Well, Friends....it's that time of year again. That time when we start making a list of all the people we need to buy gifts for, and start noticing things in stores that would be perfect for our sisters, friends, or Aunt Maryanne. Those who know me know I'm a complete Christmas addict, and one of my very favorite things about the season is giving gifts. I put a lot of effort into finding gifts that are perfect and personal--things that make the recipient feel special and cared about. I feel like gifts are an opportunity to tell people that you see, and appreciate them for who they really are.. So you might think this post is all about how my services can make the women in your life feel that way, and you should totally buy her a gift certificate.
I can assure you, this post isn't that. Not even close. In fact, if you were thinking of giving my services as a gift this holiday season, this post is asking you to reconsider
Introducing the 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe Guide
Every woman I work with wants a wardrobe that is flattering, stylish....and effortless. That last one makes me laugh, because having a great wardrobe is actually a TON of effort. Figuring out what you have and what you need is only half the battle. Then you've got to figure out where to get it all, and how to put it together. Building a great wardrobe takes hours of planning, hours of shopping, and time each day to put it together in a new, fresh way. It can all be pretty overwhelming. There simply is no such thing as effortless style...or is there? What if you had someone to do all the hard work for you? Wouldn't it be great to know exactly what to buy, where to get it, and how to put it all together? Now you do!
You want a stylish wardrobe, and I want to help you get there, so I did the hard work for you! The Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Guide is a 27 page e-book that shows you a complete 35 piece wardrobe, and provides pictures of over 100 outfits you can make. That's a different outfit each day of the season, friends!
In addition to all the photos, you'll get:
So, how much will the answer to all of your wardrobe challenges cost you? Just $27!
Yep, you read that right...for less than the cost of a blouse you buy and never wear, you could have outfit inspiration and a detailed wardrobe shopping list, saving you countless hours and dollars this spring.
Click here to buy if you're ready for effortless spring style. If you've still got questions, read on--I'll show you a few sample outfits, as well!
What is a Capsule Wardrobe, anyway?
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of pieces you love to wear that mix and match to create countless options. The capsule is based on a few colors--in my guide, the colors are black, white, olive, denim, blush and poppy--and focuses on versatile basics with a few fun pieces peppered in for added style.
Is there a plus/petite/curvy/apple version?
The capsule isn't based on body shape or size, so the principles apply to everyone. It's easy to customize the pieces based on what you like best. For example, if you don't like skinny jeans, swap them out for a bootcuts or boyfriends.
Are there links to plus/petite/curvy/straight options?
Every day, more links are added. It's my goal that every piece have links available for different budgets and bodies.
Isn't it expensive to buy 35 pieces each season?
If you had to buy all 35, it probably would be. However, most people will have some of the basics already...and chances are, there will be a piece or two that you don't love. Even leaving those out, you'll still have plenty of options. Even with just 25 pieces of the capsule, you could create almost 100 outfits (the guide shows you which pieces are essential, BTW)
Is the Capsule Wardrobe super trendy?
Like everything at Apple & Pear, my goal is to create current looks that don't look like you raided a Forever 21 sample sale. Yes, some of the pieces are going to be on-trend (like the blouse above), and some are pretty timeless (like the black ankle pants). Most of the pieces can easily be found at the stores you're familiar with, like Nordstrom, Loft, Target, Anthropologie, and Gap.
Who is the Capsule for?
This capsule is casual, and is best for women who work from home, stay at home, or want a better weekend style. While there are a few looks that could go to a casual office, this capsule is geared toward running errands, date nights, brunch with friends, weekend activities, etc...
Capsule wardrobes are really great for women in transition. Whether you've just had a baby, or are in the process of losing weight, the thought of buying a short-term wardrobe is overwhelming and expensive. Capsules help you make smart wardrobe choices, and keep you from buying things you don't need.
So, how does this work?
Simple, Once you purchase, you'll receive your ebook and Facebook invitation by email within 24 hours. Your Capsule Guide will be sent to the email you used to purchase, so check there first.
What are the benefits of having a wardrobe like this?
I've been teaching women how to build capsule wardrobes for close to 3 years, and I can honestly tell you that capsules save you time and money when building your wardrobe, and make you look put together everyday! The other huge benefit of having a capsule wardrobe is that you have fewer clothes to manage. Laundry is a breeze, and you never spend 20 minutes searching your closet for a lost black t-shirt.
Clients have said "I've never had fewer clothes, but more to wear" and "Getting dressed is so much easier now" about their capsule wardrobes....but my favorite comment from a Capsule client was "I never feel frumpy anymore. Everything I have is so cute". Really, what more could you ask for?
