I think we can both agree that it would be wonderful to have a closet with only items that are perfect for you. Only items that you love. Only items that make you look and feel amazing! Would you agree?
It’s easier to have this than you may think! The secret is to have a mix and match wardrobe! This doesn’t mean that every item is black, white, brown, blue or gray. It means that you have a good variety of colors and styles that compliment each other.
EVERY woman I have worked with on a Wardrobe Reinvention has had a closet full of mostly blue or brown. While it’s true these are technically colors, we often treat them as neutrals, and this makes a very boring closet, and it makes getting ready in the morning tedious. You probably have a pile of clothes on your bed from the 5 wardrobe changes this morning, don’t you? Or, you have fallen into the trap of jeans and a tee-shirt.
Let me preface all of this that I am a busy mom of 2 as well. Neither of us have time to fuss over our clothes. We need to be dressed and out the door quickly. Maybe you’re a bit lazy about style too. It’s ok, you can raise your hand to that; I am as well. You want your clothes to be really comfortable, right? But you’ve always wanted to look pulled together. Who has time for that, right?! It’s easier than you think.
I hope you’ve had time to read the 5 Wardrobe Must Haves, because that is the key to getting ready quickly. How quick is quick? You should be able to put any tops and bottoms together, and have them look great – grab a jacket, and be out the door in less than 5 minutes.
Here’s the secret: 3 pieces create a pulled together look. Top, jacket (this is the icing on the cake – it can be a cardigan, jacket, blazer, etc. Put this on and you’ll go from drab to fab!), necklace/scarf – boom! You’re done. That’s it.
Let’s recap so far, then we’ll dig a bit deeper. You need a variety of color in your wardrobe (ahem, no more neutrals). Three items make a chic pulled together look.
Mixing and matching colors: there are so many colors in the rainbow, why settle for neutrals? I know it’s ‘easy’, and then ‘everything goes together’, but you can do the same thing with color, and express your personality. The key is finding the colors that are best for you, and finding items that have lots of color in them. I’m not talking about a wild and crazy top if you prefer to blend in, but tops with more than one color (visual interest) will allow you to pair with a completer piece (jackets, etc) and give you more mileage. Believe it or not, solid tops are actually more limiting than printed tops. If floral isn’t your thing (right now), try plaid, or an abstract print. Here’s why a solid is more limiting. Let’s say you have a purple top. It’s harder to pair it with more colors other than a neutral. If you have a purple top with some visual interest, you can pair it with colored pants, or a colored completer piece that pulls out other colors, in addition to pairing with neutrals.
The two easiest colors for ANY skin tone are pink and blue. EVEN if you have red hair. You don’t have to wear baby pink or blue – there are pinks and blues for everyone. Please let the pink part sink in, and don’t take the blue as carte blanche. 😉 Sister, you need more color in your wardrobe.
Mixing and matching pieces: It is a good idea to have tops that are versatile and can be worn with a variety of bottoms. A longer button down that can be tucked or untucked is a must! Flowy knit tops (I hesitate to say tee) that pair nicely with cardigans or blazers. Tunics that can be worn with leggings or skinnies. Items that can go from day to evening with a change of a completer piece. Tops that can be dressed up or down.
Go through your closet and take an inventory. Do you have mostly solid colored items? Do you have mostly neutrals? What colors do you need?
Busy momma, I know you want to stay fresh and current, but don’t want to chase trends, or look like you are ‘trying too hard’. Recently, I spent 3 days curating the best fresh and timeless on trend motifs. It took us 2 days to make it through ONE market (and I was still finding designers we missed)! At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a short clip of some of the trends and finds I saw – many of these will be making their way into the Insiders Club!
Like seasons shift, vibrant summery corals will morph to rusts – this will carry into spring 2017, when they soften to a buttery blush. This is GREAT news for the Autumn skin tones. In 2016, coral was the unofficial color of the year.
Navy is KING (Queen, in our case). I believe that the unofficial color for 2017 will be navy. Blush will take a back seat to navy and be the secondary for spring 2017. I don’t see that either color will diminish in popularity in 2017, or into 2018. Interestingly, olive made a quick resurgence for fall 2016, but will ease into mossy green for 2017.
Rich and sultry berries and plum are also popular this fall, and especially the holiday time!!
Gone are the days of contrasted color blocking black and white, and softer, easier to wear, ivory and charcoal have taken their place.
Plaid EVERYTHING is a MUST. This has been a fun motif to see grow in popularity. It can feel lumberjack meets hipster, so be sure to look for fitted shirts and vests to avoid a unisex look. Plaid will also continue into spring, again in softer, buttery tones. I anticipate plaid staying popular for a few more seasons.
Classic stripes. I hesitate to include this, because stripes are classic, and always chic. However, we’ll see stripe widths mixed and matched to create unique patterns.
Fall florals are hot; it doesn’t really matter if you choose to embrace spring and summer florals, or grounded fall florals – sprinkle them in your wardrobe and you’ll be stylin’.
Faux fur will be on everything from scarves and collars to jackets and shirts (effectively making them jackets).
If you hopped on the fringe bandwagon, work it! It’s it’s going strong – we’ll see more of this in 2017 as well.
Sweaters will be more popular than they have been. Everything from cardigans, to chunky sweaters, and pull overs.
The bold Aztec from a few falls ago, has mellowed into chic ethnic tribal prints. Think classic ikat, well traveled and timeless Moroccan prints.
Tie dye is still popular, but has toned down into batiks and natural colors instead of loud Jerry Garcia colors. This motif will also be sticking around for a while.
For jewelry, polished slices of gems and semiprecious stones are chic, as well as rough, yet refined druzy stones. Gold continues to be the most popular metal.
Enjoy this short video featuring some of the exciting styles for fall! Be sure to join our free Insiders Club so you can avoid the style guesswork!