Searching for a great pair of jeans can feel like an epic challenge, but there’s more than one way to get the perfect fit! Seamstress and blogger Heather Lou of Closet Case Patterns is a denim expert – in fact, she teaches classes on how you can make your own custom pair!  We picked her brain on spotting quality denim, finding stretch jeans that won’t stretch out, her fit guidelines and more! This is where the path to your dream jeans begins! Read More

leatherspa_stylebook_interviewWhen you find the perfect pair of shoes – you know, the shoes that make every outfit and that are even comfortable – you want to make them last! Learn how to extend the life of your favorite boots and ballet flats with these super-easy tips from David Mesquita, owner of Leather Spa shoe repair in NYC. Leather Spa’s staff are experts in giving your shoes the ideal fit, improving their longevity, and repairing damage. Read More

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Learning to sew is a great opportunity to create a custom wardrobe that fits your body and taste perfectly and it’s something many women dream of but can feel a bit intimidating. Well, this fall I finally took the leap to get started when I came across a beginner sewing course at a local sewing shop. It turned out to be the best decision I’ve made all year! Inspired by class, I set out to find other women who have done the same and found Sara Johansen of The Sara Project. She has sewn a truly enviable wardrobe that looks like it’s straight off the pages of a magazine. I asked her how she got started, where she finds her patterns, and how she made her own jeans

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How To Make Your Clothes Last - Tips From Custom Laundry and Cleaners

When you invest a lot of time and money into your wardrobe, the last thing you want is to ruin it on laundry day. We went straight to the experts on how to wash everything from your favorite jeans to your leather jacket. Forget sticking your jeans in the freezer (which doesn’t work anyway) – Ani and Raymond, the owners of Custom Laundry and Cleaners in Sherman Oaks, CA, told us how to really keep your jeans and the rest of your wardrobe in top shape! Read More

Natasha_Nurse_Interview_Plus_Size_FashionWhen shopping for specialty sizes, the options can feel very limited when it comes to style. As a way to empower curvy women, Natasha Nurse started Dressing Room 8, an online platform dedicated to helping women feel confident and beautiful! We tapped her expertise to find the best resources for chic plus-size fashion and inspiration. Below are her favorite stores, outfit ideas, bloggers, and styling tips that she’s learned over the years! Read More

These days, the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe is more appealing than ever. Countless blogs have covered the subject but Rosie’s take on paring down stood out. Her blog The Capsule Project offers in-depth explorations of how to choose items and includes excellent examples of how to remix your wardrobe. We asked her about why you should consider creating a capsule and how to get started. Read her advice below! Read More

Tips on how to develop and define your personal style from Anuschka ReesAnuschka is undoubtably the queen of capsule wardrobes. She’s sharply defined her personal style, mastered shopping for quality items, and created a wardrobe that seems to offer infinite options. She chronicles her sartorial adventure on her blog Into Mind and has written the book Personal Style and The Perfect Wardrobe, a brilliant workbook that can walk anyone through creating their own capsule wardrobe. She answered a few of our questions on developing great personal style.

What is the first step in defining personal style?

The number one thing I recommend people do at the beginning of their style journey is to expose themselves to as many different types of aesthetics as possible and collect inspiration like crazy. The trick is to do this in a very conscious way and not just passively pin images, but really think about what exactly you like about that image. Is it the overall mood, a specific item or the colour scheme? Then, once you have already collected a good stack of inspiration, go back over it and delete anything that you don’t like anymore or that doesn’t speak to you as much. Then, look for more inspiration, cull and repeat. Over time what started as a very general collection of things you kinda like will slowly turn into a very clear representation of your own personal style. The step after that would then be to closely analyse your final set of images, dissect them into individual elements (colours, fabrics, details, etc.) and figure out how to incorporate these elements into your wardrobe. Read More