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November 17, 2013
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Welcome to 2012!

We are now into the next biggest shopping season of the year–Post Holiday Sales! As with any big sale, you need to be prepared in order to make sure you are spending your money wisely. Before picking up that great deal, consider the following:

  1. COLOR: Is it your best colors? If you don’t know what your best colors are, this would be a good time for a color analysis. If you choose an item based on the low price, you may find that the color is either horrid on you or “just fine.” And “just fine” isn’t an investment shopping smart decision.
  2. SHAPE: A great price does not mean that the shape is good for your particular body shape. Do you know your body shape? Do you know how to find items that create balance and draw attention to your assets? Loving the color and the style of an item doesn’t ensure that it will love you back.
  3. DO YOU NEED IT: Before you go shopping, take an inventory of what is currently in your closet. I know you love black, but do you really need another black dress–even if it is only $20. I spoke with a woman recently who admitted to owning 28 black dresses! If you already own a few black dresses (cocktail dress, work dress and casual dress) think about another color when you are hitting the sales. Speaking of color, refer to #1 above.
  4. RULE OF THREE: I’ve said this many times and it is VITAL before heading out to the sales. Make sure anything you purchase goes with at least three other items currently in your closet. When  closet shopping (#3 above), make note of items that aren’t meeting this rule. Think about what you could add to your current collection that would bring items into compliance. Make a list and check it twice before purchasing. Otherwise, that current item will continue to hide in your closet. Worse, a new purchase might be destined to the same fate!

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant

Sure you can open presents in your pj’s or robe, but if you’re a guest or have guests in attendance, you’ll want to opt for something a bit more sophisticated. (I wasn’t thinking of sweats, either!) Enter the oversize comfy sweater, offering a great alternative to a flannel nightgown. Remember, with the oversize look you need to wear closer-fitted pants to keep your clothing from overwhelming you. Since the oversize sweater falls below your rear, coverage will be ensured.

This inspiration comes from Shade, a newline line that focuses on a softer silhouette. If you can wear and are comfortable (breathing) in skinny jeans, then go for it. If you are looking for something with a bit more stretch, but still looks good, opt for jeggings or leggings. Under the sweater wear a simple knit t-shirt or a turtleneck.

For full length coverage, the longer fringe sweater is a great choice. If fringe isn’t your style and you want a romantic feel, opt for the ruffle cardigan. Both of these sweaters can take attention away from the stomach area if you wear a dark top with dark pants.

If you have a somewhat larger upper body, big sweaters are often difficult to wear. The diamond shape sweater can work well because the pattern is more vertical than horizontal. Instead of the soft lines of the ruffle cardigan and the fringe cardigan, the bottom of this sweater creates a strong horizontal line. Many larger chest women have slimmer hips and can handle this.

If you’re staying home for the day, slipper socks are a great finish to this look. If you’re headed out to gather with family or friends, remain casual with a low-heel boot.

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant

Holiday parties are here and with all the running around and protecting yourself against Black Friday shoppers (can you believe some of the stories!), most people don’t think about what to wear until the last minute. Instead of purchasing items you will never wear again try “kicking it up a notch” using your regular wardrobe as a base to make it festive, affordable and wearable.

This inspiration came from PeopleStyleWatch December 2009 (see how some trends never go out of style). For a party with your friends, grab your favorite dark wash jeans and add a velvet blazer. Yes, black is classic, but a neutral grey is a bit of a surprise and just as versatile. Add a pop of color with your blouse and you are good to go. Ready to go a step further? Add a touch of bling with these ballet flats or a shiny broach (from your grandma’s jewelry box or consignment store for added savings).

Take slightly a different approach by flip-flopping the outfit: velvet jeans, your favorite crisp white blouse, a bright colorful necklace and some great boots. This dark patterned bag will go with either outfit!

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant

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