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    I've been spending time working on my spring/summer wardrobe. I've purchased really nice carpi's, tops, and sandals. I still have some things to purchase.

    Even though I've purchased nice things, I still have days when my look isn't on point the way I really want it . My question is for the sistahs who always style. The ones who keep their look together daily (hair, makeup, clothes, handbags, etc).

    What is the secret for keeping it together? Is it preparing your clothes at night? How much time do you devote to putting your outfits together? All tips and advice is appreciated.

    NB4

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    I hang all of my clothes and group them by item (all skirts together, pants, etc...), color and length. When you can see all of your clothes it makes putting outfits together easier.
    I only buy clothes I absolutely love. If I don't love it, it stays on the rack.
    I don't really match the colors in my outfits. I match fits.
    I read a lot of fashion magazines for inspiration and I watch the Style network a lot.
    Lastly, I wear clothes that i feel good in and I've finally started wearing more color. Color looks great against Black skin.
    Oh one more...I don't prep at night like I should. I'm too big a procrastinator for that, but I do keep my makeup regimen to a minimum, usually only wearing mascara and lip balm/gloss. This cuts down tremendously on my prep time.
    ...and I don't "dress my age" I "dress my body". Makes a huge difference.

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    I don't have "one" thing that keeps my look together. I sort of go with the flow. I've tried to prepare outfits the night before, however, I may be in a different mood the following day and am not feeling the outfit that I picked out. Sometimes it will take me forever to get ready because I have lots of clothes and tons of shoes. My big problem is hanging everything back up and putting the shoes back in the boxes.

    I find that if I'm in a crappy mood, my outfit will reflect that mood. If I wear a skirt and I'm not in a skirt mood I'll look uncomfortable. I don't keep up with the fashion magazine. I love the thrift store too. Lastly, lip gloss is a must!

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    Thanks for sharing ladies.

    Poochie 247

    I hang my clothes in my closet in groups. I also watch the style network. I love The Look for Less.

    Shuger,

    I'm the opposite of you. If I don't look right I'm in a crappy mood. It shows on my face. I feel it in the way I move. When I'm looking good I have that extra pep in my step.

    I think I need to purchase more shoes. I wear a size 11-12 wide. Finding cute shoes that I can fit is a challenge. At times I feel that I purchase the wrong pieces. My clothes don't seem to work together. Now when I shop, I tell myself to stick to basic pieces. I need to be able to mix and match my clothes.

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    . * I think I need to purchase more shoes.*...

    Shoes are a good thing. Have you tried shopping for shoes online? You may even find that they are cheaper.

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    i read the magazines- like Lucky- it is the shopping magazine- I've put on makeup and big huge earrings forever- so putting on makeup is like brushing my teeth- its a habit- i wake up early- it take me an 1hr to get it all my stuff together- but i feel good about myself when i go out-

    it makes me feel like i'm doing sumptin for me

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    The key for me is having an orgainzed closet. If me and my girls are going out I can scan my closet in my head and know exactly what I am going to wear. My room can be a mess, but my closet is neat. My next move is turning one of my rooms into a walk in closet, cause I despise storage bins.

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    you all are the women i want to be! i am 26 but dress like my mama. not all the time, but too much of the time. hell lemme not front, sometimes my mom has more style than me. i'm a teacher and i look like a typical teacher.

    my issue is that i wore uniforms all thru-out elementary and high school so never developed any real style. also i'm petite (4'11) but curvacious (115-120lbs) so clothes NEVER fit me right off the rack (think beyonce shape but much shorter). so i basically grew up hating shopping b/c for every 20 things i try on, maybe only 1 thing fits. i'm not really sure what looks good on me and i dont always take risks.

    i'm tired of the plain gray/black slacks and loafers and button down shirts.

    HELP!

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    I always look nice. I agree. Sometimes I dress like my momma. ointlaugh:

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    you all are the women i want to be! i...

    dang, liberty, are we twins? i sometimes wish i still had to wear uniforms so i wouldn't have to think about what to wear.

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    you all are the women i want to be! i...

    Have you tried the petite sections in department stores or places like New York & Copany. Also this may sound strange but you may try shopping in the children/junior sections. Unfortunately they are dressing kids like grown folks, but this could work to your advantage. MANY times ive walked by the girls section and seen stuff I wish they had in my size. Also, try wearing all one (not necessarily black) , its slenderizing because it creates a long line. Also avoid horizontal stripes -they make you look wider. Heels are good for adding height and sexiness-go for kitten heels if you don't like high altitudes. Also V-necks are flaterring for almost everyone and they draw attention to the face. Also sometimes accessories are an easy cheap way to spruce up an outfit. Best wishes!
    hth!

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    I've been spending time working on my spring/summer wardrobe.* I've...

    Like others mentioned, the Sytle channel is great, but I have learned that fashion mags (Elle, Vogue, back in the day Seventeen etc.) have done little to inspire me. I like classic modern clothes with a bit of trendy thrown in (therefore I shop mostly at H&M, Zara, and mix in contempo West African clothing/jewlry).

    I try to keep it simple daily (I only use 1 black purse- my "doctor" bag) but vary my shoes. My closet is organized by color and function ( I have 2 closet one for work (suits) and one for all else). I rock my African bracelets, and make sure I keep my body fit.

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    I usually pick my outfit the night before.

    I read fashion magazines to keep up on trends, but I interpret the trends in ways that fit my personal style and I don't wear every trend. For instance, the nautical look is "in" right now . . . but you won't see it on me.

    I recommend reading the Lucky Manual (it's a book, you can get it on Amazon). There are amazing tips in it about finding your personal style, making sure your clothes fit well, how to match accessories with outfits, etc. Also, watching "What Not to Wear" helps a lot by teaching you what kinds of pieces work on which body types.

