Dressing Well On A Budget: 3 Steps on How to Dress While Losing Weight

how to dress while losing weight

Personal Stylist Tip: When your body is in a transitional mode, follow these tips to learn how to dress while losing weight!

The other day I received a question on how to dress while losing weight.  Now the particular woman who wrote me expressed her love of vintage and disclosed the fact that she was tall.

All of which are an absolute plus in my book!

Many times seasonal trends don’t highlight looks for tall women, but wearing vintage clothes is an easy way to take the mystery out of a great look and provide price-conscious camouflaging solutions for how to dress well while losing weight.

Follow my three easy steps and dressing well on a budget and looking chic while losing weight become virtually effortless.

Step 1: Accentuate Your Positives

No matter what shape or size you are, we all have appropriate physical parts that look good in clothing.  For instance, if you are a woman who’s broad in the shoulder, or has a larger lower half,  or has some extra in the midsection, you may want to show off your shoulders.  

An off-the-shoulder top or dress will naturally bring the eye upward and detract from your lower half or midsection.  This is one of those looks for tall women that I definitely recommend.

Another part that’s great to accentuate (if it’s small to medium size) is the bust.  Get a good push-up bra and a v-neck and rock on! Showing or emphasizing the bust is a great trick fashion pros use when showing celebs how to dress well while losing weight. Anything that draws the eye to the the bust will automatically detract from the hips, midsection, etc.

personal stylist tip: vintage pieces that work

Personal Stylist Tip: Finding vintage pieces that work with what’s already in your wardrobe can save you time, money, and help accentuate your positives in a more modern look.

Step 2: Find Vintage Pieces That Work

The first thing people should understand about “vintage” is that the term is often misused. Vintage, for the sake of this blog post, refers to clothing 25+ years old.  Now, because cuts were different (as well as the standard size of the wearer) finding vintage pieces that work can be somewhat of a challenge.  You first want to do your research and know the fashion decade you like best .

Next you want to find reputable vendors in your area that carry such pieces.

For starters, go for accessories (think scarves, hats, belts, handbags, jewelry, etc.)  that can really accent a more modern-day look.  Accessories is also a great place to start because it’s a real money saver when you’re learning how to dress well while losing weight.  No matter your weight or size, accessories don’t have sizes so they’ll be usable now as well as in the future.

This is also a good tip for dressing well on a budget in general.

If you’re petite, average, or tall, you can find some great vintage pieces that work for your wardrobe.  The best looks for tall women are those that accent their height in a positive light. Maybe you can wear capes, funky hats, and drape cardigans that shorter women can’t wear.  Test some of these pieces out in your closet and see what you like.

One of my all-time favorite vintage pieces that work are wrap dresses!

Yes, they are still very much alive and well today, but many times the vintage editions have gathering and detailing that’s lost in the fashion world today.  Gathering, detailing, and ruffles can be great camouflage when trying to hide a midsection or hips and always an elegant option for a chic look if you want to know how to dress for losing weight.

Just a word of warning: many vintage stores don’t allow returns, so if you want to find vintage pieces that work, it may be wise to wear what you would wear with a particular piece while you’re out shopping.  This way you can easily try it on in the dressing room and proceed from there.

personal stylist tip: shapewear for everyday

Personal Stylist Tip: Comfortable compression shapewear for everyday use can provide you that smooth, polished look in all of your clothing.

Step 3: Shapewear for Everyday – Wear Comfortable Compression Shapewear

I know this is not something most women want to hear, but the fact is even celebrities wear shapewear!  I

If you want to get a more defined silhouette or just look better in your clothes, comfortable compression shapewear for everday use is the way to go.  There are a ton of brands in the market place today, so there are definitely a lot of choices.  Comfortable compression shapewear will smooth out rolls, hold in waistlines and hips, and so many other things.  You just have to give it a chance.

Shapewear for everyday should be durable, breathable, and most of all comfortable whether you’re sitting or standing.

Since shapewear isn’t cheap, the best time to buy is during big sales events (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, After-Christmas, Semi-Annual Sale, President’s Day Sale, etc.).  Do a little research before you buy any shapewear and see how a particular brand sizes their products and what products will work for your problem areas.  This will save a lot of time and frustration in the long run.

