Today’s guest post is by Image Consultant, Ketura Persellin. Check out her tips on what you should have in your closet this fall sans the clutter, of course. Who knows, you might just find that what you need is already in your closet!
With a few crisp mornings behind us, it’s easy to get into a tailspin over what’s in our wardrobe for uswhen fall really arrives. But relax: You don’t need to spend a lot of time (and money) buying lots of new things. Instead, a few strategically selected items will bring your entire wardrobe forward so you feel current — and will keep your closet from getting out-of-control with things you didn’t need and may well never wear.
1. A fabulous bag. A beautiful handbag should be a priority, because it will upgrade the rest of your look, even if you’re just wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. Plus, you’ll wear it day in and day out for months if not years. Take a look at the colors in your closet and pick a color that will complement them. Tip: Stay away from black, since it won’t add zing to your wardrobe and doesn’t go with anything except black (and gray). Instead, consider a bag in one of this season’s rich jewel tones, like burgundy, amethyst, or teal — and don’t worry if it doesn’t completely match everything in your closet.
2. A white top. We’re not talking button-downs here. Instead, consider buying an interesting top in either a knit or woven fabric. The light color will make you look younger, healthier and prettier — IF you choose the right color, so take time to identify whether a cool, bright white or a warm ivory is best for you. Whichever lights up your face is the right one. The wrong color for you will make you look older and less pretty, so make sure you get this right! Then scout out a version that’s got a little intrinsic interest — some draping or ruching or a wrap detail, with a neckline that frames your face and flatters your upper torso. You’ll wear this into the ground.
3. A big necklace. Yes, it’s the year of the statement necklace! And you don’t need to spend a fortune to get one. I’ve occasionally found options at Target and Lane Bryant! A fabulous piece of jewelry at your neck makes everything you own look fresh, new and interesting. Just make sure the style and color of the necklace reflect your own style and coloring. If you look best in earth tones, find one with wood-like accents, a hammered finish, or organic shapes in gold or copper. If your style is more modern, you’ll do well with more sleek designs in silver-tone metal. Whatever you select, wear it for day and night, not just a special occasion.
4. Colored tights. Here’s a great, easy update: colored, patterned tights for fall. Enough said!
5. Jeans. Quick, answer this! When did you buy your favorite pair of jeans? How about your second favorite pair? Styles change, so if you’re wearing jeans any older than two years, you’ll want to invest in a new pair — and chances are you’ll want to find a new home for those older ones. That’s definitely the case if they have pleats, a high waist, or pegged legs. You can wear your jeans for so many events and occasions, so take the time to get a pair that really flatters. The most versatile finish is a dark-wash, and anyone with hips will look great in a pair cut like trousers.
Sound overwhelming? You may want to enlist of an image consultant who can assess your personal style and current wardrobe and make recommendations for future purchases.
About the Author
Ketura Persellin is a Washington-based image consultant and writer. She believes every woman deserves a wardrobe that works as hard as she does, and that personal style should be easy. To schedule a free get-acquainted session, subscribe to her blog or newsletter, or to view newsletter archives, visit her website at www.thewardrobeworkshop.com or contact her directly at KeturaP at aol dot com.
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