dressing well

Sustainable Fashion

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I watched a segment on Morning Joe yesterday where they interviewed David Wallace Wells about his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth. In it he discusses climate change, a real national crisis. As much as I love fashion, I’m well aware that us fashionistas are a part of the problem and wanted to give a few solutions.

1. Shop well made designer goods. I love Zara and H&M and I’m not telling you to stop shopping at these fast fashion houses all together, but try to make better decisions about what you’re buying and don’t buy so much of it. I was plagued by the “more is better” feeling in my twenties and have made an effort to be better about this habit as I’ve gotten older by both buying less and smarter.

I work at Saks Fifth Avenue where I’m sometimes given a hard time about how expensive things can be. And my answer to that is that it’s an investment. If you buy well made designer clothes they should last you a life time, and if you don’t want them anymore the resale value on these good is much higher than from a low-end fast fashion shop. The items we carry at Saks will be on the racks for 6 months where as at H&M they change over weekly! That’s a lot of clothes and a lot of waste!!

For example, Stella McCartney makes incredible suiting. It’s definitely an investment but will let forever and designer suiting just cannot be replicated! Not only is it well made but the tailoring phenomenal. Click image to view and shop.

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2. Consignment. Instead of throwing things aways re-sell them! It’s a great option to make a little money and save the environment. Donating is a good option as well, especially for the clothing that might not sell in a consignment store. But charities get overwhelmed with donations and it’s hard for them to go through all of the donations they receive. They simply do not have the resources, so much of the items they receive go to waste anyhow.

I found a great consignment store in Boston called Covet. Check them out on Instagram where they post a lot of the new items they receive: @covetboston. 

3. What’s old is new again to the people you love so consider having a clothing swap party with your friends and family.  My sister in law through one of these parties a few years ago and I was shocked at the beautiful clothes the ladies showed up with! I scored a beautiful dress from J. Crew and even a pair of Tory Burch flats.

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The importance of dressing well.

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Zendaya as featured in InStyle Magazine.

I had a conversation with my family last week about the importance of being well dressed, or simply dressed appropriately for the occasion. When I say “occasion” it could mean going to a wedding, heading to the office or simply going to the gym.

The conversation came up when my husband was frustrated that my kids wear gym shorts to school everyday. He wants them to take a little more pride in their dress and wear something a bit nicer. I understand his point of view, although being in grade school they have gym class, recess and come home to immediately run around in the dirt outside. So I really have no problem with the way they dress but it was good to have to conversation and really start instilling in them the value of being well dressed.

The way we dress effects so much of our lives, how others perceive us to how we perform at work and any other activity we partake in. A good example is my experience at work yesterday. I dressed appropriately, however when I got to Saks, where I work as a stylist, I noticed my shirt was very wrinkled. It made me feel extremely unkempt, uncomfortable and confident. Luckily I have a steamer at my job but if I didn’t have that option I would have felt sloppy and not ready to take on the world. Which is how everyone needs to feel when they go to work no matter what you do. Some of you may think this is silly, but the way we look affects the way we feel and how we perform.

Here are a few tips for preparing yourself to look and feel your best on a daily basis:

  1. Arrange your closet in a way that helps you pick outfits quickly and efficiently. This involves color coordinating, hanging shirts pants and blazers separately. If you don’t have a big closet with separate sections you can do this by creating different sections from left to right and maybe getting different colored hangers for each category to help keep the organized. I also need assistance in the closet organizing area and will share any tips and tricks I come across with you all. Please share some of your!
  2. Daily planning. Prepare your outfit the night before. When I do this it makes my morning so much easier! Another tip: make sure it’s ironed!
  3. Weekly planning. Think about what your doing in your week ahead and be sure all the clothing and accessories you will be needing are dry cleaned, ironed, washed etc…
  4. Life planning. Think about all the activities you do or perhaps want to do. Whether you’re working, brunching, sweating… you need to dress how you want to feel during these activities. Yes, even at the gym! When I workout in grungy clothes because that all that is clean, I don’t feel or perform my best.
  5. Do your research. Unsure what it means to dress well? As a stylist I know this is an ever evolving art form. You may think that sounds dramatic, but to me it’s an art and that’s why I love it. It’s a wonderful way to express yourself and be creative. Flip through the pages of Vogue or InStyle to get some ideas on what’s current and stylish. Maybe ask a friend who’s style you admire to give you some tips. If you want my help email me for a free consultation: hilary@welldressedboston.com.

What are your tips for looking and feeling your best?

xo,

Hilary

3 Trends that will grow on you.

Most of the time we don’t start out loving a trend, I suppose that’s the point. New trends start out as a style that is not very popular or something completely new and different that many don’t like and are afraid to try. I’m not always immediately on board with what’s fashionable and trendy. It takes a little time for me to warm up to certain new trends, but when I do I love them and find a way of making them my own.

It takes guts to get out there and try something new and different but it can often be worth it. I love taking risks and I love people who do so as well. It’s what being fashionable is all about, so if you try something new and it doesn’t go over well, don’t be afraid to keep trying and you just may become a trendsetter.

Here are a few trends right now that aren’t so popular with the masses but I’m pretty sure will grow on a lot of people, so keep your eyes out for these looks.

  1. Sunglasses. The trend is interestingly a throwback and a look forward. The sleek futuristic style of the 80s is back. I love these ones from Dior.ririsunglasses

2. Choker necklaces. I was obsessed with choker necklaces in the 90s and so glad they’ve made a come back. And there are a lot of cool and different styles to choose from, like this gold chain, star embellished piece on Gigi.

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3. Sheer tops. Cara Delevingne is definitely known for her taste-making skills, and this look is a great example of that. I love the way she makes this sexy look both classy and elegant, pairing it with black cropped pants and heels.

Cara Delevingne leaves her hotel looking runway fierce in a sheer top