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Ask the Experts: Organizing your closet for the new season

It’s that time of year!  Time to embrace the new season and change over your closets.

Bethany Frankel's closet image courtesy of Pinterest

Bethenny Frankel’s closet image courtesy of Pinterest

 

Even if your closet does not look like this, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have an organized closet!  Keeping things tidy and organized and planning your outfits in advance will save you time and ensure that you always look great!

Below are some of my tips for organizing your closet for the new season:

1.   Out With The Old!

As you take out last season’s clothes, if you have not worn an item more than 3 times in a season, then get rid of it!   Consider donating it or if it is an excellent condition and a brand name, bring it to a consignment shop or sell it on eBay.  Or, have some friends with your girlfriends and plan a clothing swap!  As they say, “one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!”

2.  Store Clothing Properly

As you wont’ be wearing some items for up to 6 months, be sure they are hung and stored correctly.  Invest in sturdy, non-slip hangers.  I always love matching hangers, as visually it is appealing when you walk into or open your closet door.

-White clothing should not be kept in dry cleaner bags.  This can discolor the garments.

-Make sure that clothing is hung on appropriate hangers.  Jackets should be on sturdy hangers, pants on either pant or clip hangers and tops on non-slip hangers.

-Any dresses with a high percentage of Lycra (particularly maxi dresses) or bias cut skirts and dresses should be folded over a pant hanger rather than hung, as they can stretch.

-Cotton and wool sweaters should also be folded in order to avoid stretching.

-Put aside anything that needs to be mended, repaired or cleaned and have it done now, so it is fresh and ready to go for next season.

3. Take this time to organize

-Separate clothing out by type (pants, jackets, skirts, dresses) and within each category organize by color.  This will make dressing in the morning that much easier.

-Put shoes in clear containers or on a shoe organizer so that you can easily view them.  Some of my closet organizing favorites can be found at The Container Store.

4. Photograph some of your favorite outfits for the coming season

-When you are having one of those mornings that you can’t think of what to wear, or the next time you are going to out for the evening, this will be a great reference.

-Don’t forget the accessories!  You may want to take two pictures of each outfit with different accessories so that you can change up your look the next time to you wear it or take a look from day to evening!

5. Identify your needs

Make a list of the garments that need to be replaced and what items you want to fill in your wardrobe based on current trends.

- For all of you working women out there, check out my post on the Working Wardrobe Essentials that every woman should have in her closet.  These season-less, timeless pieces never go out of style and will always ensure that you are looking fabulous!

-If you are intrigued by a current trend, but not sure if you want to make the investment in it, try renting it first!  My favorite rental website is Rent the Runway.

6.  Plan for vacations

If you have a trip to a warm location taking place during the winter months, set aside or make a list of the clothes that you are thinking of bringing with you now…this will make packing so much easier when it is time to travel!

If all of this sounds too daunting, hire a professional stylist to assist you.

 

xoxo,

Beth

 

Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the shore, is an author, stylist and mentor for QC School’s Styling Academy.  She has over 20 years of experience in working in fashion and retail and is recognized as an expert in her field. 


After the Vows: Announcing Our Collaboration with Nearly Newlywed

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We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the fabulous site, nearlynewlywed.com. If you are a bride interested in re-selling your gown after your nuptials, then this is your lucky day! Nearly Newlywed has listed our boutique as a preferred vendor to resell pre-worn wedding dresses. You simply need to mention that you purchased your gown at The White Dress by the shore when you place your submission to receive priority approval to sell your gown on this incredible site.

Here’s how it works:

-After your big day (and whenever you’re ready) visit NearlyNewlywed.com/Sell

-Mention The White Dress by the Shore in the dress description field on the sellers form

 

As a White Dress by the Shore Bride you will…

-Receive priority approval to sell your dress via Nearly Newlywed’s exclusive site & collection

-Promotion of your gown via Editorial Placement on Nearly Newlywed editorial & social media

 

Reasons to resell your wedding gown on nearlynewlywed.com :

-Over 75% of gowns resell in the first year

-Get up to 60% of the price paid for your gown

-Make space in your closet by helping another bride have her dream wedding

If you are considering purchasing a gown from us that might be over your allotted budget, you can also contact Nearly Newlywed to receive a quote for what the gown might sell for after your wedding.  As we know, every little bit helps when you are planning a wedding!  As always, we offer gown cleaning services to ensure that your gown is in perfect condition to sell after the nuptials.

