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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

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

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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

 

Keeping it Simple and Versatile

My last two Facebook Live videos were all about ways to make getting dressed easier by keeping it simple, and focusing on versatility.  

For those of you non-Facebookers,  HERE is a link to all my Facebook Live videos.    If you know me, you know I can be….verbose…so use your fast-forward button liberally;)

On that note, I had an idea for a new Facebook Live feature called B.Styled Quickies – a series of 1 minute live videos. I’ll be sharing easy tips and tricks,  and in the process, I’ll learn how to get my point across in a minute or less 😉  You can catch them by going  to my B.Styled Facebook page and following me. They’ll be starting next week and will usually air at noon EST.

The other thing going on over on Facebook is my free, private, #justgetdressed group.  This is where members can ask questions, post outfit pictures (that no one else sees) get advice and share tips.  CLICK HERE and ask to join.  It’s a fantastic group of fun, supportive and all-around awesome women, and is a great source of help, support and laughs.

Now, back to my tips for keeping it simple and focusing on versatility:

  1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE:

This was last Friday when I had meetings during the day and went out with friends at night.  Did I change my entire outfit?  Nope.  I changed into jeans and the same color top as the dress — everything else (including my favorite boots) stayed the same.  I was out the door in 2 minutes.  Don’t reinvent the wheel!  Keep it simple!

2.  Focus on VERSATILITY!

This sweater converts from a cowl neck to an off-the-shoulder and can be worn out, or with a half tuck.  Versatile!  My two-tone necklace features gold and silver and can be worn long or doubled up.  Versatile!  In the video, I also demonstrate the wonders of this amazing $48 crossbody bag that can be worn 4 ways.   Click here to order from FlirtyFinds!

The next time you’re considering whether to buy something, ask yourself if it’s versatile.  Don’t buy something because it “goes with  (fill in the blank)”.   And I don’t care if it’s on triple clearance either!  Find pieces that can be styled in various ways and be paired with several things in your closet.   Got it?

Now, go #justgetdressed 😉

Cheers,

Beth

 

 

How To Stay Warm and Look Stylish in a Freezing Office

For this week’s Back to Work Monday, I’m answering this reader question from Barbara S.:

My office is freezing cold, especially in the winter — some of my co-workers literally wrap up in blankets or throw on a North Face fleece over their outfits. It doesn’t exactly scream competent and professional. Do you have any recommendations for how to dress and  look professional but also be warm?

Even if you live in a warmer climate, some offices are cold no matter what’s going on outside.  So  how can you stay warm while still looking professional and stylish? Here are some tips and shopping links.  Many of these items may  already be in your closet too!

You may have guessed that the key is LAYERS:

  1.  Cashmere and merino wool sweaters:   If most of your sweaters are cotton or a polyester blend, you may want to upgrade to cashmere or merino wool — I notice a huge difference in warmth.  Now is a great time of year to invest in your sweater collection – both of the linked sweaters are on sale and available in crew and v-neck.
  2. “Undershirts”:  I joke that I’m like a preschooler because I wear an undershirt most days.  I’m in love with this one because it’s smooth and stretchy and provides a perfect barrier between me and my blouses and sweaters (reducing my dry cleaning bills too).
  3. Cardigans-and Wraps: . You could wear a wool blazer with a merino or cashmere sweater, and if it’s really cold, throw a cashmere wrap or ruana around your shoulders.  It’s almost like wrapping up in a blanket, but definitely more polished looking;).  Here’s a great looking, 100% wool wrap  —  a less expensive alternative to cashmere, and  available in 6 colors.
  4. Long Cardigans:   Longer cardigans and sweater coats  can be a great for both warmth and good looks. You don’t want it to look like a bathrobe though, so choose wisely.  Make sure it fits well (petites —  look for styles that come in petite sizing).   A long cozy cardigan can be warm and chic –  and better looking than a down jacket;)

    Have a question you’d like me to address?  Feel free to drop me a note!    Now go #justgetdressed😉
    Cheers!
    Beth

Year End Round Up – B.Merry and B.Styled!

