8-19-19 THIS WEEK: Fall Preview-Part 2

August 19, 2019, 2:10 pm by MSP


Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 23, but it is wardrobe planning season...and that's pretty awesome.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview!

Get excited, 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 fuzzy sweaters, boots and tights again! 


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


Find out which trends you'll want to add this season!


Before you buy-EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six months. Clean out and declutter your closet at least twice a year (every spring and fall) to keep it 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)... better closet organization! Knowing what's in your closet (being able to see everything) plus having only what you love and loving what you wear; moves your style forward better than anything else possibly could. My dear SYSters, it's all about closet organization. It will also SAVE YOU MONEY! So, take time now and edit your closet. You want to group together the things you are going to wear in the cooler months ahead. Make a list of fall basics you still are missing, and make a list of the new fall trends you want to add-put this complete list 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 concentrate more on caring for the clothes we have invested in so they last longer. By buying the best quality basics we can, it will pay off in time by fewer purchases. Using clear clear storage bins for organizing and keeping your belts, scarves, tights, winter socks, etc. keeps our accessories out of the way and visible. Remember: Keep like things together and keep everything visible.  


One of my favorite organizing tips is to use a valet hook.

It helps me to put together (the night before) my outfit for the next day!


Don't miss out! Get the latest on the fall trends for 2019! 

This week at MSP is part two (2) of the Fall Preview 2019~ 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 and so highly under utilized! Wearing a colorful, or sparkly brooch 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


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

"Petites should wear monochromatic outfits?"

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??? 



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


"What are the best jackets for petites?"


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…


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