Friday, September 13, 2013


I don't know if your weekends are more glamorous than mine, but we are generally taking kids to soccer games, swimming lessons, running some errands, and watching football.  It's days like these for which I find it hardest to dress.  On one hand, it's all very, very casual.  On the other hand, I'm leaving the house and will likely see some people I know.  It's not easy to find the balance of dressing down and looking put-together, so here are a few tips:

1.  Wear a great pair of jeans.  You may be tempted to throw on your old, ratty jeans that are generally saved for yard work.  Don't save your great-fitting (skinny, straight, or trouser) jeans for special occasions.  Jeans can be dressed up when you need them to be, but they're always appropriate for casual occasions.  Put them on!  Your butt looks awesome, and you know it.

2.  Wear ballet flats.  They are SO much cuter than your running shoes, yet still comfortable and practical.  Get some in faux leather, if you're worried about getting them dirty.  The dirt will wipe right off.  Ok, ok.  If you're going to be traipsing across a muddy field, you may be better off wearing some Converse sneakers.  They're cute, too.

3.  Accessorize.  It's perfectly appropriate to wear jeans and a t-shirt all weekend.  If you put on a great necklace or stack some pretty bracelets, it will look intentional, rather than looking like you just couldn't find anything else to wear.  See my earlier post on accessories for some tips on including them in your look everyday.

4.  Layer...stylishly.  If it's a chilly day, why don't you choose a great wool or leather jacket, rather than your fleece hoodie?  Save the fleece for hiking.  Still cold?  Throw on a scarf.  Still cold?  Then maybe it's time for your heavier coat (not your heavier fleece).

5.  Wear Lipstick.  If you want to give your skin a break from make-up, I'm all for it.  Just swipe on a little lipstick, and you'll look and feel polished and put-together.

You'll definitely catch me breaking all of these rules from time to time, but I will also be hiding and hoping no one sees me on those days.  When I follow my own advice, I'll be smiling, confident, and ready to face the world!

Do you need help putting these tips to practice?  Perhaps you don't have these items in your closet yet.  I'd love to help!  If you want to know more about my personal styling services in Richmond, VA, I would love to hear from you.  Let's connect!

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