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

How To Care For Your Dress Clothes

Your dress clothes are some the most expensive items in your closet – they deserve to be treated well. The experts at men’s boutique Paul Fredrick spoke with us on how to make your dress clothes last, how to master ironing, and even what to do in tricky situations like traveling or a summer heat wave. Read their tips below! Read More

Choosing the right colors when you’re getting dressed can make your skin glow, your figure look amazing, and your outfit stand out for all the right reasons. Learn how to create interesting color combinations and wear color strategically with these helpful tips from blogger and fashion consultant Reachel Bagley.

How To Choose Complimentary Colors

SB: You do such a phenomenal job creating colorful outfits. Do you have any advice for someone looking to incorporate color into their wardrobe?

RB: I love to experiment with color harmonies (complementary, analogous, monochromatic, etc).  Complementary (colors opposite each other on the color wheel) are great when you want a pop.  But to avoid looking like a seasonal decoration or an homage to a sports team, choose tints, shades, or other variations on primary hues, for example- burgundy & mint rather than red and green, or powder blue & flame in favor or blue and orange.  Buy a color wheel from the art store, and start playing around with it.

Color Combination Ideas

SB: How do you come up with your color palettes? How can people develop their own color palettes?

RB: Many mornings I start by holding one item alongside a series of others in my closet.  If I feel like wearing a top, I run the color against my skirts or pants until I see something I like.  Don’t be afraid to cross pollinate your closet.  Break out of the box that “one top shall only be paired with one bottom.”

SB: What are your favorite color combinations?

RB: I’m drawn to color triads, which means the colors are equally spaced from each other on the color wheel.  The most classic option is red, yellow, and blue, adding the yellow immediately breaks the Patriotic connection. But I also love teal, magenta, and chartreuse. Whether the colors are pale, dark, bright, or muted, doesn’t matter.  When you have all three hues in a single outfit, it immediately feels balanced, yet unexpected.

SB: How can our readers use color to make the most of their figure?

RB: Darker colors minimize, brighter colors enhance.  So if you have an area of your figure you want to spotlight, apply bright, bold colors.  I also highly recommend knowing which colors work best with your complexion.  Wear the colors that make your eyes sparkle and your cheeks glow, closest to your face.  Even if a color isn’t your best match, you can always wear it on the bottom, or as an accessory.

SB: How can I make sure that my colors and prints work together without being overwhelming?

RB: Overwhelming is definitely something you need to identify on your personal style spectrum.  What is garish to one person is gorgeous to another. Find out your own range and then push the edges.  If you’re a neutral-solid gal, push yourself to experiment in monochromatic tones: pairing lavender and wine is still technically monochromatic since both colors are from the same purple family.  Another option for the easily overwhelmed would be a a neon bit of jewelry or a printed belt.  A little pop can make a big impact.

SB: How can color and pattern be incorporated into a small wardrobe without feeling limiting?

RB: We’ve already discussed how to expand your options with color, but don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.  Choose one dominant pattern, like a floral or plaid, something with more colors, a larger scale, etc.  Then select a supporting pattern like gingham, polka dots, stripes, supporting patterns  have fewer colors, a smaller scale, a simpler aesthetic.  Then link the dominant and supporting patterns with a common color.  Remember, it doesn’t have to match, in fact, I like it better when it doesn’t.

SB: What is your advice for integrating texture into a colorful wardrobe outfit?

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Pinterest has tons of images of perfectly organized, bedroom-sized closets – making it seem like such rooms are commonplace. Unfortunately, for most of us, the best closet we have is a standard walk-in or at worst, no closet at all. Lack of space doesn’t mean that you can’t have the benefits of a beautiful and functional clothing storage. Amanda LeBlanc, personal organizer and spokesperson for custom closet maker Organized Living, walks us through how to deal with a small closet space. Her tips on how to fit all your shoes, what to do if your bedroom has no closet, and how to keep it neat after it’s organized are just what you need!

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photo courtesy of Organized Living

SB: Many women only have a small reach-in closet. What is the most effective way to store shoes in a situation like this? 

AL: Always place shoes heel-to-toe next to one another so you have more space, width-wise, on a shelf. Storing shoes this way also helps you find shoes quicker. For instance, if you have several pairs of black shoes with different heels, you can see both the front and the back of the shoe to allow Read More

Could you resist shopping for an entire year? Holding off on buying a second pair of boots could help you save money for retirement, a house or vacation. In order to make it to your goal, you may find that you need to do more with the clothes you already own. Maria Von Losch, San Diego stylist and TV host, refrained from making any purchases for 365 days – and she wore a cute outfit every day. We talked to her about how she did it and asked her for tips so we could try 30 days of no shopping for ourselves.

SB: Why did you start your “365 no shopping” challenge? 

MVL: I really had no choice. I spent all my savings on shopping because I was in shock from my husband deciding that he no longer wanted to be married, out of the blue. I also thought it would be a great way to revisit all the pieces in my closet that I’ve ignored for years. I decided to blog about it daily to keep accountable, share my story and inspire other women.

SB: What were some challenges and how did you overcome them? 

MVL: Some of the challenges I faced were keeping on trend for each season, taking my outfit photo & blogging everyday and trying to date/have a relationship while having to explain why I had to blog every night and said guy might have to take my outfit pics. That didn’t go over with some guys. Read More

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