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.
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.
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 fromMZ 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.
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.
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.
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 gohere 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.
I can’t wait to get this skirt, and it has pockets! You’ll lounge around the house and go to sleep in style. It is great for vacations, house guests and working from home instead of the oh so boring leggings.
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P.S. The woman who cuts my hair designed these and I can’t wait to get my Sleep Skirt on Christmas morning. Shhhhh.
Pop Socket – A holder for your cell phone and the car mount to hold it. Much better than your phone flying around in your car.
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Think about it, do you really want to give or receive another boring present or the amazing gift of finally knowing what clothes should be worn and bought so the closet is filled with outfits you’d love to wear? Hmmm…..
I apologize in advance if I seem a bit angry in this video.
If you have any size shaming stories to tell, please put them in the comments below, and let’s unite to stop the madness!
Pssst…Overheard In The Dressing Room
I’ve helped many women find the perfect dress to wear to their son or daughter’s wedding, and now that our daughter recently got engaged, soon it will be time to find a dress for myself. No pressure! Ha!
Here is her engagement photo, taken after saying YES!! And we’re so happy she found a great guy and a very cute dog too.
You know how sometimes, okay many times, you have clothes that used to fit or are a bit snug and gathering dust in your closet waiting for another chance?
I certainly know that feeling, and it really stinks that the size we wear is likely not the same as it was a few, or many, years ago.
The good news is that there are some very important one size fits all things we can wear no matter what shape or size we may be.
Even though you already know them, be sure to choose interesting and flattering versions.
Earrings – see the link below for inspiration.
Necklaces – ditto regarding the below link.
Scarves – Nordstrom, TJMax, and Marshalls have great selections.
Shoes – get a few pairs that are more stylish than basic. Comfortable no longer means ugly.
Handbags – get a bag in a fun color or print & stop wearing the bag that is worn down and dare I say, boring.
Eyeglasses and/or sunglasses – in colors and shapes that compliment your facial features and outfits. See the great resource for those in the New Jersey area.
I mean let’s think about the following: Waists tend to go out and in. Size tends to go up and down.
But….the list above will still fit you with very, very few exceptions.
Below are a few new resources I found for you to take a look at.
I was seeking shelter during a typical brief rainstorm while exploring London, so I stepped inside the inviting store Oliver Bonas. They had tons of interesting jewelry that looks much more expensive than it is, and when I got home I discovered that they provide the option to buy their designs here in the U.S. via their website.
Below you can see me wearing the $38 necklace I bought and immediately wore. Since I stick to certain colors, it matched all the clothes I had packed for my trip to Europe.
P.S. When I showed it to my in the garment business husband, he thought it cost more than $100! BINGO!
Another great resource that one of my lovely clients introduced me to, is Private Eyewear. They are based in New Jersey and depending on where you live or work, will come to you and help you select frames that flatter your face shape, features, and personal style.
Glasses are on our faces, so don’t lose sight, pun intended, on how important they are to your outfits and personal style.
There is one more surprise one size fits all accessory…
CONFIDENCE!!! The MUST HAVE ONE SIZE FITS ALL for all.
Confidence looks great on all and makes anyone who wears it, feel strong, brave, and ready for new challenges. The word even comes up quite often in testimonials.
See below for confidence Exhibit A.
Thank you, Scarlett, for helping me let go of the stress of dressing. You really helped me gain control. Most of all, thank you for the CONFIDENCE that you instilled. Dressing will be much more fun! Cindi Melkerson cynthiamelkerson.arbonne.com
Pssst…Overheard In The Dressing Room
I’m often asked: How do travel with only a carry-on. How do you do it?
Well, one of my tricks is that I take mini sizes of almost all toiletries and makeup.
One trick is that I put my foundation in a vial that was a sample from another product. It easily holds enough for a week.
But another is that I buy from Sephora.com vs. in the store itself because they offer great samples with online orders. These sample sizes and the mini products you get with their membership point system are fantastic.
Hair products, lipsticks, moisturizers, cleansers, etc are in tiny sizes and take up much less room than their full-size counterparts.