Footwear is one of the bulkiest items in a wardrobe, whether it be when packing a suitcase or storing inside your closet. Sticking to neutral colored shoes—black, brown, grey, navy, tan, beige—is one of the easiest ways to keep a wardrobe small and cohesive. When you select one neutral color shoe that works well with everything, you eliminate having to think about what to wear, at least when it comes to your footwear.
That’s why I own 3 pairs of shoes, all in the same color—black. Yes, I do own other colored shoes, but over the years I’ve streamlined my footwear and begun to duplicate the neutrals, with black being the dominant color. I choose black because black is a common core color, which makes shopping for black shoes easy, you’ll see black in every season’s collection. It’s also a classic color, which works well with my personal wardrobe style.
Living in a Northern climate, at this time of year the daily temperature in my area can run cold—very cold. How cold? Last week our daily high was 0F, and with the wind chill it was -10F. With those types of temperatures the easy solution of simply cranking up the heat isn’t always going to work. Heating systems are often inefficient, leaving a second floor boiling hot while struggling to warm up a cold a first floor. Forced hot air can also dry out your eyes and nasal passages. When the weather grows cold, you can take a few steps to dress warm so that you don’t have to raise the heat and burn out your furnace. But dressing warm doesn’t mean you have to look like a marshmallow, especially when indoors wearing a down coat or parka isn’t really comfortable.
Here are my favorite steps to staying warm indoors, without the bulk.
Resolutions don’t have to be something that you make at the start of the new year and then it falls by the wayside in a month. Instead, pick a resolution that can have a positive impact on your wardrobe so that you can enjoy it for the entire year.
Get out of a wardrobe rut and inject a little fun into your personal style with one of these 5 fashion resolutions to make in 2018.
One fabric that I see year after year in both fall and winter collections is velvet. This timeless fabric consists of densely woven, raised fibers that are soft to the touch. Velvet garments are costly to produce. Two fabrics of same thickness are woven together, then cut apart and rolled onto separate rolls before using. The laborious manufacturing process and high price tag is why velvet was often associated with nobility. Another form of velvet that typically pops up in fall and winter collections is corduroy, which is a raised form of velvet.
Save your pilling sweaters with the Laundress Sweater Comb.
Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. If you’ve ever seen a sweater with little balls of fabric then you already know what I’m talking about. Pilling is bundles of fabric that have broken off and become tangled, thus forming little balls on the surface of the garment.
Pilling is a result of normal wear and tear, and occurs most often on the areas of a garment that rub the most. In the case of a sweater, this is usually the underarm/underside of the arm. If you’re a fan of handbags that brush up against your torso (typically shoulder bags and crossbody bags that hang on the right or left side, whichever side you favor sporting your bag), you’ll often see pills on those areas too. Pilling is not a sign of quality, in fact the price of the garment does not determine if the sweater will pill or not.
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Some days you have to get out the door in a hurry. Those are the mornings when I reach for one of my grab and go outfits. Grab and go (also called fast fall back) outfits are those outfits that I’ve put together in advance. I typically plan at least a few outfits when I set up my capsule wardrobe at the start of each season. But what if I don’t want to wear any of my re-planned outfits and I’m getting dressed in a hurry?
Here are 3 ways I get ready fast, without reaching for one of my grab and go looks.
The fall season is in full swing in my area and I couldn’t be happier about it, because fall season is boot season! Pairing boots with jeans is my favorite type of outfit, and it’s a combination that I adopt every year as my fall uniform. And I’m not alone. Browse the shoe department of any retailer and the number one shoe that you’ll find in both fall (and winter) collections season after is season is, yep, you guessed it—boots!
Over the knee boots, knee high boots, midi boots, cowgirl boots, ankle booties, the options are endless when it comes to boots. And if you are a boot enthusiast like me, then you probably own more than 1 style of boot. Pairing boots with jeans sounds easy enough right? Just grab a pair of boots and some jeans and you’re done! Well, not exactly. If you’ve ever tried to tuck a pair of jeans into knee high boots only to have the jeans crunch up and rub against your ankles, or worse, puff up over the top of the boot, then you already know that there are a few tips to consider before pairing boots and jeans.