7-29-19 THIS WEEK: What to Buy Now for Fall

July 20, 2019, 10:50 am by MSP


What to Buy Now for Fall

Seriously, why am mentioning fall right now? Yeah, I know it's hard to believe I just mentioned the fall season when it's so hot outside. Even though it will continue to be warm for at least another month, or so; now is the BEST time to plan your wardrobe for the upcoming season. Even Nordstrom knows this and offers new fall items at their Anniversary Sale through August 4th.

Last week I received an email from a twenty-something SYSter excited about new fall fashions. She wants to know what she should buy now for fall?

This young mom is planning ahead and getting anxious about the new styles she might wear when the weather cools. One of the things she said that I thought was so savvy is: "I know I need to purge before I splurge". I love this...and she's right. Take the time now and edit out what is not being worn, so you will be able to make sense of what's left in your closet. You can then begin planning your basic fall wardrobe. To recap, start with a closet purge, then use this week's "what to buy now" list (coming to the membership pages this Thursday). This simple plan will help you work your current wardrobe all the way into the fall season.

This MSP SYSter has a limited budget (but then, don't we all) and requested my suggestions for planning a good core wardrobe for fall (on a budget). SYSter(s) your prayers are being answered! Every basic (many essentials from summer) you can wear all the way into fall.


This week...get the list of what to buy NOW for fall!

Nordstrom Nic + Zoe Wonderstretch Slim Leg (petite, misses)


No thick fuzzy sweaters, just yet...

Even though the temperatures are still soaring...start planning your fall wardrobe today. Analyze your current wardrobe now so you can decide what you'll need for fall. Slowly, you can begin filling in those gaps with a few select pieces. Advanced planning means LESS money spent because you will have taken the time to weigh your needs vs. impulse buy (where you always end up spending more).


A few select fall pieces purchased now helps you spread out your wardrobe budget. 

The best part, however, is most of what you buy for fall can be worn right NOW! 


Fall bargains are hiding on the sales racks! Look carefully on the summer clearance racks; you'll find lots of basic items in deeper colors (perfect for fall are: teal, rust, deep red, peacock blue, chocolate brown, mustard) you can wear these items now (with white) and as the weather cools (with deeper neutrals).

First things first. Get in your closet! Decide what you love and what you are still missing and need (core wardrobe essentials). Take this list of wardrobe needs and put it in your handbag so you'll have it while shopping the summer sales. Now, go through the purge pile of items you no longer wear. Take a moment and examine WHY you no longer wear theses items. Doing this can help you avoid making this same mistake again. Remove your purged items immediately so you can begin to move your style forward from summer into fall.

What to buy now. Get the complete list this Thursday. Most items are lightweight interchangeable pieces. Select them in deeper, rich colors so you can wear them now and into fall. Keep in mind, even summer tops and tanks can be layered when the weather cools. As early fall arrives, you will find the fluctuating temperatures makes these light layers your best option. Fall mornings start out cool, but by mid-day you heat up (yes, I know it's super-hot right now...but remember those cooler mornings??? Soon, they'll be here again.)


Find out this week... what to buy now for your wardrobe. Order your MSP Personal Profile today!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week's Style Mission is to invest in ONE basic wardrobe piece (not 2 or 3, or replace half of your wardrobe). That's right, calm down. Take baby steps. Purchase only ONE quality wardrobe essential you really, really need. 

Since 70% of a woman's wardrobe should be basics, invest in just one piece to keep your wardrobe up-to-date. Think about what you still really need. Look at your wardrobe list and see what's still missing. Do you need a new pair of straight-legged pants, or boot-cut jeans, or perhaps a classic blazer? (Check "Wardrobe Basics" in your Personal Profile and see what is recommended.)

Take advantage of the awesome summer sales. Check the clearance racks for whatever basic piece you are looking for...but remember: keep your blinders on (don't get side-tracked) get only that one item you really need! 

Love, Leslie MSP

Wardrobe looking a little dull? 

Add this colorful classic for instant style!

Talbots Open-Front Cardigan (petite, misses, plus)


What SYSters are Saying

Dear Leslie,

I was wallowing in trying to camouflage extra poundage, lamenting the days in the late 1980s when I used to wear very put together power suits, when I came across MSP on FlyLady. Wow! What a difference! I still am dealing with the weight issue but I don't look like I rolled out of bed, as my Mom would say, anymore.

