What to Wear on College Tours: The Do’s and Don’ts

Many of us have spent a lot of time on college tours recently.  I’m not going to get into the insanity of the entire college selection process, instead I highly recommend you read this article:  “The Hair-Pulling Madness of the College Tour”.

But before I talk about what to wear, I need to get one thing off my chest.  Can  admissions people please train their adorable, enthusiastic tour guides to replace the word “free” with the phrase “included with your tution.”  If one more perky tour guide exclaims with pride that things like printing, laundry and shuttle rides are FREE, I think my head may explode.

Now, let’s talk about the really important stuff:

WHAT TO WEAR ON COLLEGE TOURS WITH YOUR 16-18 YEAR OLD (easily embarrassed) BELOVED CHILD

  1. DO wear comfortable shoes.  My go-to are my favorite Stan Smith sneakers.  Neutral nike-type sneaks work too.  Low heeled comfortable booties or your favorite neutral ballet flats are a good choice too.
  2. DO plan on weather changes.  Especially if you’re traveling…wear layers, bring an umbrella, and have a neutral jacket on hand denim, black, olive, white, tan, grey always work.
  3. DON’T dress for fashion.  Yes, you can be fashionable, but trust me, your kid doesn’t want you to draw undo attention to yourself.  Despite the fact that you raised and nurtured this child  for 18 years, and are footing the bill, it’s not about you:)
  4. DON’T expect your almost- adult child to carry their own sh%t.  Seriously though, carry a light- weight tote to hold your sunglasses, umbrella, an extra layer —  AND all the hand out materials (that must cost these schools a fortune, and no one ever looks at again because it’s all available on-line).
  5. DO bring a scarf to add some personality to your neutral look.  Scarves serve multiple purposes including adding some warmth, keeping your head dry in unexpected downpours, and covering the stain created when you dump your coffee on yourself while driving to said tour.
  6. DO enjoy this special time with your “child” as they are held captive  with no easy escape plan.  It can be a stressful time filled with conflict and tough decisions, but it can and should also be  a wonderful chance for some rare one-on-one time.
  7. Final Tip: Stuff a “free” cookie in you mouth when you feel tempted to express a preference for a particular school.   Learn this phrase and repeat it over and over when you’re tempted to give your opinion:  “What did YOU think??  At first you’ll  be met with a blank stare or something meaningless like,  “it was nice”.  But eventually (we pray) they will figure it out end up somewhere right for them.  And then (we pray) they’ll get a job, and not live in the basement.  For too long.  There’s that too.

Have fun and #justgetdressed;)

Beth

 

Your Spring Dress Strategy

 

Technically Spring is here…. or if you live in the Northeast – it’s going to be here…someday…. hopefully.  Question:  What are you going to do when the invites start rolling in for all those Spring events….weddings, confirmations, communions, bar mitzvahs, graduations, etc, etc???

Do you think “crap, what am I going to wear?”  Or do you have a small but fabulous collection of dresses you can rely on?  Having a dress on hand when the invite arrives, is, as my mom would say, “like money in the bank”.

A basic rule to remember when it comes to dresses is that it’s impossible very hard to find the perfect dress when you’re looking for it, especially under a time crunch.   A better approach is first to weed out the dresses taking up space in your closet that you would never reach for, and give them a new home.

Next, always  keep an eye out for dresses you love, and when you see something, and it fits the following criteria, GRAB it.

B.Styled’s Criteria for Dress Buying (even if you don’t have an event — yet):

Impact:   It jumps out at you at the store or on the website.   Just like a piece of art, you’ll know it when you see it, and when you have that visceral reaction,  get the credit card out.  Trust me, you’ll thank me.

Fit and Flattery:  The dress fits and flatters your figure today.  And by today, I mean, now.  Not your figure from last year,  or the one you plan to have next year.  Focus on the current, fabulous YOU and highlighting all your best assets.

Timelessness:  Steer clear of trends that won’t make sense a month, let alone a year from now.  Classic shapes, colors and patterns are the way to go.  Know which shapes best suit your figure (I know a personal stylist who can help with that;)   Styles like sheaths, shifts and fit & flares are never going  out of style.  (Just google Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn.)  Trendy looks such as one shoulder, cold shoulder or cut outs are fun and have their place, but these are not your “go-to’s”

.CLICK HERE for a shopping catalog of some of my favorite dresses in four common occasion categories.  Note that many of the dresses will work for many types of events – the hallmark of great dress.

Party: When you’re going out and want to take it up a notch.

Graduation:  I for one, have high School graduations this June and next, and these dresses work for that kind of daytime event.

Weddings: ‘Tis the season!

Easter, Communions, Baptisms.:  And any other more “lady-like” type of occasions.

Casual:  Everyday dresses that are comfortable and versatile and can be worn for many casual events.

I’ve also included some shoe suggestions.  You’ll see a lot of neutral shoes here.  Why? Because they will work with most dresses…So when you find a pair that you love and that your FEET like.. do not hesitate.  Buy them.

