The Clothes That Say You’re Serious

Not long ago I happened to catch a network news interview in which two women were debating the economy.  One of the women was dressed similarly to the interviewer in an attractive business suit with current hair and makeup; the other was dressed in a bright pink t-shirt and floral overalls with a 1980’s hairstyle…

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The Black Tie Test

The first black tie charity function I ever went to was both glamorous and educational.  It gave me a glimpse at an incredible lifestyle – and taught me some hard life lessons that I remember well to this day. Here’s the story: About 15 years ago when I was living in Houston, the nonprofit organization…

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How Much Should You Be Spending On Clothes?

It’s a question that I receive from time-to-time from people trying to get a handle on their clothing expenses.  Whether you have a lot to spend or a whole lot less than you’d like, there are a couple of ways to go about figuring how much of your budget you should be allocating to clothes.…

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How to Pack Light

At the height of my clothing consumption days in my late teens, we were invited to the wedding of a family friend in Austin, Texas.  It was a full day drive from our home in Colorado Springs, and my mother, in the interest of managing her limited trunk space, gave me an ultimatum:  I could…

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How Inappropriate Attire can Zap Your Confidence

While attending a recent dinner party, I again had the opportunity to observe the amazing effects wearing inappropriate attire can have on one’s self-esteem. It turned a confident, educated, well-paid woman into an apologetic, shrinking wallflower. All from a person who had proudly proclaimed that she had no use for fashion. Here’s the story: My…

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