nola fashion week recap, part 3

Three pairs of shoes to always have in your closet: nude pumps, playful flats and black pumps (pointy toe is back!)

Have a brooch that you don’t wear often? Attach it to a chain necklace for bold statement making (see example on left). And the necklace on the right is actually two necklaces that Aimée combined. Lesson: you don’t have to settle for jewelry as is!


Aimée Gowland & Kay Morrison

Personal shopper and retail consultant Aimée Gowland of ALG Style and organizational expert Kay Morrison of The Occasional Wife facilitated the Sensible Style Solutions workshop last Saturday during NOLAFW.  They offered a great deal of practical advice for maintaining an effortlessly organized closet as well as a fashion forward wardrobe on a “real girl” budget. Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

  • Always ask the retailer if there is a promotion or a possibility for a discount. Local boutiques obviously want your business, so they’ll try to barter with you in hopes that you’ll buy that nice coat in store, as opposed to finding it on eBay or Zappos. I’ve never done this before, but it’s time I conquer my fear of “troubling people” and try. Most of the time, you’re not troubling them at all. Your contribution to local commerce, large or small, matters. As evidenced by this statistic: For every $100 spent at a national chain store, $43 goes back into the local economy. For every $100 spent at a local store, $73 goes back into the local economy. Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Just food for thought. 
  • Splurge on a classic LBD if you wish, but change its look with inexpensive accessories from places like XXI, TJ Maxx and Target.
  • Save wine bottles and place them inside your boots to maintain their shape. I love this tip because I never want to spend money on fancy boot-stuffers, but I do want to preserve my boots between wears.
  • Hang a corkboard near your closet and pin inspirational images to it. It can be anything from magazine clippings to photos of yourself in outfits you love along with outfits you get a lot of compliments on. I like the idea of a tactile board that’ll prompt my memory on stylish looks that may have been spontaneously put together, and therefore, harder to remember. Of course, Pinterest is wonderful for saving looks and styles you love, but how often do you reference it when getting dressed to go out? If you’re like me, the answer is never. If you do this often, mad kudos!
  • This last tip is more of a reminder, but be sure to “Like” the stores and boutiques you love, so you’re updated on sales and new items.

Quote of the day:

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” –Marilyn Monroe