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Look Thinner With Clothes

6 Easy Ways To Look Thinner With Clothes

Here’s How to Look Thinner with Clothes

Sometimes, actually pretty much always, it’s the small styling detail that makes a big difference and one of today’s tips is all about corners.

So now that you saw and heard me tell you to avoid squared corners I’m going to slightly contradict myself as you can see here in this before and after of my wonderful client wearing a squared corner jacket in her after photo.

Look Thinner With Clothes

She’s wearing an outfit I created using the clothes she purchased from our shopping trip, where I must say I found some incredible deals and fabulous wardrobe building pieces for her.

And yes, her new jacket has squared corners and here’s why it and everything else she’s wearing is perfect on her and will make all of us look thinner with clothes:

  1. This jacket is meant only to be worn open on her and since it hangs straight down it’s an instant middle minimizer.
  2. The bracelet sleeve length is another secret, shhh, way to minimize the middle and visually lengthen the body.
  3. Full vs ankle-length pants are typically more slimming.
  4. Wearing a top under a jacket untucked.
  5. This neckline is much more flattering on her than the low and wide one in her before outfit.
  6. Wearing the same color from top to bottom is always a slimming and lengthening trick yet this after outfit proves you don’t have to be in only dark colors from head to toe to look slimmer and stylish.

These are all great examples of how small tweaks transform an outfit and when you know what to look for.


About Scarlett: I’m not a Fashionista but am a personal stylist and shopper with a passion for helping you love how you look with the body you have right now.

I work with women of all shapes and sizes both in-person and virtually. I can take you shopping or create a fabulous outfit from what you already own. And we have a whole lot of fun doing it!

The best way to get to know me is to sign-up for my twice-monthly newsletter, Scarlett Says, for fun, practical style tips you can actually use!

When you do, I’ll share with you my fun 5-day video series — End Your Closet Shame. That’s right, we’re going to work together to clean out your closet so you don’t feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, or stressed every morning when it’s time to get dressed. Who wants to start their day that way? I want you smiling as you head out your front door with places to go, people to meet, and things to do. Let’s do this!

Sign me up for Scarlett Says today.

Shop This Sale and SAVE Money

Shop This Sale and SAVE Money

SALE glorious SALE announcement is here…only till 1/21/20

I want you to have nice clothes at great prices, so I’m sharing one of my favorite sales,

You’ll get 40% to 70% off certain sale items at Bloomingdales.com and this is when I shop and save like crazy on every department in the store.

And let me tell you that they don’t play around with their sales, as the prices really will go back up on 1/21. Trust me…I know.

Example: A jacket I looked at yesterday on sale for $118 is an extra 40% off today!! That’s a savings of $47 and I consider that a lot of money to save.

I created this mini-catalog, see below,  with some of my notes for you to see the savings I’m talking about. Seriously you need to get items in your cart quickly before they run out.

Shop This Sale and SAVE money

Shop This Sale and SAVE money

Take a look at some of the savings during this brief sale and do check out the shoes too. Comfort and style are very important to my feet and me, so when you can get a quality shoe for the price of a just-okay shoe, hurry and grab em.

PS: Please do not fear to order online, because you will not have the large inventory to choose from in a store, and you’ll be missing out on some great deals. You’ll get free shipping both ways, so there is no risk other than losing the chance to save lots of money.

 

 

How To Dress in 80's Fashion

How To Dress in 80’s Fashion & Why You Shouldn’t

Here’s my gift for you to start the year with a giggle and a smile.
Ok, you can stop laughing now!!

How To Dress in 80's Fashion

How To Dress in 80’s Fashion

Yes, that’s me and do let me know how long you stared and laughed at this embarrassing yet highly entertaining photo of yours truly.

I’m not sure what’s funnier: the outfit I’m wearing or that my husband and I thought it was worthy of striking a pose for a photograph.

The purpose of my sharing this recently discovered photo is to show and easily prove, that trends are hysterical and that I too once had absolutely NO idea what looked good on me.