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Wearing the Right Panty: The Thong Panty That Fits & Panties That Fit Comfortably Guide

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Personal Stylist Tip: If you want panties that fit comfortably, wearing the right panty at all times, and finding a style of thong panty that fits is key to any woman’s flawless wardrobe.

It’s extremely important for any well-dressed woman to always be wearing the right panty.  Whether you have a large lingerie collection of thongs, or if you’re thinking of buying your first one, finding a thong panty that fits is key if you want to find panties that fit comfortably!

There are countless designs and styles of undergarments in every fabric imaginable.  One of the first tips in wearing the right panty is to choose fabrics that won’t chafe or irritate the skin.  This is doubly important when finding a thong panty that fits your body well and can be worn comfortably all day.

Panties that fit comfortably (especially when seeking a thong panty that fits) need to have three main characteristics:

  • breathability,
  • carrying moisture away from the skin, and
  • ability to stay in place.

Breathability starts with a great fabric that has a weave that allows air flow through it.  The most breathable fabrics include cotton, microfiber, and silk.  Just as a side tip, if your goal is to be wearing the right panty at all times, also choose more natural fibers as opposed to synthetics.

Also, wearing the right panty includes caring for your undergarments appropriately.  To increase the chance that you’ll always be wearing panties that fit comfortably, you should always launder your undergarments before you wear them for the first time to remove the “sizing” or the fabric’s synthetic finish. After washing your panties, they’ll feel softer to the touch and next to your skin. In addition, if you wear your new panties before washing them, any stains on them will be more difficult to remove later.

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Personal Stylist Tip: The right material is important when searching for a thong panty that fits.

A thong panty that fits should also serve the purpose of carrying moisture away from the skin.  This means that all sweat should be captured in the fabric and not left to sit on the skin where it can easily cause chafing.  This goes for the “V” shape in the front as well as the strip or string of fabric in the back!

Lastly, panties that fit comfortably stay in place!  For this to occur, you want to choose panties that have nylon or other stretch,  Yes, natural material is still best, however a bit of stretch will allow for a better fit and for you to be wearing the right panty it has to conform effortlessly to your body.  It should never look like (or feel like) you’re in a tug of war with your undies.

Another important and often neglected factor in finding a thong panty that fits is to consider your body type in relation to the crotch area of the fabric. The crotch area of thongs is minimal but should be cotton versus anything else.  In order to have panties that fit comfortably this crotch area needs to run along the full length of your lady partsJ

When the fabric is soft and breathable, and the thong’s fabric in the crotch area covers you and fits comfortably, then you’ll know that you have found the brand and style of your favorite thong. Before long, you’ll have an ample collection of perfect thong panty that fits that you will love to wear and buy again when the old ones wear out.

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Photo Shoots

In the past few days, I had a chance to participate in two absolutely fabulous photoshoots!

photo shoot 1

Beautiful model on first photo shoot

Photographer making sure everything is perfect

Photographer making sure everything is perfect

Photographer making sure everything is perfect

Photographer making sure everything is perfect


Photgrapher's assistant taking shots

Photgrapher’s assistant taking shots

Photographer instructing his assistant on how to take shots

Photographer instructing his assistant on how to take shots


Photgrapher's assistant taking more shots

Photgrapher’s assistant taking more shots

Model feeling the chill on the cool Fall day

Model feeling the chill on the cool Fall day


Model feeling the chill on the cool Fall day

Model feeling the chill on the cool Fall day


Photographer grabbing lighting equipment to get the perfect shot

Photographer grabbing lighting equipment to get the perfect shot


Quick lighting adjustment

Quick lighting adjustment


Night shots - model posing in the dark

Night shots – model posing in the dark

Night shots - model posing in the dark

Night shots – model posing in the dark


Second photo shoot: wardrobe soon to be steamed

Second photo shoot: wardrobe soon to be steamed

Room full of models

Room full of models waiting for hair and makeup


Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot


Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot


Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

Behind the scenes of second photo shoot

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Friday Night in Philly ~ Fab Store Fronts & Breakdancers!

