Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What Not to Wear

I love “What Not to Wear.” It has been one of my indulgences for many years. Stacey London and Clinton Keith have become a couple of my best friends. They crack me up! I would love to be on the show. It would be glorious to walk the shops of New York City, $5,000 Visa gift card in hand. Unfortunately, I fit in somewhere between fashion fabulous and completely horrid, so chances are slim to none that I ever will get to meet the fashion gurus in person. I have picked up a few tips along the way and really try to incorporate them into my humble wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite:

  1. Emphasize your slimmest area- I just had a baby, so my stomach is NOT my slimmest section, the empire waist area seems to be, so I try to find empire waist fitted-clothes. Instead of putting a tie-belt at my waist, I bring it up a few inches (if it works with the shirt/dress).
  2. Quality, not quantity- this is a hard one for me. I like clothes and I like variety and I like shopping. I am really working on trying to find quality staples to add to my wardrobe… a great pair of jeans, a well-fitted jacket, and a couple of nicer tops that make me feel put together. I have to admit that I still search the racks at Target and Old Navy for a great deal… and sometimes find something really cute.
  3. White works anytime- The whole white after Labor Day rule is out the window. Just don’t wear all white to someone else’s wedding.
  4. Color is your friend- Adding a pop of color can really make an outfit. For example, red shoes with a black dress.

8 comments:

Lopez-kids said...

This one, The Biggest Loser, Ten Years Younger, and pretty much any show that makes people look better is a good show in my book! I love the last tip, but I hate spending money on something that I feel like I won't wear that often. Thus, I love Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack. They are the best for cheap, but cute shoes and accessories! :-)

Heather said...

I love that show too! I want someone to nominate me so I can go on a shopping spree...anyone? LOL! I love how the bra shopping always goes on that show, they would hate me!

Kyle said...

You are so funny! You are like the most fashionable person I know!! I'll have to check this show out...maybe it can help me!

The Gray Family said...

Melissa you always look well put together. I for one struggle with the "quality over quantity" issue...I am a big fan of the clearance shirts for $5 that last one or 2 washes and then look lousy :<(

heidi said...

i wish i had time to watch all the fun fashion shows. unfortunately i'm a sucker for jeans and a shirt. you are always dressed super cute though... you have nothing to worry about!

Niki McDowell said...

Ok, your right you could never be on that show because your are quite the fashionista and always look so cute and put together. I love that show. We should have a day were we just watch it and let the kids play. Let's record a bunch on dvr and plan a day ok?

The Gargalis family said...

i totally love that show. I used to dvr it but I've seen all of them, except the newest ones. I too wish they would nominate me for a wardrobe makeover. Maybe we should just fake like we are hopeless and video each other-just pretend-is that lying?...but it would be fabulous to have someone else buy my clothes.

Kipn n' Sarah said...

Thanks so much. I have such a hard time in the department of actually dressing like I care about myself. I have some work to do and I will use your tips to get started.
I love that show too, it is so funny!