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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Fashion Police: Unnecessary Widening

While I like this combination, I think I’d like it better on a taller woman.  This gal is both petite and pear-shaped, which means the horizontals and the light shorts aren’t doing a lot for her.  The horizontal lines are widening and visually “chopping her up,” while the light color on the widest part of…

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How to Dress Professionally In the Summer Heat

As the weather heats up and the lazy days of summer saunter into the northern hemisphere, the call of the outdoors becomes so strong some mornings that it’s hard to drag yourself into the office let alone dress appropriately enough to conduct business.  But before you succumb to the urge to go totally casual –…

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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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