Mary Lou Andre
Thursday, 14 January 2016

Five Fresh Ideas for Starting 2016 in Style

By Mary Lou Andre

2016 is off to a great start here at Dressing Well. Our consultants are busy helping their clients look their personal best and our first blog post for 2016 aims to help you start the New Year with some fresh style too. Enjoy!

#1 Navy and Wine Colored Footwear
Move over black! Pumps, flats and boots in these rich hues can soften your cool weather base neutrals while instantly upping your fashion quotient.


#2 Dressing to the Threes
A simple winter uniform for work and play is a dress, tights and boots. Complete your look with interesting accessories, a killer coat, scarf, hat and gloves and you'll be out the door faster and dressed better than ever. Extra Bonus: Dresses often help hide extra holiday pounds better than pants and skirts!


#3 The Organized Winter Wardrobe
To make it easy to accessorize winter outfits from the inside out, hang scarves, jewelry and a few favorite winter coats near a full length mirror in your main dressing area. You'll force yourself to complete your look in a way that sets you apart.


#4 Style Proof Your Coat Collection
For many people, outerwear is often an afterthought and they settle for less than a completely polished appearance. To stay on top of this part of your wardrobe, add at least one new coat that you love each year. With sales in high gear this month, you can feel good about doing it too!


#5 Elbow Length Gloves
Finally, three quarter sleeves can present a problem with capes and shawls. Protect yourself from the elements while adding signature style with a variety of gloves that end at or above the elbow.gloves

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Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre is a nationally recognized wardrobe, dress code and corporate image consultant, speaker and author. She is founder and president of Organization By Design, Inc., a Needham, Massachusetts-based wardrobe management, fashion and image consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations understand the power of being appropriately dressed in a variety of situations.

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Valerie L Sheridan 2016-01-16 07:39

My biggest challenge in the winter is how to organize my sweaters. I have limited space in my closet and bureau. Are there any products (similar to what you showed for scarfs & jewelry) that you would recommend for managing sweaters? Thank you!

Mary Lou 2016-01-17 11:07

Hi Valerie -- great to hear from you!
The first way to organize sweaters is to get rid of many of them -- honestly, we find most people wear less than half of what they own in this category. We also suggest hanging those that are not too bulky in your closet next to what you wear them with on good hangers. I also am a fan of nice creates when you need more space. Divide and conquer -- vow to have 5 sweaters for different needs (aka really heavy ones for outdoor activities, ones you like to lounge in etc) and give each category its own crate. Great way to force downsizing while being able to locate what you need. If you fold sweaters in a drawer or on the top shelf of a closet, dividers work to keep things tidy. The container store is our go to place for these items. Hope this helps. Good luck!


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