Welcome March: Happy 20th Anniversary Ready to Wear & the Art of Being a Badass Grandma

Introducing “Inspiration & Style” with Mary Lou Andre ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌   Welcome March! Happy 20th Anniversary Ready to Wear & the Art of Being a Badass GrandmaMarch is always a special month for me, and this year it’s extra special. Twenty years ago this weekend my book, Ready to Wear: An Expert’s Guide to Choosing and Using Your Wardrobe, was published by Penguin, forever changing the footprint of our firm.Overnight we were able to serve more people with our proven Dressing Well Methodology which the book allowed me to document for the very first time. We’re proud to now have these same guiding principles in a self-study video course available to all and to teach them in all our online programs too. The book has certainly kept pace with modern technology while promoting timeless style, proving that an organized and systematic approach to dress can last a lifetime, even when trends come and go.We are also grateful for all the people the book has brought into our world, including many of you. Thank you for your ongoing support. One of the special people the book attracted to us is Dr. Ellen Chaffee, known throughout her home state of North Dakota as one of the original “badass grandmas!” Ellen bought my book when it was first published and was drawn to its practical advice and easy to implement strategies. Like many of you, she was navigating the busy world of work, leadership, and family life, and the book brought order to her closet. Although she regularly traveled to Boston to visit her daughter Kerry and grandsons, she never found the time to connect with us to schedule an appointment. When she learned she could join our online programs and work virtually with us, she (and Kerry!) were all in. My first call with Ellen was lively. I learned that she was the past President of not one, but two colleges in North Dakota and had been active in local and state politics after leaving university life. Paired with Dressing Well Stylist Jen Coletti, Ellen retired her “college president” suiting (and persona!) to make room for more casual and updated styles. Little did I know that our adventure with Ellen had just begun. This past August, Ellen reached out to me again, this time looking for assistance building her professional wardrobe back up for what she described as her true calling and dream job. I certainly perked up! Becoming a Badass Grandma At age 79, she was about to step into leading AGB, the Association of Governing Boards for colleges and universities across the United States, as its new President. She was uniquely qualified given her professional experience and deep commitment post-career driving legislative initiatives as part of “the badass grandmas,” a group of 20 mostly retired women political activists in her state that she (a Democrat) co-founded with her friend Dina Butcher (a Republican). The group was named by Dina’s 17-year-old grandson Owen and his friend Cole after seeing Ellen and Dina on a billboard promoting their work. The group remains active and is united by a deep desire to stand up for more accountability in state government. Read this article in Forbes for the rest of this inspiring story. On our call in August, Ellen confided that the first thing she did after accepting the AGB position was to schedule time on my calendar. She wasn’t sure if the organization knew her age and wanted to be sure it didn’t become a topic of conversation or a distraction from the work at hand. Let’s just say her next trip to Boston included a shopping trip with me! Shopping Success On Ellen’s shopping list: smart business separates (we discovered she was much better suited in petites than she realized), colorful jackets, tops and blouses to brighten her up while elevating her presence, an outfit with just enough bling for an awards ceremony in DC, and modern yet still comfortable shoes. Her new job requires monthly travel to meetings, conferences and the like. So how does dressing well support the art of leading and living well—while being a badass grandma too? Shares Ellen: “When Dressing Well came online, l joined their programs immediately. It was freeing to part with so many clothes and get help identifying new things that I was excited to wear. Suddenly last fall, I agreed to lead and represent a national association with 40,000 highly distinguished members and three national conferences. The call to Mary Lou was a lifesaver. I am not only confident and comfortable with everything in my closet but also enjoying more compliments from peers in every age bracket than I have ever received in my life. Yes, dressing well is cool, even for this badass grandma!“ Photo Note: Ellen (in her “badass” leather jacket, purchased prior to our trip!) and daughter Kerry after our successful shop. We hit four stores in 3 hours and emerged victorious! The teal jacket has been altered to perfect the fit. Everything else was “Ready to Wear!” What’s Your Next Chapter We all have next chapters. What’s yours? I’d love to learn more about you, your lifestyle and current style aspirations. They do change from year to year and chapter to chapter. It would be our pleasure to help you rediscover the power of dressing well in your own life and empower you to emerge with a new pep in your step! Book a Connect Call with Mary Lou Andre From all of us at Dressing Well, here’s to you! Mary Lou AndreFounder & CEODressing Well, Inc. 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Mid-Winter Weekend Greetings: 5 Reasons to Shovel Your Closet