As 2016 comes to a close, I want to thank each and every one of you –  my customers, readers, and friends.  It’s because of you that I have been able to grow B.Styled and do what I love to do.  I hope that I’ve been able to help you in some way, whether through tips and outfit ideas, or a closet cleanse, or a #justgetdressed pep talk.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to email me or post on Facebook, sharing your questions, stories and struggles with me.  These notes, questions and stories are what drive me to do what I do.

The connection begins with fashion and getting dressed, but more often than not, it expands and grows into something more. Camaraderie. Friendship. Support & many laughs.

Looking back over the year, I feel so blessed.  I have learned  so much, personally and professionally, and have developed new friendships with so many amazing women because of B.Styled.

Looking ahead toward 2017,  I have lots of ideas for how I can support and help you – whether you’re near or far-  and make the process of getting dressed something you actually enjoy.

I wish each of you a fun, relaxing holiday surrounded by family and friends-— while wearing easy, comfortable clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful.

Here’s to a happy & healthy 2017!

xo, Beth


But wait!  Before you go…below is  a round up of some of my favorite and most popular blog posts of 2016.


YOUR NO-BRAINER HOLIDAY DRESSING FORMULA:  This one works for your holiday parties,  but you can also adapt it all year long – and never again stress over what to wear when you’re going out.


THE GROWN UP’S GUIDE TO LEGGINGS: There’s something to be said for “comfy pants” this time of year.  Here’s how to get it right.


SHE WHO STRUGGLES:.  This is a feature I plan to continue in 2017 along with my friend Karen Collins, owner of Bisousweet Confections.  If you don’t follow her blog, you need to…Trust me.  Even if you don’t like sugar or treats (??)  you will eat up her blog.


YOUR CLOTHING BUDGET: WHEN TO SPEND AND SAVE:   When it comes to building a functional wardrobe, less really is more.  Here are tips on how to allocate your hard earned dollars.


And finally, if you haven’t taken the plunge and joined one of my B.Styled Essentials Challenges, it’s not too late to jump in on the 2016-2017 Winter Challenge.  At $39, “plunge” is an exaggeration, but I promise you it’s money well spent and my goal is to make it worth every single penny.  Click HERE to learn more.

Don’t these ladies (who come all over the country) look amazing using this easy, chic outfit formula from the Winter  Challenge?

Here are some more ways to reach me and all that B.Styled has to offer:

  YouTube:  Find all my LIVE  Happy Hour videos.  One of my  New Year’s resolutions is to make these more…succinct.

  Instagram:  Outfit inspiration to help you #justgetdressed.

  I post daily on the B.Styled Personal Styling Facebook Page so like and follow me there.  You can also join my free, private #justgetdressed Facebook Group:  Ask questions, take free mini style challenges and enjoy a fun community of like-minded B.Stylers.

Pinterest:  Get outfit inspiration and more tips and ideas

This is my personal styling too that I use to provide affordable, personalized help to clients. .  Click HERE to learn more and get access to your own virtual closet and personalized recommendations.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in 2017!

Cheers!

~Beth

Office to Party Outfit Formula

Ah, the after-work party — love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve got to #justgetdressed for them.   Here’s a simple formula to take you from working at your desk to dancing on your desk in style.  (Kidding – don’t do that).

It’s all about a fabulous foundation…in this case, a classic LBD and black pumps with ultra sheer, nude hosiery.  Then you pack your bag to make your swaps……Easy peasy.

Scarf ——————————–> Statement Necklace

Jacket——————————-> Wrap

Tote ———————————> Clutch

How would you like to know what you’re wearing every day for the next 3 weeks?  Outfit formulas created from your closet, with a shopping list and links to essential winter items you may be missing — it’s yours with the B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge.  Click here for more info and to sign up!

Now go #justgetdressed.

Cheers!  Beth

 

Your No-Brainer Holiday Dressing Formula

You get the invitation and it says something like “Holiday Festive Attire”.  WHAAAAT??

Here is a go-to, never-fail formula for all your vague holiday party invites. You can dress it up or dress it down with your choice of shoes and accessories to work with most events this time of year.

Note:  An alternative to this formula is a  black, navy, plum etc.  cocktail dress with black heels and accessories.  This look always works if you think a dress is “required” (but it usually isn’t) .   If you feel more comfortable in a dress, go for it!

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BLACK SKINNY ANKLE PANTS  + DRESSY TOP + STATEMENT NECKLACE + BLACK HEELS OR BOOTIES

  1.  Black Ankle Pants:  I hate the term skinny pants, but that’s what the designers have called them.  I’m talking about slim fitting ankle length pants here.  You do NOT have to be skinny to wear these.  In fact, most the women I have wrangled in to trying these have said they are the most flattering pants they own.  They need to be a substantial material with some stretch so they smooth and flatter.  The length should be right to your ankle bone.  These pants are appropriate and perfect for just about any occasion as long as they fit you!
  2. Dressy Top:  You probably have this hanging in your closet.  Look for a top that drapes and flows over your curves in a dark or bold color that you love.  Details like lace, bell sleeves or a bold color make it a statement, but it can also be a simple black top too…because next you are going to add….
  3. Accessories:  The holidays are the time to bring out the glitz and bling, but keep it to ONE statement piece and keep in mind your top when you choose.  If your top has any embellishment or details that would compete with a necklace, skip the necklace and go bold with your earrings.  On the other hand, if you top is simple and you want to rock a big bold statement necklace,  go for it!  But wear simple stud earring or hoops that don’t compete.  And this time of year I love a chunky cocktail ring.   I just got this one and I can’t wait to wear it to every holiday event I have…heck I may even wear it to the grocery store;)   Have fun with your accessories!  You don’t have to spend a lot to make a big impact and transform your basic essentials!
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4.  Black Heels:  The beauty of your black skinny ankle pants is that (unlike wide leg or boot cut pants) you have many options for shoes.  You can go with booties, heels, pumps, or ballet flats.

So, RSVP “yes” to those invites and shop your closet for these 4 items.   Here’s is a catalog with links to suggested items to help.

Want some more guidance and personal help?  The Winter 2016 -17  B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge opens this Monday, December 5th!

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Here are some highlights of this challenge.

  • Available for just $39
  • 31 piece shopping list of on trend winter essentials, including accessories, many of which may already be in your closet.
  • 21 days of cozy chic, casual chic, business chic and dressy chic holiday outfit ideas.  Plus a lookbook of 12 workwear alternatives for Monday-Thursday during the 3 weeks. 
  • Access to the Fall 2016 challenge Catalog and options for incorporating these fall essentials into your winter looks, allowing you to shop your closet and get the most from your purchases. 
  • A private Facebook group where we share advice, tips and even help each other build specific outfits on the fly!  No one sees your pictures but our supportive group of awesome women, and most say this is the BEST, most beneficial part of the challenge.

Click HERE to take the B.Styled Winter Challenge.   I hope you’ll join us!

Now go #justgetdressed 😉  

Cheers! 

Beth

 

The Grown Up’s Guide to Wearing Leggings

leggings10It’s that Leggings-Time-of-Year again.   We’ve hashed and rehashed the whole “leggings aren’t pants”  issue and I think we’re all clear on how not to wear leggings at our age.  In case you need a refresher though, here’s another post on the subject.  Or, for a visual,  you can just head to your local high school to see what I’m talking about.  ‘Nuff said.

Today I want to focus on what does work  with leggings.

 

The B.Styled 1-2-3 Leggings Formula:

  1.  The Leggings:

First of all, my favorite are the  Hue, Ultra WW wide waistband leggings.  They don’t pill and are totally opaque –you can’t see through them AT ALL (oh, so important).  I have them in black and charcoal and wear them a few times per week all fall and winter.

2.  The Shoes:

The top you choose is probably the #1 priority but shoes are key too.  My personal opinion is that the most foolproof shoe to wear with leggings is a pair of tall boots – either flat riding boots or a pair with a medium, thick heel or wedge.  Booties can look cute too but it can be easy for them to look too clunky,  and I like them to be the same color as the leggings.  At the end of the day though, go ahead and wear whatever shoe you want  – but let’s skip the clogs ok?  And please, no hate mail on that one – it’s just my preference – wear what you want!

3.  The Top:

But,  (pardon the pun) the covering-up factor is one area I’m less flexible on…unless you’re a teen,  or you spend a zillion hours a week doing squats and lunges….In which case you’re probably not reading this anyway.

(*Clarification:  I have no issue whatsoever with wearing work out tights, or yoga pants, etc. without a long top when you’re working out or coming and going from the gym…I’m talking about “real” clothes here…)

Anyway, for the top, we want it  to be long enough –  without being a muumuu and without making us look like Maude  (and if you don’t get that reference, chances are you’re young enough to go ahead and wear leggings as pants).

The top should be simple and comfortable– and most importantly,  it needs to cover your nether-regions completely.

Here I’m wearing a Loft sweater tunic,  my go-to Hue leggings and my favorite slipper booties.   I can work at home all day in this cozy outfit  – but still  #justgetdressed.

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On this particular day I had to run out to an appointment where I needed to look a little more polished – and had to lose the slippers;)

All I did was swap the cozy scarf for a necklace and add my wedge heel boots.

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(tip: wearing a long pendant necklace with your tunic/leggings combo is elongating, flattering and adds instant, easy chic).  

Then I to added a faux leather jacket.  Easy outfit transformation starting with the 1-2-3 Leggings Formula.
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(tip:  a fitted jacket adds flattering structure to your tunic/leggings combo)

Are you a fan of leggings or do you pass on them?  Do you remember Maude? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now go #justgetdressed.

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Say Goodbye to Dressing Room Drama

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If you haven’t heard of peach® yet, chances are you will soon! On Thursday 11/17 this exciting start-up will be on national TV on Project Runway, Fashion Startup.  See below for teaser clip.  Think Shark Tank for fashion startups, with Rebecca Minkoff as  one of the potential investors.  Pretty cool stuff.

I’ve been referring clients to peach® for months now as I’m firm believer in the company’s mission and approach. Approximately 85% of us are walking around in the wrong size bra, and there’s no question that a well-fitting bra has a huge impact on the way we look and feel in our clothing.

In a world where 95% of women share that shopping for intimates leaves them vulnerable, frustrated, and self-critical, peach® is transforming the experience into one that embraces women with kindness, care, and encouragement.  

peach ® is reinventing the lingerie industry by shifting the power from big box retailers (who use impossibly skinny models wearing wings) to entrepreneurial women who, as trained and caring personal stylists, help other women feel perfect from the inside out.

I’m thrilled to be adding this service to my B.Styled Personal Styling offering, and invite you to check out the peach® website for more information.  My personal URL is http://www.discoverpeach.com/s/bethr.

Also, set your DVR to the  Lifetime Channel on Thursday November 17th at 10:30 pm.  It should be VERY exciting!

Click HERE for a teaser clip.

Thanks for reading, and as always, hit reply and let me know if you have any questions.  I’m here to help you #justgetdressed. 😉

Cheers!

Beth

Layering: Tips and Tricks

The #justgetdressed Challenge for today is to experiment with layers.  Layering is key to fall and winter dressing.  It’s also  a great way to add interest to your outfit.  If you do a quick search of fall outfits on Pinterest, you’ll see that some of the most pinned outfits feature the look of a longer layer peeking out from under a sweater or jacket.

It can be a tough look to pull off in non-pinterest-land where the rest of us live, so here’s a simple layering formula for you to try:

5 Steps to a Chic, Layered Look:

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top in a  solid, neutral, or stripe.  Make this first layer fitted to keep your shape looking slim. A longer t-shirt, tank or blouse is a great place to start.
  2. Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. This can be an  opportunity to mix in a bold color to give your outfit some interest and zing.
  3. Then add a jacket or coat.  If you went with a colored sweater, go with a  neutral coat: camel, black, navy, grey.  If the rest of your layers are neutral, add a colored coat…maybe wine or cobalt.  Or keep with the neutral theme and include varying shades and textures.
  4. Next, add a scarf and/or necklace.  Go neutral or tie in your color of choice.
  5. Accessorize with earrings,  watch, etc.

Some more Layering Tips: 

  • Remember to keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.
  • To accentuate your waistline, try topping  off your look with something belted.
  • Length and proportion is key when layering.  If your pants/skirt is long and flowing, go with something shorter and fitted on top.  If your top is long and flowing, go with something fitted on the bottom – i.e. skinny jeans or leggings.
  • Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when creating  a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, especially heavier fabrics, you risk coming off as frumpy and adding extra weight.

I hope that helps… Any questions?  Fire away.  Now…go #justgetdressed.

Here are some great layered looks to get you thinking.  Cheers!  Beth