So, what are you waiting for? It's just $27. A blouse you'll wear once, or a whole season of style inspiration. The choice is yours. Buy now and join the community of women on their way to effortless style!
If you've got questions about the capsule, leave me a comment. If you'd like to connect with Apple & Pear, join my free Facebook community Everyday Style to get advice, ideas, product recommendations an more!
One question I get all.the.time is "Do you help husbands, too?". While I choose to focus on helping women build wardrobes that are flattering, functional, and fabulous, I know there's a real need out there to get the guys in our lives looking a little more stylish/current/socially acceptable/whatever. Last December, I was lucky to meet Lori Bowlin, men's stylist and owner of The Nines. This month, she has graciously answered my plea to help our guys up their wardrobe game, too. She's got 5 ways to help your man have better style. If you'll excuse me, I have a pile full of baggy khakis and faded polos to burn, I mean wash. Take it away, Lori....
A reoccurring theme I see with clients is the fear of dressing "too young". They don't want to look silly, or like they raided a teenager's closet. But, in the quest to look "age appropriate", the pendulum swings too far the other way, and they end up looking years older than they really are. Here are 6 things that are adding years to your look. Are they hiding in your wardrobe?
This post was orignially published last year, and updated for those who didn't see it!
The Wrong Bra
There’s a reason I make every woman I work with get a professional fitting before we work together—the right bra is the most important step in looking your best. Not only does a good bra make all the clothes you already own look better, but the farther your boobs are from your waist, the taller, leaner, and YOUNGER you look! The right bra can give you back what time, gravity, and kids have stolen, so spend your money on good bras before you buy anything else. BTW, did you know you should be refit every year, after gain or loss of 15 pounds or more, or after every baby? Our breast size fluctuates, so make sure you're keeping your girls perky by getting refit often. I'm often asked where to go for bra fittings, and my #1 answer is Nordstrom. They have experienced bra fitters and a wide size range.. Any store that doesn't carry a 32A-44G (or H) in store may not be able to fit you properly. If you're outside of the standard size range, look for a specialty retailer in your area.
Too Much Black
We all love black. It’s chic, it’s slimming, it’s everywhere in the stores….what could possibly be wrong with black? Just one teeny, tiny, thing—it makes most women look washed out and older. Just like a blue shirt brings out the color in blue eyes, black brings out shadows and dark circles--and highlights wrinkles. You don’t have to ban the harsh color altogether (I tried once. It didn’t last), but consider adding more flattering colors to your wardrobe, and use black sparingly. If you can’t bear the thought of less black, add a colorful necklace or scarf-- or add a little extra lipstick to brighten you up. Navy is a more universally flattering neutral, and while it can be hard to find for fall and winter, it's a fantastic choice for warmer months.
Saturday Night Live immortalized “Mom Jeans” in 2003, but sadly the ill-fitting, unflattering jeans haven't gone anywhere! Most women we work with spend a lot of time in jeans, but most don’t invest enough time or money to get a great pair. I mean, REALLY great jeans, the kind that make you feel like a million bucks, and make your butt look amazing! Most women are buying their jeans at least a size too big. Unless you’re wearing an intentionally roomy fit (like a boyfriend cut) your jeans should hug your body. You shouldn’t be able to grab handfuls of fabric at your hips, knees, or below your bum. Don’t forget about pocket placement either. Avoid small pockets that are placed high on the rear--they'll make your butt look bigger and longer. Pocket placement can make the difference between Mom jeans and Hot Mama jeans. Which would you rather be?
I get strongly worded emails every time I talk about upgrading your shoes, so I’ll tread lightly on this one, but the fact remains that shoes define your style. Look at your feet. Do your shoes match the style you want to project? Or are they an afterthought—just a covering for your feet? Yes, comfortable shoes are a necessity, but comfortable and cute don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It might take a little more effort, but you can find shoes that are kind to your feet, and to your style. I read once that the thicker the sole of your shoe, the older it makes you look. And with the exception of platform sandals and wedges, it holds true every time. Christian Louboutin (maker of the gorgeous red-soled heels) once said, “I wouldn't take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, 'Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.'’”. If you want to look more youthful, add a little of Mr. Louboutin’s philosophy to your wardrobe and buy shoes that are comfortable, but don't shout "Comfort Shoe!". Take the time to find shoes that fit both your style AND your lifestyle. I wrote a whole post about comfort shoes, which you can find here. While some of them definitely fall in the "comfort shoe" category, my tips will help you pick the best of the bunch.