Let’s count em…

  1. Black, yes black, tall socks with shorts!!
  2. A mock neck that looks bad on practically EVERYBODY.
  3. Hoop earrings that are way too big for my then little face.
  4. Giant short sleeves that never, nor should, get a hey you look great comment.
  5. A bowl haircut that I must have foolishly paid someone to give me.
  6. Did I mention black socks?????

If you have any respect left for me, please take look at my 2- minute read on Medium about the perils of ordering from clothes in the box services such as Stich Fix. 

If you like it, please click on the clapping hands 👏 cause I could use it after revealing the photo above.  

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AND, join me live in person…When you get to Darien Connecticut on January 15 to hear my presentation showing you how to get control of your closet by learning which of your clothes or accessories need to go or stay and why.

You’ll learn how to have fewer clothes yet have more outfits without spending any money.

You won’t be sorry, so click over to Hayvn’s website and reserve your spot while there are spots left to reserve.

 

Maybe I’ll wear black socks appropriately…or maybe not.

You won’t be sorry, so click over to Hayvn’s website and reserve your spot while there are spots left to reserve.

Maybe I’ll wear black socks appropriately…or maybe not.

Scarlett's 2019 Favorite Things Shopping List

Scarlett’s 2019 Favorite Things Shopping List

 

2019 Favorite ThingsIt’s that time of year again where you struggle figuring out what to buy for others and tell others what you would like for yourself.

Wouldn’t be nice to give or get a gift that won’t be returned?????

Well, struggle no more, because here is a list of my 2019 favorite things that I hope you either gift or get and will totally enjoy.

Artis Makeup brushes – Oprah loves them, so I had to try one and then I got another, and another…I love them!

❄  IT CC plus Cream with 50 SPF – This is a great product to even out your skin color along with incredible SPF protection because we all need to avoid more sun damage. It’s wonderfully light and very natural looking. It’s also a great time to do gift shopping on Sephora’s site.

 Lysse – I love and live in these denim leggings, which I wear with longer tops. My clients love them too because they’re comfy and flattering. Check out their tops too.

  That’s What She Said  – Delightful, inspiring, and filled with educational quotes book.

❄  Allbirds sneakers and flats – These are sooooooo comfortable and come in tons of great colors. Perfect for travel and/or when you have lots of walking to do. They’re also washable!!

❄  MZ Wallace – handbags.  I love their bags and have quite a few of them. Their ability to withstand rain, having tons of pockets and lasting forever make them a great investment.

❄  Nic + Zoe – Her designs are figure-flattering and almost all of my clients look great in this line. The tank tops are fantastic if you want to start with a true basic.

❄  Stop Stressing About Dressing book – by yours truly. It’s filled with easy to follow styling tips and laughs.

❄  Gift Certificate to give or get to work with me either in-person on virtually. Email me to find out how you can give the gift of knowing what to wear.

 

Be sure to shop via Rakuten so you can make money on your purchases.
You won’t be sorry!!

Easy packing. Easy choosing what to wear.

2019 Favorite Things

“Yesterday and today I’m on the road meeting with clients. Before packing I pulled up the photos of all the beautiful outfits you created and it made packing so easy!  Everything coordinated and I felt great.  Many thanks!” Christina Larson – Boston Ma.

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Are You Fearlessly Facing Your Closet?

Fear not…relax and listen instead.

Are You Fearlessly Facing Your Closet?

 

Are You Fearlessly Facing Your Closet?


Recently I was asked to be a guest on the wonderful Amy Schmid’s podcast Fearlessly Facing Fifty. She asked me to share styling tips on how to shop and dress for our ever-changing bodies and mindset.


Are You Fearlessly Facing Your Closet?

 

So take a listen and please tell me which you liked the best or what tip you’d like me to give you in the near future.


Easy packing. Easy choosing what to wear.
Are You Fearlessly Facing Your Closet?

“Yesterday and today I’m on the road meeting with clients and estate attorneys. Before packing I pulled up the photos of all the beautiful outfits you created and it made packing so easy!  Everything coordinated and I felt great.  Many thanks!”



PS. My next newsletter will be my annual My Favorite Things list where I share the products I love for myself and you.

 

 

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

When one of my clients has the joy of her son or daughter getting married, she calls me for ideas on what to wear as the mother of the Bride or Groom, and the first thing I tell them is not to wear black.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…but Scarlett wore black.

Okay, I confess I did and that I’m somewhat ashamed, but please hear me out before you shake your finger at me or roll your eyes.

When you read to the end, you’ll find out the true reason I wore black.

I tried on at least 15 dresses in two different stores and in all sorts of colors and shapes. None fit me in a flattering way that also didn’t require weight loss or undergarments that I couldn’t get into without a team and likely some sort of pulley system.

Now when I take a client shopping, typically one of the first 3 if not the first dress is the winner for her, but that did not happen for me.

But when I put this dress on from a store called Elephants Trunk in Mt. Kisco NY, I knew I found ‘the one’ for me.

Still, I knew I wanted to make some changes so as to make the dress my own and have the look and style I wanted for myself.

The Elephants Trunk allowed me to customize the dress and along with their very talented seamstress, here is what I requested:

Bye, bye, frumpy sleeves!

I didn’t want the sleeves to be the same fabric as the main part of the dress as to me that looked frumpy.

As per my request, I wanted them to be made out of the lacey and slightly sparkly fabric.

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

But that wasn’t enough for me! I wanted a flowing back and the seamstress and salespeople on the floor looked at me like I was nuts!

To be honest, when I was in weeks before, the owner thought my idea was great.

Below is the back before the requested flowing fabric was added.

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

Below is the dress with the fabric pinned onto the back and once they saw my idea actually on, they loved my idea.

If you know me, you know I love clothes that have movement.

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

And here I am with my son on the day of my daughter’s wedding, and let me tell you it was a GREAT day and night.

What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom

PS. The dress did come in other colors, but because this dress was made from two different fabrics the colors did not totally match and that is
the only reason why I ended up wearing black.

Take a look at the video below with a few of my tips to help you select a dress for the
special events in your life.

Watch to get ideas on What To Wear As Mother Of The Bride Or Groom so you’ll be comfortable, confident and certain nothing will pop!

Push Your Sleeves Up

How To Push Your Sleeves Up!

Push Your Sleeves Up

For all the women who have worked with me and/or attended my presentations, you know how much I say… “don’t forget to push your sleeves up.”

Why?

Because an outfit looks much, much better when you push your sleeves up.

Before I was known as the stylist who helps women stop stressing about dressing, I wanted to be known as the Push Your Sleeves Up Stylist…that’s how much I love the look of sleeves pushed up.

But sleeves don’t always cooperate, so check out this sleeve saving gadget.

It’s called CuffedUp, and it has me pumped up!

No more sleeves falling down, getting in your food or making short arms look even shorter.

AND you can use it on pants hem too!!!

Men will love CuffedUp too.

When your sleeves are pushed up, your outfit will look considerably more stylish and polished.

Plus it makes you look thinner and taller.

Don’t believe me? Just go in front of a mirror and push one sleeve up and you’ll
see exactly what I mean.

The video below shows how the CuffedUp works.

Use code crew10 for an extra 10% off.

 

If you think pushing your sleeves up is a great tip,
you’re going to love the ones you’ll get in
Dress Without Stress.

How many more years will you waste not knowing what to wear?

 

 

How To Organize Handbags

How To Organize Handbags In Your Closet

 

 

As the temps get cooler, you’re going to need to start finding and wearing the clothes that will keep you warm and cozy. But just because the leaves are dropping doesn’t mean our clothes and bags need to be falling too.

Here’s where I’m going with this…

Recently I looked into my closet and said to myself, enough is enough!

My bags, not just the ones under my eyes, were floppy and dingy and the clothes on my shelves looked like the back of my elbows. Wrinkled and in rough shape.

I figured out that the solution was to inject fillers, but not the ones you get at a spa or doctor’s office.

Step one: Injecting myself with determination and energy to get the job done.

No more saying one day, when I have time, or have nothing else to do, because we all know how one day often turns into no day, no way, no how.

We need to decide that one day is today and that is just what I did in just a few hours to make my closet look young and fresh again.

