the next step – and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

Please let me know how you are doing – bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next Monday

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST