Change of Seasons ~ Closet Declutter

Cleaning out your closet can seem like a daunting task. Getting rid of your clothes, even if you have not worn them in years is not easy. If crop tops, fringe, chokers and and full-on tracksuits can become trendy again, so can that bandage dress you bought in 2005, right?  But sometimes you just need to let things go, and there is nothing like a good closet purge to give you and your style a fresh start for the year ahead. Not sure where to start? I have some tips for you.

The items you want to keep in your closet are staples and basics, or the everyday pieces you can incorporate with those trendy items that happen throughout each season.  When you are looking at your closet and debating what to get rid of, take a good look at what you are working with to determine which pieces are “seasonless”.  For example, denim,  collared button ups, plain sweaters, T-shirts, and tank tops are all items that will not really go out of style.  Other items that are great to keep are layering pieces like thinner turtlenecks or long sleeve T-shirts that are can be worn under dresses or tank tops.  Layering can add interest and texture to any outfit.  A classic leather (or faux leather) jacket is another closet staples to keep.

Once you have decided on the things worth keeping, it is time to start purging.  Things you should purge are those crazy pieces you only worn three times in your lifetime, and have been sitting in the back of my closet taking up space.  If you have not worn it in the past year, ditch it.  Finally, if you are holding on to clothes that do not make you feel great when you wear them, it is definitely good idea to let go of them. Wearing clothes that actually make you feel strong and confident can make a big difference when you are out the door.   You should feel confident in your clothes!  Now that you are equipped with some tips, go forth and clean that closet.

How to Wear a Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are the best because you can wear them with literally anything!!  They usually lend a casual vibe to any outfit, but they can also be dressed up a little bit. They will keep you warm without suffocating you, and they do not cover up the rest of your outfit – in fact, they can usually make an outfit even cuter.  Here are some ideas for adding a denim jacket to your look.

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Fall Trends You Can Start Wearing Now

I am fully aware it is still in the mid-80s and humid down here in South Carolina, but I promise fall is approaching.  Fall is by far my favorite season.  I mean, what is not to love about fall? The good news is, there are various fall trends that you can start rocking right now.

Animal Print ~ Animal print will be all over the place! No surprise there. A leopard-print or zebra stripe-print dress will be perfect for fall, and for now. Go for a long or midi-size dress to easily transition into your colder weather wardrobe. You can layer it with a denim jacket when it starts to get colder outside.

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Colorful Jewelry ~ Candy is not just for eating. This fall, it is going to be all about wearing candy-colored jewels. If you have a problem committing to trends seasonally, then consider showing off new trends with some arm candy.

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Square Neckline ~ Maybe you recognize this trend as a blast from the past. This fall, I am taking style cues from the ’90s. You can wear this trend with dresses and blouses alike. And as long as the material is breathable, you can start wearing your square neckline items right now.

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Fringe ~ Fringe will be all over accessories and clothing this fall. You can take advantage of it right now. Think of a blouse with fringe edges, or a simple tote with fringe accents. You can definitely take a fringe tote from summer to fall effortlessly.

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Patent Leather ~ OK, this fall is going to have a ton of glossy things in store for you. It is all about the shine, so do not be afraid to work a patent leather jacket during the evening, or patent leather pumps right now with your mini dress. You can wear them later with a chunky sweater and jeans.

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Quick Organization Tip

Quick Tip of the Day ~ Instead of devoting a hanger to each of your scarfs or worse letting them get all wrinkled in a drawer, use shower rings to create individual holders for your entire collection.

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Boots!!

The fashion cycle works in mysterious ways. It may be 86 degrees outside, but it is time to start thinking about the boots you will want to wear from September all the way to the following April. With August sales finally wrapping up, retailers are starting to stock all those cool-weather staples you have banished from your mind the last few months. But before you start thinking about coats or sweaters, I think it is boots that should sit at the top of your shopping list.

First of all, while boots are designed to endure a little bit of rough weather, styled with the right outfit, they can work for our last month or two of warmer days too. And while footwear can be a bit of a splurge, a statement-making pair of boots can anchor even the simplest outfit, so invest your money there first.

Are you curious to know what the biggest boot trends will be for coming fall? Check out these six boot styles that will be on the feet of every It girl in the coming days.

Animal Print ~ leopard print is ideal for prowling the streets.

