reThis is the time of year when I spend a lot of time in my clients' closets coordinating outfits for the transition between Winter and Spring. Layers are everything. It might be 60-70 degrees one day and 30-40 degrees the next. Who knows what to wear? I do, that's who.You need a personal stylist to ease into the seasons with — and to help make dressing a snap! It's what we live for. Honestly, I put outfits together in my dreams ... it never stops. Even though we are thinking about Spring, we're not quite there. So start with some mid-weight items in your wardrobe and layer them, maybe stick to Fall colors if it feels more comfortable. Go for cut out heels or boots and a colorful handbag, like the Gustto Rosa clutch - it's incredibly versatile.
I received a question from Susan today who asks, "What can I wear when it's still cold outside but I am tired of my winter clothes?"

I know exactly where you are coming from. It's April but it feels like February (except for those of you fortunate to be in warmer climates). You so want to wear bright colors but feel silly because it's too cold outside to whip out the Spring wardrobe. Well, having to conquer the same issue this morning, I decided on my dress jeans with an aqua turtleneck. I threw on a colorful Spring jacket and green suede high heels. What did I accomplish? Warmth, for one. But also ... I feel cheery wearing color.

Another option would be to layer. Take your warm long sleeve shirt or blouse and put a bright short sleeve or sleeveless top over it with a great pair of trousers. Now, throw on a skinny or double wrap belt over top and some spectator or loafer-inspired heels and you're on your way. Either look calls for jewelry that is a bit simplistic in nature but still complimentary.

Thanks, Susan, for your question. I hope this helps!
It is Fall - the perfect time to purge your closet. If you are anything like me, you get antsy with each new season ... excited to wear your new and not-so-new clothes for the season. The problem is, when we add to our wardrobe, sometimes we forget to take away. A few months ago, I mentioned the importance of being realistic with your wardrobe. A good rule of thumb is to purge twice a year - in the beginning of Spring and in the beginning of Fall. I had dinner with a friend last week and this topic came up. She shared a fantastic idea with me - one that would be a no brainer for those who are afflicted with "I know I will wear that one day" syndrome.

Start each season with all of the hangers in your closet backwards. Each time you wear a piece of clothing, the hanger then gets turned around. At the end of the season, it's painfully obvious what's being neglected in your closet. Those backward hanging articles of clothing need to go! Do not hesitate for a second to take them out of your closet immediately and find them a happy home (a friend, goodwill, a shelter). What's departing from my closet, you ask? Those aqua slacks I'm not sure why I thought I needed. The tan pants that show all the lumps and bumps I work so hard to conceal. The pink cords with buttons all the way down the sides that are so fabulous, but so wrong for my rear end. And the list goes on..... Time to be honest, ladies and gentlemen. Purge, purge away.
All right, here we go. Back on professional attire - what is appropriate to wear in the workplace and what is not. I am here to tell you that apparently, women in the Human Resources field (not you "S" I promise) do not know what is appropriate. Let me clarify. I attended a health care conference last week for human resources professionals. This is an annual conference and you see the same faces year after year. Everyone is buddy buddy. That's all fine and dandy, but hello...you are still representing your company.

Would you like to know what I observed? Honestly, it was ridiculous. Some women were wearing shorts, tank tops, sandals and flip flops ... shall I remind you again that you are at a conference representing your company - and did you forget that you are in HR? I was astounded to see this form of dress code by HR professionals, but even more, the comfort level to follow through with it. I realize it's 100 degrees and I realize some office dress codes have relaxed a bit. But would you feel comfortable running into your CEO in that? Not everyone played this part, of course. Some women, very few mind you, dressed appropriately. More were in business casual attire. And for the most part, I am okay with that.

Of course, you would never catch me in anything but a suit (Elie Tahari shout out!) at a conference, where I am my company. I was impressed with the men (not their fashion sense, of course) ... the fact they donned suits or "golf attire." You did not see them wearing Tevas or Chacos or flip flops ... and thank you for that. You don't have to have a flair for fashion to know what is appropriate and what is not. It's called common sense. Shorts, tank tops and flip flops are to be worn outside of the workplace. Period.
I recently commented on a blog with regard to our business casual workforce. Granted, our profession determines what is appropriate to wear, but companies can easily create confusion when they teeter back and forth about what is too casual for business casual. I, for one, am more in tune with and appreciative of the business suit (of sorts) workplace. I don't want to walk into an office and preview what everyone will be wearing to their weekend parties. Now, casual Fridays....that's cool. I have noticed, though, an interesting trend in the marketplace - more companies reversing their business casual attire policy to a business professional environment.

Love it! In fact, I was just in Jackson, MS consulting with a company that is doing just that. As a woman (and it's not just my opinion), I realize that in order to be taken seriously and get ahead, I not only need to act the part, but also look the part. A nice, fashionable suit that I feel like a million bucks in makes me feel powerful and strong - hear me roar! The power suit of today is different ... it's an ensemble - mix and match. You can build your suit wardrobe on matching coordinates. Quality suits matter, so invest. They should have modern and clean lines, and the fabric and buttons are dead giveaways for the overall look and longevity. You should easily be able to break up suits to wear separately with other key staples in your closet. In fact, I prefer the non-matchy matchy look. My favorite suits: Elie Tahari, Theory and Laundry By Shelli Segal.