Dressing Warm for Work
During the winter season, it can be hard to dress warm enough for work when we want to be stylish and not become lost in heavy clothing. How can we stay warm, wear functional clothes but also maintain our personal style without becoming lost in a turtleneck? I’ve compiled a couple of quick and easy ways to put together multiple outfits that work for everyone!
Layering With Style
Sleeveless knit dresses are one of my go-to’s for the workday, and instead of putting a blazer over top of it, I really enjoy putting a light sweater underneath to add even more warmth. Other options include warmer long sleeve shirts. You can also jazz it up with cute print sweaters or long sleeve shirts, add a light colorful scarf and you are ready for the day! Similarly to sweater dresses (below), knit dresses also give the option to add hosiery or leggings for added warmth as well.
Thicker Fabric Pants
Choosing pants with a thicker material is going to be so helpful in staying warm and trendy too! Corduroy pants or wool pants are best for this and can pair nicely with a heavier blouse or patterned sweater. This way you don’t have to layer under your pants as much and are able to stay more comfortable during your day.
How versatile is the sweater dress? Very. You can pair it with leggings, thick hosiery, and even add a jacket to make it even warmer. It’s chic and works well for at the office, meetings or after work and keeps you warm all day through. Plus that sweater material is nice and warm, without becoming overbearing. By adding different jackets, leggings, jewelry, blazers and more- you have one item that not only keeps you warm, but that can be reworn over and over again.
Layering With Style
Thicker Fabric Pants
Have you ever heard geometric shapes used to describe body shapes? I typically categorize my clients into body shapes based on their predominant silhouette. The geometric shapes I use to describe the different body shapes are inverted triangle, the lean column, the rectangle, the apple, the pear/triangle, the neat hourglass, and full hourglass. Please note that you may be a combination of two different shapes.
I look at my client’s body and visually draw a line that connects the shoulders all the way to the way to the fullest hip area. The measurements in this boxed area help to determine the body shape. For an example, the measurements inside my boxed picture indicate an hourglass shape. My hips and shoulders are close in measurements with a smaller waist measurement. In my opinion there is no perfect shape, you just need to learn to dress your shape. It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole of body comparison. I always wanted big breast, and well with becoming a mommy, I got them... and I honestly I wasn’t too impressed by them.
Normally you hear a lot of people just talking about your body shape but scale and proportions are equally important. Your scale is based on your height and bone structure. Proportions is the relationship between the length of your body to the length of your legs, and the position of your waist.
Other items to consider after you determine your body shape and proportions are the neckline, waistline, sleeves, hemlines, tummy lines, bottom lines, thigh lines, leg lines, and ankle lines. Whew… that long list might be overwhelming, but learning to pay careful consideration to these details will help you when purchasing clothes that fit best. Once you get the hang of it or have direction, it gets easier over time. During my complete style evaluation with clients, we go over all these details in the assessment. For more information about booking styling services click here for our selection of services or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe a dress that flatters all body shapes is a wrap dress. For ovals and rectangles, it may be more flattering to tie belt at the side or back. I will work on another blog or video to show clothing items that flatter different shapes, proportions, etc. Please keep posted by following me on IG @fathiasavory .
Look for ways to help others
I believe it is important to look for ways to help and serve others, and also believe it is important to teach this lesson to my children. As my son is gets older, he notices more things and asks a ton of questions. Recently while driving, we have noticed people in need asking for donations. My son had a hard time grasping the idea of people not having a home, being hungry, or cold. After our exchange, I began to think about ways he could help those in our community. One day while shopping, I noticed a coat collection box in the Burlington store. I thought that this would a great way for him to help others at a young age. We didn’t go home and collect coats immediately, I wanted to do a little more research about the coat drive. I found information about the coat drive on the Burlington website www.burlington.com/coat-drive. The coat drive is a partnership with Delivering Good. The website also displays a video that explains that donations made in the store stays in the community. As a bonus (which is not needed) for your donation you can get 10% off select in store purchases through January 20, 2020.
One last thing, very important last thing... be kind and respectful with your donation. Please do not donate items that are worn out and dirty. Just because a person has a need, does not mean that they should not receive quality items and treated with dignity. For items that cannot be donated, you can recycle them. Yes, clothes can be recycled. It has been estimated that textile waste is about 21 billion pounds a year. Maybe I will do a post about this later, but in the meantime, you can recycle items at select Goodwill locations, H&M, and The North Face Store.
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Why do we use or hold on to pieces that just don’t fit?
My son is in a stage where he really enjoys putting puzzles together. We have accumulated a small collection. One of the sets he received a few Christmases ago has five different puzzles. The pieces are packaged all together in one wooden box. Each of the pieces have numbers on the back to identify which pieces belong together to create five different beautiful pictures. A few times while assembling them, he has mistakenly tried to use pieces that belong to another puzzle. When he tried to connect the wrong pieces he got frustrated. I turned over the piece to show him the number on the back didn’t match the other pieces.
As a stylist, I help clients turn over their own pieces to see if they match their current or desired picture. Oftentimes, I provide my clients with a different perspective or information they haven’t considered. Finding the right piece allows you to let go and make room for you to embrace, embody, and enjoy your true self at every stage in life.
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Blazers for FALL
Hello Fall! The other seasons aren’t too shabby but, FALL is finally here. Each year, I wait with anticipation for the beautiful rich colors of leaves changing, opening my window and smelling the fresh crisp air, and best of all - sweater and boot season! Even with the official start to Fall, the weather can still be a little tricky to navigate. One staple clothing item that I love to use during this transition is a blazer. A blazer can easily pull your outfit together. You can pair the blazer with a t-shirt, sweater, blouse, the possibilities seem endless. This season I am drawn to menswear inspired blazers and blazers with patterns and texture.
Animal Prints Trend or Timeless?
I would certainly place animal prints in the timeless category. How we wear them each season can determine whether you are on trend. One of the things I absolutely love about animal prints is that you can wear them with just about any color. I tend to navigate towards the leopard print, but there are so many to choose from, cow, zebra, snake, tigers, cheetahs. These prints might be a bit bold for some, but with all clothing your confidence is what makes an outfit work.
Fall/Winter Color Trends
While studying fashion in college, I had the opportunity to visit a trend forecasting firm. The forecasting firm helped identify trends and how companies could use trends to impact their business. In particular to fashion, trends impact the textile, color, and silhouette. Each season reports are published. These reports are not the end all be all. I believe you should always stay true to your style personality and what works best for you. One report that I always review each season is the Pantone Color Trend Report. Take a look at the New York Fashion Week Top 12 Color Trends for Fall/Winter and The Core Colors 2019/2020. According to the Pantone Color Institute:
Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors that are relatable yet display some clever tweaks for the winter season. Expressing our wide-ranging acceptance of color, combinations for Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 suggest a thirst for liberation and a desire to realize our own individualized unique identities.
“Colors for Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 range from easy and sophisticated to strikingly different and unique,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “This palette of versatile hues builds a sense of empowerment and confidence, enabling the wearer to choose the colors that best reflect his or her mood and persona.”
What are your favorite colors for this season?
An easy way to test and/or update your wardrobe with the color trends this year is by starting with your accessories: scarf, hat, shoes, belt, handbag, etc. Just be authentic to you and the type of investment you want this item to be in your wardrobe. I have fun pieces but I want to wear my items more than just this year. Please check out some examples of how to add color trends to your wardrobe by using accessories. Details for each item are available by clicking the picture.