How you dress from head to toe tells the rest of the world how you wish to be treated.
As I mentioned in my last post, one of the highlights of the 2010 lia sophia conference was having Clinton Kelly of TLC’s What Not To Wear as our keynote speaker. Needless to say, the welcome he received was rather, er, enthusiastic? It could without exaggeration be described as a roar of cheering and applause. He was a bit overwhelmed, but what else can you expect from 4,000 crazy jewelry ladies? ;)
Before I get on to the fashion portion of his speech, one of the things I found interesting in listening to him speak was that he told us how he ended up on What Not to Wear and how he didn’t initially think it was something that he really wanted to do. It seemed like it was just some makeover show, but he shared how he has since learned that it is about more than just changing clothes, it changes lives as well. He also shared that his inspiration is the real life working woman. I liked him before I heard him speak, but afterwards I must say my admiration has only grown.
So, the fashion portion of his speech can be broken down into 3 main sections – 4 Faux Pas, the Fab 15 and Trends. I’ll cover the first 2 in this post and then talk trends later this week.
4 Faux Pas
The United States for the most part is a hot mess.
1. White CrossTrainers
These are meant for the gym, not errands or anything else not work-out related. Instead some great alternatives include a great pair of boots or ballet flats, sandals (not flip flops) or a pair of fun, funky non-athletic sneakers.
2. Mom Jeans
Just say no. While shopping to replace any mom jeans you may be hanging onto keep in mind that the average woman on What Not to Wear tries on 20 pairs of jeans before finding a pair that fits. Instead get a pair of dark wash boot cut, trouser or skinny jeans.
3. Giveaway T-shirt – “There’s a reason they’re free”
The one exemption is when you’re at the event the shirt is for, such as those glowing yellow shirts we have. We were instructed not to integrate them into our everyday wear (I wonder why…). Instead go with a simple cotton blouse. Just like the jeans it probably won’t be the first one you pull off of the rack.
Fellow hoodie lovers I totally feel you on this one, but we must admit that the simple structure jacket that Clinton recommends instead is both more attractive and makes us look more put together. Besides, it’s a great way to accentuate the good in our figures and disguise some of those places we’d rather not focus on.
Now let’s take a look in Clinton’s closet…
The Fab 15
1. A great pair of boots
There are a wide variety out there. You may decide you have to have more than one pair.
2. Ballet Flats
Great for errands and adding a splash of color to an outfit.
As in actual sandals, not flip flops.
4. Dark wash jeans
This is a recurring theme. If you don’t have them get a pair.
5. Cotton Blouses
‘Blouses are not fancy, they are a fancy name for a woman’s shirt.’
To replace those hoodies you’ve worn to bits
7. A trench coat
Also lots of styles available from a traditional camel to something bright and funky.
Aren’t just for twin sets. There are a lot of great cardigans out there just waiting to brighten up your wardrobe.
9. A little black dress
This should pull double duty going from day to evening with just a change of accessories.
10. A day dress
This is the simplest thing a woman can pull on in the morning and microfiber is a great option for a day dress.
11. A colored cocktail dress
That’s right. A dress for going out that isn’t black.
12. A pencil skirt
Or four. Wait, that’s my closet. These are a flattering basic to build on, just make sure not to get one that is too long or a mini.
13. Walking shorts
Because Daisy Dukes probably aren’t sending the message you want to put out there.
14. Killer heels
Platform heels are a great option. As Clinton said, they’re like training wheels for the uninitiated.
15. A day bag and metallic clutch
With the day bag you can go classic or pick a color that pops, while the clutches are great in bronze or gunmetal which both go with a wide variety of options.
And can you guess what Clinton said was the #1 must have for every woman’s wardrobe?
A professional bra-fitting
If you’ve never had the girl’s professionally fitted you can get it done for free by a trained professional at most local department stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s. You may be surprised at what you find out, especially since the majority of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size. Not only will the girls appreciate your consideration, but the right bra can make a world of difference. After that, visit the denim area and make sure you’ve got a pair of nice fitting dark wash jeans.
Want this list to go? Here’s a single page overview of Clinton’s Fabulous 15 you can download.
For more from Clinton come back later this week to catch my last conference post on upcoming trends or find him in any of the following places:
His book, Freakin’ Fabulous
TLC’s What Not to Wear
And, now on Facebook!