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Navigating the “Trends”

imagesWebster’s defines “trendy” as ‘very fashionable’ or ‘up-to-date’. Some take this definition to heart and believe that in order to be fashionable each season, and there are now four seasons — Resort, Spring, Pre-Fall (these clothes hit stores between May and July, filling the gap left when Spring runs dry and Fall is still being produced) and Fall — they must buy the latest and greatest. Keeping up with the trends, like keeping up with the Joneses, is not for the faint of heart. Many who follow the trends believe they must incorporate all of the latest trends into their wardrobes; it’s a never ending pursuit. Unless you’re born with a bank account like the Rockerfellers and a bounce-back figure like Heidi Klum, maybe just maybe this not the best line of thinking to employ. Don’t fret if your ability to keep up with the trends is a little more Ugly Betty than Carrie Bradshaw – you can still wear the latest trends without depleting your bank account each season … How? It’s simple, be picky. Flip through a few catalogues and the Spring books (that’s what the publishing industry calls magazines) to figure out what the new trends are and what tickles your fancy. Identify items that will work with your figure and can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe. Maybe it’s that new pair of deliciously high 5” heels or maybe it’s that fabulous necklace made of silver chains and beads that will upgrade even your most basic t-shirt. Whatever it is, it should make you feel good when you put it on. If it looks great in Vogue but not on you, leave it at the store and find something that makes you feel like a million bucks. The worst thing about the changing seasons is that the latest trends aren’t for everyone. Don’t buy something just because it’s in, buy what you love. And if you don’t fall in love during a given season but feel the need to purchase a few items, shop sparingly at stores that wont charge you an arm and leg. So without further ado, check out my tips to find out what’s HOT for Spring 2009.

What Can a Stylist Do for You?

If you’re looking to take your game up a notch, you know do a true overhaul of your wardrobe, you may want to hire a stylist.  Stylists aren’t just for celebrities – a stylist can help you hone your sense of style and teach you how to edit and refine your wardrobe.  Think about the best-dressed person you know – She’s not particularly trendy.  He’s not flashy. But they are well put together, their clothes make them seem polished and poised before they even open their mouths.  And we all know that first impressions are lasting impressions.  Someone once said, you dont get a second chance to make a first impression … Those who stand out from the crowd are people who’ve created consistent signature looks for themselves. Some just have a natural flare for it. Others hire folks like me to help them get there; it doesnt matter – well dressed is well dressed, right?

The biggest complaint I hear from clients is that they have a closet full of clothes but never have anything to wear.  Unfortunately, too many of us find ourselves in this dilemma on a regular basis.  Having too much to wear is almost worst than having nothing to wear.  There’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy every now and again, we’ve all engaged in from time-to-time. Having new things provides a momentary high, but shopping for the sake of shopping often leads to a closet full of clothes, not a wardrobe.  I teach my clients to shop strategically so that they have exactly what they need for just about any occasion.

I cant speak for all stylists, but the goal is to help you out by providing you with the tools you need to look good on a daily basis.  My Wardrobe Evaluation is nothing like what you’ve seen on TV, or at least I hope it isn’t!  My job is to take away your anxieties and worries about getting dressed in the morning.  I want to learn about you and who you are so that I can help you make the clothing decisions that are going to be best for you.  I view this as a collaborative process.  So, I ask my clients to be open to the possibilities of new styles and to contemplate stretching their comfort zones a bit … all in all, my intent is to make this a fun and positive experience.  It’s just clothes after all, not rocket science.  I’m successful when a client calls to tell me they followed my advice and achieved their signature look on their own.

On November 13, 2008, I had the opportunity to work with SheFinds.com’s Guy Friday.  Check out what he had to say about my Wardrobe Evaluation at:  http://www.shefinds.com/blog.

To learn more about my Wardrobe Evaluation go to www.kalynjohnson.com/services.html. Questions? info@kalynjohnson.com

Making Fall Fashion Trends Work for You …. (Part 2)

If you don’t want to break the bank this fall, but you do want to up your game … Think about updating your wardrobe with the following items:

6. Anything Purple.  Purple is my fave color and it just so happens to be the color of the moment.  Just a touch of eggplant will root you squarely in Fall 08; add a pop of color to your favorite charcoal or black outfit with an eggplant sweater, suede or patent clutch bag, or platform heel.
7. A Fur Vest.  This Fall is about luxurious fabrics and textures in beautiful neutral colors and shades of brown.  A fur vest, real or faux, is a great way to re-invent a chunky turtleneck or black sweater.
8. Wedge Heels.  A wedge heel is a key item that will help transition some of last year’s Fall purchases into Fall ’08 easily; they look great with skirts, dresses, trousers and jeans.
9. Skinny Black Pants.  Anything goes this Fall in terms of pant legs, but the narrow silhouette is making a comeback.  A pair of skinny black pants are a great way to get some of this Fall’s narrow silhouette into your closet without breaking the bank.
10.An Interesting Belt.  Belts are out in full force this Fall — wide, skinny, textured, metallic — find one that appeals to you and use it cinch the waist of last Fall’s coat or favorite dress.  I’m craving one of Ann Lansing’s belts, the buckle and strap combo are so 80s but she does them in a cool funky ’08 way.

Making Fall Fashion Trends Work for You …

If you don’t want to break the bank this fall, but you do want to up your game … Think about updating your wardrobe with the following items:

  1. A Sweater Coat.  A chunky knit sweater coat is perfect for this all because it’s a great transition piece for the changing fall temperatures — it’s more interesting than a shawl, and not bulky like a heavy coat.  Kier+J has some great sweater coats out this season.
  2. A Kimono Sleeve Sweater.  A kimono sleeve sweater is great for fall because its shape will instantly update anything you wear it with (i.e., last year’s jeans, trousers, and skirts). 
  3. A Jewel-Toned Patent Leather Purse or Tote.  Patent leather and large bags are the rage this fall.  Find one that fits your budget as well as complements your wardrobe.  
  4. Suede Mukuluk Fringe Boots.  Texture is in this fall — fringe, fur, leather.  A pair of suede mukuluk fringe boots fit the bill and will make any weekend outfit look Boho chic when tucked into your skinny jeans.
  5. Statement Jewelry.  Everything is bold this fall — bright colors, big jewelry, super high heels.  Find a large funky interesting ring, necklace, or bracelet that will add the right bold detail to just about any outfit.   

Check in Monday for Part 2 ….