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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

Your Guide to the Most Flattering Necklines

Day 20 of the 21 Day Style Challenge is all about necklines. The neckline of your top or dress can make the difference between a look that flatters your figure and one that accentuates your less-than-perfect parts.

When deciding which necklines are best for you, take into account your bust size, neck length, height and even your face shape.

Here are some tips to help  simplify the question:

Scoop Neck, V-neck and Square Neck and Sweetheart are all Good!
The collarbone and decollete region is one of the most attractive parts of any woman. Wearing an open neckline that shows it off is going to make you appear longer and leaner. Open necklines like a scoop, square, V-neck or sweetheart tend to look good on almost every body type.

  • Tip: If you’re not well endowed, sweetheart and scoop necklines are best at creating the illusion of curves.
  • I talk to women all the time who have large busts and feel the need to “cover up” by wearing high necklines or turtlenecks.  However, this  is usually the most unflattering approach to a large bust and instead just adds weight to your look.   Opening up the neckline is far more flattering and slimming.
  • If you are well endowed, I’m not saying you have to let it all hang out.  😉  A cami or tank underneath can help with necklines that may reveal too much.

Crew Neck and Boat Neck
If you have a long neck, narrow face, small chest or sloped shoulders, a high neckline – (one that rests on or very near the collarbone) is your best bet. Crew necks and boat necks draw the eye out to your shoulders so you appear more balanced and proportioned. In this case, the more substantial neckline gives the illusion of square shoulders, a shorter neck, a fuller face and fuller bust.

  • Tip: If you’re pear-shaped, look for dresses in this cut to balance your upper and lower body.
  • On the flip side,  if you have generous curves, a short neck or broad shoulders, crew and boat necklines can make you look bigger than you are.

Turtlenecks.
A true turtleneck that hits a couple of inches below the chin will whittle away your height, making it best for those who have a long face or neck.  A mock neck hits slightly lower than a turtleneck and serves as a good midpoint if you can’t part with your warm turtleneck and don’t have a long neck or face.

A Universally Flattering Neckline
Whatever size you are, a halter will flatter your figure. It will give lift and support if you have big sisters. And if you don’t, many halter tops have a built-in bra allowing you to create curves where you don’t have them. Halter tops (and many racer back t-shirts) also emphasize the collar bone which again, is very flattering for most women. If you aren’t a fan of your upper arms or shoulders you can top the halter with a wrap, loose cardigan or a fitted jacket.

Here’s a graphic to help you visualize the necklines.  All the tops are from Anthropologie.  Shopping links are below.

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Inari Tarrafal Sweatshirt • Anthropologie• $78

Little Yellow Button Shiloh Embroidered Top • Anthropologie • $68

Sunday in Brooklyn Edria Top • Anthropologie • $78

one.september Nala Tank • Anthropologie • $88

Now, go #justgetdressed.

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Color Blocking for Beginners

Well girls, we’re up to day 13 of the 21 Day Style Challenge and your mission is to #justgetdressed using color blocking.  Here are some quick and easy tips for making this trend easy and accessible:

Solids are your friend.  Days 3 and 7 of the challenge were especially challenging to me because they involved patterns and print-mixing.  I definitely gravitate to solids, so working with prints was more of stretch for me.  (I’m glad I did it though…I expanded my horizons;)  With color blocking, you get to be adventurous and creative with the solids in your closet, and play  with COLOR.

Start with babysteps.  If you are new to color blocking, start with easy combos and work your way up.   One of my favorite looks is when black and white are used to create a color block outfit.  How chic is this???

blackandwhitecolorblockHere are some more formulas to help:

2 neutrals + 1 bright
Examples: navy + grey + hot pink
black + tan + bright orange
white + navy + lime green

Feeling brave?  Try this formula:
2 brights + 1 neutral
Examples: violet + mango + cream
daffodil + cerulean + grey
lilac + sky blue + navy
hot pink + mango + white

 

 

Think about  the silhouette of your clothing.    Color-blocking has the most dramatic effect when done with very simple pieces–a structured top, a straight skirt or pants, a wide belt. Generally, it loses its effect if done with floaty/light fabrics and frilly or embellished designs.

Want to dip your toe in the trend?  Use accessories to create color-blocking.  A bold necklace or graphic bangle or bright color belt are low-risk ways of adding color to your look.
Remember, think sleek, simple and geometric when picking these accessories.

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Share your #21daychallenge looks over on Facebook or Instagram and tag your look #justgetdressed.  Have a question?  Feel free to drop me a note!

Now, girls…it’s time to #justgetdressed.

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The B.Styled Closet Cleanse

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For many of us, our closets are a source of stress and negative self talk.  I consult with women in their closets every week, helping them with their clothes and wardrobe.   Almost without exception, we women beat ourselves up for having  closets packed with  clothes – much of which doesn’t fit or that we don’t even like let alone  feel good in. This is  not a good way to start the day —  and now is the time for change.   But who has the time (or the desire) to spend an entire day (or weekend) purging and organizing our closet?  Nope?  Me neither.

That’s why I developed the 15 minutes for 15 days Closet Cleanse Program.  I’ve broken this somewhat-miserable job into  daily, step-by-step missions that are relatively easy, painless and extremely rewarding.  Rewarding because it works.  You will see results starting the very first day.  Face it, you can do just about anything for 15 minutes, right?  And if you stay focused and on task during those 15 minutes, you will be shocked by what you can accomplish.  Trust me, I’ve done it, and it works.

To quote a fellow Closet Cleanse Member: For the price of a top you bought once on impulse and never wore again, you can get expert advice, simplify your life, and look (feel!) better every day!” 

And because everything is more fun with friends, there is  also  an optional, private Facebook group for Closet Cleanse Members so we can share ideas, pictures, and ask for advice…i.e., “Is this a Keep or a Toss?”, “How do you store your scarves?”, “Do I really have to get rid of that peach taffeta bridesmaid dress?“, etc., etc.


Sure, you could do this on your own without paying me $14.99.  It’s not rocket science and we are smart women, right?  Yes, but for some reason, this is one job that many of us are at a loss to do.  We procrastinate, we make excuses, we just don’t do it.  Yet how many  tops, sweaters or pairs of pants have you bought at TJMaxx (or wherever) only to see them hanging in your closet unworn?  Who needs the negative self-talk that these impulse purchases cause?  Instead, let’s work with what we already have in our closets…purge, edit and cleanse… and maybe even uncover some hidden gems we never think to wear.

If you’ve been putting this job off till “someday, when I have time“…well, then that someday is NOW.  And you have time, because everyone can find 15 minutes in their day..

Are you ready?  Let’s do this.

Click here for more details and to register. 

~Beth

30 Day Closet Challenge

30daychallengeJoin us on Facebook as we shop our closets, try out new combos, break out of fashion ruts and stretch our comfort zones.  Oh, and we may even purge some closet clutter while we’re at it!  All the action is over on the B.Styled Facebook Page, but you can get a list of the daily challenges here too.  Pick up wherever we are and join us

 

Day 1: Sunday June 1st

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Day 2: Monday June 2nd

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Day 3: Tuesday June 3rd

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Day 4:  Wednesday June 4th

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Day 5: Thursday June 5th

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Day 6: Friday June 6th

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Day 7:  Saturday June 7th

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Day 8: Sunday June 8th

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Day 9: Monday June 9th

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Day 10: Tuesday June 10th

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Day 11:  Wednesday June 11th

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Day 12: Thursday June 12th

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Day 13: Friday June 13th

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Day 14:  Saturday June 14th

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Day 15:  Sunday June 15th

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Day 16: Monday June 16th

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Day 17: Tuesday June 17th

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Day 18: Wednesday June 18th

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Day 19: Thursday June 19th

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Day 20: Friday June 20th

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Day 21:  Saturday June 21st

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Day 22: Sunday June 22nd

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Day 23, Monday June 23rd:

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Day 24: Tuesday June 24th

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Day 25, Wednesday June 25th:

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Day 26: Thursday June 26th

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Day 27: Friday June 27th

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Day 28:  Saturday June 28th

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Day 29: Sunday June 29th

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About Beth

Beth Roy, Personal Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant
Beth Roy, Personal Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant

I believe that everybody can and should look their best, and that you don’t have to spend a lot to do so. My interest in fashion is based more on looking good and having fun with clothes and less on haute couture or keeping up with the latest (and sometime craziest) trends.

