What Gretchen Wore

I received another item from Gwynniebee.com. This stretch knit top with scoop neck and three quarter raglan sleeves in leopard print at front with black colorblocking is awesome. I am going to be sending it back, but only because it is warming up down south. I will re-closet this item for next fall. I paired this top with a red pencil shirt and my black Nine West booties to complete the look.

Mix & Match Business Casual

Is your office attire business casual? Business casual typically means you do not have to wear business wear, such as suits. Do you want to update your wardrobe, but not spend a small fortune? Check out these fifteen mix and match business casual outfits. These pieces are all from Target, so you can buy it all and not empty your checking account. If you do not shop at Target, you can still use these outfits for inspiration for items from other stores. Finding pieces that mix and match help make your clothing budget go so much farther. These are great ideas for travel as well. The prices will vary over time, but as of right now you could buy all these pieces for under $280. Talk about making your clothing budget go further!! Many of you will have similar pieces already in your closet, so you can spend even less.

What Gretchen Wore

Here is yet another dress from gwynniebee.com, the clothing rental site I have mentioned in the past. Check out my blog from December 9th, or email me for more information. This red / pink sweater dress is super comfortable. I opted not to add accessories, so the dress detail would stand out. I added my Nine West nude sling back pumps and a leopard print clutch I bought on justfab.com for $39.99.

New Year ~ New Image

Have you made any new years image resolutions? Do you want to become more stylish this year? There is something about the turn of a calendar year that makes everyone crave dramatic change. Here are some almost effortless ways to update your appearance. They are quick, inexpensive and require zero willpower. You do not need to buy a whole new wardrobe…just make people think you did, by updating the items that get noticed the most, like your handbag. Accessories are also a cost effective way to update your closet’s contents because you can wear them day after day. This year, look for pieces made from faux crocodile leather and other exotic skins. To make your outfits appear more high end, choose a handbag that has brass hardware instead of silver; it looks expensive and is a bit more unexpected. How about trying a new bold red lipstick? Do not be scared off by its boldness…the truth is, red is one of the most universally wearable lipstick shades, and it is a classic way to add both impact and femininity to your look. Rediscover the pointy toed shoe. The tapered toe fell out of fashion’s favor for a couple of seasons, but this season, it is the shoe shape of choice. There is simply nothing as flattering to a woman’s leg than a pointed toe pump. The biggest resolution you can make is to clean out your closet. If you only wear a fraction of the clothing in your closet, getting rid of the excess will help you rediscover classic items and determine what additions could take your wardrobe to the next level. Start by only pulling out items you are sure you will never wear again.

What Gretchen Wore

Yesterday I blogged about this website I found – http://www.gwynniebee.com – where you essentially rent clothes. I received my first item, which was a silk graphic print top in black, cream and brown today. I paired this blouse with a black pencil skirt, long necklace and my Nine West pumps. Tomorrow I will ship (for free) this item back to the company, and they will send me another piece. The fun part is you do not know what item from your online closet you will receive until it is en route. It is like selecting a piece from your closet blindfolded, and then you make your outfit around that piece. I love to have fun with fashion, and so can you!!