 

xoxo, TWD

 

 


Beth Chapman’s Work Wardrobe Essentials

So many women are plagued on a daily basis with what to wear to work. They believe that dressing for work means being frumpy and that you have to abandon your personal style to be professional. I am here to break that myth!   Below I lay out key work wardrobe essentials and show you how to interpret them to reflect your person style.

 

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WORK-WARDROBE-ESSENTIALSA fabulous white shirt is the base for any wardrobe and is something that can be dressed up for work or dressed down for the weekend.  The silhouette that you select should be reflective of your personal style.

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If you have a more classic aesthetic, you may opt for simple, classic white shirt.

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If your personal style is trendy, you may select a style that has a little more panache.


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Another important wardrobe staple is a dark neutral pant (black or grey) that can be mixed with all of the pieces in your wardrobe.  The style that you choose will depend not only on your personal style, but on your body type as well.

For a curvy shape, you may opt for a wide leg silhouette.

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For a more athletic shape, a great skinny or straight leg pant is a great option.

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I adore a great cardigan!! A cardigan is one of the more versatile pieces to have in your closet. It is also a great way to incorporate color or pattern into your wardrobe.  A cardigan is a perfect transition piece that can add a pop of color as the seasons are changing.

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A tailored, well made blazer is a great staple as well.  It is best if it is in a neutral shade (black, navy, ivory or even  denim)  so that it can be mixed and matched with different colors and fabrics.  It is definitely a piece that can take you from work to the weekend, depending on what you pair it with.

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A sleek pencil skirt is a great piece that can be worn with a sweater, a blazer or a crisp shirt. It is a wardrobe element that looks great on all body types and is also a fabulous way to infuse color into your closet.

 

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When building your work wardrobe, it is not just about the soft pieces, it is important to have great accessories as well!  You should have a few statement pieces in your wardrobe that can take your look up a notch. A statement accessory is a great way to add color or texture to any outfit.

3081ca0448147f16344931638f5736e0I adore a substantial statement necklace.  It is a great way to add a pop of color to any ensemble and it is also a fabulous piece as you are transitioning to a new season and want to brighten up your look a bit!

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Not everyone is a necklace person.  Another option for infusing pattern or color into your wardrobe is a  scarf!

 

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A wonderful way to complete your wear- to- work look is a great tote.  Select one that is both fashionable and functional.  This is definitely a piece that you can spend a little more on, as it is something that you will carry with you every day!

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No outfit is complete without a great shoe!  I would recommend having at least one fabulous pump and one chic flat in your wardrobe.

A classic pump like this one can be paired with your little black dress or pencil skirt for the office and also can work with your skinny jeans when you are going out on the weekend.

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A fabulous neutral flat is a great staple.  And in my book, leopard is a neutral! It  is a great way to bring pattern into your wardrobe!

 

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Dressing for work does not mean having to abandon your personal style! Below,  I have taken the same little black dress from dress designer, Donna Morgan, and have shown how the dress can be styled to reflect three individual styles.  And you don’t have to spend alot to do it.  All of the looks below were put together for under $250!

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For more work wardrobe inspiration, visit our Work Wardrobe Essentials Pinterest Page.

About Beth Chapman:

