9-14-20 THIS WEEK: Fall Preview-part 2

September 14, 2020, 8:39 am by MSP


It's week two of the Fall Preview!

The weather will soon show signs of changing (cooler mornings and evenings). Plan your fall wardrobe now. Before you know it...you'll be wearing fuzzy sweaters again! 


Break out the pumpkin spiced latte! 

...it's fall, y'all!!!! (at least in the style world)


Start rotating your wardrobe. 

I recommend a wardrobe edit every six months. Every spring and every fall to keep your closet organized for the current season, and prepare it for the next. It's even better if you can edit/organize/declutter your closet every 3 months (at the beginning of each season--spring, summer, fall, winter). The key to better style is...(are you ready for it?) an organized closet! 

Knowing what's in your closet and being able to see everything helps tremendously. By ONLY having what you love, and loving what you wear, your style moves forward. Get the clutter out...then work with what's left. 

Also, don't forget better closet organization SAVES YOU MONEY! So, take the time now (at the beginning of the season) and figure out what you have in your closet that you are going to wear in the cooler months ahead. Make a list of what you need in the way of basics for fall, and make a list of new fall trends you might want to try as well.

A place for everything and everything in its place. You've probably heard this saying before. It certainly applies to closets and wardrobe planning. I believe we need to take more time caring for the clothes we already own, so they last longer. Cheap clothes quickly become disposable; making them more expensive (due to the need of constant replacement). Buy the best quality basics you can afford and it will save you money in the long run. 

3 Closet rotation tips for fall:

1. Use clear storage bins for organizing/storing belts, scarves, tights, winter socks, etc. 

2. Keep like things grouped together and visible

3. Use closet hooks


A hook inside your closet (or on a side wall) is perfect for hanging tomorrow's outfit!


Don't miss out! This week: Part Two (2) of the Fall Preview~ The complete list of the latest fall trends & colors!

Dress for your body type & start planning your fall wardrobe!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission 

This week... get out of your comfort zone!!! How? By wearing a new accessory. 

For example, if you never wear scarves; wear one (if it's still hot outside, tie a colorful one on your handbag instead). Necklaces aren’t normally your "thing"? Wear one. You get the idea. Jump right in...try something new and see how wonderful life feels OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.


It's so comfy inside your oh-so familar comfort zone. But that can be BORING!!!

Hey...guess what? The real fun or magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone! 

Explore new ways of wearing accessories. Soon you'll feel confident and wear them on a regular basis. Your style moves forward when you make exciting changes..so go for it!
Love, Leslie MSP

What SYSters are Saying

I've been a member for a couple of years now and have seen my style gradually improve. But this summer I feel like I've turned a corner. I'm putting together outfits that make me look and feel great, I'm wearing items in multiple ways, I'm getting compliments on my style, and I've built a coordinated (but not large!!) spring/summer wardrobe that makes all of that possible.
One thing that has really helped was starting a "style file" -- in my case, just a simple table to list what I wear each day (including accessories) so I can look back and see which combinations I haven't worn in a while or which items I didn't wear last week...that way I don't put items together in the same way all the time and get bored. I also rate the outfits and sometimes add suggestions for how to improve an outfit next time I wear it.
Just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am that your fabulous lessons are sinking in!
Now to tackle fall/winter...LOL!



Dear Leslie, 

I own several denim jackets that are fun and fit well. I am a 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


"Am I petite???"


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 your body shape help along with being petite.

Thanks for all you do! Lissa


First of all you must dress for your body shape—it's paramount to looking 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…