Buying Multiples

Someone asked me the other day….when does it make sense to purchase multiples of the same thing in the same or different colors, and when should I pass? Here are my three tips on when it makes sense to double up on clothes:

When it is a wardrobe staple. Some wardrobe staples, like tshirts, are worth getting in more than one color. And if you know you will wear the heck out of it, you could even get multiples of the same hue.

When it fits like a dream. Did you discover that elusive creature, that pair of jeans that truly fit?  Then get two, in different washes if you can. Labels constantly retire styles, so if you love it now, get it now.  Or maybe you finally found shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.  Get two, in different colors if you want, or of the same one so you can have a backup when the first pair falls apart.

When it is one of a kind. OK, it is not really “one of a kind” if there is more than one of it, but if an item you fall in love with is so unusual you know you will never see it again, pick up its twin. Keep that one on reserve for the day when the original is finally worn to death.

If you are still not sure, the final tipping point can be price. If you know you will wear both and the second one is at a discount…..or better yet, BOGO…..then take advantage of your good timing. The key overall is balance. If your closet is filled with nothing but multiples of a just a few things, you are likely to get bored and feel like your style is in a rut.

Challenge Time

Guess who has a challenge for you?  I love to think outside of the box, especially with fashion.  Fashion should be fun.  So,  I am blogging about this challenge on Friday to allow plenty of time to accept, prepare, execute and smash this challenge.

Starting Monday, I want you to mix up your wardrobe every day of the week.  The idea is to wear something different every day.  This does not mean you have to go out and buy all new clothes or accessories.  You can mix up your outfits with everything you already own.  For example, I have a black and white print dress that I typically wear with red heels with to complete the look.  Next week I am going to wear this dress with black heels and add a different color necklace.  It is not a big change, but it could make the outfit look completely different.  We tend to be creatures of habit.  We wear the same shirt with the same skirt with the same shoes and so on.  Why not create a completely different and exciting look without purchasing a new item?  It is so easy.  You can add different accessories or shoes.  Maybe you would like to add a scarf instead of a necklace like you always do.  Your options are limitless.  I would love for you to share with me what you did this coming week to mix it up!  Come on ladies, accept my challenge and have fun with it!!

Bring Your Favorite Sundress into Fall

Whether it was from a mom or your grandmother, we have all heard some variation of “go change; you are going to freeze to death.”  But before you go reluctantly move your favorite summer dress to the back of the closet, let us show you some fabulous ways you can keep those dresses around for fall.

1. Pull on a Bottom Layer

Tights: When wearing a dress in the fall or winter, adding tights is an easy way to warm up your outfit. You can keep it classic with a simple pair of opaque black tights or experiment with colors and patterns.

Leggings: Other than tights, leggings are definitely the warmer option to wear.  Leggings with leather elements or studs would definitely add some flair to your outfit and some edge to your summer pieces.

2.  Layer Sweaters

Cardigans: Maxi dresses already have enough length to endure the fall season, so add a cardigan, belt and scarf for a cute fall variation.

Get Pulled Over: Try layering a sweater over a loose-fitting tank dress for a totally cute new look!  Allowing the dress to peek out the bottom adds flair and color, while simultaneously giving you the layers to survive the temperature drop.

3. Pair it With Fall Shoes

Booties: You do not have to tell me twice that when the temperature drops it is officially boot season! It is time to retire your sandals and replace them with super cute booties.  Booties are probably the only shoe that looks great with skinny jeans, tights or pretty much any other bottom. Whether you go flat or heeled, an ankle boot will never let you down.

4. Throw on a Scarf

Scarves: They are a great addition to sundresses to make them fit for cooler weather. In order to incorporate this warm and stylish accessory, try using the scarf as a bright accent piece or mix and match the prints of the dress and scarf.

5. Cover With a Jacket

Leather: Leather jackets are great for transitioning an outfit to fall.  A classic black leather jacket or a brown leather jacket will keep your arms warm, and wearing matching black or brown booties creates an awesome urban-chic look!

Blazer: For a more professional or daytime look, add a blazer to a dress and a pair of tights. My favorite fall trend is tweed blazers!

6. Don Some Denim

Denim:  A denim shirt looks great over almost every pattern and color of dress.  You can let the shirt hang loose or try adding a skinny brown or black belt. Not only can you wear a denim shirt over a summer dress to keep warm on a chilly day, but you can also try a denim jacket as well.

What Gretchen Wore

I am determined not to let summer end yet.  This color reminds me of summer fun. I bought this hot pink dress at Old Navy.  It is a little longer in the back than the front (not sure you can tell from the picture).  I added my denim vest and chunky necklace to complete the look.  I threw on some silver sandals, and I am off to meet the girls for a cocktail….or two.

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Cost Per Wear

You paid $100 for your favorite pair of jeans, but if you want to know how much they are really worth, the sales tag is not the only thing to consider. The true price of an item of clothing could hinge on how often you actually slip it on.  Call it the “cost-per-wear” quotient, which you can figure out using simple math ~Divide how much an item of clothing costs by the number of times you have worn it. Go through your closet and access your wardrobe.  It might turn out that the $200 dress you have worn 20 times was a better buy than the $20 tunic you wore once.  So the next time you are out shopping, put the theory to the test. Is that trendy top on sale for $19.99 really a total steal?  The better item might be that classic trench you think you will wear for years to come?  Do the math!!

What Gretchen Wore

I really like colorful dresses.  They are so much more fun than solid colored dresses, especially for summer.  When I found this green, white and blue dress with applique flowers at Macys a while ago, I had to buy it. Since the floral appliques cover the top of the dress, I felt it needed minimal jewelry. I just added some drop earrings and silver strappy flats for this hot summer day.

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