BETH CHAPMAN,  owner and fashion stylist, is a veteran of the retail industry. She spent 10 years working in the corporate office of Ann Taylor, where she served as a Vice President of Merchandising. Beth’s love of exquisite fabrics and feminine details, along with her sincere desire to create a memorable shopping experience for brides, compelled her to launch The White Dress by the shore, in 2004. Her expertise in fabrications and garment fit and her love of bridal couture, allow her to assist clients in selecting the perfect attire for their wedding. Recognized for her dedication to her business, family and community service, Beth was selected as one of the 5 finalists for the 2006 Connecticut Working Woman of the Year. Beth’s extraordinary fashion sense has led to her styling photo shoots throughout the world. She is co-author of The White Dress in Color, an inspirational coffee table book filled with photographs that celebrate the creative spirit through beautiful bridal stories and innovative planning tips from industry experts. Her styling work has also been seen in: Inside Weddings Magazine Grace Ormonde, La Bella Bride, BrideLIFE Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, WellWed Magazine, The Connecticut Bride, Bliss Celebrations, Gala Weddings, Southern New England Weddings Magazine, style me pretty and 100 Layer Cake, among others. Beth resides in Guilford, Connecticut with her husband Mark, her two children and their dog Pickles. To read more about her love of styling, visit The Musings of a Stylist

 

All images via Pinterest

xoxo, TWD

 

 


After the Vows: Thanksgiving Entertaining

 This is the first post in our after the vows series. We have created this feature  in an effort to stay in touch with our brides after their weddings.  We hope to provide anniversary ideas and holiday decor inspiration…among other things!

With Thanksgiving just days away, we wanted to share a post by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events featuring a shoot that was done at Tyrone Farm, featuring the incredible talents of many of the industry’s finest!  Whether you are celebrating your first holiday as a married couple or enjoying time-honored traditions, we hope that this post brings you inspiration for your holiday decor!  

 { all photography by carla ten eyck, musings by candice copolla }

No. 1; Tablescape by Jubilee Events / Just For You Floral Design with handwashed burlap linens, farm chairs decorated with green moss and hanging mirrors.

No. 2; Fresh artichokes decorate a vintage silver serving bowl (my grandmothers, to be exact!). Consider purchasing or borrowing vintage pieces and using them as decor in your Thanksgiving tablescape like the artichokes pictured.

No. 3; Thanksgiving inspired fashion styled by Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore. A cute knee length cream colored dress paired with a vintage fur stole completes this look. I love the nude and fresh makeup by Catie Bane of Dana Bartone & Companyand the feathered headband our model Kelley is wearing!

No. 4; Our tablescape up close with white Pottery Barn dinner plates and alternating rusty brown salad plates with a bird motif fromPier 1. We used antiqued looking mercury glass egg cups from anthropologie to hold some of our mini pears at each place setting. Our tablescape was a mixture of old silver containers, limoncello cups, and ivory taper candles in short candle holders from ikea and tall clear bubble candle holders from CB2. We pre-poured water glasses with lemon wheels to give it a pop of added color (and flavor!). When decorating your holiday table this year remember to play with sizes, shapes and heights in our centerpiece. It will add dimension to your design!

No. 5; A close up shot of our individual place settings with tiered dinner, salad and dessert plates. I purchases some vintage floral napkins from a local antique store and folded them length-wise. A mini pear holds into place our placecard, which is done on a piece of wood veneer by Pretty Mail Calligraphy.

No. 6; Inexpensive mini-jars are wired to curly willow branches with candles and ivory spray roses tucked in. This would be a gorgeous arrangement for your front foyer or on an accent table and fairly inexpensive to create! Curly willow lasts forever and spray roses can easily be found at your local flower shop.

No. 7; One of our beautiful centerpiece arrangements by Just For You Floral Design using ivory roses and local greenery. Most of the flowers we used were in an ivory / yellow / green shade. I love the neutral palette!

No. 8; I always LOVE to play with chair backs, and this time we added long strips of green moss down the backs of this old farmhouse chairs. In the center, we tied (at varying heights) inexpensive mirrors I purchased at the dollar store. Jane fastened some hearty greenery to the mirrors using a little bit of floral wire.

No. 9; Warm apple cider in white Pottery Barn mugs accented with a fragrant cinnamon stick. This is why I LOVE fall! This would be great served to guests as they first arrive on a silver platter (as pictured).

No. 10; S’mores cake pops by the talented Lovely Lollies from Danbury, Connecticut. We love pastry chef Corine Dell’Orso’s play on the cake pop with these s’mores pops. They as much fun to display as they are to eat, shown here in an inexpensive urn draped with moss to cover the floral foam we used inside to keep these beauts upright.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo, TWD

 

 

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