Is your closet skinny?


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Is your closet skinny?

The irony is not lost on me that my most chic friend, Liz, also the one with the least clothing.  As far back as our early twenties, and long before it had a proper name, Liz has been unofficially participating in the Lean Closet Movement. For her, making do with less was more than just a way of dressing; it has always been a way of life.

 

Lean Closet Movement: To simplify the closet so that one is left with only pieces that are loved and to effortlessly wear everything one owns. – Cuyana

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Fast-forward to 2015, the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is picking up momentum. While there may be a myriad reasons for its acceptance, I believe the foremost is a planetary one. These days thoughtful people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and buying less, of everything, helps ensure this.

However my intimate introduction to the movement was not as noble in cause. It came to me by way of my first pregnancy. Maternity wear can be expensive and I didn’t have the funds to wardrobe my burgeoning bump as a fashion stylist would like.  The bigger I grew, the smaller my closet’s options got.  Gradually my closet was pared down to only a handful of stylish maternity pieces.

After the birth of Evelyn, I highly anticipated a triumphant return to my closet plumb full of regular clothes. But once I finally got down to my pre-bump size and could wear the stuff, the return lacked luster. In fact living for 9-plus months with little to wear left me changed. For one, I got really good at making less, look like more and two; I now longed for a clutter-free closet. By the time Evelyn was 6 months old, I scaled down my closet substantially by donating those items that were:

  • too small
  • collecting dust
  • unflattering
  • impractical
  • dated
  • of a former life or career (ball gowns and suits)
  • poor quality and cheap construction
  • not my personal style

With this said, you don’t need a monumental lifestyle change, like a birth, to make a change in your closet. If you too long for a clutter-free closet, my advice is to start out slow. Here’s one long-term way to donate large quantities of clothing and limit that nagging feeling you might wear them again.

  1. Get a large box.
  2. Put those pieces that are habitually unworn in it.
  3. Store the box (somewhere other than in your closet).
  4. Wait twelve months (four seasons).

If you find that you haven’t opened the box within that year, tape it up and donate the entire box to Goodwill. Then, don’t look back.

 

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Holding a panel discussion

Holding a panel discussion

Designer jeans will likely be your singular most expensive maternity wear purchase. To get the most for your money it’s important to get-up-to-speed on the kinds of styling they offer. While cut (for instance: skinny or slim), rinse, and treatment are considerations, a maternity jean’s panel style is the most key. If you haven’t been pregnant before, jeans sporting stretchy panels can look sort of creepy. But trust me, these panels are genius. Use this chart to sort out the myriad of maternity panels and find your most flattering fit.

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 Partially excerpted  from Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump (Know Act Be Book, 2014). Available NOW on Amazon.com

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KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

Orignially posted on Mom.me
written by Christine Bartsch

At age 15, Illinois-born Denise Richards and her family moved to California where she was soon discovered by an agent and began her international modeling career. Richards transitioned from model to actress with roles in film and television, including “Starship Troopers,” “Love Actually,” as a Bond girl in “The World is Not Enough” and on “Two and a Half Men” with then-husband Charlie Sheen. With breezy beauty and casual glamor, Richards’ personal style evokes the quintessential California girl.

Pregnant with her first child with Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards proudly showed off her baby bump at “The Big Bounce” premiere in January 2004. The gold sequins and sandals add a touch of glamor to the casual lines of the curve-hugging pencil skirt and tank, demonstrating her preference for glitzy ease.

Just one month after the birth of her second daughter, Denise Richards achieved a new mom look that was both relaxed and deliberately sexy at the UPN Stars party in July 2005. While the cleavage-revealing, silky lavender camisole could be worn as bedroom lingerie, the basic makeup and jeans prevent the ensemble from looking overly risqué.

At the Fashion Rocks concert in September 2006, Denise Richards wore a simple yet seductive blue-gray dress. The form-fitting ensemble steers clear of racy with its halter neckline, knee-length hem and its sheer, ruched overlay. Katie Rice Jones, author of the maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: A Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump,” and a nationally known style expert, says “Through the years Richard’s style has proven she is a real beauty inside and out. Her clothes never take center stage but rather help amplify her intrinsic beauty.”…

Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 1 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years

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KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Claire Danes

KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Claire Danes

Orignially posted on Mom.me
written by Christine Bartsch

At age 15, actress Claire Danes won her first Golden Globe for her role in the critically acclaimed television series “My So-Called Life.” On the silver screen, Danes held her own starring opposite A-List celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Lurman’s “Romeo + Juliet” and Meryl Streep in “The Hours.” Danes again gave award-winning television performances in 2010, playing the title role in “Temple Grandin” and in 2011 in the Showtime series, “Homeland.” Throughout her time in the public eye, Danes has developed a personal style that shows off just how comfortable she is in her own skin, whether the ensemble she’s wearing is quirky, sweet or daring.

Attending the MTV party at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003, Claire Danes manages to look both youthful and mature, wearing a fitted sheath dress that features conservative neck and hemlines, and a funky, sequined optical illusion pattern. “Danes’ personal style has always been edgy and experimental,” says Katie Rice Jones, a nationally known style expert and author of maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: A Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump.” “Unlike most stars, she is willing to take calculated risks with her fashion, as a singleton and as a mom.”…

Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 1 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years

 

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