This post is just a photo collage of my night out on a wonderful Friday night in Center City Philadelphia!

Swarovski storefront in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia

Swarovski storefront in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia

11.15.13 Kaleidoscope Old City Philadelphia 1

Kaleidoscope Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Kaleidoscope Old City Philadelphia 2

Kaleidoscope Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Kaleidoscope Boutique Old City Philadelphia 3

Kaleidoscope Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Lost & Found Old City Philadelphia 2

Lost & Found Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Lost & Found Old City Philadelphia 3

Lost & Found Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Philly Street Dancer 1

Breakdancers performing to Michael Jackson on 18th & Chestnut in Philadelphia!

11.15.13 Philly Street Dancer 2

Breakdancers performing to Michael Jackson on 18th & Chestnut in Philadelphia!

11.15.13 Philly Street Dancer 3

Breakdancers performing to Michael Jackson on 18th & Chestnut in Philadelphia!

11.15.13 Philly Street Dancer 4

Breakdancers performing to Michael Jackson on 18th & Chestnut in Philadelphia!

11.15.13 Sugarcube Old City Philadelphia 2

Sugarcube Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Sugarcube Old City Philadelphia

Sugarcube Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 The Geisha House Old City Philadelphia 1

The Geisha House Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 The Geisha House Old City Philadelphia 2

The Geisha House Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Third Street Habit Boutique Old City Philadelphia 1

Third Street Habit Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Third Street Habit Boutique Old City Philadelphia 2

Third Street Habit Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia 1

Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia 2

Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia

11.15.13 Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia 3

Three Sirens Boutique Old City Philadelphia

 

How to Freshen Up Previously Owned Items – Magic Vinegar Solution

The Wardrobe Boutique

Store front of The Wardrobe Boutique located at 1822 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

Today I was out in the chilly weather of Philly pulling clothes for a photo shoot coming up on Saturday.

Since the vibe of the shoot is supposed to be a 60’s Bridgitte Bardot theme, one of my first stops was a second-hand store I really like.  The Wardrobe Boutique is the retail/store portion of the non-profit Career Wardrobe.

So when I was browsing I came across some fabulous pieces for the shoot but also a few designer pieces for myself!

When I got my purchases home, I saw that one needed a bit of cleaning/freshening up.

This particular piece was a wool scarf and I have an easy solution to cleaning and refreshing such an item.  Follow the pics and instructions below!

Step 1: Make a solution of 1 cup distilled water + 1/4 cup white vinegar + 1/2 Tbsp. Febreeze Original

Magic Vinegar Solution 1

These are the 3 ingredients needed to make my Magic Vinegar Solution to freshen/clean fabrics.

Magic Vinegar Solution 2

Once the boiled tap water is cooled, you’ll have distilled water.
Add the other ingredients at this point to create my Magic Vinegar Solution!

Magic Vinegar Solution 3

My Magic Vinegar Solution is clear & won’t stain clothing.

Step 2: Lay scarf out on a flat surface

Magic Vinegar Solution 4

On a clean towel, I laid the scarf out flat on the floor.

Step 3: Take a clean dry washcloth and dip it into the solution

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Dipping a clean washcloth in my Magic Vinegar Solution.

Step 4: Gently but firmly apply the solution to the scarf.

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Applying my Magic Vinegar Solution to the first side of the wool scarf.

Magic Vinegar Solution 7

Adding my Magic Vinegar Solution to the second side of the wool scarf.

Step 5: Use the dry part of the washcloth to vigorously rub over the are where you just put the solution

Magic Vinegar Solution 8

Gently but firmly rubbing my Magic Vinegar Solution into the first side of the wool scarf.

Magic Vinegar Solution 9

Gently but firmly rubbing my Magic Vinegar Solution into the other side of the wool scarf.

***Tip: No area should ever be soaked or saturated with the solution.***

Step 6: Any areas where there are stains, you may need to add a bit more solution and repeat step 5 a few times.

Step 7: Once you have gone over both sides of the scarf, hang it in a place to air dry.

Magic Vinegar Solution 10

Here I’ve hung the wool scarf in a closet to allow my Magic Vinegar Solution to dry . The scarf will come out crisp, clean & fresh!

