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

 

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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

CHURCH SALES OFFER MORE THAN HAND-ME-DOWNS.

When I tried on the silver slippers, one of the ladies came over, “Are you going to buy these?” I looked at her feet. At that moment 3 other ladies walked in. It turned out that all 5 ladies came from Staten Island.
“Do you remember the Italian restaurant?”

CHURCH SALES OFFER MORE THAN HAND-ME-DOWNS

I spent the last weekend in a Bed & Breakfast in New Jersey. While driving around the area I saw a sign next to a church – ‘Our Thrift shop is open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.’ I stepped on the brakes and slowed down, then I remembered it was only Friday – what a pity. But after breakfast the next morning it was my first stop.
When I walked in at 10.30 there were two ladies looking around and chatting away. “Be careful not to trip, we are doing some work this morning, but they will be out of here soon,” the older lady minding the store warned.

                  “That is right we won’t be in your way for long,” the man hammering away said laughingly.
I started to look for the shoe rack because that is where I always start my search for bargains. The first pair I took of the shelf was size 9, so was the second, third and fourth pair – wow what luck – there must have been a generous person in the congregation who had the same size as me. Usually the ones I like are 7 or 6 and I have to pass them up. When I tried on the silver slippers, one of the ladies came over. “Are you going to buy these?”

           “I don’t know yet!” I answered
          “Well if you don’t I will.” I looked at her feet. She was wearing sneakers and her feet did not look narrow.   “They are very small in front! “I said
           “I see, but I have narrow feet, you know.” No I didn’t and I doubted it, but I handed them to her and she rushed away to sit down and try them on. At that moment 3 other ladies walked in. When one of them said to her friend, “You know when we lived in Staten Island – did you know I was born there?” ………..There was a cry of surprise and the lady holding the silver slipper said: ”I don’t believe it! You are from Staten Island too! Do you live here now? When did you come here?” It turned out that all 5 ladies came from Staten Island.
          “Do you remember the Italian restaurant?” “Sure we went every Saturday night; my husband knew the owner and he always treated us well.”
It was like a high school reunion, I enjoyed listening. They laughed and joked, remembering the good times back when. They also shopped and told each other what looked good and what didn’t. After about an hour they were ready to go.
          ”Let’s have lunch some where.”

          “What a good idea,” the others agreed.” 

           While they moved towards the door I asked my lady, “Did you buy the silver slippers?”
           “No, they were too narrow. I have a broad foot, you know!”
I knew! And watching them walk out I thought that having found new friends she did not need silver slippers anyway.

Hello – I hope you liked my post, please leave any comment, criticism, or – if you can add your OWN experience of CHURCH SALES to this I would love it.

See you next Monday – there will be a new post every Monday until then

BE WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

COMFORTABLE SHOES = HAPPY FEET

Buy your shoes in the afternoon. If you have shoes with an uncomfortably high heel, your local shoe repair shop can cut them down. Happy feet are healthy feet, but they can only be healthy when we treat them well; with respect, care and the right shoes!

COMFORTABLE SHOES = HAPPY FEET

You won’t believe – and I still don’t believe what happened to me this morning. I was putting on a pair of jeans which needed to be worn with high heels. So once I had the jeans on, I looked at my shoe rack to see which shoes to wear. They had to be comfortable because I was going to do quite a bit of walking. I slipped my left foot into an open toe, pink platform sandal, and the right one into one with a smaller heel, a little dressier in silver leather.
Obviously I did not make a decision then and there, because when I stepped out of the elevator, one foot felt different from the other, and wondering why, I looked down – and would you believe it I had a pink sandal on one and a silver one on the other foot.
But you don’t have to wear two different styles of shoes to be comfortable –here are a few tips on wearing the same shoe on both feet and have happy feet.

