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Baby Steps to a Wardrobe Makeover

Style by Julie Judd, Stylewise

Always wanted a Wardrobe Makeover but not ready to say “good-bye” to the old and commit to the new? Try some of these baby steps that update your look without breaking the bank.

  1. Update your tailored, fitted shirts by wearing a tank top underneath and open the top and bottom buttons. This can make you look taller and thinner – and hipper.
  2. Take a boxy blazer to a tailor and have it fitted. At about $25-35, it’s a small price to keep a favorite jacket in your wardrobe.
  3. Add a cashmere wrap or pashmina to coats or v-neck sweaters. You’ll add color while keeping warm in drafty rooms or out in the cold.
  4. Buy a boot cut, dark wash, midrise jean. MUCH more flattering and can go dressy or casual. Great fitting jeans are a good investment that pays off year-round. Buy two pair and have them hemmed for flats and heels.
  5. Shorten a straight or A-line skirt to knee length – above, middle or just below, depending on your height. The taller you are, the longer the skirt. Wear with a tall boot or pump and tights. Most women look better in skirts than pants. Ask any man!!!
  6. Get fitted for a new bra. There are many new styles that are “age defying” and keep “the girls” up where they belong – midway between your shoulders and your elbows.
  7. Add a belt outside your top, sweater or blazer. Wear a skinny belt if you don’t have much space between your bust and waist (short-waisted). Wear a thick belt if you have space there (long-waisted). No matter what size you are, this updates your look for a small price and brings attention to your waist. If you have a thicker waist, wear the belt slung a little lower on your hips.
  8. Get rid of the sweats and Old Navy fleece. Instead chill or run errands in Activewear from your favorite running brands like Nike, Reebok, Puma or Addidas. Choose a running pant and matching jacket, then feel free to wear together or mix and match with your favorite jeans, hoodie and t-shirt.
  9. Replace a turtleneck with a v-neck sweater. Turtles can make you look heavy by visually broadening your shoulders and “stealing” your neck. And make you look older and unapproachable. The next time you reach for a turtleneck, compare it with a v-neck and see the difference for yourself. For warmth add a scarf.
  10. Replace your ankle length winter coat for a three-quarter fitted coat. Great sales are on now! And this look will continue. It’s a much neater look than a long coat you’ve dragged through snow and salt.

When you’re ready for the Wardrobe Makeover, call me (708-829-8245). Until then, try these baby steps. I’d love to hear your comments on how these work for you.


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