I've been asked so many times in the past couple weeks about how to wear Navy with denim. Navy is one of my favorite colors for fall and there are definitely ways you can pair navy with a dark denim, you normally just have to break up the colors with a belt. I personally love wearing navy on navy. I have a pair of navy waxed denim cigarette pants and more often than not, I pair it with a navy shirt. It's a very chic combo and a nice alternative to wearing all black.
I was invited to speak to a group of women this past weekend about fashion, style and beauty. As always, I feel like I walked away with more than I gave. My favorite story came from a 70 year old woman wearing beautiful black boots with a 4 inch heel. She said when she met up with her high school friends for lunch they said, "don't you know you're too old to be wearing shoes like that?" and she quickly came back with, "funny, they didn't ask for my ID when I bought them". Such a lovely reminder that age is just a number and fashion and beauty should be celebrated at any ages.
I always love when I have an event because I tend to have more fun with my wardrobe and since I was speaking about the importance of having fun with fashion...mixing stripes and plaid seemed like a natural choice. When mixing patterns, it's always important to stay in the same family. So navy + cream stripes go well with navy/cream/yellow/green plaid pants.
Can we also talk for a moment about my new favorite designer Clare V.? She has my favorite sunglasses and bags at the moment. And to my delight, I just learned a store opened right down the street from me!
While I love posting about fun and exciting wardrobe choices, the truth of the matter is most days I can be seen wearing any number of my go-to basics: a silk top, great denim, a well cut blazer, etc. The two things that they all have in common is that they're comfortable and effortless. Here's an interesting scientific fact. While most people think they like variety, we all tend to eat or wear or do the same things over and over again. So, the first step to building a closet you love is to acknowledge the things you like to wear and invest in those pieces.
My first basic that I invest in are white or cream tops. I'm always drawn to them above black, gray or color. To me, I always feel they look crisp and bright, so I decided to invest in 5 or 6 white/cream shirts that I love and fit well. My second investment piece is a great fitting blazer. You can throw it over a tank and put on a pair of jeans and feel great. I love the gold detailing on this one and the winter white color seemed perfect for the fall.
And finally, a great fitting pair of jeans is a must. If you have 10 pair in your closet, let's be honest, you wear at the most 3 of them. Why not toss the rest? As a twist, I added these leather shorts as my fall/winter basic for the season. Temperatures in the 70s or 80s are very common in LA, so wearing shorts is a realistic and fun way to get dressed for fall/winter. If temperatures ever drop below the 70s, I might actually be able to throw some tights and booties on with these.
I've been talking to so many women lately who just want something cute to run around town in and I get it, I'm the same way. This is one of my go-to looks to just grab, go and get out the door. I normally wear my leopard flats with this, but they have sadly gone to shoe heaven, so I'm wearing my leopard heels instead until I find my new replacements. When you think plaid shirt and jeans, you probably think boring...I know, me too. But add a fun bag, shoe or belt and all of sudden you have an "outfit", a "look", a "style" and you will feel much better because of it! I mean, look at me, it made me strike this pose!
It's 85 degrees outside, but guess what? I am SO SICK of my summer clothes! I'm ready to move on to fall pieces already. And while I still argue it's too soon for pumpkin lattes, I definitely think we can start incorporating some fall colors into the mix...like this gorgeous burgundy waxed skirt that you've already seen me wear once this week. And I'm absolutely obsessed with my new #OBSESSED tee. Yes, it's $68 and yes, that's a lot for me...but let me be honest with you, I've already worn it 3 times since I bought it 7 days ago, so I think I'll get my money's worth.
Did you know that a first impression is made in the first 7 seconds of meeting someone and over 50% of that first impression is based on looks alone (what you're wearing, your hair, nails, shoes, perfumes, make-up etc). The second most important factor is how you say something and coming in a distant last is actually what you say. So while we may say "don't judge a book by it's cover" there is no denying that we all do. And knowing this, why not take advantage of it?
Today I gave a speech to high school students about the power of a first impression and how we have the power to create that impression. Seeing that I was giving a talk on impression management, I thought it was really important that I well...made a great first impression. So, first I thought about what three words I wanted to convey about myself in those first 7 seconds: smart, fashionable, fun etc. Then using those words, I chose something from my closet that I thought conveyed that message. I introduced myself and then asked them to immediately write down 3 words about me. I got "well put together", "smart", "fresh and clean", "chic", "fashionable" and some other very kind words.
As I was helping a new client clean out her closet yesterday, I stumbled on a lovely piece of wisdom I thought I would share with you in today's post. At this point in my life I have realized that it's best to only surround myself with positive friends. In my younger days, I spent a lot more time with people who were energy drainers: gossipers, Debbie Downers and the like. You know the ones, you always leave their company feeling sad, bad, depressed or bothered.
As we were sorting through my clients clothes I said, "you know, clothes are a lot like your girlfriends, you only want to be surrounded by the ones that lift you up and make you feel good about yourself and get rid of the friends that make you feel bad about yourself."
So every time we came to a certain item up for debate I would ask, "Does this make you feel beautiful?", "Does this make you feel sexy", "Does this make you feel happy?". If the answer was no, said item ended up in our heap of clothes on the floor. By the way, it is ok for your clothes, like a friend, to make you feel comfortable.
5 large garbage bags later, we had gotten rid of most of the Debbie Downers in her closet and were left with a much happier closet!