Style Tips

#43 More Options More Problems & Earth Day Tips for Your Closet

More Options More Problems

The more casual we go, the more options we have, the HARDER it is to get dressed! Say what?! Let's chat about why that is.

So, back in the day, if you were at work or working for yourself, chances are you were rocking a suit of one sort or another OR you were wearing a uniform. As it’s become more and more okay to wear anything from business-casual to casual gear to work and for your own business needs I believe its getting harder and harder to get dressed. You have so many more options! So many ways you could go! And for female entrepreneurs it is even harder. Dudes have fewer options, even with the more casual standards. But generally, women have more to choose from. Skirts, dresses, pants, jumpsuits, blouses, shirts, tees, camis, blazers, jackets, vests, jeans, slacks, palazzos…it goes on and on.

And we wonder why we get frustrated, irritated, and stressed about getting dressed? More options, more problems.

Add on the added pressure of having your own business (which means no dress code other than the one you choose) and it’s a recipe for overwhelm.

So many of my boss lady clients get frustrated to the point of giving up on getting dressed, but we mustn’t let our overwhelm get in the way of feeling our best and one of the biggest marketing opportunities you have.

Inside your closet is a wealth of marketing material waiting to be utilized. Wear it well and your personal brand will be so obvious to those around you out in the world that the people you really want to be working with will recognize you as one of their people and be attracted to you. Ignore the need to dress for outside world adventures and you can literally feel yourself wanting to blend into the walls when someone asks what you do for a living. There goes an opportunity! WHOOSH!

Here are some tips for avoiding the overwhelm that comes with having TOO MANY choices in your closet:

1) Know who you are and where you want to go: Getting clear about this will keep you on the right track while also eliminating the choices that aren’t right for your life automatically. I can help you with figuring out this messaging here.

2) Clean out your closet: Invest your time, energy, and money into whatever or whoever will help you get this task done. It’s so worth it. Whether it’s a Netflix Marie Kondo special, my helpful tool, or a private session with a stylist in your closet, the clarity and ease in the morning you’ll gain is priceless.

Lastly, it’s easy to get pulled into the “old days were so easy and good” trap, but don’t forget, if everyone else is going so casual it’s VERY easy to stand out with some polish.



Earth Day Tips: Reduce Reuse Recycle in Your Closet

Remember when we were told as kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Well, it applies in our closets too. As fast fashion becomes an ever bigger problem and polluter in this world (not to mention the human pain and suffering that goes into these cheap wares) we have A LOT of power in our pockets. Or purses.

Let’s stop giving in to the “I need something new every week I don’t care if it’s cheap I’ll just throw it away” mindset that our society promotes. Here are some tips to decrease your negative impact on the Earth with your closet:

1) REDUCE how often you go buy new by buying higher quality items in the first place.

2) REUSE what someone else tossed aside after one or NO uses at the bevy of resale clothing shops popping up all over the country and internet. Often these items haven’t been worn and they are about 1/4 to 1/2 of the cost of new. Donate or consign your lightly or unused items when you clean out your closet!

3) RECYCLE items that can’t be donated! Almost 100% of clothing and shoes can be recycled! 100%! Google “clothing recycle bin” to find one near you.

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#37 Fast Fashion Discussion and Interview with Boss Babe/CEO of DesignerShare

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In this episode I interview the Boss Babe/CEO/Co-Founder of DesignerShare. Join us and use code RELAUNCH at their website for 50% off your first item rental at www.designershare.com

#35 Money Matters When Thinking About Style

Hello, Style Classmates! This week let's chat about your deep thoughts on money and how it can hold you back from dressing as the most successful version of yourself 5-years from now (my 5-Year Rule). 

I recently read You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincere. It's a game changer, guys. I don't care what you think your relationship with money is like, it can always improve, and mine certainly has. It got me thinking, I wonder how much money mindset is holding people back from styling themselves?

Money is one of the associations one can have when they think about being stylish. Having money, spending money, looking like you have money. And if you have any hesitation about what money can do for you, then you may subconsciously start sabotaging your own closet.

"What if people think I think I'm better than them?"

"What if people think I'm stuck up?"

"What if people assume I'm a bad person?'

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All these questions lead back to your own values and beliefs. You might as well be saying, "I think people with money are stuck up and bad." But as Jen Sincero writes, if you like what money can do for you and for the world when applied correctly, then talking shit about people that have it will hold yourself back from getting it. Money isn't going to come to a party where she is being shit talked, y'all! 

So, get the book. Read it. Take a hard look at your mindset on money. Now take a hard look at how you've held your style back to fit those money beliefs.

