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What Kind of Shopper Are You?

By | style
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Wondering why it would even matter? I believe the more you know about yourself, what you like and don’t like, what you’re willing to spend, how far you’re willing to travel to shop, etc, helps take some of the stress out of getting dressed.
Here are a few examples:

When I’m clothes shopping for myself, convenience and price are big factors. But even more important, I know that I get bored wearing the same pieces over and over. Therefore, a structured Capsule Wardrobe feels too restrictive for my personality. I enjoy clothing variety, like having 30 casual dresses to choose from at any given time, but hey, that’s just me. And since I’m not independently wealthy, along with being short and curvy (not always easy to fit), I choose to shop at stores like TJ Maxx, Target, Old Navy, Ross etc, where I feel I get a lot of bang for my buck.  I also take great care of my clothes and can get 3 – 5 years out of them.  My somewhat – splurges are on shoes and jeans. I need the shoes to be as comfy as possible, and I don’t mind spending more on a great pair of jeans due to the cost per wear factor.  If I spend $85 on a pair of jeans and wear them 2 x week for 2 years, my cost per each wear is $0.41. That works for me.

My sister Val (with impeccable funky-classic style and who happens to be much older than me 😉 is totally different.  Her wardrobe is smaller, more expensive, and she doesn’t like to wear things for more than about 2 years.  Val shops mostly at Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and occasionally Ann Taylor. She also loves shopping online at HauteLook (beware – this site can be addictive! Haa), with the added convenience of returning no-go’s back to Nordstrom Rack.  Val has a knack for finding beautiful, expensive-looking pieces at incredible prices.  Her admitted splurges are on good boots, Cashmere sweaters and the occasional use of Trunk Club, because when you and your hubby are big-time foodies living in the DC Metro area, you gotta look and feel great when you’re checking out all those fabulous restaurants!

Maybe you’ve been told, or maybe you’ve read in fashion magazines that you should shop a certain way.  HHHmmmm, I can guarantee you if I tried to shop like Val, or she tried to shop like me; it wouldn’t work for either of us, because it’s not us.

Maybe you’re a shopper who’s somewhere in the middle.  Maybe like my friend Patricia, you get the majority of your wardrobe from eclectic boutiques, or Glenna, who finds fabulous clothes from QVC. Maybe you’re a lovely, fun combo of all of the above like my friend Suz. The beauty of it is you get to decide what works best for you.  And when you know and do what’s best for you, it, as my friend Stacey says, “Makes shopping so much more fun, enjoyable and easy.”

Quick Fixes for Common Fashion Emergencies

By | style

First things first, if you have an upcoming important meeting, event, speaking engagement or similar, I would highly recommend having a backup outfit, including shoes, at hand in the event of a major fashion emergency. But if you don’t, here are a few ‘quick fix’ solutions that can be kept in your purse, car or desk, and they’ll help you cruise through your day, rather than having your day ruined.

*Get the lint off

Ever been to a restaurant with white cloth napkins only to realize your dark colored clothes are then covered in white lint?  Easy solution, keep a small lint roller handy. If you don’t have one, roll scotch tape around your hand and pat your clothes to remove the lint. Simplygoodstuff.com has a washable mini-lint roller for about $3.00

 *Flyaway hair

What to do if your hair is a bit askew? If you have hand lotion handy, apply a small amount to your hands and then run your hands over the flyaway area.  In a pinch, this will help to weigh your hair down for a while. Want to be more proactive? Check out the anti-frizz/flyaway hair sheets by Redkin, Pacifica and Nunzio Saviano on Amazon. 

*Wrinkled clothes

A wrinkle releaser spray won’t give you the same starched effect that a steamer or an iron will, but it’s a great alternative when you’re on the go. Downey makes a travel-size wrinkle release spray.

*Stains

I’m not saying these will make your spaghetti sauce-stained white blouse look like new, but Shout Wipes can be pretty darn effective. Baby wipes do a decent job on some stains too.  In either case, give the stain a gentle rub before it has time to set.

*Fallen Hems, Shirt Gaping, Slipping Bra Straps, Plunging Necklines

Temporarily fix all these fashion mishaps with two musts for your Fashion Emergency Kit – double sided/stick tape and safety pins!

*That inconvenient pantyhose run

Make sure you stash clear nail polish in your kit and then dab both ends of the run with the polish. Pull it away from your skin and let it dry.

 Throw these items into a small zipper bag and keep them in your car or purse, or have one for each place. Don’t feel like making your own emergency kit? You can find pre-made purse size kits like Hollywood’s Fashion Secrets Style Emergency kit for around $10.

