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You Get What You Pay ForMarch 25th, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying “You get what you pay for” and we believe that definitely applies to your clothing.  Make no assumptions; there are exceptions to the rule, but more times than not this saying is true.  Have you ever really thought about the quality vs. quantity of your clothing?  Many of you hcolorsaven’t and it’s time to take notice.

This isn’t to say that you should spend outside your budget for clothing, but you should always buy the best quality you can afford.  Take note of quality details when shopping for clothing.  Look at the construction of the garment; are seams sewn securely and hems stitched tight?  There is nothing worse than stepping on a hem that has come undone while you’re wearing the pants.  Or pulling the stray thread on a top and the seam comes apart.  Both have happened to us which makes us more aware of what to look for. Other general construction items to pay attention to are:

  • buttons- make sure they are secure
  • seaming-make sure seams lay flat especially on blazers, jackets and fitted button down
  • blouses, lining-most blazers should be lined

Another major item to pay attention to is fabric and fabric care.  Will you really dry-clean that garment if you purchase it?  If not, don’t buy it, it’s that simple!  You need to care for the garment like the care label reads.  This is especially important with a few materials (modal comes to mind) if it is not washed correctly it will look worn-out after one washing.  Notice the fabric type, if the sweater sheds all over you in the dressing room it will do the same in your closet, car, etc.  Use fabric type and content to determine shrinkage and stretching too.

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Easy steps to Create Wardrobe CapsulesFebruary 26th, 2014

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Have you heard the term wardrobe capsules? It is a collection of essential items of clothing that will not go out of style (i.e. skirts, trousers, and coats, etc.) which can then be updated with seasonal pieces and categorized for your lifestyle needs.  The different capsules in your wardrobe will reflect who you are and how you spend your time.

Building your capsules begins with a few key steps. First you need to begin with the foundation of your wardrobe.  These are the building blocks that your capsules are based on:

1.  Your colors

2.  Your particular style

3.  Your body type

If you do not feel secure in knowing what colors suit you, how to dress your body and what styles work for you, use us as a resource.  That is what we do, so contact us and we can help.

So now that you know your basics, the next step is to take a look at your wardrobe and eliminate the items that do not work for you. If you are left only with a few items, that is okay! The bright side is you can go shopping for items that you really need in order to build your wardrobe.  And yes, we can help you with this as well!

A couple things we stress when shopping.

1. You must LOVE the item before purchasing.  Otherwise it may become one of those items hanging in your closet never to be worn with the tags still on.  Never a good use of money!

2. Always choose QUALITY over quantity.  It really does bring your cost per wear down when you have items that you can wear many times over, plus you need to see what you have in your closet!

Stay fabulous!

Must Have Winter Staple: CashmereJanuary 25th, 2014

cashmereAs the winter is getting colder and colder, dressing the part is definitely a no joke. Forget baggy sweatshirts or bulky sweaters; don’t let the bitter cold winter stop you from looking chic!  Consider a cashmere sweater; a remarkable piece that surely won’t score you the ugly sweater award at the holiday party.

A cashmere sweater is typically lightweight, very soft, thinner than most cotton or wool sweaters, yet extra warm. The price is definitely much more expensive than any other sweater because it is made from a fiber collected from the cashmere goat after winter. Cashmere goats naturally grow a layer of very fine hairs to withstand very low temperatures, so it is very warm.  Plus, it is a great investment piece that will last for years as long as you take care of it properly.

Nowadays, you can find cashmere beanies, gloves, scarves, and socks that will keep you toasty warm from head to toe.

Stay warm and stylish!

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Flowy Button Front Blouse – Get the Look RightJanuary 15th, 2014

Silk BlouseA  loose and flowy button up is a fun option to have in your wardrobe, but how do you wear it so it compliments your figure?  There a some key ways to ensure your look is spot-on when sporting a silky button front blouse:

  • The perfect silky blouse is loose, not at all tight, so make sure that when you purchase one of these blouses it does not pull or hug you too tight.
  • For a more professional look, tuck it in and pull it out a little bit so you have a subtle billow at the bottom.  Choose a pencil skirt, ankle pants or straight leg trousers to pair with it.  Since it is loose on top you want your bottoms to be tailored, not loose.  Keeping the bottoms tighter will be prevent a voluminous look that is unflattering.
  • For a casual vibe, do not tuck and add a shell or tank top underneath.  Leave the top half of the shirts buttons open, showing the layer underneath.  Wear with skinny jeans or straight leg jeans to keep the look flattering for your silhouette.
  • Accessorize with layers of longer necklaces or a shorter necklace that fits under the collar.  A structured bag will keep the look fresh!

The above Nexx Silk Blouse can be found at Nordstrom.

(c) 2014, Dulcet Style LLC

Tweak your Fashion with a Masculine TurnNovember 14th, 2013

Androgyny1Opposites attract, and many times the opposite of something makes the display look more attractive, such as men’s inspired clothing on women. This season it is a big trend so we see the work of many designers who are inspired by the menswear style.

Options such as blazers, vests, oxford shoes or loafers are in accordance with the androgyny trend. Masculine suits, ties, shirts, suspenders, and boyfriend jeans often identify a menswear style. But remember, appearing masculine does not mean that you can’t play with colors and patterns; you want to make sure to balance the look.

Let’s take a staple menswear item that is hot this season – the tuxedo jacket, and discuss how to mix and match this masculine piece and feminine style to look sleek, chic, and glam!

1.  Choose a classic white tuxedo jacket and add some drama. Play light by adding sweet accents like a brooch, or a floral scarf, or a statement necklace. Play up the effect by choosing slim fit pants.

2.  Another idea on how to incorporate a tuxedo jacket; wear it with a mini floral dress, or a girly blouse (ruffled or patterned) and a mini skirt for the best of both worlds.

3.   A final idea for a really fun night out, you can maintain a sleek look with the jacket, but choose shorts for a more dynamic vibe. Wear some classic items such as vintage earrings or a simple dainty necklace to keep that classy chic style.

Happy styling and don’t be scare to experiment!

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