 More fun updates about free resources coming out soon and my thoughts on thinking about your future, what you will look like, and your perception of money or looking like you have money - inspired by the book You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. See more on the corresponding blog post at www.mystyleclass.com/blog

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#34 Updates and Polishing Yourself for Work to Bring in the Right Clients

Oh hi! I know, I know! Shame, shame, I know your name (it's Rose). I took a few unexpected weeks off of podcasting and blogging...but I did some pretty cool stuff while I was away, so you have to forgive me! Forgive me! *wailing*

Okay, so you know how I told you that my first e-course had been seen by a rad video production company and they decided to invest their time and effort into creating a new e-course with me? Well, over the past few weeks we taped the main sections in a beautiful location (guys, the eye candy is insane) and got some of the b-role completed as well. Now I'm working on the other goodies that show you what the e-course will teach you (it's SO meaty). Oh, and did I mention that I wrote on book?

Yup, I was creating the handbook for the course and it just kept getting longer and longer and LONGER. And now it's a stand alone book we are shooting photography for this week. A mega paired down version will become the e-course handbook and this will be the perfect tool to check back in on if you get the e-course or something you can use as a stand alone tool for closet change in your life.

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With the sweet comes a little sour. Because of all of this big work, I'm postponing the Mommy Makeover show just for a little bit until I get these two things launched. If you've already nominated someone or nominated yourself, please know that I will be keeping all those names for when the project continues, so stay tuned!

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Reminder: Be yourself and you'll attract the right clients!

This week on the podcast I also talked about the importance of presenting the polished version of YOU in working environments. Obviously, if their is a dress code you are going to need to adhere to it, but for those of you who work for yourselves...girl, you've got to be you to attract the right clients. Preach! You and I both know you've had some unfun clients in the past. The people that are hard, and needy, and don't end up even liking the service you provide because THEY AREN'T YOUR CLIENTS. Your style and essence cast way too wide of a net and now you are attracting the wrong clients AND the right ones...but you only want the right ones. 

How do you do this? Pump JUST enough personality into your wardrobe, learn what makes you super confident, then broadcast it with your style and energy. That broadcast will turn away those who aren't meant to be working with you and DRAW IN those who are. 

An example? A realtor with an edge who injects her personality into her wardrobe (a real life client). She is still polished enough that clients know she has her shit together, but the personality is there. Instead of wearing a matchy matchy grey skirt suit with a white blouse and neutral pumps (yawn), she chooses a black blazer over a red tee with tailored black and white pants, finished with jewelry she loves and slick black booties. Still appropriate for the houses she's showing, still appropriate for the business casual work environment, but shows just enough personality and she attracts the clients she LOVES working with.

How can you start injecting personality into your work wear?

Tips for Wearing All Black, Pattern Mixing, Letting Go of Maternity Wear

People say black is slimming, but guess what, it's only half true! The color black (especially in matte fabrics) does absorb light, which camouflages the user's lumps and bumps, yes. But it also can make you look completely 2D if worn incorrectly. Why is it a bummer to be 2D? Because you end up looking like the overall silhouette (which can sometimes be pretty boxy if you're layering all your black on) and you loose all the highlights and lowlights that show off your shape. And everyone's shape is worth showing!

So how can you layer on the black and not loose yourself in there? Play with texture. Mix it up! A black cardigan over a black velvet top with black faux leather pants. A black blazer over a silkie black blouse with blacks jeans. A black tee shirt with metallic fleck and a black sweater vest with black crepe pants. A black matte dress with a black leather moto jacket. Notice how each piece is a different texture? It helps you not loose your shape, any lengthening effects you're gaining from your finishing pieces, and not loose your leg line in separates (which lengthens us as well). See examples for more ideas!

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This week let's talk tips for pattern mixing. I go into a lot of detail in the podcast, but here are my top two tips.

1) Mix feminine with masculine: Examples include floral with stripes, dots with plaid, nature print with houndstooth.

2) Mix pattern size: Try to keep the sizes different. For example a large floral with a small stripe. If you get brave and want to mix two kinds of the same pattern be sure to mix up the sizes! Large graphic floral is super fun with a small more realistic floral.

MomStyle Must-Have

This one is quick and simple...if you're done having babies and you're a few years out from your last kiddo it's time to let go of the maternity wear. I know it's comfy, but it's doing you ZERO favors, it's keeping you from having space for grown woman clothes, and I'm sure it could find a home with a pregnant woman out there who needs it.

I realize you might have special feelings about some of this specialized mom gear (I accidentally sold the shirt I went to the hospital in at a garage sale and didn't realize it until it was walking away...and cried a bunch). But if you must keep it for this reason get it out of your work closet and into a keepsake box. That is all! #truthbomb

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