5-1-17 THIS WEEK: Wardrobe Simplicity

May 1, 2017, 1:56 pm by MSP


Life can get complicated. After reading this article 11 Easy Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life I realized I often made my own life more difficult than neccessary. Do you find you do this too?

For example, I recently "volunteered" for something I didn't want to. Instead of saying "no" right away, I got talked into spending my time doing something my heart was not into. The reality is, when you don't feel passionate about something, you should pass right away-and not let others talk you into it. Let someone else volunteer. Sharing your time and talent with others only comes from the heart when you are truly passionate. There are plenty of things I'm passionate about; so this reminder to say "no" right away means I'll free my time to do the things I really love!
Lesson learned-stop making life more difficult than it needs to be-instead simplify. Simplify things you have some control over. For example, you control what you wear, how you keep your house, your finances, what you eat. Taking care to keep as many aspects of your life as you can simple.  

How functional is your closet? Can you rely on your clothes to create an outfit when you need to dress for a specific occasion, or do you always go shopping for something more? Can you go into your closet and easily create something fabulous-even when short on time? Too often, we don't have what we really need in our closet. The answer to most dressing dilemmas starts by actually simplifying our wardrobe. That's right. A better wardrobe starts with fewer pieces.

TRUTH: Up to 80% of what’s in our closet never gets worn on a regular basis. So, every morning we scan over 80% of the items as we hunt for something to wear. So many clothes, yet still nothing to wear. The funny thing is, most women will say they love what they buy—but hate what’s in their closets. How can this be? It happens because most women (Americans in particular) over-buy and purchase most of their clothing last minute, and on impulse. 

This week at MSP...build a better wardrobe. You will learn the right organization techniques and the “must-haves” for every woman's closet. This new "less is more" dressing philosophy will save you time and money. An organized closet will bring you peace and will re-energize your spirit like nothing else! 

~Your closet is NOT a dumping ground—it’s your special place for your clothes, shoes and accessories" ~MissusSmartyPants.

The hardest part is letting go of clothes you think you might need. I get it. You find it hard to declutter because some things are still good and you paid good money for them. Remember what FlyLady says, “You can’t organize clutter”. It’s time to let go of clothes that are past their prime—trust me you won’t look good in them by the time you are that “perfect” weight again. And when “some day” does finally come around--you won’t want to wear those outdated things—you’ll want something new and current.

Perhaps you won't have much left after you declutter...but soon you will reap the rewards of knowing exactly what’s in your closet! This means everything you have will been worn and loved. It’s about "wardrobe simplicity" and you are going to love it! Less is more--and stylish at the same time!!!




Finally clean out your closet for good-be more with less!  Let go. Let go of the clutter and find your style! In all five Personal Profiles, tips to "edit" your closet and how to PLAN outfits with what's left. Grab your 'can-do' attitude! Together we’ll make it fun. Let's do this: build a small and awesome wardrobe!

Love, Leslie MSP

Start the season with a simplified closet. Order your MSP Personal Profile today!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Take a "green" approach to your laundry. This week try hanging your laundry outside to dry (or use an indoor drying rack to air dry). Give your dryer a break all week long. Can you do it?

Being green shrinks your energy footprint. By not using your energy-zapping (and heat producing) clothes dryer, you will save $ while getting a fresh outdoor scent to your clothes. (The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that an electric clothes dryer accounts for almost six percent of a household’s annual electricity consumption.That may not sound like a lot, but consider how many items in your household uses electricity. If you average $100 a month for your electric bill, your clothes dryer accounts for $72 per year. That’s almost another month of electricity for your home.)

 Less dryer exposure means your clothes will last longer!

Clothes STIFF from air drying? If so, it means you are using too much laundry detergent (detergent is so concentrated nowadays)! *TIP: Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to wash before the rinse cycle begins. This will keep your towels and jeans from becoming stiff from line-drying. Don't worry...the vinegar smell will disappear before the clothes dry!

Use these 3 tips to hang your clothes out correctly: 

1. Shake and smooth out the wrinkles, shirts should be buttoned up and hung UPSIDE DOWN by the hemline (prevents hanger marks at the shoulders). 

2. Turn dark clothes inside out so the sunlight does not bleach them (or again, hang them indoors). 

3. Use very little, or even better, use NO fabric softener because its what builds up in the fibers and makes your clothing and towels SMELL over time!

Love, Leslie MSP


What SYSters are Saying

Dear Missus Smarty Pants,

I cannot believe the compliments coming my way.  I am 62 years old and about 30 pounds overweight, but people are frequently saying “you look sassy,” “you looked very pretty at our meeting,” “have you lost weight?”  I haven’t received these kinds of remarks since I was 40.  And they’re coming from my colleagues and friends who are 30 years younger than I am!