Test my Magic Vinegar Solution out today and let me know how much $$$ it saved you and how fresh your clothes are!

Leave comments below.

The Ultimate Layering Guide – The “La Mere” Layering Technique

"la mere" layering technique

This fashion-forward street style is what makes the “La Mere” Layering technique come alive!

Layering is a popular technique in fashion whereby a person will layer clothing one on top of the other.

That being said there’s definitely a right an wrong way to layer.  To keep from looking too bulky or unbalanced, I’ve come up with a quick and easy technique that will allow even the most novice fashionistas to layer effortlessly.

Like everything, you will improve with practice, but this will give you a starting point on how to layer and what to layer.

Below are the four components of the “La Mere” Layering Technique:

  • Part 1: “Long” – Long refers to the length of the first layer of clothing you have on.  In this case “long” refers to a shirt or tank top that hits below the hip.  Aim for something that hits mid-thigh.  Please note, the sleeves can also be long, but that’s not necessary.

Also in more advanced variations of the “La Mere” Layering Technique, you can tuck the shirt into a skirt or pant.  The length here is still important because it prevents bulk.  You also want to make sure this first layer is a light to medium weight fabric.

  • Part 2: “Cropped” – Cropped refers to the second layer in my “La Mere” Layering Technique where the shirt, jacket, or cardigan you choose will hit at the hip, cropped isn’t the best term but it’s shorter than saying “at the hip”:)  See the pic above to see a great example of Part 1 and Part 2.  The fabric for this layer can be lightweight to medium weight as well.
  • Part 3: “Oversized or Overlap” – The third part of the “La Mere” Layering Technique is the oversized or overlap layer. Here you want to add a cape, chunky scarf, or other medium to heavy weight item that ties the bottom three layers together.  This oversized layer must be in proportion with your shape so as not to overwhelm.  Another option is to also go for a piece that you would overlap, such as a scarf.

"la mere" layering technique

  • Part 4: “Structured” – In the this part, you want to add a jacket, blazer, or cardigan that has structure and preferably well-tailored.  The structure should complement both your body type and the theme of the look you’re going for.  For instance, if your look is preppy, a letterjacket with a insignia of a school or brand would be appropriate.  If you’re very daring, you can use a bolero jacket or some other unexpected but structured, tailored piece of clothing.

This is one of the most important part of the “La Mere” layering technique because this is where the shape of the wearer is best defined.  If you don’t want your layers voluminous or bulky, make sure to pick a great tailored jacket.  This jacket should be a medium weight fabric as well.

So are you game to try this technique?  If so drop me a line and let me see your results!

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Learn Why Fashion Magazines Are Lying to You

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Learn why fashion magazines have been lying to you for years!

Jenny flipped through the pages of the latest issue of another glossy fashion mag.  She saw the celebs on the red carpetl drooled over the latest runway shows; and grew green with envy over that bustier designer dress some pop star wore while on the red carpet.

 

After an hour of putting herself though self-hell looking at what others were wearing, she looked in her closet and still didn’t have a clue about what she was wearing to a function for work tomorrow night! Has this ever happened to you?

 

If you’re like me, then the answer is definitely yes. Let’s face it.

 

Fashion magazine and blogs don’t teach you about fashion!

 

Sorry if I burst your bubble, but they don’t.

 

They sell the latest trend and how it looks on the celebrity of the moment. If you really want to learn fashion basics, start looking at something right under your nose. I’m talking about home shopping networks!

Seriously, don’t laugh.:lol:

As crazy as it sounds, these channels that were once thought of as something your Grandma Mary or Aunt June watched have become untapped resources of core fashion knowledge every woman needs to know. Just imagine being able to walk into your favorite store and confidently pick clothes and accessories that were perfect for your shape and sense of style? This is completely possible with the information you’ll learn from home shopping channels!

 

 

  • Home shopping channels teach the basics about style – Models of different shapes, sizes, and complexions come out to model whatever’s being presented. Then the host and fashion guest go about explaining the basics of tailoring and fit on that model. The things they’re discussing, like fit, movement, tailoring, length, seams, color coordination, etc. are the types of things you learn when you go to fashion school (think Parsons, F.I.T., Tim Gunn, What Not To Wear, etc.) and you’re getting them right there on your television!
 