Thanks, Leslie, for helping me spend my well-earned dollars to look like a million! I now enjoy shopping because I know exactly what I need. What a great feeling to look in my closet and be ready for anything! Historianww2


MSP HERE: Dear MSP SYSter, You are welcome. You have discovered that dressing for today (extra "poundage" and all) makes you the beauty that you truly are! Have fun with your style, because you deserve it! Love, Leslie MSP


EMOTIONAL STORY BELOW...."I am slowly accepting my body for the way it is..."

Dear SYSters,

Below is an email I received that saddens me. But then again, it's the main reason WHY I created MissusSmartyPants.com in the first place. I wanted to offer affordable style help to all women. If women can gain back their style confidence they once had, then they can truly love the woman that they are today.

After reading this email I sat and thought about it for awhile. Why does this happen? Why do some women live for years feeling "style-less" and lacking in self-confidence? What happens? There are no clear cut answers and every one is a bit different...but I guess the best answer is: life happens. Sometimes we are just so busy with everything and everyone else we think it's selfish to do anything for us. We get lost in the mix of life.

As we get older we should actually feel more confident in our own skin--not hate our bodies. This has got to stop! I'm on a mission to do everything in my power to help women gain confidence through dressing! A better image will help any woman feel better about herself.

Fortunately, this woman (in the email below) has worked through the pain and past hurts and is now taking her life from this day forward. Please, if you are struggling with low self-esteem and belittling your own body, you too can turn this negative pattern around...one baby step at a time.

It's time to be best friends with our bodies, and ourselves...from there we can love others more deeply.

Love, Leslie MSP


Dear Leslie,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I am in purple puddles as I write and tell you how you have helped me. I started with a 3 month trial membership and I renewed it for a 12 month membership because your service is so invaluable and worth every penny!!!

I am now slowly accepting my body for the way it is. This idea has completely changed how I think about myself. Since my style has improved so much, I look years younger and everyone tells me how great I look. I would never thought this possible a few years ago.

Unfortunately I found out about you too late. I have been divorced for about a year now. I don't think I would be divorced if I had known about your service a couple of years ago. It is sad, but true!

You see I had become one of those women who lost touch with who I was and a lot suffered because of it.  At the time my twin girls were living in a chaotic home without routines and I was a mess.

I stopped taking care of myself, left my hair uncut and wore a headband everyday. What did I wear? Anything loose to "hide" the extra pounds I never lost after my girls were born. I wore handed down clothes or a few of my maternity clothes even though I was no longer pregnant. When I see old pictures of me with my girls I can't believe I looked so awful and I tear up.

I told myself I would lose the weight but never really tried. It seemed wasteful to buy new clothes if I couldn't lose the weight. Of course I set myself up for something that would never happen. I didn't feel worthy enough for some thing new and I think this depressed me more.

Looking back it is no wonder my husband no longer found me desirable. I was repulsed by my own body. I shut him out emotionally and I used excuses to keep him away. I didn't feel good about myself and it showed in every part of my life.

I had spiraled down from a confident good looking woman that he had married to a woman who was lost and unhappy. I was a mom with a short temper and constantly argued with my former husband.

I think my first "aha" moment came when I attended an office party with my husband. I walked in and right away I felt out of place. What made me feel bad was seeing the women who worked at the office look nice compared to me.  They cared about themselves and it was obvious I didn't. I could see how my husband found coming home to me (disorganized and unhappy) not a pleasant thing. Our marriage didn't work out.

I have been in counseling for some time and I'm finding out loving yourself is the center of it all. I have come so far since my divorce. I think I am a better woman now even though it was the hardest thing I have ever faced. Can you believe that?

It doesn't matter how women finally see the light, but they should use whatever motivational tools (like you) so they can learn to love themselves.  

MSP has been part of my healing process and I do love myself enough now to work on taking care of my body, being there for my twin dd's, and reclaim my life back. I appreciate this life the good Lord has given me.

Sorry this was long but thank you again for helping me to become a better woman and FLY again! 

Fondly, Carole


Dear Leslie,

Thanks for offering such a useful service! I am not only learning about style, but having fun too.

I know you give us wardrobe help each week but I also need more help with my appearance. I want to get my hairstyled and my eyebrows groomed (they are dark and kind of bushy). I tried to tweeze my eyebrows but it makes me sneeze! Any suggestions would be appreciated. 

Thanks so much, LouAnna

MSP HERE: Dear LouAnna,

This happens to lots of ladies!

TIP: When you tweeze your brows you are triggering your trigeminal nerve between your brow and nose. To help minimize this reaction try pressing down on your arch with your finger as you shape. Also, only tweeze right after a shower when the hairs are softer. 

Hope that helps! 

Love, Leslie MSP