9-21-20 THIS WEEK: Fall Closet Remix

September 21, 2020, 2:59 pm by MSP


Just when the season begins to show signs of change...along comes something new, fun and exciting! ... It's re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants! This is a BIG WEEK at MSP. 

Find out how to build stylish outfits using only 4 items. Yes, that's right. You will be able to create over a dozen different looks using only four pieces!

4 items equal 12 outfits! That's right, 4 = 12 outfits. That's my kind of math! These stylish looks are ones you'll surely to want to copy and wear. Learn how to maximize your wardrobe potential while saving money...plus, more importantly, learn how to be creative using just a few items from your closet!




Before you shop; work with what you've got. I'll show you how. By taking the same clothes you wear over and over, this week you'll get creative ideas to help you remix them into new looks. 

Give this a try. Give one of your "closet orphans" another chance. If it's a one of a kind type of item, pair it with solid basics. If it's an unusual color, pair it with a neutral color. By doing this, you will learn how much of what you already own can be worn in new ways. You will then begin to see how less really is more. 


In this week's article, you will learn the essence of what it takes to be stylish. In other words: how to use a few core pieces in many, many different ways. 

Love, Leslie MSP


“Remix Your Closet” will be posted this Thursday. Get access to it by ordering your MSP Personal Profile today!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Dear SYSters, 

This week's style mission seems appropriate since the weekly style topic is about "re-mixing" your wardrobe.

This week's style mission is to "mix it up"!

By organizing and going through your closet, you'll probably create quite a mess. But it's okay, don't worry. Why? Because by cleaning out your clutter, you will rediscover clothes and accessories you've probably forgotten about. This allows you to see what you have in a new light. You can now create some new combinations. Pick a garment, then select an accessory OR start with the accessory, then create an outfit just for it! 

Think out of the box. Mix fashion and expensive jewelry together for a unique look OR mix classic clothes with trendy accessories...you get the idea~


Why not layer several necklaces for a unique look?



STYLE TIP: Record your stylish outfits! Go old-school by using 3x5 notecards (and keep them in your Style File). Or, another option is to take photos using your phone. Keep track of looks you create and keep them in an Album on your phone. These outfits "cheat sheet" will help you put something together quickly on mornings when you are short on time.  

Love, Leslie MSP

Dear MissusSmartyPants...

Dear MissusSmartyPants,
I've been a subscriber since June, and I think I'm 'getting it'! The other day I tried dressing 'casual chic' with items already in my closet and while I may not have hit the bull’s-eye, at least I was on the board! I was at the mall today and for the first time in my life, I was consistently seeing how clothes can work together to create outfits! This is so exciting!

I was also raving about you to my friend, and I think she will sign up too! We're both new moms with kids under three, but we still want to look our best without spending a lot of money. For us, that means finding pieces that work multiple ways, and also are practical and comfortable since we're moving around a lot with the kids.

I do have a question: I live in a warmer climate and am struggling with layering for fall. In summer when it's 90 or 100 degrees I don't want to wear a jacket, sweater, or scarf, and most of the year it's over 80 degrees and I don't really want to layer then either! I'm an A profile which I guess means no thin strappy tank tops, so I feel like that limits my options. Do you have any advice for me and others in warmer climates?

Also, I would love to see a 'baby steps to MSP' similar to Flylady's babysteps. As someone who has had no fashion interest or sense for most of my life, it has been a bit overwhelming to try to figure out where to start. I purged my closet and found some great jeans that fit me well, but I'm not sure where to go from here to figure out my style or round out my wardrobe.

Sorry this is so long, but I have to also say thank you so much for what you do! I don't have the time to hunt down the fashion tips you provide in your e-mails, so if it weren't for you and FlyLady, I would probably still be in my maternity sweats and flip-flops several years from now! You have both helped me change my life for the better.

Thank you so much!
Please sign me: New Mom in Texas

MSP HERE: Dear New Mom in Texas,
I’m so happy to hear you are ‘getting it’. Style certainly does take some trial and error and we don’t get things ‘right’ every time, and that’s okay.
I believe that every morning when we decide what to wear, it is much more than just putting on clothes, it’s an opportunity to express who we are.
To answer your style question about dressing in a very warm climate, you are limited in your choices due to the heat. Instead of trying to wear scarves, lightweight jackets and such, it’s best to play up your style with COLOR. For example, look for ballet flats in bright colors, large rainbow striped totes, colorful bottoms or floral skirts. You get the idea: wearing less is more when the heat is on.
I do understand when you start a journey of improved style and begin dressing for your body type; it can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you use FlyLady’s philosophy of “one babystep at a time” you will begin to have “AHA” moments where understanding more about style makes sense.
4 tips to become more stylish:
1. Start with a closet purge. Remove what you are not wearing, so you can see what IS being worn (you are probably only wearing 20% of what’s in your closet).
2. Review the weekly shopping guides for your body type. This is the best way to help you understand which clothes flatter and balance your shape best (and why).
3. Read (and save for future reference) the weekly Style Articles. They will give you very specific style: like understanding the basics of body proportion, dressing an undefined waist, how to select the right shoe for what you are wearing, and more!
4. Use my List of Wardrobe Basics (posted in each Personal Profile) to help you build your list of essentials every woman should have. There are lots of great style tips listed there to help you as well.
Please enjoy your style journey because this is something every woman needs to do for herself. Remember: it’s not about the destination, but the journey itself.
Love, Leslie MSP