October 30 – November 1: Hayley Paige Trunk Show

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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.

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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. 


October 16 – 18: Modern Trousseau Runway Reveal Trunk Show

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Pretty Post: Allison and Nolan’s Winvian Wedding

What better way to kick off the new season than with photographs from a picturesque wedding in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. From the quaint cottages and enchanting grounds to the sophisticated hors d’oeuvres and delicate place settings, Allison and Nolan’s wedding just screams rustic elegance! We were mesmerized by the images and had trouble selecting which ones to share! Scroll below to view their charming photos and read a brief recap from the adorable bride herself.

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“We were drawn to the ‘rustic farm’ look but also have a classic/traditional style. We tried to keep everything as simple as possible! We wanted our wedding to reflect the things we love, so we focused on delicious food (plus open bar!) and an amazing band. The rest just fell into place! We made every decision together but didn’t overthink anything. It was truly the perfect day!”

Photography: Katie Slater for C10 Studios

Venue: Winvian

Invitations: A Sensible Habit

Floral Design: Azalea Floral Design

Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes

Gown: Modern Trousseau, The White Dress by the shore

Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

Hair & Makeup: Once Upon A Bride

Suits: J. Crew

Ties: General Knot & Co.

xoxo, TWD

Preppy Nantucket Wedding Photoshoot

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It’s no secret that we love all things preppy, so when our friends Justin & Mary asked us to style their “Walk Through a Wedding” on Nantucket, we of course jumped at the chance! For those of you who missed our last “Walk Through a Wedding” post, Justin and Mary’s seminars are just that – an opportunity for photographers to be walked through all aspects of the bride and groom’s big day while being provided shooting tips. Our job, along with event planner extraordinaire Stacie Shea, is to set the stage with all of the fashion and wedding details so that the photographers have a lot of pretty things to shoot.

Although fall has just begun, we hope that these gorgeous nautical images will bring you back for a moment to warm summer breezes on one of our favorite islands!

Photography: Justin & Mary

Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore

Event Design: Stacie Shea Events

Floral Design: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper Goods: Coral Pheasant

Tablescape (Salt and Pepper Shakers, Mermaid Bottle Opener): The Beehive

Dishware: Juliska

Linens: La Travola

Cake: Jodi’s Cakes

Wedding Gown: Lula Kate

Pearl Necklace: Aquinnah Jewelry

Starfish Dress: 20 Main Martha’s Vineyard

Striped Hat: provided by Mary Marantz

Long Printed Dress: Vineyard Vines

Groom’s Attire: J. Crew

Models: Deszarae, Simon & Laura

xoxo, TWD


Picture of the Week

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Happy Thursday! This week’s Picture of the Week is from one of Justin & Mary’s “Walk Through a Wedding” seminars on Nantucket. We know fall just started, but we are in love with this nautical image! We hope it brings back happy summer memories!

Photography: Justin & Mary

Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore

Event Design: Stacie Shea Events

Long Printed Dress: Vineyard Vines

Striped Hat: provided by Mary Marantz

xoxo, TWD


Say Hello to Baby Finn

Meet the newest addition to the TWD family! Finley Bernard Nowakowski – born at 1:32 a.m. on September 14 weighing 7lb 5oz and 19.5 inches long. Holly, Adam and Baby Finn are doing great!

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