    How To Frame Your Pitch Every entrepreneur is familiar with rejection, especially when it comes to the infamous business pitch. It’s not all about you and your great idea; as soon as you step into the room, your personality is being categorized and your value is assumed based equally on your pitch and your personal potential. Greetings from New England! 60 degrees and sunny last Saturday, and clear yet very cold today in my beloved city of Boston. The Boston waterfront never disappoints, you just need to be dressed for it! Although the predicted nor’easter didn’t hit my town too badly this week, we were ready with the shovel and it got me thinking about our clients, too. If you live in an area with winter weather, you get used to clearing out the snow so you can hit the road fast and effortlessly. When we first work with a client in their closet, we’re often “shoveling out” so that they too can hit the road in record time, regardless of the weather. Here are five quick tips to help you “shovel out” your own closet, no matter where you live: 1. Divide and conquer. If your flirty eyelet summer dresses and bathing suit cover-ups are currently snuggled up next to your blazers, sweaters, and formalwear, it’s no wonder you’re confused about what to wear in the morning. A great first step to eliminating closet confusion is to identify any off-season attire and move it to another space. Additionally, always consider how you live as you organize your closet. If you work or volunteer outside your home, separate the clothes you wear for in-person situations from pieces reserved for more casual days at home. 2. Consider the 80/20 rule. Most of us can confidently say that we wear twenty percent of our clothes eighty percent of the time. Go through your closet piece by piece and play tough love with the eighty percent that doesn’t owe you a nickel. Our favorite thing to say to clients is “Do you love it? Do you wear it?” The answers will be very telling, and once you get going, it will be easy to make good decisions about what stays in your closet. Make piles for tailoring, donation, and also textile recycling—anything stained or beyond repair should be let go for good! 3. Shop in your closet first. This is our favorite firm rule of thumb! We often find new winning combinations for our clients that they would never have thought to put together. A great way to start mixing things up while getting a targeted shopping list going is to create complete outfits (try them on head to toe with accessories) and then identify any pieces that would make the outfit even better (aka these loafers are ok, but modern booties would make this look fantastic!). 4. Give your shoes a makeover. In winter, our footwear has to work hard for us. Make sure your shoes reflect the same level of polish as your daily attire. At a minimum, get a shoe polish starter kit at your drugstore for around $10 so you can quickly remove salt and water stains. For heel repairs, tricky scuffs or hardware issues, find a great local cobbler—they do still exist! 5. Sort your jewelry. Finally, getting your jewelry under control is a great use of time when you’re stuck indoors (yes, even Florida has rainy winter days!!). Like clothing, separate jewelry by season. For instance, beachy and bohemian jewelry that looks best worn in warm weather can be easily stored in pouches or zip lock bags and tucked away with other summer clothing and accessories. When you can actually see your winter accessories more clearly, you start to wear them more. Consider hanging necklaces near your main dressing area and finding a good home for earrings, bracelets etc. too so you can easily locate them. Last Word Tackling closets often leads to other household organizing: kitchen cabinets, medicine closets and the like. It’s a great way to take control of being indoors and create space when it feels like the walls are closing in on us. So get in your closet and start shoveling! You’ll feel so good come spring. She will be coming. She always does. Best for the weekend ahead — How To Frame Your Pitch Every entrepreneur is familiar with rejection, especially when it comes to the infamous business pitch. It’s not all about you and your great idea; as soon as you step into the room, your personality is being categorized and your value is assumed based equally on your pitch and your personal potential. Mary Lou AndreFounder & PresidentDressing Well, Inc. How To Frame Your Pitch Every entrepreneur is familiar with rejection, especially when it comes to the infamous business pitch. It’s not all about you and your great idea; as soon as you step into the room, your personality is being categorized and your value is assumed based equally on your pitch and your personal potential. PS. Need extra inspiration to shovel your closet this weekend? Our Dressing Well Method self-guided video course can help. Value priced at just $99, it includes five 30-minute lessons to motivate you to tackle your closet (and overall style!) step by step. Order today, access immediately. You’ll be soooo glad you did! Get Social with Us! Dressing Well, Inc. Toll Free: 800.578.3770 Local and International: ©2024 Dressing Well. All rights reserved.     Return to Main Newsletter Page