Are you still hanging on to those sweet sweater sets you bought for a job 15 years ago? I hate to break it to you, but no one’s wearing them anymore. Same with chenille sweaters, and textured matte jersey dresses. Lots of women define their style as “classic” without knowing what it really means. Here’s what it DOESN’T mean; “I bought decent clothes in 2002, so I never have to shop again”. Sorry friends, styles, patterns, and fabrics change, and most wardrobe items (even the basics) need to be replaced/updated every few years. When you hang on to styles/colors/patterns that have passed their prime, you look just as outdated as the clothes, which adds years. Do a little online shopping, and see if the clothes in your wardrobe look like the clothes that are being sold today. It's an easy way to tell a classic piece from one you just wish was a classic. Also, check out this list of pieces that didn't become classics!
Too Much Fabric
Women want to avoid the "f-word" at all costs. Yep, I'm talking about Frumpy! Too much fabric is a one-way express ticket to Frumptown, ladies--and let's face it, "frumpy" is synonymous with "old". Drowning yourself in fabric because 1) you don’t know what size you are or 2) you don’t WANT to know what size you are adds pounds and ages you. Strip away the extra weight and years by wearing clothes that fit, and looking for styles that show a little skin. Hiding behind extra fabric has never been a successful strategy for looking your best.
If you're reading this post and feel like it was written just for you, it's time to call Apple & Pear! I can help you build a wardrobe that flatters your body, fits your lifestyle, and makes you look actIally age-appropriate. I never push my clients to be more trendy than they want to be, or to buy anything they don't feel great in. I want you to help you find the best version of you!
Ok, closet confessional time--did you read any of these and thing "OMG, that's SO me"? If so, which ones?
We'd all love to think that when we buy something we love, it's a good purchase, right? And most of the time, it is. For that moment, for that season, for that time your life. The problem becomes when we think just because we bought something, it's a "classic". I see where that idea comes from, of course...after all, most of my clients wouldn't consider themselves "trendy", so they don't consider the pieces they buy to be trendy either. But as a style, "Classic" is a clearly defined aesthetic that doesn't just mean "I bought a skirt in 2003, and I really loved it then, so clearly it will be in style for ever". Someday, I'll do a post on what it really means to have a classic style, but today I want to show you 5 items I see all.the.time. in clients' closets that didn't make it on to the incredibly small list of truly timeless wardrobe pieces.
All of the pictures in this post were taken from eBay. I couldn't find a single picture of one of these items currently being sold in a store....which should tell you all need to know!
These fun necklaces were everywhere a few years ago, and they were one of the original "statement necklace" styles. They went with everything from a dress to a plain tee, and could be found in a Jelly-Belly array of colors. But when they started showing up at Walmart for $5, it was time to retire them....and that was years ago. Statement necklaces are still a thing, but these just look cheap and juvenile. Chuck em.
If the holidays left your bank account feeling a litte.....um, underdressed, it doesn't mean your style has to suffer. Here are a few easy ways to look expensive while letting your finances recover!
Also, if you're anything like me, you don't remember life before Amazon (esp Amazon Prime!). Amazon is quickly becoming the biggest women's clothing retailer on the planet, and while you can find a lot of your favorite brands there, there are some hidden gems and deals to be found--today I'm bringing you a few. Just a heads up, these are affiliate links.
Take Care of What You've Got
The fastest way to look shabby is to wear clothes that are wrinkled, pilled, stained or stretched out, and the easiest way to look expensive is to have impeccable clothes, regardless of how much they cost. Forget quantity, and focus only on the quality of each item. You're better off having one black sweater that's in great shape than 3 that have seen better days. Every wardrobe needs these clothing care essentials to look it's best, and these simple products will help all of your clothes look like a million bucks!
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Everyone needs a fabric shaver to remove those little pills that show up on knitwear, especially in high-friction areas like under the arms and where necklaces lay. You'll be astonished by how much newer, fresher, and yes, more expesive your items look when you shave those little guys off! I've had this Conair version for years, and swear by it.
Lint rollers are a must have, and I stash these babies everywhere--one in my closet, one by the door, and I even keep one in the car. Sticky lint rollers like these are great for getting pet hair, your hair, and random lint off of your clothes, and they can even prevent bigger pills by picking up fuzz before it grows.
Who has the time, energy, or desire to get out an iron and ironing board these days? No one, that's who. So you're either left wearing clothes that look a little disheveled, or not wearing clothes that would look more polished, but require a little more care. What's a girl to do? Clothing steamer to the rescue! I bought model above after having a smaller one for ages, and it's been a great purchase. It takes about a minute to heat up and I can steam a garment in about 30 seconds. I think we can all find 30 seconds in our day to look a little nicer, don't you?