Summer Essentials + A Few You May Not Have Thought Of

By | style
Summer’s heat and humidity are right around the corner. Are you prepared with the essentials to help you breeze through the season? No? Al-rightly then, let’s remedy that situation with the aid of FAB and The Style File Side Bar in the current Harford’s Heart.
Fab is feeling cool and unencumbered in her lightweight, cotton-rayon, relaxed fit dress, Dona Bela Shred Scarf  (one of her bestie’s/Patsy gave her for her Birthday) and comfy Rockport wedges. Instead of lugging around a heavy bag that falls off her shoulder, Fab opted for a small cross-body purse. She topped off her stump-head with a cute hat to keep the sun out of her eyes, that is if she had them.  Anywhoo, Fab is ready for a day of carefree fun.
And now, for those Summer Essentials You May Not Have Thought Of….

Shine Time – Nettie’s Story

By | Shine Time

Wow, check out Nettie Owens – Sappari Solutions.  If you’ve ever been to one of her presentations or workshops, you know she’s grace in action. She has a commanding, yet unassuming manner. She’s also the kind of client I dream about because she makes a hugely positive difference in the lives and businesses she touches.

This is what she does: Nettie works with entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations to reach their biggest goals through accountability and productivity.

She’s a nationally recognized organizing, accountability, and productivity expert. Her methodologies are brain-based and backed by science. She has written the book on creating an environment that supports who you are, what you do and where you would like to go. It is her mission to help others to clear the path to their potential.

Nettie recently hired me for the second time in 2 years to help her achieve 3 new style goals.

Nettie’s three style goals:
1) Clothing to align with the target market she is trying to reach
2) More outfits/options for her many work videos
3) Clothing for speaking engagements

Before we did anything else, and to help Nettie achieve those goals, I asked her what she wanted to project (style intention) to herself, her clients and the world, with the aid of her wardrobe (see video below for her answer). I believe if we want to feel great in our authentic style, we must answer those questions first, and then make sure our wardrobe works in harmony with our intention.

What we did: Since we wanted Nettie’s outfits to be as flattering as possible, we determined her color palette with a Casual Color Snapshot (she’s Vivid, in case you’re wondering).

Next, we did a closet – edit refresh since it had been 2 years since our last edit. Doing so helped us not repeat any purchases, as well as say bye-bye to those items no longer making the cut.

Lastly, we went shopping…. and had a blast as you can see from the shopping excursion pictures, but I’ll let Nettie tell you more about that in the video.

I knew Nettie had achieved her style goals when I saw the picture (first at top of page) of her speaking to approximately 100 people at a conference in Dallas two weeks ago. My graceful, mild-mannered – yet commanding, bad-a$s friend is oozing stylish confidence. You go Nettie Owens.

Wendy
xoxo

“I had so much fun with Wendy Wright-The Wright Fit yesterday. Totally revamped my wardrobe and I feel great! I don’t love to shop but Wendy made it easy and now I have a closet full of clothes that look great on me and I can easily mix and match.”
Nettie Owens

Simple Solutions for 2 Common Style Challenges

By | body types

In the last few years I’ve moved away from ‘body typing’ with my clients, to simply showing them easy solutions to their self proclaimed style challenges. Doing so feels much less restrictive than following all of the so-called rules for individual body-types.

 Case in point: the rules for my body-type would have me emphasize my waist and avoid skinny or tapered jeans. Well guess what? Very often I don’t emphasize my waist, and I often do wear skinny jeans! Why? Because (a) I know how to tweak my ‘rule-breaking’ outfits to feel great in them, and (b) it gives me more style choices.

You see, balance can be created with a few simple style adjustments such as: when I wear skinny or tapered jeans, I usually wear a small heel to give me a bit more height, and to lengthen my leg line.  And if I decide to bypass my waist/tummy, I make sure the top, tunic or dress skims my torso and that it’s not too baggy.

 Like me, Charma’s self-proclaimed style challenge is her hips/thighs. But when your clothes work for you, you forget all that and get on with your day. 

Notice how the slight flare at the bottom of her dark-wash jeans creates a more proportioned, long and lean look. Also, the tan leather jacket sits at the top of her hip bone, again creating a longer leg line. And not to be outdone by those killer jeans, Charma’s whimsical scarf and knit hat bring the attention to her beautiful smile and away from her challenge area.


Conventional style wisdom says that Stacey should wear boot-cut or wide-leg jeans to offset her upper body (and she does look fantastic in them), but being the rule -breaker that she is, she shows us why they’re meant to be broken.

 Stacey’s great-fitting, cranberry top skims nicely over her tummy, her self-proclaimed style challenge, thus creating a streamlined and slimming effect. Her army green jacket adds a flattering, structured layer, while also creating a waist with the strategically placed pocket flaps. Her booties add height, lengthening her legs, and by wearing a funky, layered necklace, all eyes are focused on Stace’s pretty face!

How simple was that?

If you fight with your body-type and it always wins, maybe it’s time to accept it, work with it, and out-smart it a little bit. These simple tips will help you do just that!

Need more help with your style challenges? Please consider The Wright Fit’s Closet Edit. It’s the perfect scenario in which to address those challenges. And guess what? We’re running a March SPECIAL: receive a FREE Casual Color Snapshot ($19 value) with the purchase of a Closet Edit ($125 Harford County). Special must be purchased by March 29, 2019.