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Welcome February” “Flip the Switch” on February & Embrace the month as a Style Gift

    February is often described as the shortest, longest month of the year for good reason. Many of us want to rush ahead to spring yet often feel stuck in the “messy” middle of winter with the doldrums definitely settling in. Here at Dressing Well we’ve learned to “flip the switch” on February and embrace the month for the style gift that it is. Here are 5 ways you too can turn this often dreary month into a beacon of style, hope and discovery: #1 Prune Your Closet Before any spring garden can bloom, it needs to be properly pruned. Same with your wardrobe. If your wardrobe is in need of a serious weeding, vow to get it done this month while you’re likely spending more time inside anyway. Extra Bonus: Transitioning your closet come spring will be so much easier if you spend the time now to get the deadwood out of there. Promise! #2 Cash In Your Donations If you’ve been in our world for a while, you know that properly retiring items that no longer serve you is a big part of our mission. When you can turn some of your castaways into cash, all the better. If you’re wondering how you can deduct clothes and accessories you donate to charity on your annual taxes, consult with your tax planner. For help knowing how to value your donations, check out this handy guide. #3 Shopping Success (& Therapy!) Once you clear the brush, you can begin to see the forest through the trees (aka the gaps in your wardrobe!) with much more clarity. To stay focused on what you actually need, make a list and visit your favorite websites and retail establishments. Sales are in high gear throughout the month of February so you’re apt to save a bundle too. If you venture out to shop, you’ll likely have fewer crowds to deal with as February is also the slowest retail month of the year. Extra thought: Don’t underestimate the power of retail therapy as a way to beat the winter blues. Once you update your basics, be open to a few novelty pieces that speak to you. Good for the soul any time of year, yet especially beneficial in February! #4 Create Your Own Boutique Once things are cleared out and properly sorted, create a plan to make your closets cheerful, warm and bright. Not only will you see your clothes more clearly, but you’ll feel better whenever you open the closet door. A fresh coat of paint in a color you love, new lighting, and hanging accessories just right is a gift you give yourself now and throughout the rest of the year. #5 Valentine’s Fun Finally, just when we all really need an extra dose of style inspiration, Valentine’s Day arrives mid-February in all its red and pink glory. Embrace this whimsical holiday for your sanity as much as your style. Go all in, or dip your toe in with heart-themed socks, scarfs and sweaters that help you celebrate the universal love of the day. We all need more ways to come together. I vote for Valentine’s Day unity! Extra Inspiration If you’re looking for more inspiration, we’re here to help. We’re on a mission to help people at all stages of their style journey make style confidence more attainable (and fun!). Here are three ways we can further assist: Grab Our Free Guide Our handy guide “How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe” is available to everyone on our mailing list. It’s a great tool to start rebuilding your wardrobe! Don’t have a copy? Grab yours now.   Download “How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe”   Join Us on the Inside Our new monthly style club, Dressing Well Insiders, is designed to keep your style moving forward affordably from month-to-month and season-to-season in the company of like-minded others. Our February session is tonight, February 5th, from 7-8 pm on Zoom. Topic: 5 Ways to Beat the Mid-Winter Style Blues. Join now, get instant access. Monthly and annual memberships are available.    Yes, I Want to Be an Insider!   Let Us Transform Your Style 1:1 Our highly effective one-on-one coaching services might be the best investment you ever make in yourself. We arrive at your home ready to tackle your closet right beside you. The results are immediate and you can expect several brand-new outfits from what you already own along with a focused shopping plan that we help you implement. We can also Zoom into your home to guide the process. Please schedule time on my calendar to explore your needs and land on just the right plan for you.   Book a Complimentary Connect Call   Parting Reflection I have spent my entire career (and at this point in time, half of my life!) helping people use their style as a tool of confidence, communication, and personal and professional success. It often starts in the closet and ends with a big (and lasting!) boost in style confidence – and with far fewer clothes than you ever dreamed possible. I have seen careers catapulted, first marriages at age 50 and beyond, weight melt away and stress vanish. All with simple closet and style shifts that anyone can implement. We are booking our spring calendar now, with a few spots open this month too. February only has to be as dark and long as you make it. We are here to shine a light on your closet, your style (and your life!) with proven tools, common sense and joy. Here’s to the lovely (yes lovely!) month of February. We look forward to serving you. Mary Lou AndreFounder & PresidentDressing Well, Inc. Get Social with Us! Dressing Well, Inc. Toll Free: 800.578.3770 Local and International:©2024 Dressing Well. All rights reserved.     Return to Main Newsletter Page

