Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre

With a new month upon us (and the promise of things starting to open up a bit in the days ahead), we’re ready to get our mojo back while providing some motivation for you do the same.

As you begin to transition out of your stay-at-home attire and get ready to venture back into the world more regularly, we hope a few of our ideas and suggestions resonate with you and make getting dressed this season something that brings more joy than stress as we continue to make our way through these extraordinary times.

It’s always nice to have a break from having to dress in anything other than loungewear for a few days. For many of us, that’s what snowstorms are for.

Yet as winter has become spring and important social distancing mandates continue to stay in place, the “new normal” of working and being at home day-after-day and week-after-week has become less novel. As we all settle into new routines for at least the next month or two, developing strategies for keeping mentally and physically energized while creating boundaries between work and personal time is warranted. Clothing and accessories, along with a few simple wardrobe organizing tips, can have a significant impact on your mindset.

If you’re like us, you have already caught up on your favorite series and could use a dose of fashion inspiration to escape from the day-to-day challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are 5 of our all-time favorite fashion movies and why we love them. They are all easy to find and download on various devices. May they help take your mind off the current state of affairs and escape into the magical world of fashion, beauty and cinematography. Enjoy!

When dressing during the darkest days of the year, I tend to reach for my black pants first. It’s a uniform mentality that gets me out the door quickly and ready for both business and days that are my own. With denim everything trending right now, I find I am opting for my black denim jeans the most.

Every new decade brings the promise of fashion trends that become part of the fabric of our times, impacting how generations are defined and years are marked. The roaring 20s brought us flappers, the 60s flower power and boho chic, the 80s power suiting (including very big shoulder pads!) and the 90s the beginning of business casual dress codes that are now standard throughout every imaginable industry.

Just back from a quick weekend trip to NYC and wanted to share 5 fresh street trends that caught my eye. It is fashion week after all! Each style can be worn now to navigate the tricky fall transitional dress season.

Thanks to technology, we can conduct business with anyone, at any time, almost anywhere in the world.

While face-to-face meetings are still relevant and important, our phones, computers and tablets make connecting with colleagues, clients and prospects highly effective. With videoconferencing becoming the new norm as businesses across the Globe close traditional offices and send people home to work remotely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many business professionals are looking for tips and strategies for using video conferencing most effectively.

Historically, skirt trends have been closely tied to our nation’s economy. When the nation’s income plummeted, so did the hemlines. When things picked up, well... so did skirt hems.

This time of year, America seems to have a love/hate relationship with malls. Some have fond memories of going to these traditional retail centers with loved ones to do most of their holiday shopping only a decade or so ago, and still rely on them as a major source of their current holiday shopping whether driven by nostalgia or not. Others scoff at the idea of going anywhere outside their home (never mind the mall which they never fully embraced in the first place) to buy gifts now that they can shop in their pj’s 24/7 while having things arrive at their doorstep in record time.

Yet with their evolution into more consumer-friendly lifestyle destinations, I believe today’s indoor and outdoor malls may be underestimated by some who have not visited in a while. Plain and simply, you can get a lot done at the mall if you plan your visit well.

2018 is off to a great start here at Dressing Well. Our stylist team is busy helping our private clientele navigate January sales racks while also providing closet sessions that combat cabin fever and tidy up indoor spaces that are hard to turn your back on this time of year.

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