9-12-16 THIS WEEK: Big Fall Preview (Part Two)

September 12, 2016, 3:59 pm by MSP

 

Fall is here...well, officially it starts September 22, but it is wardrobe planning season.  It's also week two (2) of the Big Fall Preview!

Get excited...really excited because it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather is just beginning to show signs of change, and before you know it...you will be wearing warm fuzzy sweaters again! 

 

This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall handbag trends, new shoe styles + trendy autumn colors...

Wear colors like: deep-mossy green (Lush Meadow), gray as your new neutral, adding lots of a deep red (Aurora) as well as other rich jewel tones, like amethyst and sapphire. 

 

Find out which trends you'll want to add this season... and how to wear them!

 

Before fall arrives, edit your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six months. Do it every spring and fall (twice a year) to keep your closet organized and ready for the next seasonal change. It's even better if you can edit/organize/declutter every 3 months (at the beginning of each season--spring, summer, fall, winter). The key to a better wardrobe is (are you ready?...wait for it)...a better closet organization! Knowing what's in your closet and being able to see everything, plus having only what you love and loving what you wear will move your style forward faster than anything else possibly could. Closet organization will also SAVE YOU MONEY! So, take the time now and edit your closet. You want in your closet only the things you are going to wear in the cooler months ahead. Make a list of fall basics you still need AND a list of the new fall trends you want to add this season-put this in your handbag.

A place for everything and everything in its place. You've probably heard this saying before and it certainly applies to closets and wardrobe planning. I believe we need to take more time taking care of the clothes we have invested in so they last longer. Buying the best quality wardrobe basics pays off in the long run. So does clear storage bins for organizing and keeping your belts, scarves, tights, winter socks, etc. visible. Remember: Keep like things together and visible.  

 

One of my favorite tips for organizing is using a valet hook.

Install a hook on the inside your closet door, or on the side wall (of your walk-in closet).

It's a great way to put together and hang your outfit for the next day!

 

Don't miss out! Get the latest on the fall trends for 2016! 

This week at MSP is part two (2) of the Big Fall Preview 2016~ Start planning your fall wardrobe today!

 

 

Learn how to dress for your body type and start your fall wardrobe today!

 

 


MSP's Weekly Style Mission 


This week’s Style Mission should you choose to accept it is...Wear a brooch

Brooches are oh-so fun! Wearing a colorful and/or sparkly brooch this week will get you lots of attention. Be prepared to start smiling as the compliments start rolling in. <grin>

Start with your brooch. Put together an outfit based solely on the brooch (or other accessory you’re haven’t worn in years) you are going to wear. I call it: dressing backwards. Instead of starting with your dress or pant and top then selecting the accessories, START with your accessory and build your outfit from there. This week's Style Mission is going to get your creative juices flowing!

Creative ways to wear a brooch. You can wear a brooch soooo many ways. Wear it on your denim jacket, perched up on your shoulder, or on a hat, at your bust on your LBD, pinned onto a neck-scarf, on your wrap top nipped at your waist, or even on your purse or headband. How are you going to wear your brooch this week?

Love, Leslie MSP

How about a brooch clipped onto a long bead necklace?

As you can see, I've done this in the past...


       

It's a fab DIY (do it yourself) project!

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF: Simply string on a brooch on a long bead (or pearl) necklace, or attach to necklaces together using a brooch!

     


What SYSters are Saying

 

Dear Leslie, 

I own several denim jackets that are fun and fit well. I am a body type A petite. I know that I am supposed to strive for a monochromatic look, but I don't want to wear a denim jacket with denim jeans in the same color (the dreaded denim tuxedo!)

I am a summer and I can't picture wearing a pink tee shirt with pink pants with a denim jacket over it in the wintertime! (If I could even find them!) Am I stuck wearing only navy, plum and gray??? 

HELP! Pat

 

MSP HERE: Dear Pat,

Denim jackets are a wonderful wardrobe basic for any woman's casual wardrobe! They look wonderful with colored denims and a fuzzy sweater in a fairly similar color (winter white, anyone?). Denim jackets are also good choices for wearing with your LBD (Little Basic Dress) as a way to dress them down!

 

Wear a dress!!!

You get a long "column" of one color under your denim jacket when you wear your LBD...

 

Monochromatic dressing is always a good choice for a petite woman because there is no color change between the top and the bottom (which creates a horizontal line in the middle of the body). With monochromatic (all one color) dressing the eye sees one long vertical line which makes you appear visually taller. When wearing all one color keep in mind the colors don't have to be exact (often a darker color on the bottom is best) and use TEXTURE to make your look more interesting! Also play up body parts you love (like your wrists or pretty smile) with accessories in pretty colors that bring attention to those areas.

I hope this helps give you ideas of how you can make this work for you!

Love, Leslie MSP

 

 

DEAR LESLIE,

I am in LOVE with your website! You are saving me from my frumpy old self, LOL! Can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to look wonderful again even though I’m over 40 and a bit fluffy! I guess you hear that often, sigh.

Anyways I do have a question for you. My dear friend recently gave me two really cute jackets. One looks really good on me and the other not so much. I’m not sure why one works and the other is not. Could it be because I’m a petite? I am still trying to understand all your body shape help along with being petite.
 

Thanks for all you do! Lissa

MSP HERE: Dear Lissa,

First of all you must dress for your body shape—it's paramount to helping you look your best. It’s the most important style rule. However, if you are petite you must take that into consideration too when dressing.


Please read my style guidelines for petites posted in your Personal Profile. If one jacket looks good and the other does not, it could be the jacket style is not right for your body type or because you are petite or BOTH.

One of the best jacket styles for a petite is one that has a taller stance. A jacket with 2-3 buttons makes a petite/shorter woman look taller. Look for jackets where the button (if buttoned) hits at the mid-chest area. Also, shorter jackets that stop at the high-hip area are better than longer jacket versions.
 

Hope this helps you discover why the one jacket is not your best. Sounds like this jacket is going into your ‘give away’ pile!
 

Love, Leslie MSP

Example of a ‘good’ jacket style for a petite…
 

Olivia Moon Knit Blazer (petite, misses-5 colors)

Dear Leslie,

I absolutely love accessories and think they are the key to a so so outfit and one with pop. I have been following you for a couple years and love all the great ideas. I get lots of compliments at work but more importantly I feel better about myself. This past week my son had a serious health issue and I spent seven days at the hospital. My relatives had to bring me clothes and were able to easily find me a simple long sleeve tee (hospital very cold) and a coordinating scarf. Though in the big picture I know my clothes don't really matter in these situations it still made me feel better looking nice with visitors, etc at hospital and it was so simple! Thanks for all the great tips - I look forward to checking my emails on mon and thurs.

Love, Kathy

Hi MSP,
 
I've been a member for a couple of years now and have seen my style gradually improve. But this summer I feel like I've turned a corner. I'm putting together outfits that make me look and feel great, I'm wearing items in multiple ways, I'm getting compliments on my style, and I've built a coordinated (but not large!!) spring/summer wardrobe that makes all of that possible.
 
One thing that has really helped was starting a "style file" -- in my case, just a simple table to list what I wear each day (including accessories) so I can look back and see which combinations I haven't worn in a while or which items I didn't wear last week...that way I don't put items together in the same way all the time and get bored. I also rate the outfits and sometimes add suggestions for how to improve an outfit next time I wear it.
 
Just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am that your fabulous lessons are finally sinking in!
 
Now to tackle fall/winter...LOL!
 

Siri