I do have extensive, finely-honed shopping expertise (on-line and in person) and I know how and where to find the best looks and the best deals.

My background includes several years in corporate sales and marketing for Tiffany & Co and co-founding FlirtyFinds, a fashion accessory business. (There was also that five year stint selling huge phone systems for AT&T, but I like to pretend that didn’t happen).  My real passion though is working with women and helping them “find their inner flirt” – the tagline for FlirtyFinds – which essentially means discovering your personal style that makes you look and feel your best.

My blog is full of fashion tips for real women like you and me who want to maximize our budget and also make the most of what we already own. I run periodic virtual challenges on Facebook that encourage you to shop your own closet and break out of fashion ruts. All this while living with my three awesome, active, (and often smelly and gross) teen sons. Throw in 2 dogs, an amazing, supportive husband, and Mary – my mom and ultimate style icon.

My goal is to help you find your best personal style so that “getting dressed” is something that will come easily –  and you will look and feel confident, comfortable and beautiful.  My fees are affordable and accessible to everyone ($50/hour) – and usually pay for themselves in terms of time and money saved (not to mention the boost to your self-confidence and mood).  You can check out the services I provide by clicking here.  I look forward to working with you and helping you be yourself, be confident – B.Styled.

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xo, Beth

p.s. Interested in working together in person or “virtually”?  Fill out the form below and I will get back to you right away.

“How I met your father”

ImageChallenge Day 12 has been quite the throw-back over on the Facebook page.  I love reading all the stories of fans meeting their husbands / significant others and memories of what they were wearing (some funny stuff, check it out).  While most of us can’t (or won’t) replicate what we were actually wearing, it is fun to reminisce back to the day.   What a “Challenge” day like this shows us is that it can be fun to put a  little  extra thought into what we put on each day – even if nothing exciting or unusual is on the calendar.  Clothes and how we look can, without a doubt, effect our mood, our productivity and our outlook.  Are  they the “most important thing”?  Of course not – but if something as simple as a great necklace, a colorful scarf or pair of jeans that fit just right,  can make you look and feel great…why not go for it??

BTW, I wore jeans and a red sweater today because that is what I was wearing that night in 1991 (in a bar, of course) when I met Bill.  The original red sweater is long gone (and so are the awesome levi’s — wish I had those back) but I found this red sweater in my closet that I haven’t worn  in over a year — and without the 30 Day Closet Challenge, it would have remained buried.  So, keep up the good work girls, we are almost half way there!

Get ready for Challenge Day 13 tomorrow…It’s a doozy and one that is sure to have some interesting outcomes!  Stay tuned!

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White T-shirt and Jeans

Day 10 girls…Let’s see some creativity.  If you have a funky, chunky statement necklace that you’ve been too afraid to wear…today is the day to pull it out.  A white t-shirt or button down is the perfect backdrop for a fabulous and funky necklace.   A belt is another great way to jazz up the look and give it a polished finishing touch.  Have fun with this!
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White T-shirt and Jeans

Halogen petite top
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Gap jeans
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Banana Republic statement necklace
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Banana Republic hoop earrings
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Banana Republic belt
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Wear something NEON!

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We’ve almost finished the first week of our 30 Day Closet Challenge and has it ever been fun. Hopefully you’ve tried some new things, discovered some lost gems in your closet and stretched your comfort zone.   I love seeing your pics and posts on facebook, so keep them coming.  Have a great weekend, and today, get your NEON on!

This is one of my favorite tops, and below is more neon inspiration. Remember, a little neon goes a long way – less is more, but have fun with it;)  xo, Beth

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