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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

B.FIXED by B.Styled – Thanksgiving Outfits

 

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?    It seems like a great company that does some neat  things.  Today  today I’m introducing my (free;) alternative:  B. FIXED by B.Styled.

 

Some of the downsides I hear about Stitch Fix are:

  1.  The products are expensive.
  2. The pricing and discount structure encourages you to keep things you don’t need or love just to get the “discount”.
  3. Many people end up returning most or all of their “Fixes” or keep a bunch of ‘stuff’ that doesn’t really make sense for their wardrobe.If you know me and my philosophy, you know these issues are deal breakers when trying to build a functional and fabulous wardrobe that makes sense. My goal is to help you do just that, working within your budget and lifestyle.

    Your Thanksgiving FIX:

    Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is Dressy, Casual or Cozy – here are four outfit ideas.  No need to run/click  to the stores to shop (unless you really want to)!   Instead, head to your closet and see if you have these or similar ESSENTIALS and have some fun putting together your perfect Thanksgiving look.  Have questions or want advice?  Join us in the free #justgetdressed private Facebook group and ask away!

    Click HERE to access this B.FIXED by B.Styled Shopping Catalog.

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I’ve also created the  B.Styled Capsule Wardrobe Challenges to provide affordable and fun access to personal styling for anyone wanting help with their wardrobe.

The B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge is in the works, rolling out in time for the holidays.

The beauty of this new challenge is that it uses some of the key pieces from the Fall Essentials Challenge, so it truly MAKES SENSE.  If you didn’t do the Fall Challenge, that’s fine too.  You’ll have access to the Fall Essentials Catalog, and all of the items are optional, and the looks can be created with our without them.

Here are some other benefits of a B.Styled Capsule Challenge:

  1. You get a list, a plan, and 21 done-for-you outfits so you know exactly HOW to style the items.  This capsule’s outfits are categorized into  four types of LOOKS:  Casual Chic, Comfy Chic, Business Chic and Dressy Chic.
  2. You shop your closet first, ideally finding many of the items in the capsule already hanging there.  See the clothing you already own in  a new light!
  3. You decide where to shop, what to buy and how much to spend, all while getting suggestions and links in various price points.
  4. A color palette is included but you pick the colors and cuts and that you like and that make the most sense for you.
  5. You get access to personal styling support through the included private Facebook group.  Many would say that this is the most valuable part of the entire challenge.  The support, encouragement and access to tips and ideas is invaluable!

    CLICK HERE to make sure you’re in the know as soon as the B.Styled Winter Challenge launches.

Now, go #justgetdressed;)

xo, Beth

The Power of The Fitted Jacket

I always include a fitted blazer or jacket whenever I talk about closet staples and must-haves.

But, I can hear some of you ladies out there saying, “Nope, don’t need it.”   Maybe you don’t work in a profession with a business dress code.  Maybe you work from home.  Maybe you’re home with kids.  Or, maybe you’re retired and don’t see the need.

Let’s rethink it though, ok?   Blazers are no longer stuffy and stiff and only for business meetings.  Trust me here… a jacket is a must-have layer that IMMEDIATELY makes any outfit look more sharp and polished.  If you want to  bring your look up a notch, a blazer is a great place to start.  And, as the pictures below show, a fitted jacket can elevate denim to a new level and look fun and flirty – definitely not stuffy or staid.

The key is (surprise) the right jacket for your figure and your lifestyle.  If you still have “work jackets” from the 90’s hanging in your closet (think shoulder pads and masculine, boxy cuts in colors like “hunter green”),  that’s NOT what I’m talking about.  Those need to be put in  a bag and donated, because someone who doesn’t read my blog may just love them.  😉

Seriously though, the perfect blazer is going to be fitted and tailored.  You can’t go wrong with a neutral color like black – or navy, tan, grey or denim.  The more neutral, the more—you got it–versatile, it will be.

I also love a statement blazer in a favorite and fabulous color, or something with texture or cool zippers.  But before you invest in something like that,  make sure you have the perfect, fitted, neutral blazer in your arsenal.

And, remember to WEAR it…even if you’re just running around doing errands.  You’ll look amazing.   I mean seriously, check out Gwyneth below, tooling around town in a blazer, white button down and jeans…drinking an odd-looking green juice thing.  So cool. And you could totally pull off that look, even in the ‘burbs.  And even without the green juice thing. Just button one or two more buttons…

Need some more inspiration on how to wear a jacket and look positively chic and fabulous.?  C.heck out these pictures of jackets styled in various ways.  Nothing stuffy or serious about these fabulous looks, huh? Which is your favorite? (You can click on the picture to see a bigger version).

Now, go grab a fitted jacket and #justgetdressed.  

Cheers!  ~Beth

P.S  Mark your calendar for December 5th when I’m  launching the B.Styled Essentials Winter Challenge.  This capsule will be extra special and will include:

  • 21+ Winter Wardrobe Essentials plus 21 fabulous made-for-you looks
  • Includes dress up looks for all your holiday parties!
  • Includes cozy outfits too –  including loungewear looks!
  • Incorporates items from the Fall Challenge  so you expand your looks and get the most from your fall purchases!
  • Shop your closet first…chances are many of the items are already there and I’ll show you how to breathe new life into them.
  • Of course an amazing private Facebook group where we share looks, ideas, questions, support and lots of laughs. 😉
  • What a perfect holiday gift for a special lady on your list who doesn’t need another scarf or scented candle!

    CLICK HERE to make sure you’re in the know when the program launches
    on December 5th!  

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Thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s 10am…Are you dressed yet?

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We had so much fun and so many new members  join us last week, that I’ve decided to continue the #justgetdressed Challenge for 2 more weeks:  November 3-16.

The focus is simple, yet often  difficult: #justgetdressed.  Yes…get dressed, every day for 2 weeks…by 10am if possible.  If your job requires you to get up and get out of the house, then in some ways this is a no-brainer.  But maybe you can challenge yourself to break out of your dressing routines, wearing the same combinations week in and week out?  If you work from home like I do, the challenge is more obvious.  It can be easy (…and tempting, and habit-forming) to spend the day in front of the computer wearing “comfort clothes” — yoga pants, sweat pants or even pj’s.  Who’s going to notice or care?   Your kids?  The parents in the drop-off line?  Probably not.  But humor me for two weeks, and notice how much better you look, feel and even act, if you actually GET DRESSED, even if you’re staying home all day.

Make a commitment for two weeks, but don’t stress about it.  I’m not talking about heels and sequins, or wearing elaborate outfits.    In fact, I’m going to work in at least one  “comfort clothes” day — but you’ll still look put together…and dressed.  There are no “rules”, no “have to’s” and no pressure.  Just some ideas and inspiration to help you shop your closet, get out of your ruts and put a bit more thought and creativity into the daily “what to wear” conundrum.

So, check here every day for the next 2 weeks for your daily challenge and outfit inspiration.   If you haven’t already, you can join us on Facebook by clicking here and joining the free challenge.

Will “getting dressed” change your life, solve your problems or get the laundry done?  No.  But I can bet it will change the way you feel and how you approach your day.  What do you have to lose ?  Let’s give it a go!

 ~Beth

#justgetdressed

Fall Transitional Outfit Inspiration

Plaid Shirt + Flare Jeans + Ankle Booties

It’s that in-between time of year when you may be tired of your shorts and white jeans but it’s still too warm for boots and sweaters. Pair a lightweight plaid button down with some flare jeans and peep toe booties for an easy and chic fall transition outfit:

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Top: (similar)  Target | Jeans (similar) Paige Transcend (on sale) | Peep Toe Booties (same) Toms

Join the B.Styled Fall 2016 Challenge!

Take the struggle and aggravation out of getting dressed this Fall. Feel confident and put together and see what an impact it has on your productivity, relationships and entire life.
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Fall is the perfect time to start focusing on you. For less than the cost of a sweater or blouse you probably don’t even need, you can access a personal stylist and get your wardrobe in order.
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Have a great weekend, and #justgetdressed 😉

Beth

One Outfit, Five Days

Do you think you could wear the same “outfit” every day, Monday through Friday?

I’ve done it – jeans and a white top – 5 days straight, and no one even noticed.  . And it was easy.  The hard part was keeping the white top clean and getting the pictures taken.

Jeans and a white (or other plain, neutral top) is the perfect foundation for just about any look.  If your work or lifestyle negates wearing jeans, you could replace black slacks, ankle pants or a pencil skirt and have the same result.

The secret is the third piece that makes an outfit special.  It can be a jacket, a cardigan, a vest, a scarf, a statement necklace, a wrap, a poncho…. The third piece is the game changer.  .

Here is a recap of my looks.  Click here for all the shopping links.

Day 1: Sporty Vest and Accessories

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Day 2:  Classic Trench and Leopard Flats

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Day 3: Long Cardigan

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Day 4:  Grey V-neck Sweater and Tan Boots

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Day 5:  Faux Leather Jacket

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Do you think you could do it?  Maybe this should be our next 5 day challenge!  Join my free private Facebook group where I run occasional challenges like this one.

B.Styled Fall 2016 Essentials Challenge

The B.Styled Fall 2016 Essentials Challenge will help you focus on the essentials and show you how to create amazing looks with less clothing. Enrollment is now open….there’s a special bonus for early registrants! Click HERE for details.

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Thanks for reading now, go #justgetdressed.  😉

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B.Styled Live Happy Hour!

 

happyhourHappy Friday!  Hope everyone enjoys this last official weekend of summer.  To kick it off, I’ve decided to be brave and go back on Facebook live.

Today at 5pm EST my dear friend and first official client of B.Styled, will be joining me Live on Facebook.

We’ll be talking about her style transformation over the years and the impact #justgettingdressed has had on her life.

We’ll be live, it will be Happy Hour, (yes, there will be wine) and completely off the cuff, so who knows where the conversation will go!

You can join us by going to Facebook and my biz page, B.Styled Personal Styling today at 5pm.  Make sure you click on “get notifications” during the broadcast so you can be notified of future “episodes”.   Feel free to enter questions and comments (be kind – we’re amateurs;) in the comments section under the video.

Of course if you have your own happy hour to attend and can’t be on-line with us,, the video will stay on my page so you can check it out later. That is, unless it’s a total disaster and I delete it – in which case, your loss. 😉

And don’t forget, registration for my B.Styled Fall 2016 Essentials Challenge opens this Wednesday, September 7th so keep an eye for an email with sign up info.   Click here to make sure you are on the list.

Have a great weekend, and hope to “see you” today at 5pm..BYOW 😉

Cheers!
~Beth

You Clothing Budget: When to Spend, When to Save

Usually when we struggle with our wardrobe, it’s not because of a lack of clothing. In fact, many of us have way too much stuff cluttering our closets, and the sheer volume of random clothing makes it difficult to focus and #justgetdressed.

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We’re constantly bombarded with images, special sales and can’t-pass-up deals that make it easy to acquire more and more stuff.

Heck, I go to Target to buy light bulbs and end up with a cart filled with everything from bananas to new pajamas.
Instead, what we need to do is shop with a plan,  a purpose…and a well-defined list (hint: this is just one of the features included in the  B.Styled Challenge).

We also need to allocate our clothing budget in a way that makes sense. To help, I created this graphic showing where to spend your money, and where to save.  And see below for the live video I made on the topic:

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WHEN TO SPEND:

    • Jeans: Cheap denim is tempting I know, but it also loses its shape and fades much more quickly than premium brands. I think everyone should own at least one pair of high quality, perfectly fitting jeans. When you find a brand you love, keep a look out for sales. I’ve even bought my favorite Paige jeans on eBay!
    • Underwear (especially bras): Don’t skimp on the foundation. Invest in perfectly fitting bras and get undies that show no VPL’s (visible panty lines). While only a few people will see them, their effects are obvious. 😉  Click HERE to learn how you can get fitted for the perfect bra virtually, without even leaving home. I’ve tried it and am totally sold!
    • Jackets/Blazers: Don’t underestimate the power of a fitted blazer. It can complete a work outfit and gives shape to your casual looks, providing a polished finishing touch.
      • Shoes: Fabulous shoes can transform and upgrade a $20 dress.  On the flip side, cheap shoes can instantly downgrade an otherwise fabulous outfit. Shoes (and handbags) are an area where quality over quality rules (my apologies to you shoe collectors out there;)

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    • Coat: Your coat is something you may wear every single day and it makes a statement as you enter and exit. Invest in a coat you love that has classic staying power so you can resurrect it year after year.



WHEN TO SAVE:

    • Statement Jewelry: If you know me, you know I love a funky necklace. Take your wardrobe foundations and transform them completely with the  jewelry you add. The options for fabulous, inexpensive jewelry are endless. The key is to find pieces that are inexpensive without looking “cheap”.

 

    • Occasion Items: Special Occasion = Infrequent Use. Don’t spend a fortune on glitzy bags, earrings or metallic heels when there are plenty of inexpensive options out there. Instead invest in a fabulous dress that’ll be ready for you when the invitation arrives.

 

      • Tee, Tanks & Knits: Premium knits made from fine, soft fibers often get holes and stains (think armpit) quicker than their bargain alternatives. It’s a good idea to have a couple of quality cashmere sweaters, but for tees and layering pieces, make sure they fit and flatter — but go for the bargains.

 

    • Scarves: When you see a scarf that speaks to you and it’s a good deal, grab it. Like statement jewelry, scarves are a fantastic and affordable way to add color and pattern to your wardrobe essentials….and display your individual personality.

In a nutshell:

  SPEND: Frequent Use • Durable • Classic  • Essentials • Signature Items

   SAVE: Delicate • Low Use • Trendy •  Accent Pieces

B.Styled Fall 2016 Essentials Challenge

The B.Styled Fall 2016 Essentials Challenge will help you focus on the essentials and show you how to create amazing looks with less clothing. Enrollment is now open….there’s a special bonus for early registrants! Click HERE for details.

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Sign up early….There’s a special bonus for early registrants!

Now, go #justgetdressed 😉

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