You can too when you follow these easy to do tips.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Inject Fillers Into Your Floppy Handbags

Step two: Dumped out all my handbags onto my bed, and yes I do have quite a few of them, so I can see which needed more plumping up.

Most of them are loosely structured and need stuffing to stop flopping around on my closet’s shelves.

The solution is to inject fillers into the bags by stuffing them with bubble wrap, paper, or even the t-shirts you’re no longer wearing.

Just like your hair, they need some body to look good.

Once filled and stuffed, the bags will stand up straight and keep their original shape.

Gee, I wish it was that easy for our shapes.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Tip: I put them back by color, and used a clear magazine holder for the little pouches, extra straps, etc. Think of it as Spanx for holding in all your loose pieces.

FYI most of my handbags are from MZ Wallace. I’m quite a fan of their bags.

All of my leggings are by Lysse. I’m a devoted fan of their bottoms too.

Nope, I’m a BIG fan.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

Then I tackled the clothes and shawls/ponchos I have folded on my shelves, or you may have them in drawers.

I folded each one neatly, so that not only can I clearly see what each piece is, but also to make it easier to decide which one to wear or pack when traveling.

To me, they look so much prettier now too, and yes I’ll keep them this way.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

I do have lots of leggings and jeans which I actually wear, so I organized them by color and made one pile for those in a larger size because let’s face it…we all have those days, or weeks, or months…you get what I mean.

Fall in Love with Organizing Your Closet

P.S. Not sure you noticed, but nothing from above was about which clothes I had to keep or toss.

Why do you ask?

Well, that’s because I stopped having an unhealthy relationship with my clothes, many, many years ago. Knowing when and how to say bye-bye to the clothes that are doing you wrong is life-changing and you’ll have less mess in your closet too.

Get help knowing how to break up with some of your clothes when you go here to get my FREE End Your Closet Shame 5 Day Video Guide.

 

 

 

I originally wrote the above article for The Three Tomatoes, a wonderful on-line newsletter for women over 50.

 

Fashion Styling Tips No One Tells You and More

I thought it would be fun for you to not have to read or watch anything, and instead sit back and listen while you have your morning
coffee, apply makeup, or cook a meal.
I was a recent guest on a brand new podcast called Magnificent Aging podcast hosted by professional organizer Deirdre Dolan Nesline.
In this podcast you’re going to not feel so alone and learn a few tips you won’t get in a magazine or on TV.

Here are a few things you’ll learn from this interview:

  • How to figure out what’s right for your dressing style
  • The process of letting go and keeping what looks incredible on you
  • Scarlett helps people create great outfits and get rid of items that no longer work for you.
  • Her BIG secret to shopping and releasing emotion regarding what to wear as we age
  • Who are you dressing for?
  • Are color charts still relevant?
  • Trends-why be part of a pack?
  • Lots and lots of ideas including money-saving tips.
So sit back, and get ready to see your clothes in a whole new way.
I take that back…get ready to see your clothes in a bunch of whole new ways.

PS The End Your Closet Shame is over but you can still get my help to show you how to always know what to wear when you click here.

The Sleeve Length You Shouldn’t Wear

Almost all women hate showing their arms…even when
it’s 100 degrees outside.

I can relate.

But don’t rush to wear any top just because it has sleeves.

Beware the half-sleeve.

This is one sleeve style that can be quite unflattering.  For starters, it has a major FRUMP producing look.

The Sleeve Length You Shouldn't Wear

The Sleeve Length You Shouldn’t Wear

These sleeves are too long or too short, depending upon how you look at it and unless your upper arms are very wide, this sleeve length will:

  1. Make your upper arms appear bigger than they actually are.
  2. Make your chest area look larger, from side to side which is soooooo not the goal of most women.
  3. Make you look older than you are.
  4. Make you look wider than you are.
  5. Make an outfit look a bit too casual and/or messy looking.

When you know how little details make big improvements, getting dressed is so much less stressful.

My online course Dress Without Stress is available. Click here to learn more.

Subscribe to Scarlett Says – my free twice-monthly newsletter for women who want to stop stressing about dressing, and I’ll send you my free End Your Closet Shame 5 Day Video Guide.