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Happy New Year: 5 Ways to Add New Year Style

    Hope you all had a great holiday and are ready to embrace 2024 with extra style and gusto. We are ready to help lead the way! Admittedly, I’m a New Year planning junkie. I get giddy when my new planner arrives right around November, and can’t wait to take a newly sharpened pencil to it and save time over the holidays to begin planning what I’d like more (and less of!) when the calendar actually flips. I’m looking forward to some wonderful trips, special weddings and personal milestones this year. Not sure how it happened, but I am entering a new decade this year too! Special thanks to photographer Leslie Browne for helping me embrace this special time in my own life. It’s also really nice to be starting the New Year with some new professional headshots! Here at Dressing Well, we are excited to be starting the year by going all in on our new program Dressing Well Insiders. Piloted this past fall with a small group of clients, it has been a wonderful success right out of the gate. Enrollment is now open to all of you. Our first monthly session of the year is tonight, Monday, January 8th, from 7-8 ET on Zoom, and there is plenty of time for you to join. We welcome you on the Inside too! What You Can Expect as an Insider Each month I literally take you on the “Inside” of my own closet, showing you 5 new outfits I have put together for myself and our private clients, while coaching you on the styling principles that allow you to make fresh, new seasonal outfits for yourself. Members love having a monthly commitment on their calendar to keep their style seasonally fresh and moving forward with the ability to ask questions in real time. Community is also a big part of Insiders. As part of each monthly session, we save time for a fun, interactive breakout room activity so that you can meet and share ideas with other members. In between sessions, you are able to continue sharing ideas while getting feedback on your outfits in the group’s members-only, private Facebook group. Technology makes it easy for you to get started in the program right away. When you join, you’ll be sent a welcome email with the program calendar and zoom link for tonight’s program. Easy peasy! Can’t make it tonight? No worries. You’ll get the replay tomorrow along with a set of shopping links of items featured in the session delivered directly to your inbox for your consideration. Insider content is not available anywhere else. Yes, there are plenty of benefits to being on the Inside with us! Tonight’s Topic: New Year, More Stylish You! Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll be covering tonight: • Brighten your winter wardrobe with modern color combinations (while repurposing your holiday greens & reds with a fresh twist!) • It’s boot season! When to wear booties, tall boots and everything in between (with hosiery guidelines as well!) • Love your outerwear! Vow to retire what no longer works (& be inspired to pick up some fresh new pieces while sales are in high gear) Tonight’s Breakout Activity: In celebration of January being “Get Organized” month, bring a favorite closet organizing product (or idea) to share with others in your breakout group. Perhaps what we are most proud of is having an affordable new way for many more people to experience our Dressing Well philosophy in an uplifting, non-judgmental and motivational forum, giving you more access to our talented Dressing Well Insider’s team. We invite you on the Inside too! A member recently shared: “The biggest gift of this group has been recommitting to my style. I look forward to the monthly sessions and love watching how others are implementing the lessons in the Facebook group. The shopping links are great and save me time and money. I am ordering key items without second guessing myself. Thanks for keeping me from falling off the style train. Who knew fashion could be so much fun!” – Heather M.   Yes, I’m In! Take Me to the “Insiders” Program Enrollment Page Please    From all of us at Dressing Well, here’s to 2024! Hope to see you on the “Inside” tonght! Dressing Well, Inc. Toll Free: 800.578.3770 Local and International: ©2024 Dressing Well. All rights reserved.     Return to Main Newsletter Page

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