What a difference proper fit, style, proportion and color make.  Systers, I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but NEVER believe that style is irrelevant. People will listen to you and pay attention to your message when you are pleasant to look at.  Why not make an effort to look good? 

It costs very little but a little time, and it’s time very well spent. Thank you, thank you, Leslie for your knowledge and generous sharing of your skills.
Best regards and all my thanks, Carol L.


Dressing is so much easier now that I know MY colors!


Thanks for offering the Seasonal Color ID. I am happy to know I’m definitely a winter -- I thought about all the times I had worn tops that got lots of compliments, and they were all times when I was wearing the winter colors!  

Now I have to purge my closet of all those colors that don’t make me feel like a million bucks!  I printed out the winter color chart on a piece of photo paper, cut it out and laminated it --- it is now the PERFECT size to keep in my wallet and take with me when I go shopping!  I love it!

Thanks for all your help! Gina


Dear Mrs. Smarty Pants,

I knew I needed a change since I wasn't feeling 100% professional with my dressing habits at work and at home. Truthfully, my style has never quite been seen fully - I'm very shy, want clothes that are comfortable, easy to handle/wear/wash, and usually accepted hand-me-downs and/or hand-me-ups from family/sisters/friends. My style hadn't changed much since middle school, through high school, college, and grad school. I had been in educational environments for so long as a student I didn't quite know how to put everything together for the professional world...low on funds, not having much space to put things, and not clear what styles looked right on me.

In all my seeking support for how to get organized, I stumbled upon FLYlady which then led me to Mrs. Smarty Pants. I kept note of petite do's and don'ts and started picturing different combos that you have shared. It took me awhile to turn the ideas into action...felt very self conscious when I did, but then I started getting complements at work and I thought, "I can do this!".

I will never forget the first time I bought a dress online and showed it to my fiance. It's a simple, neutral color 3/4 length sleeve dress that could be dressed up or down, I paired it with black leggings and black boots...and asked him how it looked. He gave me the BIGGEST HUG and said "That's the girl I knew was in there!" He didn't even know about MSP yet!! Since then, I've grown more confident in the colors and styles that I enjoy, look pleasing on me, and I'm not afraid of going to the tailor any more. Another amazing thing is that all of my clothes, my sister's clothes, and most of my fiance's clothes fit nicely in my one-bedroom apartment with some multi-purpose furniture. It all fits and looks nice - NEVER would have been possible a year and a half ago! You don't need more, you need things you love and fit well.

Thank you, Mrs. Smarty Pants, for being a voice of fashion and reason. I am feeling more confident about myself and my style as I prepare to embark on a new chapter in my life - marrying my fiance and expanding our lives together.

~Anna in MD


Dear MSP

I was one of those gals who looked upon others who were so stylish with envy.  I never believed I could be one of them.  I often tried to emulate their style and of course came up short much of the time.  One woman – a friend – I really admire, but her shape and coloring are completely different from mine.  When I tried to dress like her of course it didn’t work!  While I still admire her style, I now realize that I wouldn’t be caught dead in her clothes (LOL)!  I spent a lot of money on impulse purchases-just to wear the clothes once (if at all!).  I had a closet packed with clothes and never had anything to wear!
It’s been a long journey for me.  I’ve made a few fashion mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and I think I’ve developed a unique style that works for me.  I have even lost a lot of weight!  It’s funny how we get stuck in that – “I’ll wait until I lose weight to buy clothes” rut.  Every woman at every size is beautiful.  I am a perfect example of the case where I decided to look good at the size I was at and somehow – because I felt good about myself – started to lose weight!!  It really works in reverse of how we think it will work!  Try it ladies!
Anyway, I had an AHA moment a few weeks ago that made me realize just how much my life has changed because of MSP.  I work at a rather conservative bank that has a pretty strict dress code.  I often have to visit our branches and/or attend meetings.  I was at one of our branches when I received compliments on my outfit (I was wearing a dress – something that did not happen much pre-MSP).  One woman (who can be rather snippy and snide) made the comment that I was just dressed up because I had a meeting.  Well, pre-MSP, that might’ve been the case.  I often “dressed up” or wore an outfit I felt good in because I had a meeting (I’ve been known to even go out and buy a new outfit if it was a really important meeting – LOL!).  That is, when I remembered to check my calendar!!  I would often go to meetings feeling frumpy and sometimes that makes a person sort of cower in the corner and hope no one notices them!  When this woman made this not-so-nice comment, I thought to myself “No, I would’ve worn this outfit even if I didn’t have a meeting!”  Now, I feel good in all my clothes!  And, I am always meeting-ready!
Thank you MSP!
Susan J