Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fancy begins in the closet

Disclaimer: I took a good, hard look at my closet, so some of my advice is extreme. Apologies for the length, but I promise you, this will work!

What you NEED before you start: A Full length mirror!

Pre-work: Plan to allocate an entire Saturday or Sunday to just do this. If you keep work shoes at your desk, bring them home because you need them to try on work clothes with.

On the day of Project Closet Fancy:

Brew a pot of coffee, eat breakfast and then go through EVERYTHING (clothes, coats, jackets, shoes, belt, scarves). (What I did was dump ALL my clothes on my bed. Then sort out summer/vacation/special occasion wear –which you can tackle another day or after you go through fall/winter stuff. Then I went through what was left, piece by piece.)

As you make your way through your clothes, make 3 piles: Trash, Goodwill, Keep (You can also make another sub-category: "?"/Fix). Nothing goes in the "Keep" pile unless it has been tried on in front of that full length mirror. Try on bottom items (pants/skirts) with the heels you'll most likely wear them with (just because a work pant looks good with a satin absolutely not work appropriate pump, does not make it a keep.) AND with blouses/tops. For pants, check out how it fits in the waist and hips (close, but not tight and NO bubble gut effect); look at the break of pant leg with the shoes you will commonly wear them with. For blouses, pay attention for button gapping, worn spots, sleeve lengths and side pilling. Here's the golden rule: ONLY keep the things that you like how you look in. Why? Because if you like how you look in it, you'll wear it. If it has a fray/hole, if that sweater is pilled, TRASH. If it has a hole, but its in the armpit, so you only see it when you lift your arm, TRASH it. You could have fixed it and if you really wanted to, you would have done so already and you haven't. So TRASH IT! Yes, you need a brown pant, and good brown pants are so hard to find and you paid $100 for them at banana republic, but every time you look at them, you think of doo-doo, TRASH! If that pant is in great condition, but you hate how it makes your butt look, TRASH! The more below-par pieces that you keep, but never wear, is taking up the space for those pieces that you'll grab for as part of your go-to outfit. Also if you keep a below-par piece, you run the risk of wearing it on a day when you need to look 100% sharp. Sharp means no pills, no gaping, no tears, no scuffs. Fancy always.

Don't get alarmed if the Trash & Goodwill pile are larger than the "keep" pile because sometimes that needs to happen and sometimes we hold onto things that we have no business buying in the first place: True Fancy Story: I had this awesome long sleeve corset-style blouse in my closet with the tags still on it. It’s a flattering cut, but it's hot pink and satiny! Why did I buy it? More importantly, why have I been keeping it for the past 5 years? Because it fits me nicely and it's pink. But I FINALLY let that blouse go, tags and all because in five years, I had not, nor ever will wear it. Don't even bother with the "if I don't wear it this year, I'll throw it away next year". TRASH it now!

Once you have your piles, organize and hang the Keep pile in your closet using Slimline Hangers.

I organize by item (blouse by color, pants by color, suits by color, dresses by color), but some people organize by color (all blue items, then all brown, etc). Organize what works best for you!

Stay Fancy!

A fancy girl always begins with a good foundation.........

So I don’t claim to be a fashion expert, but I am a self-professed Fancy-pert, so I'll try to share my tips on how to stay on top of your fancy game..

This first installment focuses on the mindset of a FANCY GIRL.…Upcoming installments will move onto other aspects of being fancy-abulous!

Rule 1: Invest in key pieces IN YOUR SIZE. Key words: IN YOUR SIZE. Don’t buy something now in your “aspiration size”. I’ve been there: “Oh, if I get this in two sizes too small it will motivate me to fit into it one day.” You always need a fancy girlfriend to be honest with you: that day will NEVER come. Let’s focus on looking fancy TODAY.Moving onto the next rule..

Rule 2: Know your wardrobe and yourself. Before you buy something new, picture 3 outfits (that include pieces you already own) before that purchase. If you can’t, as fancy as that shoe is, leave it in the store. It will just end up on ebay in a few weeks for less than what you paid for it.

Rule 3: Know your body. Some things are just not meant to be. In the interest of being kind, I’ll move onto the next rule…

Rule 4: Be comfortable. The world does not need another Kim Kardashian or VicBec (how do they walk around all day in 4” heels??!!). You can just as easily be fancy in some jeweled flats, as you are in a pair of YSL Trib Toos. I am #TeamFancyHeel all day, every day. But taking care of your soles is good for your soul.

Rule 5: BE YOURSELF. This is an extension of number 4. A fancy girl comes in all shapes, walks and forms. Be yourself and that is fancy enough. There’s a little bit of fancy in all of us. It is so disheartening to see pseudo- fashionable women who are mirror images of celebrities who have stylists. I look at them to see what they are wearing…sometimes I even recreate a certain look. But be yourself and your fancy will shine through!!

~signing off from the Fancy House!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


So one of my past times/guilty pleasures is a listserv about fashion; on it we we talk about fashion, trends, shopping, you know, girl stuff.

Last week, one of the girls on the 'serv sent an email titled: &*&* (insert my name) know everything about fashion!!! Talk about ego stroking! She then asked me how do I stay so fashionable? Really? I'm fashionable? LOL

As I attempted to answer her question, I thought it would be a great blog post:

I work really hard to be fancy on a daily basis. I like clothes and shoes and bags. I REALLY like looking fantastic. I love to walk into a room and be noticed. Looking great helps my already inflated ego…or maybe my ego is so big because I know I look great. Even on those days if I feel crappy or is just a stinky day in the office – on the outside I still look great. So when I catch my reflection, I smile. I want each moment to be memorable! You never who you will meet, or what will happen and I hate looking back at something like, "Oh gosh, that is what I was wearing?" That wasn't fancy at all.

You can imagine how cheesed up I have been since that email and all of the replies co-signing. It's nice to know that someone else GETS IT.

Thanks ladies ~waving~

(sorry for the pic quality..I’m feeling lazy)

Monday: Slate gray silk shirt, slate grey pleated skirt, worn with black opaque tights and black patent leather/suede lace-up booties. I got these boots for under $40 at DSW last week..GASP! They are by Joan and David!!

Tuesday: White LS collarless BD, Brown military-style & leather trim pencil skirt, brown opaque tights, shoes tbd

close up of jewelry I will pair with this 'fit.

Wednesday: Lime green silk SS blouse, Navy pinstriped tulip skirt, (to be worn with black lace tights and black pumps)

Wednesday night: Leopard knee length jersey dress, black high patent pumps with studded trim

Thursday (Thanksgiving dinner): Taupe scoop neck sleeveless jersey dress, pale pink cardigan with lace detail on back, dark brown wide belt, dark brown thigh high boots. I have had these boots for 5 years--steal in Sorrento for the equivalent of $30...softest leather I have ever felt...regret not buying them in black as well..

close up of sweater detail

Friday: HELP??? Any suggestions? Someone style me!!!

COMING UP NEXT WEEK: FANCY MUSINGS...how does one stay on top of their fancy game?

Don't forget to give thanks on Thursday, whether its for the new Chloe bag you scored on GILT, or for the wonderful people in your life.

Make each moment FANCY!