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A Quick P.S. on Quality Over Quantity

glam_pleather_pantsI felt it important to add a little P.S. to my last post: You have to think about quality of fabrics and leather when purchasing anything new or purging what you have.

It’s said over and over again that we should invest in quality over quantity, but frankly, not all of us can afford a London Fog or Burberry trench, a pair of sleek Stuart Weitzman pumps or a two-ply cashmere sweater. That said, you can find good fabrics for less. You just have to be conscious of it when you shop. If you look through your closet, I’ll bet half the things you throw away are things you bought on a whim. 🙂

I’ve stopped picking up anything that may be cute-as-can-be but looks cheap up close or has potential for pilling, ragged hems and misshapen lines. Also, anything that has too much embellishment. This is very apparent in trendier pieces, so be judicious. It happens to me all the time at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Forever 21 and even Loehmann’s. I get seduced by a bright color, print or a style, then I look up close and the material is god awful. I think I put back every top I pulled last visit to TJ Maxx. It happens often with polyester/rayon blend tops and acrylic sweaters. They’re cute on the shelf, but after a few wearings, they can look really bad. They don’t hold their shape and pill like mad.

Discounting quality can especially spell disaster when it comes to shoes and handbags. Make sure leather actually looks like leather and that heels are fashionable. Synthetic material (e.g., pleather, fake wooden or cork heels) is a dead giveaway every time. Quality shoes can be found at most off-price stores (Ross is a very rare bet) and at one of my recent faves, Nine West. Search online for good deals on bags. Believe me, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo are not requirements for looking good.

So, be conscious of quality and keep it simple. If you have a bunch of cheap-looking fabric crap in your closet, get rid of it! No matter how cute the print or good the memory behind its purchase. This is imperative for job seekers or those just starting work. Your image is definitely important. Happy styling!

Need Free Fashion Advice? All You Need is a Little TLC

top-wntw-662x355I am a proud “What Not to Wear” addict, and I have to tell you: I’ve learned so much about fashion, what clothing is appropriate and how it should fit by watching the ever-styled Stacy London and Clinton Kelly (along with hair guru Nick Arrojo and makeup maiden Carmindy). I swear–I think this show is on all the time. So, don’t let me hear you say you look like crap and don’t get out of your yoga pants because you can’t afford a fashion consultant.

Along with overhauling one clueless “trashionista” (oh–I think I just made that word up. Love it!), Stacy, Clinton, Nick and Carmindy share great tips that you can take with you next time you’re at the mall or in your own closet. Whether you’re 100 lbs. or tipping the scales at 200, they know exactly what to do to transform you into a tasteful, tailored and tremendously turned out woman whom anyone would want representing their company.

In addition to the ubiquitous show airings, you can check out the Web site: http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/whatnottowear. It’s a wealth of information…all free of charge. No fees. No by the hour rates. 

So change the channel, girl! A little tip: I like to go run at the gym around 6 p.m. ET on weeknights because there’s always a great WNTW re-run. Nothing better than cute, tailored frocks to make you go faster on the dreaded treadmill.  Friday nights, you can catch two or three episodes!

Looking for Thrifty Fashion Solutions?

Check out this CNN Living piece about finding cheap, yet sassy clothes at thrift stores, consignment stores and Goodwill. I’ve been known to pick up fun items at all three! If you’re out of work or tightening the belt, this can be a good solution for brightening up your spring wardrobe.

http://tinyurl.com/cyttnc