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Men’s Business Casual Outfit Ideas for Work or Play

Recently I started working with a client who had landed a job at a tech firm and needed some business casual clothes for his work environment. We went through his closet and then got him a whole new wardrobe at Nordstrom just in time for his new gig to start. When we put the puzzle pieces together, we came up with some great business casual looks for work or play.

His cats made a cameo! Don’t pets make photo shoots more fun?

If you’re starting a new job and need outfit ideas that work for your personal style and the office dress code, let’s talk!

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5 Things That Don’t Belong In Your Closet Anymore | Seattle Image Consultant

Do you start out your day feeling overwhelmed and uninspired when you look in your closet? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.

With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves for some spring cleaning in your closet. When you have an hour to spare, take some time and start pulling out clothes that aren’t working for you.

Here are five things that don’t belong in your closet anymore:

  1. Clothes that doesn’t fit anymore. If you have clothes in your closet that are too tight, too big, or too short, you’re far less likely to wear them. If you have pants that are too long and worth tailoring, put them in a separate pile and get them hemmed.
  2. Clothes that are uncomfortable . If you’ve been holding onto that wool sweater you never seem to wear it because it’s too scratchy, it’s got to go. If you have a pair of pants that are great, except they’re too short in the crotch area, put them in a giveaway pile for someone else who will fit them.
  3. Clothes that are stained beyond repair. If you have a shirt with an oil stain that you never got out when it was fresh, it’s time to let that go. Same goes for white shirts with stains in the underarms.
  4. Clothes that need replacing. Anything discarded in point #3 that you wore regularly and need to replace belongs on your shopping list.
  5. Clothes that don’t reflect who you are. Your personal style is constantly evolving so if you see something that you haven’t worn for ages because it’s no longer a representation of who you are today, toss it in the giveaway pile.

After you go through your closet, put all the clothes that are still usable in a plastic bag and take it to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or community clothing swap so someone else can enjoy them. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

If the thought of purging your closet is completely overwhelming to you, consider working with an Image Consultant for a Wardrobe Evaluation. In a Wardrobe Evaluation, we clear our what’s not working, create new outfits with the clothes you already have, and develop a shopping list to fill in the blanks. And believe it or not, we have a blast while we’re at it! As one of my clients said of her wardrobe session, “Best money I ever spent!” Schedule your Wardrobe Evaluation today!

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How to Layer Without the Bulk

Fall fashion is all about layering, but unless you’re careful, you can start looking like the Michelin Man. Here are three quick tips on how to layer your clothes without the bulk.

  1. Layer lighter pieces. A lot of the bulk in layering can come from thick layers like cable knit sweaters or lined pea coats. Look for thinner sweaters, cardigans, and jackets to layer instead so you can keep the warmth without the bulk.
  2. Cinch that waist. Find a way to create a clear waist indentation and it will create the illusion that you have a more hourglass silhouette. This anorak jacket has a drawstring waist which helps to accentuate a nice waist. You can also belt over or underneath your layering piece.
  3. Ditch the jeans. Jeans can add extra unflattering bulk underneath your longer layers. Instead, opt for a pair of streamlined leggings, pants, or trousers without the bulky stitching and pockets. If you’re wearing leggings, just make your derriere is covered!

Anorak jacket: $69.99 | Striped sweater: $69.99 | Mixed metal necklace: $29.99
Styled by Sarah Ward, Wardrobe Stylist for Pala Pala Dress Boutique in Seattle, WA.

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

It’s safe to say that this is the year of The Hunger Games for Halloween costumes, particularly Katiss Everdeen. While there are many different faces of Katniss, here’s a costume idea for Katniss in the arena.

Costume Components

  • Braid
  • Blue zip up hoodie
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black backpack
  • Bow & arrow — borrowed from Kim
  • Olive cargo pants
  • Black boots — from Pala Pala Dress Boutique

Costume Inspiration

For other Hunger Games costume ideas, don’t miss this Effie Trinket Halloween costume and makeup tutorial!

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Clothing Shopping Tips from My Clients

Photo: Vicente Alfonso

This week I have learned some great shopping lessons from my clients and since September, fall fashion is upon us (and that means shopping!), I wanted to share these shopping tips with you.

  1. If you’re still thinking about an item 24-48 hours later, go back for it! Don’t like being an impulse shopper? No problem. If that dress / jacket / bracelet you tried on shopping this weekend is still floating about in your mind in a couple of days, this is a good sign you really want it. If you can make it work with your budget, go back for it!
  2. Try different styles of clothing than what you already own. When you go shopping, you may find yourself naturally gravitating towards styles that you like, own and wear all the time. Challenge yourself the next time you go shopping to look for styles, colors, patterns, and silhouettes that are different than the usual for you. Stretch your personal style!
  3. If you know how a certain style fits, you can skip trying it on. When you’re shopping in a hurry, it can be a big pain to have to strip down to try things on in the dressing room. When you know how a certain style consistently fits on your body and you’re short on time, you can skip trying on the garment and probably still end up ahead.

If clothes shopping isn’t something that comes naturally to you, consider Personal Shopping services! Working with a Personal Shopper speeds up the shopping process, helping you navigate through endless options to find the right clothing for you. It seriously takes the stress out of shopping.

What is your best shopping tip?

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Wear One Piece Five Ways – Tribal Skirt

Just because an item of clothing is designed as a skirt doesn’t meant that’s the only way you can wear it. Today’s Wear One Piece Five Ways segment shows the versatility of a skirt and demonstrates how this tribal skirt from Forever21 can be worn as a dress, a tube top, and even a scarf!

This Mikarose dress serves as a lovely Audrey Hepburn-esque top when layered underneath the tribal skirt.

When paired with leggings, an Eddie Bauer jacket, a belt, and beaded flats from Report, this tribal skirt passes wonderfully for a dress!

Mix the tribal print together with a striped tee in a similar color for a harmonious effect, then layer a chambray shirt overtop tied at the waist with Aerosoles wedges for a fun and relaxed summer look.

When you wear the tribal skirt as a dress, layer another skirt overtop, the skirt becomes a tube top and is stunning when paired with a jacket and Vince Camuto sandals!

Roll up the tribal skirt and wear it as a stylish scarf instead! This modbod top repeats the color scheme beautifully and worn with thrifted leather harem pants, you get an edgy look that’s perfect for Saturday night!

How They Wore a Tribal Skirt

Here’s how five fabulous style blogger’s wear a tribal midi skirt!

L to R: Sydne Style | Fashion Steele NYC | Dearest Lou | Spinning Threads | Ms Twirly Skirts

So how would you wear a tribal skirt?

I’d love to see how you’d style a tribal skirt! Make sure to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

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