HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU STOOD IN FRONT OF YOUR CLOSET CURSING THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR? ODDS ARE, IN THE 62 DAYS BETWEEN HALLOWEEN AND NEW YEAR’S DAY, YOU’LL BE INVITED TO MORE EVENTS THAN THE ENTIRE REST OF THE YEAR.
Keeping up with a great new outfit for each gathering is exhausting and unrealistic. If just thinking about the pressure to look great and keep a jolly attitude this season already has you burned out, the good news is that you’re not alone, and help has arrived. EverydayMae.com is a new Rochester-based blog to show you how planning and creativity will take you from fall family photos to ringing in 2018 with style.
TRY IT ON
Nothing is worse than mentally piecing together an outfit, only to find just hours (or within the hour) before your party that the look doesn’t come together or worse, doesn’t fit. Now is the time to try on all of your seasonal pieces. Nail down your basic “holiday look” and try any fun new trends ahead of time.
The same process you use with home decor can apply to your beauty routine: check for fit and condition, and keep only what you love. Seek out a professional consultant to choose the right colors and hunker down with YouTube or invite a friend to give you feedback on which clothes in your closet look the best on you.
CREATE A HOLIDAY CAPSULE COLLECTION
A capsule collection is a small group of useful clothing that changes with each season. There are most likely items in your wardrobe with more versatility than you give them credit for. A blanket scarf becomes an elegant shawl when belted over a dress, and your favorite plaid button-up gets glam tucked into a skirt and topped off with a statement necklace. If you need additional inspiration, use Pinterest to search outfits by items you already own (for example, red cardigan).
If you are in need of a piece or two to complete your capsule collection, go prepared to shop and choose wisely. Look back through your Pinterest board to see if there is anything you have pinned multiple times. Ask yourself a few questions to ensure you’re not making an impulse purchase. Is this piece wearable the entire season or just for the holidays? How does this fit in with the rest of your wardrobe? If one item can pull together at least three new outfits, it’s a solid investment.
Prepare to say, “Wow, I never thought to wear it like that!” This capsule concept saves time and money, and is especially helpful if you plan to travel.
START A NEW TRADITION
Host your first “friendsgiving closet swap.” It’s as easy as providing snacks and asking each attendee to bring a few items from her closet that she no longer wants. Organize clothes by category, and let the guilt-free shopping begin. This is a great no-cost way to snap up a new look and get some quality time in with your friends.
Visit EverydayMae.com for full details on hosting your very own “friendsgiving closet swap” and a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a seasonal capsule collection. EverydayMae.com was created just for you, connecting Rochester women with fashion, beauty and home decor tips. The focus is on breathing new life into what you already own and making thoughtful purchases that will go the distance.
The holidays are meant to be a joyful time to reconnect with family, friends and your own gratitude. Whether picking out an outfit to wear to have coffee with friends or getting ready for a holiday party, take a moment to slow down and recharge to keep looking and feeling your best all season long. Treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure or an extra visit to the salon for a blowout or makeup application.
Samantha Erickson, bohemian spirit with a type-A personality, is the owner of Mae & Co.