3-6-17 THIS WEEK: MSP's Big Spring Preview-Part 1

March 6, 2017, 5:38 pm by MSP

 

Rejoice! Spring will be here soon!

It's time to spruce-up your wardrobe with this spring's top colors & trends!

 

Get prepared now...spring really is right around the corner! My local weather forecast (here, in the southern region of the U.S.) states this week's weather will be in the 70's all week! So, if you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, get excited with me and hang tight, because your snow will melt away very, very soon! 

I'm delighted to see spring fashions at my local stores. I'm even more excited at the first opportunity to start wearing them! I hope you’ve had a chance to take a peek inside your local shops. Which new colors, styles, and seasonal trends are you interested in adding into your wardrobe this spring?

Just seeing the new trends: sheer fabrics, soft muted tones, bright spring green and yellow, tells us it's time to PLAN our spring wardrobes

This last week, I've spent quite a bit of time researching (aka shopping) and it made me estatic to share with you all my favorite new spring colors and trends. GET this week's complete article (posting on Thursday in your MSP Personal Profile"The Big Spring Preview-Part One"...it's the "what-to-buy & how-to-wear it" guide for spring!

 

 


Of course we still have a couple of months of unpredictable weather; however NOW is the time to prepare for spring. Start today by clearing out your closet-clutter (since you aren't wearing it, get it out of there). Then whatever remains, look at each item, piece by piece and decide if it still deserves to be in your closet. Let this season be the one you finally have a decent core wardrobe. Use MSP's "Must-Have Basics List" in your Personal Profile body type membership to help guide you.

No need for a complete closet re-do! This spring, your wardrobe can quickly look fab by adding-in only a few key pieces (I'll tell you which ones!). Your wardrobe will look refreshed and renewed, by choosing from the list of my spring suggestions. Remember, this is a 2-week fashion special: MSP's Big Spring Preview (Part One this week, and Part Two next week).

Get this print-out style guide, "Big Spring Preview 2017" (part one)... What to have in your wardrobe this spring...and how to wear it. Everything you need to make this spring a stylish one!

 

Order your Personal Profile today and get MSP's Big Spring Preview (Part One & Part Two)!

 


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

It’s “anti procrastination” week at MissuSmartyPants!

 

That’s it. This week we put an end to the putting ourselves last or continually at the bottom of our “to do” list.

This week’s Style Mission is to get 'er done! Let's stop everything and make that hair appointment, or go and get measured for a new bra, take that makeup lesson you've always wanted, or have your eyebrows professionally shaped—or whatever else you have neglected for yourself.  (Even cleaning out your closet is a good thing to do NOW before spring arrives!)

Schedule some ME time on your calendar today!


This week, do ONE special thing that's just for you. And while you're at it, give yourself a hug for gettn' it done!


What SYSters are Saying

"I DID LAST WEEK'S STYLE MISSION...HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED..."

DEAR MSP:This morning it was a little cool outside.  After I dressed in this v-neck top, I grabbed a scarf to make the neck a little warmer!  A clerk in a store remarked that she liked the bright colors that looked cheerful.  Even my own family thought that I looked nice.  I enjoy adding a scarf to a plain top or dress to give an accent.  Thank you for your style ideas that are useful for all of us! Love, Judith


Dear MSP, Just have to tell you that the photos in the MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile style article are THE BEST EVER! Each one clearly showed exactly what you were describing. Made it so easy to understand the point that you were trying to make. Lots of AHA! moments for me. Thanks so much for your hard work to enable MSP members to Finally Figure out Fashion! :) SW

 

Dear Leslie,

Thank you for helping this 50-something, frugal, fashion-challenged woman to look and feel much better.  I had not properly shopped for clothing for many years, though I had a closet stuffed with cheap impulse purchases.  I recently lost weight and needed to update my wardrobe.  It was difficult to spend the money on quality items, but your advice guided me well.  Now my closet is not stuffed, my wardrobe consists of beautiful, high-quality basics, and I look and feel more polished.  It’s a real confidence booster.

I will probably never be a great shopper, but my advice for others who hesitate to spend is that you will get to a point where you feel you've covered the basics.  Now instead of trying to grab some bargain sweaters at store sales, I'm looking for a nice black blazer.  While there was an initial investment, there is also a very practical pay-off in being able to maintain an organized, versatile wardrobe and being able to pull together an attractive, appropriate outfit for any occasion. 

So my conclusions: Missus Smarty Pants made me feel frivolous at first, but no more.  And feeling younger and more confident?  Definitely YES and that is priceless!

Thanks, Cindy

 

Dear Leslie,

I love when you write about having a capsule wardrobe. It's a neat idea. But I do not think I can use it because I homeschool my kids, so you see there really is no reason for me to dress up. What else can I do to use this capsule idea? 

I appreciate you for sharing your style knowledge with us. By just making a few of the style recommendations for my body type I have received so many compliments out of the blue (from strangers and friends at my church). It really helps to dress better when you get out. 

Regards, Marly

 

"MSP's WARDROBE CAPSULE BASICS"

MSP HERE: Dear Marly and MSP SYSters,

I love hearing that you have made some flattering changes with your appearance since joining. That's what MSP is all about...practical style advice you can use!

I'm going to have to disagree with you about not 'dressing up' because you homeschool. Even when you are teaching (at home) it DOES matter what you wear. 

A capsule wardrobe is really a "mini-wardrobe" where items mix and match easily with each other. By putting together ‘capsules’ in your wardrobe, you will create “go-to” outfits. Of course, knowing ‘what to wear’ helps every woman become more stylish--while saving her money by not purchasing un-related items.

 


 

5 Steps to a Capsule Wardrobe:

1. Decide on a color theme. Use only 3-4 colors that mix, blend or complement each other.

2. Select a few key wardrobe items you love and want to wear. You will build outfits around these key items. It could be a bold colored basic top or even a colorful scarf.

3. Next, select your basic pieces that go with your ‘key’ items that you have chosen.

4. Pick out only 2 pairs of shoes. One should be a neutral, the other should be something in the main color theme. 

5. Choose your accessories--but don’t get carried too away! Select a few accessories that go with your color theme...one day handbag, a scarf, a necklace and bracelet...that’s it.

Hope this helps you re-think what you wear each day. And by no means am I suggesting you (or any woman, for that matter) needs to dress like a  'fashion plate'. 

We need to all simply find our own brand of style and feel good about what we are wearing. That's what style is really about--dressing like the confident woman you are!

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. For more of my (and other MSP SYSters) style ideas...check out the "Sassy SYSter Style" Pinterest pinboard.