  • Home shopping networks have products readily available – When you see something you like, you can order it right then and there by phone or online.
 
  • Home shopping networks offer pieces that are on trend – There are professional buyers and stylists who ensure that interpretations of the latest trends in the industry are available for sale. This means you won’t have to worry about being out of date and looking old-fashioned
 

Why are home shopping networks the new source of useful fashion philosophy?

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Fashion magazines are beautiful and glossy, but don’t give fashion advice you can use!

In today’s online and interactive world (where the next YouTube sensation can be on tour with a pop star!) many celebrities and fashion insiders are expanding their brands by marketing clothing and accessories to the masses. This makes fashion (and fashion knowledge) more accessible to the everyday person.

 

Shows to watch on the most popular channels

On QVC

 

  • Fashionably Early with Jane & Pat – usually has on guests (like Kris Jenner) or fashion insiders who give great tips on the pieces being shown and how to wear them in various ways
 
  • B. Makowsky Handbags – great colors of handbags for the seasons and what they work best with
 
  • The Lisa Robertson Show – this is a good Friday night fashion recap with plenty of guests, tidbits, and entertainment hosted by a veteran from the network
 
  • Issac Mizrahi Live! – Issac himself usually comes on the show and gives great tips for how to wear his pieces, along with color and accessories advice
 
  • Shoe Shopping with Jane – This show will give you great insight on the latest shoe trends, what colors they work best with, and occasions to wear them
 
  • Simonton Says by George Simonton – “Unique novelty fabrics, exquisite details and sophisticated silhouettes are the hallmarks of George Simonton, the designer of choice for some of the world’s best-dressed women. George Simonton is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and listed as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His elegant ready-to-wear creations can be found in select specialty stores and high-end department stores, but George Simonton has created Simonton Says especially for QVC. From couture-inspired details to feminine prints and rich jacquards of Simonton Says elegant related separates beautifully reflect the designer’s flair for what flatters today’s woman..” (from QVC)
 
  • Accessorize Your Fall – This show features the hottest accessories of the season which you can add to your real life wardrobe, including handbags, shoes and jewelry

 

On HSN

 

  • Tiana B. Fashions – Modern street-savvy style in wearable knits is presented here
 
  • Hot In Hollywood – The hottest shoes, handbags, and accessories are presented at more affordable price-point. Great commentary provided on what the models are wearing and several different suggestions on how you can wear it too!
 
  • American Glamour Badgley Mischka – on of the designers comes on to explain what they designed the pieces they did and how to wear it for that season.
 
  • G by Giuliana Rancic – the E! Host and reality star has her pulse on fashion and what’s hot in Hollywood. Therefore you can expect nothing less than cutting edge style and great wardrobe pieces from her collection.
 
  • IMAN Global Chic (and also IMAN Platinum) – This is a fashion veteran with nearly 4 decades of experience in the fast-paced world of fashion. She brings her fresh interpretations of the latest trends to the small screen and give viewers tailoring and color options that would be hard to find elsewhere. Everything this woman does is fabulous and I literally write down every piece of fashion advice that comes out of her mouth!
 
  • CARMEN Carmen Marc Valvo – The fashion god who’s know to design his dresses for women with curves has brought his high fashion sensibilities to HSN with collection that range from wear-to-work to casual & chic. He brings a breath of sensuality and femininity to sophistication like no other designer out today.

Now that you know my top picks of shows that will actually teach you a thing or two about fashion, go schedule that DVR or set that TiVO to record so you truly understand the basics of fashion and style so you can feel confident everytime you step out the door.

Want to start now?

Then watch the short QVC video below and….

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Pop of Vibrancy + Shortened La Mere Layering Technique

fall polyvore set - pop of color

This set is a great example of how a pop of vibrant color can infuse life into a fall look!

 

This is a partial example of the “La Mere” layering technique!  The “long” is the green top and the “structured” is the black jacket.  This is a very simple example of the technique.

 

Remember, for the “La Mere” layering technique to work, you don’t have to use all four parts.  However, at least two of the parts must always be present in order for you to be layering!