1-23-17 THIS WEEK: 1 Item, 3 Ways

January 23, 2017, 4:21 pm by MSP


I had a dream...

As a young teenager and budding fashionista, I had this "crazy" idea of owning the never-ending closet. Back in my teen years, my closet was full of clothes. In fact, there were so many clothes in there, I found it hard to find anything to wear, and I couldn't even close the door! Regardless, my teenage dream was to own even more clothes.

I wanted a fantasy closet where I could simply walk into it, pull something out, and immediately look fabulous. As a teen, I tried to obtain this "never-ending" closet by spending every last dollar I had on the latest trendy clothes. For sure this would make me the envy of all my friends. But, in the end, did I have more style? No, I did not.


Yes, I had more clothes... more than most of my teen friends... but did I have MORE style?  No, not really. 


The "dream" of the "perfect" closet ended up more like a nightmare. What happened was I had more clothes (yes, they were pretty stylish) but I did not have MORE style! I had a lighter wallet because there was no money in it! My teenage dream of having fabulous style was squashed until I learned the correct way to build a stylish wardrobe. When I began college, my interest was in fashion merchandising. After taking a few fashion courses, I soon realized what true style was all about. True style meant building a core wardrobe, and then touching on the trends-not buying every trend. More clothes did not equal more style. 


I'm all grown up...and so is my style.

But, what's the best part? My closet is not jammed full of clothes!!!


My dream is now my reality! Today, feeling stylish is a reality for me. When I found out that it was not the addition of more clothes that made my style better; it was knowing HOW to put together stylish looks using a small core wardrobe. This information was a life-changer for me, as far as my style went. It was an "Aha" moment. I began to change how I looked at buying clothes and what I really needed in my closet. I became "picky" when it came to any new purchase. Finding out that less was actually more- if you had the right things was eye-opening. So, I weeded out clothes I never wore (many with tags still attached), set up a core wardrobe with what was left, combed through my shoes, my accessories, and concentrated on using each piece to build outfits. This gave me the idea to create the "rule" of "1 item, 3 ways".


In order to come into my closet, an article of clothing must be:

1. Something I need (it fills a gap)

2. I must be able to wear it at least three different ways

3. Something must go out-if something new goes in!

Whew! That's a lot of demands.


One of my favorite things is to wear one item three different ways. Nothing (and I mean nothing) deserves to be in my closet unless it can be worn at least three different ways. Of course, basic items should be able to be worn a lot more ways than just three ways. But everything else must also meet the "one item three ways" wearing criterion. 

This week all body type Personal Profiles will get "One Item Three Ways". See what I wear--three different ways!

I step in front of the camera for you. See photos of my outfits and the different ways I wear 1 item for 3 different looks. This week's article and the many stylish looks will inspire you!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week’s Style Mission: Clean out your handbag or switch it to another handbag.

Is your handbag starting to weigh you down? 
When is the last time you switched out your handbag?


FYI: Carrying a larger handbag can make you look 5 lbs slimmer! 

(Remember, just because you have a larger handbag...doesn't mean you need to fill it up)

Baggallini Multi-purpose Organizing Tote

Does your handbag quickly becoming a catch-all for receipts, pens, lipsticks, bottles of sanitizer, restaurant napkins, and everything in-between? DECLUTTER IT!

Need help organizing what's left in your handbag? Use the link to get this FREE DIY Purse Organizer Pattern!

Enjoy! Love, Leslie MSP

DIY Purse Organizer: http://www.thegivingflower.de/patterns/Purse_Organizer_Recipe18_11.pdf

Inauguration Style


It happens every four years. A chance to share the styles of our presidential inauguration.

(FYI: this is not a political post-it's purely fashion)



For the first ladies, the American designer, Ralph Lauren was their choice...





Below, off-white ball gowns are beautiful on all of these first ladies!






Beautiful winter-white coats were on display on inauguration day!






The first woman to chair a presidential campaign, Kellyanne Conway looks fabulous in her red ball gown,

but came up short (style wise) in this red-white-blue Gucci jacket...





Which styles were your favorites?

MSP's favorite was Melania Trump's robin egg blue Ralph Lauren coat, suede opera gloves, and shoes.




What SYSters Are Saying


DEAR MSP: I went out a bought myself a fabulous scarf that I love in my seasonal colors. It was expensive, but I kept remembering CPW, and know I will wear it a ton, and that makes it a great deal right there. Besides that, it makes me feel fabulous, and there's no price you can put on that, especially since I have not been feeling very good about my appearance lately. Great idea, Leslie. Thank you, thank you. -Alice


After purchasing the eBook today I'm wearing a different combo with my cool scarf!!! Thanks again, Jennifer


Dear Leslie,
i MUST tell you what yesterday happened to me.
My daughter ask me to accompany her to look for a outfit for a job-event.
At H&M (don't know, if this store is in america, too - i'm in germany ) i came across a simple little salt-and-pepper dress.
It was only 40 Euros and i could think of 3 different ways to wear it immediately.
Today i spent 2 hours in my closet to find different outfits with this dress. I found eleven opportunities and i am sure to find much more with one or two colourful tights. I think about orange and petrol. I am so excited about this, that i have to share it with you.
I wear dresses rarely, because i have varicose veins, but with opaque tights - no problem :-)
Thank you so much for your never-ending support and your encouragement to be myself.
Elke from Germany


MSP HERE: Dear Elke, 

Thanks for sharing. Yes, we do have H&M shops here in America. 

It makes me very happy to hear that you have gained style confidence since becoming a MSP SYSter. 

You have learned how to take the current trends and make them your own based on your body type and your own personal taste. Bravo! Job well done.

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. You're going to like this week's article about wearing one item at least three different ways.