FALL SHOPPING

You might remember my earlier post about a makeover that I helped with. Today I am going to tell you about the continuation of the journey.

MAKEOVER MAGIC

I wanted to title this post something like, “Makeover Part II” or “Makeover Continues”, but it didn’t seem right, because she did not really need any more “making over.” She was badly in need of some clothes that are more appropriate for the upcoming seasons, so I volunteered to help her shop.  It is always fun to spend someone else’s money!

We spent the weekend shopping, trying on clothes, making up outfits, and returning what did not work.  It was an exhausting whirlwind, but I left feeling good that her closet is now brimming with plenty of mix and match items that fit and flatter.

When I arrived at her house, and looked in the closet, I have to say that I was surprised.  She had done an excellent job of getting rid of everything that did not fit or that was out of style, but oh my! The only items left were what we bought last spring, plus her Athleta pants,

Bettona

http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1059471&vid=1&pid=819227002

her Skinny Shirt (she is a faithful reader of my blog!),

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SkinnyShirt Women’s Collar + Tails 2X White

 

and couple of new white shirts and dresses. No jeans! No fall/winter pants! No long sweaters! No colorful jewel-toned tops! No cute fall/winter shoes!

We left the house and went to work.  She had a generous amount budgeted for her fall/winter wardrobe, so we did not have to do the kind of bargain shopping I usually do, but we shopped at stores that had reasonably priced clothing and good sales, so even though we did not pay too much attention to price tags, she was able to get a lot for her money.

We spent day one focusing on pants. It was hard not to be distracted by all the beautiful fall tops, but I would not let her try on anything but pants until we had the basics taken care of!  She ended up with 2 pairs of skinny jeans, (dark and light), one pair of gray pants, one pair of skinny black pants, and one pair of burgundy pants. We were in business, and ready to go again the next day to look for tops, shoes, and jewelry.

We ended up with a ton of stuff, and then had to come home and put everything together. She got lots of tops, sweaters, and vests, and everything pretty much mixed and matched. She also found a “magic dress.”  If you ever find one, but it!

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She also got some really cute shoes from Target:

dorsday-flats

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-poppy-d-orsay-pointed-toe-flats-merona/-/A-50801883

wedge-booties

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-elena-booties-merona/-/A-50845653#sn-50845653

And some really nice items from my favorite “jewelry store”, Cato:

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I feel so bad that we really did not have time for a “photo shoot.” I did take pictures with my phone, just so she could remember what went together.  She will probably kill me, but I just have to post a few pictures. Remember, this is with no makeup, and hair just as it looked after a very long day of shopping.  She did not even “pose” because we were just trying to get documentation photos. That is why I very thoughtfully edited her head out on some of these. 🙂  LOL.  She is still going to kill me!

But I just feel like it is important for you to see at least SOME pictures.  I am not going to post a photo of her “figure flaw”  (I am not that mean….I only post those kind of photos of myself). But these outfits do a really good job of minimizing her problem area.

You can see that she looks nice in two completely different styles….very sporty with a vest and jeans, and very sophisticated with long tops. The main thing is keep trying on different styles until you find the ones that make you say “Wow, that looks cute!”

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After all the trying on and mixing and matching, she ended up with a few bags of returns, but not that much!  We decided to keep only things that she loved.  GREAT ADVICE, by the way. I need to take it myself!

I don’t have a good picture of the “magic dress.” I really need to do it justice with good lighting, good shoes, hair and makeup.  Maybe next time!

Thanks for reading. Go get some new fall clothes, and remember this phrase:  “SATURATED COLORS”.  Do not come home with some ugly olive green and beige top. And do not buy random things that don’t go with anything else.

5 thoughts on “FALL SHOPPING”

  1. You are an amazing fashion consultant. Love everything you guys picked out. She looks great and you both are to be commended.

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