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Modern Cowgirl ~ You do not have to be headed to the ranch to pull off these cool cowboy boots. Western details with a bit of edge make for a combination that you can dress up or down.

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Take a Hike ~ Backpacker chic may not be an aesthetic you have considered before, but for fall, it is all about boots you could actually hit the trail in.

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Downtown Chelsea ~ While a classic Chelsea boot will forever remain a wardrobe staple, in 2018 it is time for an update. Lug soles and edgy details make this usually polished boot feel downtown cool.

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Flashback ~ For a few seasons, I have been watching hints of the ’80s creep back onto the runway, but it is back with a true vengeance. Slouchy, shiny, and of course, a chain or two make ankle boots feel new (but old, but new) again.

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Calf-way There ~ Love it or hate it, calf-height bucket boots are the new over-the-knee. The sleek silhouette is ideal for styling under a midi dress or with skinny jeans tucked inside.

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Upcoming Fall 2018 Trends to Try

Fall will be here before you know it, and now is a great time for us to consider adding some stylishly attractive wardrobe trends. You should not buy every trend that comes along, but you do want to take advantage of those that resonate with your image and brand to make you look and feel fantastic.  Here are a few new trends to keep an eye out for in department stores this coming fall.

Wraps ~ Capes and ponchos are a fashionable layering option this fall that gives you a striking alternative to jackets. Look for tweeds, plaids, and solid neutral fabrics in every length. But keep in mind that although it is a great look to wear it is important to pay attention to proportion. When wearing a cape or poncho, for example, you will look fabulous if you pair it with a pair of skinny jeans or pants.

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Bold Saturated Colors Reign ~ This season’s bold, saturated colors rule with a rich and regal look. Strong colors like cobalt blue, ruby red, turquoise, and grape can give you that exquisite pop of color you need.

Stacked Heels ~ Reminiscent of the mod 70s, inspired styles of stacked heels will be available in every height of shoe from long boots to pumps to flats. Buy a pair this season and it will give you an instant update. Opt for a more modern stacked heel that feels comfortable for you, but is also versatile enough to wear with your work wardrobe.

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Long Skirts ~ Longer skirts seem to be one of the biggest trends this season, but to pull this look off you definitely need to wear a chunkier shoe. You will find pencil skirts, long draping, and asymmetrical and A-line styles. Be careful, though, because longer skirts can make you instantly appear heavier. Avoid wearing those that hit you at the mid-calf area unless they are paired with a long boot, for instance, because otherwise you will appear shorter versus longer and thinner.

Chocolate Metal Tone Jewelry ~ Give your outfit that special finishing touch with this season’s new chocolate metal tone jewelry. It is ideal to wear with plaids and tweeds and can be the perfect accent to pair with teal, camel, or brick red.

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The Feminine Bow Blouse ~  For trendy autumn blouses this year it is all about drawing attention upward toward your face, which is your communication center. These beautiful blouses can also add some pizzazz near your neck, décolletage, or around your curvy waist. During the workday pair them with a great pencil skirt, or use them to update that classic suit. In the evening or on weekends they go great with dark denim and a leather jacket to give you an elegant twist with feminine flair.

The Skinny Jean / Pant  ~ The skinny pant and jean is still in fashion this fall, and you will see various lengths (Capri to ankle styles) and fabrications in an array of colors. To wear this skinny pant you must offset the slim proportions with higher volume on top, using capes, faux-fur vests, ponchos, or chunky sweaters for balance.

Sumptuous Leather ~ If you love leather like I do then this is our year. The new leather for fall is soft, supple, and elegant. You will find leather in everything – including A-line and pencil skirts, sheath dresses, winter shorts, leggings, and shirts. If you want to be more dramatic than traditional black or dark brown then try unique and different saturated colors like burgundy, tan, gingerbread, nude, or cognac.

The Heritage Jacket ~ Traditional jackets return this season to give us another stylish autumn layering alternative. These classically elegant but trendy jackets are best coupled with the skinny pant. Look for heritage jackets in an array of different styles and lengths and with all sorts of interesting detailing such as elbow patches, velvet trimmed collars, and grosgrain ribbon.

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Faux Fur for Fall ~ This fall the only stylish animal to go hunting for is FAUX fur. You will find vests, jackets, and elegant coats in traditional animal prints. Wear these fun looks during the day to punch up your denim or skinny pant with style, or shop for a more glamorous piece to wear after five and enhance the look of a great black dress.

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