2-13-23 THIS WEEK: Don't Buy a Thing

February 13, 2023, 3:22 pm by MSP


Buy something new and you can't help but feel a pinch in your wallet. What's a SYSter to do when money is tight; yet a new season will soon be here? I'm glad you asked, because this week I have a few answers to looking stylish AND saving money. Actually, there are seven (7) things you can do to increase your style without buying a thing!

We all want to look our best, feel our best, and live our best life. A big part of feeling good, is to feel good with what you are wearing. There is nothing better than knowing your style looks up-to-date and yet, is still age appropriate.


This week: "Up Your Style" without spending a dime!


YES! Your style will come together without buying a thing. Use these 7 dressing strategies to look your best; while keeping your wallet closed.


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission 

Pull out your pearls!

Successfully mixing pearls into your wardrobe means you know when to mix  them with classic clothes AND when to contrast them with casual trendy styles. Pearl necklaces don’t have to be a single strand either. Look for multi-strand necklaces, colored pearls, as well as super-long lengths (so you can tie them in a knot like Coco Chanel did).

Watch out, because pearls can add years to your look when worn with “serious” tailored clothing. However, they can add a “youthful” sparkle (don't we all want more sparkle?) when worn with casual jeans and fun separates.


Wear your pearls this week.

Get creative and wear your pearls with a casual outfit!


Even a pearl brooch (below) is used to gather a jacket (or a shirt) at the waist would be lovely...

As a fashion stylist, I’ve been asked how to wear pearls so they don't look matronly. 

Here are my 3 favorite ways to wear pearls:

With A Sheath Dress...
When the day calls for classic, you can't go wrong with pearls and a sheath dress. But, that can be a bit boring, so add a twist with a bright-colored fitted jacket or sweater over the top.  Finish your look with a sassy d’orsay pumps. Bam...you are totally rocking style "awesome-ness"!

With A Button-Down Shirt...
For a structured look, pair your pearl necklace with a button-down shirt. It’s a timeless classic that keeps your look believable, especially on the job. Complete this look with this great new pencil skirt and spectator pumps.

With A Print Blouse...
For something a little more casual, wear your necklace layered with a colorful paisley top and a cardigan. Floral prints are all the rage this spring and are great at hiding an undefined waist too. Add a white pant or skirt and bright solid tote to finish off the look.

Girls 'n pearls this week...Yes, it's going to be a stylish week.

Love, Leslie MSP

Dear MissusSmartyPants

Dear MSP - Love your service. I don't panic when I have a business trip or an event to dress for. I now have fewer clothes in my closet, but I dress better. Amazing!

2 questions: 1 What is your thought on dressing in a fashion Uniform like Vera Wang or Carolina Herrera? Recent articles on the topic emphasize that this reduces stress by eliminating a decision and can convey self confidence. 2. I haven't seen you shop J Jill...any reason? Kindly, Lisa



Dear Lisa, 

Yes, I agree with Vera Wang and Carolina Herrara on finding your own "fashion uniform". When a woman dresses in clothes she knows are flattering on her body and wears styles she feels represents her personality well--she is showing that she's comfortable and confident in her own skin. What's not to love about that? It is something we each need to find for ourselves! I often do tell my personal shopping clients we are trying to establish your "own fashion uniform" when we are shopping.

As far as shopping at J Jill, I love the natural fibers in their clothing, however some of their clothes have been rather loose and baggy. I'll take another look since it's been some time since I've looked at their merchandise. I'll plan on stepping inside my local J Jill shop soon, and see if I still feel this way. Perhaps it's a brand I'll have a change of heart about?

Thanks for being my SYSter (Show Your Style) style! Love, Leslie MSP