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Holiday 2014
A Message from Mary Lou Andre

mla fall2012 150X186With professional and social parties, reunions and special family gatherings in abundance this time of year, the holidays are well under way here at Dressing Well. Our featured article this month showcases five handy holiday staples that can take any female wardrobe up a notch. Our holiday Q&A gives guys some great style advice, too – enjoy!

In the spirit of the season, I want to personally thank our team of consultants for all they do day in and day out to make our collective clients shine. They are an exceptional group in every way (just ask their clients!) Thanks also to each of you for being in our Dressing Well community. Your business, referrals and genuine interest in our message are appreciated all year long.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. Here's to Dressing Well!

Mary Lou Andre
Mary Lou Andre
Editor, dressingwell.com
President & Founder, Organization By Design, Inc.
mlandre@dressingwell.com | 800-578-3770

  Five Handy Holiday Wardrobe Staples for Women

  If you're interested in kicking your wardrobe up a notch this holiday season without breaking the bank, these 5 holiday wardrobe staples are a great place to start:

#1 Booties
Festive dresses and skirts can go from ho-hum to fantastic by pairing them with dressy booties.


#2 Shawl Wrap
Party ensembles are often difficult to pair with coats, especially when the coat is more casual than your outfit. Warm and stylish, shawl wraps work over just about any outfit and help you make a dramatic entrance wherever you go!


#3 Black and Gold
We're big fans of the color black this time of year. Not only do most closets contain an abundance of pieces in this hue, but black also provides the perfect canvas for creating signature looks. Gold accessories paired with all black ensembles are an "in-the-moment" way to add a punch of razzle dazzle to a holiday wardrobe.


#4 String Bags
Make it a point to collect these handy evening bags year-round. Consignment stores, chic boutiques and antique galleries are wonderful places to source one-of-a kind styles. Their size allows you to accent holiday attire nicely and the string lets you wine and dine hands-free!


#5 Colorful Cashmere Sweaters
If you don't have any cashmere in your wardrobe, consider adding a cashmere sweater in a bright hue that you love. Cashmere can be dressed up or down, is cozy without being too warm and makes a wonderful style statement during the holidays. While bright cashmere sweaters are always easy to pair with black bottoms and blue jeans, we particularly love bright cashmere sweaters worn with winter white this time of year.

Parting Thought: Our portable packing racks (for sale in our online store) can help you create a great staging area as you go through your closet and put together holiday outfits. It's a "stylist" trick that anyone can use!

  Holiday Q&A Posted Now

"My guy needs a style make-over. Any ideas that will also work as holiday gifts?" Read more...

  Holiday Gift Certificates Available – We Welcome Your Orders!

Our gift certificates are perfect for both men and women who would enjoy having an expert fashion eye help them evaluate and spruce up their wardrobes. We offer one-on-one consulting packages that can be conducted either in your closet, virtually or in the store. Review our most popular gift certificate packages and read what our happy customers say after working with us.We also welcome the opportunity to customize a package for you. Call our office at 800-578-3770 or send an email to info@dressingwell.com to discuss your ideas.

  Dressing Well Tips in the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens

Mary Lou Andre helps readers survive the holidays with a single black dress! Look for the December print issue in stores now, or like Dressing Well on Facebook, where we'll link to the article when it becomes available online.
  Booking 2015 Seminars & Workshops

If you have a professional image project you'd like to get off the ground in 2015, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Mary Lou Andre directly to discuss your needs and ideas. We write (and re-write!) corporate dress codes and introduce them, create and deliver motivational and effective professional image seminars, and offer a variety of creative customer appreciation events that help build loyalty with key company constituencies. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.

  Register to Win

Finally, congratulations to our October 2014 contest winner, Cindy Coddington of Wellesley, MA! We'll be sending Cindy a $25 gift card courtesy of The Container Store®. For your chance to be our November winner, please enter to win before midnight on November 30th. Good luck!



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