Be Proud of Your Sartorial Preferences

Every so often one of my clients will apologize for liking a look, silhouette or design detail. For example, they’ll say, “I’m sorry, but I actually like puffy sleeves and shoulder pads,” or, “I like ditsy patterns and frills, but I know they aren’t cool.”

The Bias Cut

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Making Alterations a Priority

When an item that you adore is a close-to-perfect fit and alterable, the question is whether you’ll go to the effort and expense …

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Link Love: Cold-Weather Sleepwear

Angie’s post last month on editing and updating our wardrobe basics, reminded me that I need some new Winter PJs so I’ve …

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Managing a Wardrobe in Two Homes

For the last nine months we’ve been living in both Seattle and Salt Lake City. Greg is working for a company that has …

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20 Spring and Summer Trends

I’ve worked my way through the Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear collections, pinning directional looks along the way. Through the chaos …

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Nine Reasons I Care About Style

Why do we care about our figure flattering priorities? Why do we bother with accessories and make-up? Why do we want fabulous hair, …

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Share the Wear to Make Your Favourites Last Longer

Over time, wardrobe items will tear, pill, scuff, snag, stretch, fade and get stains. Laundering an item weakens the fibres, changes …

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Fashion News Roundup: January 2019

Fashion brands branching out into home accessories, a new logo for Zara, a paywall for Condé Nast titles, and more news from the …

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Link Love: Bundling Up

With the polar vortex hitting the US East Coast and temps just below zero (Celsius) here in Belgium, I’ve rounded up some links …

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Fight, Accept and Enjoy

Last week’s post on the reality of aging seemed to strike a chord, with many thoughtful, empowering, candid and inspiring …

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Wardrobe Essentials, 2019

It’s time for the annual post on wardrobe essentials. To recap, wardrobe essentials are indispensable staples without which your …

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Eight Responsible Ways to Pass on Wardrobe Items

When editing your wardrobe you’ll need to pass some items on. Instead of throwing them away and sending them to a landfill, …

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Clothing Crease Tolerance Levels

My tolerance for creases is low. My style moniker is Urban Polish, and I take the polish part to heart. Outfit polish means different …

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The Reality of Aging

I turn 49 in July. To my 86-year-old Dad, I’m a spring chicken. To my 19-year old-nephew, I’m ancient. To me, I’m …

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Wet and Grey Versus Dry and Sunny

I find Seattle to be cold for much of the year. People often find that strange, since Seattle’s winters are mild …

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Link Love: Discovering New Fashion Brands

I thought January is a good time to round up some new brands that are being talked about in the fashion world right now. 11 ethical …

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Edit and Review Your Wardrobe Basics

Wardrobe basics are items like panties, bras, camisoles, socks, sleepwear, loungewear, hosiery and thermals. If you’re not a …

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Fashion News Roundup: January 2019

Pantone’s colour for 2019, a UN charter for sustainable fashion, a TV show based on British Vogue in the ’90s, and other …

Link Love: Lingerie in 2019

Last October, The Flex, a strapless bra from Harper Wilde, had racked up a 6,000 person wait list. The Guardian reports that “the …

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20 Stylish Do’s & Don’ts

Here are some thoughts on style that I revisit at the beginning of every year. I hope they resonate with you too. Don’t compare …

Happy 2019!

As festive and full of good cheer as the holidays are, I’m relieved when they’re over. Goodbye Christmas music that causes …