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Happy New Year!
A Message from Mary Lou Andre

mla fall2012 150X186January is always a good time to take stock of your personal and professional goals and then make a plan to accomplish them. In this issue of our newsletter, we share five style resolutions that are easy to implement. If upgrading your personal style in 2015 is on your radar, we hope a few of these ideas resonate with you. Enjoy!

As we look ahead to 2015, we are grateful to be continuing with work we love. Our work with Dress for Success Boston and Caring Partners, Inc. continues as well, allowing us to give back to the community in important ways. Consider joining us at the 9th annual Dress for Success luncheon in Boston later this month. Details are below. We will also be starting a Dressing Well bi-monthly blog in February to supplement our quarterly newsletter. Look for an announcement in your inbox soon.

Our doors are open for business and we welcome the opportunity to work with you, your friends, family, colleagues and organizations this year. From all of us at Organization By Design, Inc., Happy New Year—make it your best year yet!

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

  Five Style Resolutions for Men and Women  
#1 Organize Your Closet.

Behind losing weight, getting organized is often listed as the second most popular New Year's resolution in mainstream media. When you vow to get your closet in top working order, you also get one step closer to being more stylish and well dressed. Why? By ditching the things in your wardrobe that no longer serve you and organizing the rest, you start to see new, more appealing outfits from pieces you already own. You are also more likely to add just the right new elements to become a more stylish you.

Editor's Note: The annual 30% off Elfa sale at The Container Store® is going on now. Elfa comes in a variety of finishes to complement any décor. We are big fans of their systems and excellent in-store designers.

#2 Retire (& Replace!) Sweaters.
One of the easiest ways to begin organizing your wardrobe is to get rid of over-sized, bulky sweaters that you never wear anyway. Your closet (and psyche!) will instantly feel lighter. Women looking to upgrade their winter casual sweater collection can't go wrong with a few long and lean looks for optimal coverage and warmth. Men: a rugged sweater layered over a sporty shirt can instantly up your casual style quotient. Give it a try!


#3 Wear Now, Wear Later
Serious female (and male!) fashionistas are always a season ahead. Purchase a few pieces now that will also carry you into spring with style. Orange accents appear abundantly on male and female apparel, footwear and accessories. For women, crop tops and leather and suede shorts continue as significant trends. Layer both now and wear them on their own later. Bold floral and paisley designs are other spring trends that both men and women can get started with now.


#4 Upgrade Your Workout Wear.
Even if you don't work out, fresh exercise wear is a great alternative to jeans and other casual attire when hanging at home or running errands and the like. If you are committed to working out more in 2015, having nice options to wear when exercising should help keep you motivated, too. Be sure to add a fresh pair of sneakers for indoor workouts and hip boots that can withstand the elements when you are wearing workout gear as street wear.


#5 Make Your Jeans Work.
Finally, if you work in a business casual office environment that allows jeans, dress them up! Doing so means paying attention to the fit, fabric, color, cut and style so that they fit in (and you stand out!) in all the right ways.


  January Q&A Now Posted

This month we help a site visitor navigate winter hosiery choices. Read more...

  Celebrating Self-Sufficiency – A Luncheon & Online Auction to Benefit Dress for Success Boston

We are pleased to continue our support of Dress for Success Boston via their 9th annual luncheon and auction. This year's event is being held at the beautiful Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA on Friday, January, 30th. The event starts at 11:30 am and tickets can be purchased at www.dfsbluncheon2015.eventbrite.com. Bid on auction items from your computer (including a closet make-over with a member of our Dressing Well stylist team) now through February 16th at www.biddingforgood.com/dfsb. To learn more about how you can support this outstanding national organization, visit their website at www.dressforsuccess.org. Follow their links to an affiliate in your neck of the woods.

  Repeat Performance at College Club of Boston

We kick off our busy 2015 seminar calendar on January 16th with "The Art of Dressing Well" for the members of the College Club in Boston. The College Club is the oldest women's college club in the United States. Mary Lou Andre gave one of her first Dressing Well presentations at this club back in 1996. If you would like to bring this program to your organization, please contact us. Lively and full of anecdotes and humor, the program also walks participants through our 5-step process for pulling together their wardrobe with confidence and style. Fashion show-and-tell and a generous Q&A component complete this popular program.
  Register to Win in 2015!

Finally, our monthly contests continue in 2015. Each month, one lucky site winner will be sent a $25 gift card for The Container Store®. Register before midnight on January 31st for your chance to be our first winner this year! Hats off to Cindy Coddington of Wellesley, MA, our December 2014 winner!



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