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Celebrity Stylists Do It - So Can You PDF Print E-mail

The majority of celebrities work with a stylist to ensure they look fabulous for red carpet and other special events.  Stylists plan far in advance to find the right outfit for their client.  You can implement the same strategy for your next special occasion by planning in advance.
 
At the beginning of each month, check your calendar for upcoming events.  Go through your closet to see if you can use what you already have.  If you need a complete new outfit or a few accessories to accent what you already own, make a list of what needs to be purchased in your Spending Book and start shopping immediately!
 
The more time you give yourself, the better chance you have of finding the perfect outfit and hopefully at the price you want to pay.  If you have ever had the experience of waiting to shop until the last minute, and having to pay too much for an outfit you didn’t feel good in, you can appreciate what a powerful this habit is to implement.

 
Looking Polished - Money Doesn't Matter PDF Print E-mail
Introduction by Melissa Tosetti
 
The last week of March, I have a four city speaking tour in Virginia.  I'm really looking forward to the events, but realized this morning that it might be worth my while to invest some time and money putting together one more speaking outfit before I go. 
 
One of the things I've learned over the last five years and 100+ speeches is that how I feel in what I'm wearing makes a massive impact on my presentation.  That’s why I typically rotate through the same 3 – 4 outfits when speaking.
 
I have to wear comfortable, stable shoes.  I don’t want to be thinking about how much my feet hurt or whether or not I’m going to take a header. I have a pair of black one inch pumps and a pair of black lace up high heeled boots that I wear on a regular basis. In fact, I've worn those boots on so many "stages" that I can honestly say I built my business in them.  If there's ever a Savvy Life Museum, they'll be on display.
 
I have to be able to easily move my arms so if I’m wearing a jacket, it can't be restrictive.  I talk a lot with my hands and hate it when I feel constricted through the shoulders. It’s distracting.
 
Over the summer I found a vintage looking black dress that has become my holy grail – all other speaking outfits will forever be compared to it. 
 
It’s comfortable, I feel great in it. I also feel polished and professional. Polished is a word I would never previously associate with myself. I grew up on the back of a horse and spend four nights a week punching and kicking 200 pounds bags and sparring partners. 
 
One of the other important lessons I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter how much you spend on an outfit. If it doesn’t fit right or isn’t the right color, it’s going to look dumpy. 
 
In anticipation of needing a new outfit, I was doing a little research this morning and found this wonderful article by my friend Alison Gary who is the founder of Wardrobe Oxygen. The article is titled How Does One Get The Polished Look?
 
Whether you’re a naturally pulled together woman or, like me, you have to work hard at it, the article is worth the read.
 
 
One of last summer's speaking outfits that got culled from the herd. 
It's obvious from this picture that I'm not feeling that great in it.
 
 
 
The 5-Piece French Wardrobe PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

I'm halfway through six speaking engagements in a six week time period.  There's been a lot of packing and a lot of airports - with more to come.

Thursday night, just before getting on stage, I realized that I felt really good.  In fact, I felt a thousand times better than I did just eight hours ago when I got off the plane in a pair of jeans, tennis shoes and a hoody.  I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to get to my room, take another shower and get ready for the event.  I knew that the minute I put on my "speaking" clothes, I'd feel great.  I was right.

It was at that moment I realized that my day-to-day wardrobe is in need of an upgrade.  I strongly believe that you should feel great about how you look all the time, not just for special occasions.  But, in the last year, I've focused more on refreshing my speaking wardrobe and have neglected my day-to-day wardrobe.  

So, my goal this week is to do an inventory of items I need for fall and winter and begin systematically acquiring those needed pieces.  On the plus side, my timing is great as we go into the holiday season, the sales will be plentiful. I should be able to time my purchases and pick up everything I need on sale.

Once I have my basics in place, I plan to take a note from the 5 Piece French Wardrobe.  Click on the link for the original version of the system.  As for my version: 

1. Maintain a basic wardrobe including undergarments, workout clothes and pajamas, replacing items as needed.

2. Purchase only 5 new items each season.  The seasons are Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. 

3. Focus on quality over quantity as well as proper fit.

4. Only purchase items you absolutely love.

Once my basic day-to-day wardrobe has been replenished, my verion of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe will help ensure my wardrobe stays fresh, but also ensures I only purchase what I love and feel great wearing. 

Marion Cottilard
Her entire wardrobe from A Good Year is enviable!
 
 
Wardrobe Tips from Sophia Loren PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

Years ago I picked up a copy of Women & Beauty by Sophia Loren.  I remember being incredibly surprised at the practicality of her advice.  I felt like I was reading something my mom or one of my aunts would write, not something written by one of the most glamorous women on the planet.

Earlier this week I was flipping through it and was again surprised at her down to earth advice.  For example, she writes:

I used to buy clothes on impulse.  Something in a store would catch my fancy.  I would try it on and if I iked it, home it went.  But so very many times these purchases would turn out to be mistakes.  They would hang in my closet, never worn, and reproach me every time I looked at them. 

My new approach begins with planning... the main thing is to avoid going into a store wtih no idea of what you want.  This can spell diaster and this is how you fill your closet with clothes you never wear. 

Before you go into a store you must also examine what you already have.  It is simply wasteful to buy all new clothes every season; even if you have the money, and certainly not many people have, it means you haven't discovered what really is the best look for you.  When you buy the right clothes, you should find that you can wear them for many seasons.

The book is now out of print, but if you can find a used copy, it's a worthy investment!  In addition to advice on building a wardrobe, she also discusses skin and hair care as well as the value of a healthy diet and exercise. 

 
Shop Your Closet PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

A few weeks ago I received an email from a financial advisor I work for and at the bottom of the correspondence she wrote: 

P.S.  I just shopped my closet this morning and….
to sing a song from “West Side Story” – “I feel pretty” and sharp.

Her email made my day and reminded me of what a great strategy shopping your closet can be. 

The next time you feel the urge to buy new clothes, instead, go back through your closet, as if you were looking at the clothes for the first time, and see if you can put new combinatioins of items together. 

If you need a little help, ask a friend.  They'll look at your wardrobe with completely different eyes.  You could walk away with several new outfits without spending a dime.

 
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