Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre

Thanks to technology, we can conduct business with anyone, at anytime, 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 on the rise—most of our executive clients report using it at least once a week—it’s wise for business professionals to add video prep to your list of business skills worth mastering.

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.

A professional portrait—referred to in the business world as a "headshot"—serves a multitude of purposes. It instantly conveys what you and your company are all about and can help you acquire (and keep!) target customers, all while supporting a strong online and offline presence.

The term “shoulder season” is most used by travelers and golfers. It marks the time between peak and off-peak seasons, especially spring and fall. When I heard Kathy Smith on our stylist team use the term with clients looking to transition their wardrobes for early fall, I quickly adopted it as a firm concept. It works!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:10

Donating with Respect

Early in my career as a wardrobe consultant, I volunteered to help set up the clothing donations at a new shelter for homeless women that was opening in a town near where I lived. I secured a custom closet design company to donate the design and installation of a brand new closet for the facility and recruited several local Girl Scout troops to help sort, hang and fold all the clothes that were pouring into the shelter each day.

Spring is officially here and our consultants are busy helping their private clients get their closets in order and shopping prioritized for the busy season ahead. If you are looking for personal assistance to help you pull together your own wardrobe, please let us know. We offer both in-person and virtual consultations. We also present our message to employees and membership organizations.

Here are ten looks for spring that are inspiring us. Hope they inspire you as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:26

Leadership Lessons from the Closet

In addition to fashion, design and style, I am equally passionate about personal development at all levels. In fact, one of the best parts of my job is interacting with people who are at the top of their chosen professions. I am continuously amazed at how much they get done in a given day and in many ways feel like I am their student (even though I am hired to coach them!)

Interested in kicking your office party attire up a notch while still keeping things business-appropriate with the powers that be? Read on! 

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