1. Blazers, blazers, blazers!!!!
I recently came to the realization that I have amassed quite a collection of these wardrobe powerhouses. My best find? A gorgeous Banana Republic blazer (with cute little pleats on the rear) at an outlet for $12. Fits perfectly. The beauty of blazers? Toss one over a black t-shirt and a pair of perfectly fitted dark wash jeans for the perfect work outfit. Wanna be a little more casual-quirky? Trade in the black T for a vintagey graphic t-shirt. Just make sure the blazer fits well - you'll go from fabulous to frumpy in no time if the jacket is baggy. And you'll look a little ridiculous if you cross that fine line separating fitted from tight. If it looks like you're about to pop a button, you may want to go up a size!
While We're on the Topic...A Note about Size
If you're like me, and have a few pounds you'd like to shed (from a recently hatched baby or one too many hot fudge sundaes or both!), DO NOT try to fit into clothes that have your ideal number on the tag. In other words, my pre-baby body fit nicely into most size 10 clothes. My current body? Not a chance. Trust me, you'll look thinner and trimmer (is that redundant?) if you ignore the number on the tag and buy what fits you. As my friends Stacy and Clinton say, dress the body you have, not the one you want. You're not fooling anyone into thinking you're a size 4 if you've shoved yourself into a tiny pair of pants, but have a little somethin' extra hanging over the waistband! Muffin tops are delightful when eaten for breakfast or seen on a Seinfeld episode, but have no place on a well-dressed woman!
I know that when I say "scarves", you might cringe and immediately think of your great aunt Ethel and her floral silk atrocities clasped with a giant rhinestone brooch about her neck. I'm going in a slightly different direction. I'm also not necessarily thinking about a chunky fuzzy knit winter staple (although those do have their place). I have a crazy scarf collection (and I just want on a scarf buying binge last week). I don't like to wear necklaces for some reason, but love to wear scarves, especially a nice substantial pashmina sort of neck-ccesory (do you like how I just did that clever play on words?). I have them in solids and crazy prints, and I pretty much wear them year round. Sometimes I go with "strictly coordinating" when selecting my neckwear, other times I choose a bold print that adds some fun (and whimsy, shall we say?) to an otherwise ho-hum outfit. To prove to you the impact of a carefully selected scarf...last week I wore a boring outfit (khakis and black t-shirt) to work, with a vibrant, colorful scarf. I unexpectedly had to go to Richmond to run an errand and decided to stop by the T.J Maxx (the primary enabler in my scarf addiction). I bought a new scarf and wore it back to the office. As soon as my co-worker saw me, she exclaimed, "You changed your outfit!". Nope, just the scarf. Just the scarf.
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