Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stay Stylish And Warm This Winter

Stay Stylish and Warm This Winter Season

Sweater Dress from Village Girls Boutique Houston, TX
Photo taken by
The Davidson Gallery

Winter has officially begun, and baby, it's cold outside! While you may be tempted to wrap yourself in a blanket before stepping outside, remember you can look chic while staying warm. And before you start slipping into large, heavy layers, consider creating the right proportions with your winter gear.
Delilah A. Alexander

Winter fashions are not the most appealing clothes for the majority of people. Winter clothing can be bulky and weighty. However, it is really about planning how you put together the whole outfit that counts. I have been asked many times this season are wool coats in fashion for winter and the answer is very definitely yes!! You need to select a coat that is functional, as well as, fashionable.

Face it, as temperatures begin to fall in the winter months, most men and women are looking for a mixture of practical and fashionable clothing. The colder weather makes it more of a challenge to be glamorous and fashionable at the same time. However, it can be done and done fantabulously!

Here are some quick tips to staying fashionable. Definitely look for clothing that will be warm and stylish. Steer clear of winter wear that is too big and bulky for your frame. Instead choose pieces that will flatter your figure.

Ladies, when you buy your winter coat you should make sure it is at least knee length as that is the fashion for this season. If you want to buy something longer, there is nothing stopping you from doing so. However, do choose coats that will flatter and still maintain your womanly shape. You can also accessorize winter wear with scarves and pins. These accent pieces can personalize your look and take it to the next level of sophistication.

Men also want to look dapper and maintain their swagger on those cold days. Men should also choose clothing that is not going to make you appear larger than what you really are. Instead choose sweaters, turtlenecks and cardigans in lieu of oversized jerseys. The pea coat is also a perfect choice for outwear. Did you know that...the classic pea coat continues to be fashionable and stylish for both men and women. Multiple variations of the pea coat are sold by many retailers and are an asset to any wardrobe. One last piece of advice....Your coat should definitely fit you. The old adage of "you'll grow into it" is not longer appropriate.

Wear Winter White
Achieve an ethereal glow with a rich white or off white coat. A style secret of red carpet regulars, there is something regal and fresh about wearing this luminous shade during the dark and dreary days of winter. And as an added bonus, this polished piece of outerwear will help you stand out in a sea of black.

Pass It Forward
Outerwear is an essential, but it can also be expensive. Consider donating your gently worn coat this winter to provide a precious piece of warmth to someone in need. A few noteworthy companies, including United Colors of Benetton and Burlington Coat Factory, are offering discounts on new outerwear in appreciation of your donation. Furthermore, why not seek out a gently worn jacket or coat of your own? Many designers are bringing back retro styles, and a thrift store is a great place to shop for authentic inspiration!

Layering clothing for winter cold months is a common way to use pieces create endless wardrobe possibilities.

Whatever you choose to wear this winter do it with style! Stay tuned for our next newsletter where I will let you in on the 5 Top Winter Must-Haves this winter for both men and women.

Image Essentials LLC is available to assist you with all of your wardrobe needs. Visit us at

Monday, January 5, 2009

Out With The Old And In With The New


Does this look like your closet?
In with the new and out with the old. That is what we all say. We make many New Year's resolutions. We vow to all different kinds of things like get into shape, start eating right, be a better spouse, be a better steward over our finances, save money, stop shopping so much or go to church more regularly. How many of us have vowed to get our closets organized? Your closet is a crucial part of your life. A disorganized closet can cause you to want to pull your hair out...especially if you are in a rush and cannot find your favorite shirt that matches that perfect pair of black slacks.

In keeping with "letting go of the old and bringing in the new" closet organization should also be considered. If you are like "I WAS", each year you add more clothing pieces to your closet and discard nothing. So by now you have a closet that is bursting at the seams. We have clothing items that we thought were a great find when we bought them and now they hang in the closet still with the price tag on it. We have all done it.

Do not kid yourself, we can and oftentimes do form emotional attachments to clothing items. It could be the dress you wore when he proposed to you, or the pair of pants that make your butt look cute or maybe it is the shirt that every time you wear it you get attention. Any of these statements could be a good reason to keep something but not if #1. It is not flattering #2. It is out dated and, #3. It looks worn and old. lol. These excuses are just a few of the reasons that I hear why a client's coveted clothing item should not be discarded.

I am not saying that you should toss everything out. What I am saying is that you should be realistic. The likelihood of you wearing a dress that you wore to a high school dance in 1995 again is very slim to nil. Our sense of style changes and although fashion trends are recycled believe me when fashion from 1995 comes back around they will be far more stylish and updated than when we first wore them.

Image Essentials LLC can help you with purging your closet. Release the old and make room for the new. As I said before, "everything does not have to go". You will be amazed at how you can update some garments by simply adding different accessories or by taking them to be altered.

You will never have any more of those dreaded mornings where you stand in front of a closet full of clothing and say to yourself "I have nothing to wear". Call Delilah A. Alexander of Image Essentials LLC to schedule your closet assessment.

Your old outdated and unwanted clothing will be donated to an organization that provides clothing to someone else in need. Clothing donations are a tax write-off. As a complimentary service to you, Image Essentials LLC takes the issue of what to do with old discarded clothing off your hands. We will bag the clothing, take it to the nearest donation spot and give you the receipt for tax purposes.

An organized closet can help you save valuable time, prevent you from making costly mistakes by duplicating purchases and alliviate the frustration caused by searching for key clothing pieces.

Visit us at www.ImageEssentialsllc.com. Your closet does not have to be a mess any more. You too can have a Fantabulous closet.

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