Miss Caroline, my lovely client ;)
Get The Look!! Live Inside Look at the 3 Big Tips I Give my Clients.
I will be focusing on 3 big tips I give my clients when we meet. I took photos of one of my consultations last week to show you these tips in action.
I have a wonderful client named Caroline (on the left) that I met with last week. We have met one other time for a wardrobe consultation. After going through her items, I made a few suggestions for her shopping list to add to the versatility of her closet. Once she completed her shopping list, I came back and we put together some super fabulous outfits I wanted to share with you!
Caroline is not afraid of mixing colors and patterns, so we definitely go "outside the box" with her styling. So get ready to spice things up!
Caroline is an Inverted Triangle body shape. This means her shoulders are broader than her hips. By using these 3 tips, we created wonderfully balanced looks while keeping her adventurous style.
Tip #1 Don't separate your spring/summer and fall/winter wardrobes
There are SO many great options for layering in all seasons! Utilize your entire closet.
Here are great examples of tip #1. Caroline had her favorite summer tanks in her closet, so we pulled them out and used them to layer with some of her warmer pieces. What we came up with was a nice mix of colors and patterns.
Tip #2 When in doubt, put a belt on it!
Most body shapes really benefit from a belt worn on either the hips or waist. If you are a pear, hourglass, inverted triangle, or rectangle body shape, you should be utilizing belts on a regular basis. Apple shapes can too, depending on the size of their chest.
You should have waist belts AND hip belts. They are different sizes because your waist will be smaller than your hips. To built up your waist belt wardrobe, I would recommend one solid neutral (black, navy, tan, white...), one colorful solid (yellow, red, orange, green, blue...), and one with a pattern you like (leopard, snake skin, polka dots...). For your hip belt wardrobe, I would recommend one rich brown belt that goes with EVERYTHING, one patterned option, and a few solid colors. Medium to skinny belts are the most fashion forward.
Get the look:
1. Chambray button down 2. Leopard cardigan 3. Stripe tube skirt 4. Orange belt 5. Black leggings
6. Black tall boots
A few more tips on waist belts, you can wear a waist belt over your cardigans or under them. I also like to tuck in the end of the belt to keep it from sticking out. They should hit you at your natural waist, usually higher than you think. Place the belt on the smallest part of your core, right under your rib cage.
Tip #3 Always find the balance for your body shape
Knowing your body shape and how to balance it is the KEY to dressing well.
In our time together, Caroline learned that she is an Inverted Triangle body shape. This was HUGE for her! She had always thought she had broad shoulders, but with being lean/small in frame her friends would tell her she was crazy!
Your body shape has little to do with where you hold "weight". It is the natural shape you have and structure you were born with. It can change slightly with weight changes and having babies. Whatever stage you are in, embrace the shape you have and learn how to dress it!
For Caroline, she has a few simple rules to help keep her looking balanced and proportionate. As seen in the photo(s) above, bottoms that have print, stripes, or color are great for her. Drawing more attention to her bottom half helps to balance out her shoulders. She needs to avoid caps sleeves, halter tops, and spaghetti straps in the summer. Flouncy V-shaped tops are going to exaggerate her inverted triangle shape, so she needs structure on top with out building out the shoulders.
Think about this for YOUR body shape. Do you carry more on your bottom half, but have smaller shoulders? Flip what we do for an inverted triangle. Do solid dark colors on your bottom half and add bright colors and pattern on your upper half. You can do this with the top you are wearing, or by adding fun accessories like scarves and chunky colorful necklaces.
Do you have a larger chest and/or tummy? Keep your neckline open and look for darker solid colors for your top half. Also, tops with good structure or with a built in wrap or shirred detail are super helpful in creating balance!
I am really looking forward to showing you more live styling examples of other body shapes. I hope this post gives you at least 3 new things to think about when getting dressed. A big THANK YOU to Caroline for letting me take pictures and post them as an example for other lovely ladies. As always, thank you for your continued support by reading my posts!
P.S. What was your favorite tip and why?!? Thanks for sharing...XOXO
Winter Fashion Inspiration 2012
Since I am not physically in a place to be rocking the latest trends and inspirations (there is only so much you can do with a growing bump), I wanted to share with you some of my favorite inspirational looks to give you some fuel this winter. I am VERY excited...
Pop of Color for Winter
Some of you CRAVE color when your surroundings turn gray. I am SO there with you ;) How fun is this color combo of bright orange and pink? Love it! This look would also work easily with heeled boots or booties when things get slushy outside. If you have a hard time with skinny jeans, try leggings and a bodycon (tube) skirt.
Chic in Black
Here is a neutral look done very well. There are a lot of features in this look that make it work. The coat has fantastic detail as well as the boots, the mix of textures with a thin tight, wool coat, sheer shirt dress and knit hat make it look put together.
I am personally obsessed with Statement Sweaters. They are easily paired with any type of skinny jeans in all different colors and patterns. Fantastic with skirts too! Throw on your favorite boots and you are ready to work this trend.
Lovely Peasant Skirt
A skirt in the winter?! How refreshing ;) Add tights, boots, and a jacket for extra warmth. Make sure the skirt is extra long, just grazing the ground with boots on. I would stick to deeper jewel tones like Amethyst, Sapphire or Emerald for the winter season. Navy or charcoal would work too.
Bold Patterns Collide
Everything is neutral (black and white) except for the play on two totally different patterns. Working off the neutral background, the patterns totally play together! When pairing two loud patterns, make sure that there is some neutral distance. Bold on the top with the plaid scarf, then bold again on the bottom with the leopard booties with black/white in-between.
Feminine Meets Military
Happy happy, joy joy! I love happy colors in the winter, and nothing is happier than yellow! Especially one so feminine and sweet like this skirt. Have you ever thought about taking something so flouncy like this skirt and pairing it with something more masculine like a military, moto, or bomber jacket?! Fashion genius! The mary jane shoes are fine, but I would prefer seeing it with heels or boots ;)
Girl Next Door
This look is so basic, but the execution in the details make it work effortlessly. The front of the sweatshirt is tucked into the belt and rugged skinnies. This is SO important! If the sweatshirt was left un-tucked, the outfit would loose it's shape. Add great basic booties and some bracelet/bangles. Perfection (in an unpolished sort of way)!
I Got This
I bet you have all of the pieces you need to create this look in your closet! A dark fitted blazer (navy, gray, or black), dark wash skinny jeans, black booties, white tee,and a neutral patterned scarf, those are all the ingredients you need! Go mix it up ;) If you carry more volume on your bottom half, you can do dark wash bootcut jeans or tall boots as a substitute.
Fabulousness! This was super refreshing for me. I hope it was helpful in giving you new inspiration to beat the winter fashion slump. Enjoy playing with new combinations in this chilly weather!
P.S. What looks where you the most drawn too?!? Will you try them?