– Buy your shoes in the afternoon. If you buy them in the morning when your feet are rested they will feel tight when your feet swell during the day.
– Make sure you try both shoes on – our feet are a little different and a shoe can be comfortable on the right foot, but not on the left.
– Walk around the store for a few minutes, and try to find a spot without carpet (I don’t know if you are like me, but I have come home with shoes which felt comfortable while walking on the carpet, but once wearing them on the street, it was not the same).
– Never buy a pair that is a little tight thinking THEY WILL STRETCH – they don’t. I know it is very tempting to think so when you fall in love with a cute pair that will match your bag perfectly, but don’t give into that temptation. If you don’t believe me, look in your closet and I am sure you will find a few of those THEY WILL STRETCH ones, which didn’t and you never wear.
– However, when wearing any new shoe to soften them up a little put body lotion on your feet – it takes the stiffness out of them.
– If you have shoes with an uncomfortably high heel, your local shoe repair shop can cut them down. This has saved many of my sexy shoes, they are still sexy but don’t make me fall over anymore. Yes, there is a limit to how much they can cut, but sometimes a 1” or even ½” makes all the difference.
– Change your shoes half way through the day – it will prevent your feet to be in the same position for too long and relax them
Happy feet are healthy feet, but they can only be healthy when we treat them well; with respect, care and the right shoes — remember you will need them for a long time — no, not the shoes — your feet!

GIVE IT AWAY

Giving my clothes away I enjoy as much as buying them. Maybe you don’t believe me, but it is true. Just this week my housekeeper went home with 2 silk dresses, a pair of leather pants and two tops. It is such a relieve to see them go. It means I don’t have to deal with them anymore. They are gone. They are out of my life. I won’t have to worry about them anymore. Oh, yes I worry about my clothes, especially those I don’t wear much. There they hang and each time I see them I have a bad conscience for not wearing them.
So when Maria walked out with the shopping bag, I thought ‘good riddance.’ They had been eliminated when I put my winter wardrobe away and out came the summer candidates – when I saw them again, actually I had forgotten that I had them – I thought ‘Oh, not that dress again’ – and without further hesitation – like how much did I pay for it – how much wear did I get out of it, I took a shopping bag, folded them carefully and put them in. Yes, even when I say goodbye to my clothes I treat them with respect, and hope the next wearer does the same, but once they are in the bag I never look inside again. Why do I say that? Because I have known women who went through cleaning out their wardrobe with a professional, only to put back half of what was eliminated. I even put the shopping bag out of sight until I see the person I give it to.
I know that many women cannot easily let go of what has been part of their wardrobe for many, many years, but a friend of mine has a slogan, that might help, “If you don’t wear it, let somebody else enjoy it.”
Thinking that you are doing a good deed will make it easier to separate yourself from that lovely Burberry jacket you bought on sale three years ago, and never really wore because it was a little snug, but you could not resist the bargain at the time – what a Burberry blazer for only $99?
Our emotions and our clothes are very connected, and often get us all mixed up and confused. Has it happened to you that in the morning you put on a dress and not feeling right in it you decided that this is its last day, when somebody came along and said, “Oh that looks nice on you!” – Now what? A remark like that can really mess us up, because now we have to reconsider, rethink. Maybe I am wrong – and why don’t I like this dress – what is the matter with me. Well, when in doubt for any reason, just remember they are your clothes and you can do with them what you want, and only you know how you feel in them- and furthermore your clothes are there for you and not you for them.
For some people it is easier to get rid of a friend, than a 10 year old coat. Don’t forget that your clothes are an extension of you and the minute, you have doubts about an item, it is usually time to let it go, because if you loved it you would have no doubts. Clothes are a little bit like people when you get second thoughts or it takes too much tucking and pulling and trying to make it look right – it is time to let it go.

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Another sign of too much clutter are our friends the coat hangers. When we can’t find one to hang our new blouse on they tell us that our wardrobe is overcrowded, and that it is time to clean out, to give away those leftovers from days gone by.
And after the cleanup, the now empty hangers in our closet, which make a ringing, clicking sound when we come close to them, are really telling us, “IT IS ALRIGHT TO GO SHOPPING AGAIN!”