Of course, I’m here to help if you need specific suggestions or help – just send me a note, or go fill out a new client profile.  This allows you to start building your own virtual closet like this example.   I have priced my services in a way to make personal styling, whether virtually or in person, accessible and non-intimidating. My clients find that they actually end up spending less, yet have more to wear, after working with me.  Click here for info on my services, and to learn about my Spring Style System.

Now, go #justgetdressed and have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Beth

My Favorite GREEN Picks!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!  Today we are all little Irish and I wanted to share my favorite green picks.  Green is a fun color to add to your wardrobe whether it be in a top or an accessory…Here are some ideas….Click HERE to shop the links!

Looking at these items makes me want it all…and I never thought I was a “green” person.  What a fabulous color to add to your looks this SPRING!

Speaking of SPRING…How’s your wardrobe looking?  Does it need some help?  We are having a ball over in the Spring Style System group.  I think everyone in the program would attest that its value is FAR greater than the cost.  You’ll  have easy access to my personal styling without haven’t to leave home, and build a fabulous, functional wardrobe, starting with what you already own.

Click Here to learn more and sign up! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Beth

Break the Style Rut: The Suit

I’m a huge fan of separates but let’s face it, some occasions and professions call for an actual, grown-up suit.  It’s a good staple to have in your closet, at the ready (think:  meetings, interviews, and even funerals).

Most offices and lifestyles don’t require a suit every day, so  if you can get more fun and mileage out of your investment, all the better.  Remember, my mantra…versatility!

I found this navy suit at Banana Republic (they’re having a sale right now too…code:  BRFAMILY).  It has tiny dots on it, so it’s updated and different, but can still be treated like a solid navy suit.

Let’s see how this closet workhorse can give you lots of different options – from business, to casual, to “chic In-between”.    Maybe you already have a navy suit and you can use these ideas to breathe new life into it.


Wear it as a matching suit with a simple white shell and add a cool necklace and accessories.  I love the idea of a splash of unexpected color in the shoe –  shows personality and polish.

Shop this Look:

Navy Jacket    Navy Pants   White Shell    Statement Necklace    Satchel    Ring    Nude Pump   

Yellow Shoe    Navy Pump


Wear the jacket with jeans and a t-shirt and mix & match your shoes and accessories.

Shop this Look:

Navy Jacket    White Tee    Jeans    Scarf    Ring   Sneakers   Yellow Shoes   Espadrilles 


Create a chic look that can go dressy OR casual.  This pattern shirt is cool with the dots,  and the blush cardigan is a great “3rd piece” that ties it all together.   Too warm for a sweater?  This outfit stands on its own too.

Shop this Look:

Navy Pants   Print Top    Cardigan    Statement Necklace   Ring    Bangles    Blush Lace up Flats   Navy Pumps

Rose Gold Clutch

 

Need help with your Spring Wardrobe?  Join the B.Styled Spring Style System and we’ll get your closet and wardrobe in shape so you can look and feel great every day.  Click HERE for more info about the program or watch my FB Live video below!

CLICK HERE to join!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend……and #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth

 

B.Styled Spring Style System

Build a mix-and-match wardrobe of pieces that make it easy to look great every day.  The B.Styled Spring Style System   gives you everything you need to feel put together, gain confidence in your style and learn to make the most of your closet.  It is much more than a “Style Challenge” — it’s a Style SYSTEM that will help you simply….#justgetdressed.

You will receive a shopping list for EACH step.  You will go to your closet first and find as many of the items on the lists as possible before filling in by shopping!

You will also receive access to 4 frequently updated, clickable shopping catalogs with numerous options for each item on the list, including work-appropriate and casual options.  I make sure to include various price points as well as petite and plus size options.  This is a “living” catalog…I update it and add to it throughout the season based on the needs of members. 

 Finally, you will receive 14 (plus) OUTFIT FORMULAS drawn from the lists, showing you exactly how to combine the various items into innumerable unique looks that work for you and your lifestyle, whether it be professional, casual, or something in-between.

All members will also have complete access to the private B.Styled Spring Style System Facebook Group.  I am extremely active within this group, providing advice, tips and support, including live videos.  This group is an invaluable source for friendship, fun and style support and many members call it by far the best part!

As a special BONUS, I am including free access to the B.Styled Closet Cleanse Program   (a $19.99 value)…and we will be doing the cleanse TOGETHER in the private Facebook group in the days leading up to March 20th.  Everything is easier with friends so let’s tackle this job (or refresh it if you’ve already done it) and be ready for SPRING!

All this for only $49…Less than that impulse buy I won’t let you make;)

In addition, purchasers of the Spring Style System will have the option of buying the B.Styled Virtual Styling Hour at a discounted rate of $50 (regular price $75).  This gives you lifetime access to your own “Virtual Closet” and one hour of my personal styling services, dedicated to your specific needs.  Click HERE for info on the Virtual Closet and Styling Hour.

   CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Let’s get our closets cleansed and our Spring Wardrobe built from the ground up…together!

I hope you’ll join us….and simply…#justgetdressed  😉

xo, Beth