    I always know what I want to "say" with my look and I carry that statement throughout - hair, make-up, clothes, shoes, bag.

    Only buy what you love and makes you look fab. If it doesn't fit those two criteria, leave it - I don't care how "in" it is. And don't buy everything somebody else says looks good on you - if you don't feel hot to death in it, it's not worth the money.

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    you all are the women i want to be! i...

    I'm also 4'11" and curvy! New York and Company has great pieces for us, as does The Limited. I'd recommend GAP jeans - they come in short lengths and the boot cuts are extremely flattering to curvy chicks like us.

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    Well I pick my outfits out the night before (I have to since it takes me sooolong to get moving in the morning).

    Like a few people said, my closet is organized based on color, items, and season. I also have two closets, one for work, and one for everything else. What I am finding is that I am mixing a lot of none work tops with slacks and it works!

    I am a shoe and handbag FREAK. When I buy shoes...I normally purchaose a handbag as well.

    My style is usually to purchase basic, classic items that I can wear for years, with a mix of trendy, funky pieces to dree them up or down as needed.

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    I wear a uniform to work. LOVE IT!!! But I need help with my daily wear. I really need a stylist. I don't know what what works for my body..If feepee could be my stylist or thighslikewhat or nappyred76 I would pay them. just dress me b/c I have no I dea what to wear.

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    I'm not a shopaholoic because like most, I have to try on everything before buying it. I've found that the key to having the "together look" is accessories. A pair of jeans and a top can be jazzed with a chunky belt, earrings, and the right shoes. I probably have more belts then shoes in my closet. And of course hand bags are an important accessory. I've seen a plain jane style completely transformed through accessories. Plus it is cheaper and easier then finding all of these new outfits.

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    For me, I think the key is having the basics first -very simple items that go with absolutely everything and easy to accessorise.

    Lots of earrings, scarves and other accessorise help too.

    I don't follow all the latest trends, but I find that it helps to pick out a few things in season to go with my older clothing to match my style. Its crazy how fashion repeats itself and I end up having all the 'in stuff' without any shopping. Then again, some seasons (like the 80's come back) I was completely out, I stuck to my old stuff lol :P

    If I go clothes shopping, I have a few things that I keep in mind -

    ~If I find something I like I always scan my mind for what it could go well with in my closet -saves money instead of buying something else to match with it.
    ~I only ever try on clothes that strike me first when I do a mental scan of the shop items.
    ~I work with my figure and try to enhance the good parts. This can mean that there are a lot of nice clothes that I would reject because I have a key shape of clothing that I know works for me.
    ~I like to shop alone, then I don't feel rushed to make choices.

    My closet is a MESS lol, so as I'm not a morning person I decide at night what to wear so I can just roll out as soon as I'm done with my shower and breakfast.

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    ~I like to shop alone, then I don't feel rushed...

    I really don't like shopping with a group of friends...or my sisters.. I usually know what I want so I can be out in 5 minutes or I can linger for a good 45 minutes. I hate feeling rushed though.

    In terms of style, I do get complimented here n there
    I try to match interesting colors together and interesting patterns. I try to stay away from the super trendy stuff and the super bland stuff. There's a huge difference between bland clothing and classic threads. There's also a difference between something that's trendy and good *fitted blazer and dangle earrings* and something that's trendy and badddd *pleated mini skirts, trucker hats, and ugg boots* (sorry to those who like that look, I don't.)

    I like pink and green together, blue and green, pink and red, or blue and purple, even purple and green. I gotta stress, MARY JANES, those style of shoes can't ever look horrible, *maybe in extreme cases, but even then it's slim*, plenty of bangle bracelets *from ebay*, earrings, belts, and scarves. Most of the time I try to look nice but I have my crappy days too.
    I always say to myself, "I don't care what anyone thinks." I'll rock a striped shirt with polka dot shoes. I really think it's about listening to your own wacky, interesting ideas. It's your life and your style of clothing should never be dependent on what you think others would prefer to see you in. I go all out and have fun with it

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    sometimes I look great and on other days I look bland. On the days I look good...
    I never pick out my clothes before hand. I read a lot of fashion magazines. I try to buy things that I like a lot because then it is easy to get dressed when you have clothes you love. I shop at the retro stores a lot. I like to acessorise with earrings, braclets, e.t.c. I try not to follow trends too often. I will buy one or two things that are in style but like to stick to basics

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    I can't say that I am on point everyday--I have to be at work at 5am--sometimes it just does not happen. But I do have a simple formula: great accessories. You could get away with wearing the same jeans and shirt all week if you have a closet full of fab accessories:

    *colorful headwraps

    *funky hats ( I have a few make of mudcloth that ROCK)

    *cute boots

    *belts

    *afro-inspired necklaces, etc.

    I find a beautiful headwrap is the most eye catching of all of the above. I gets mad love when I wear one.

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    I don't feel that I need a closet full of clothes. I just need the right clothes that I can mix and match. Any suggestions of key pieces I can build from? Oh yeah, I work in an office were I don't have to dress up however, I still would like to look professional. I need to buy more accessries to jazz up my plain jane outfits.

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    Be sure to purchase the basics, and several of them. For instance, several basic white tee's, basic black tops, and definitely a little black dress. They multiply the options for your outfits ten fold, and minimize the amount of stress because with basic pieces most things coordinate.

    I also found that having a good pair of dressy/casual flats are good. I bought some recently I wear them all the time and with multiple different things.

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    this has been extremely helpful. here are the things i think i can apply in my life:

    -pick out outfits the night before
    -figure out what i want to "say" with my outfits
    -accessories, accessories, accessories
    -look at magazines, etc, for ideas that i'll like

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    Some key pieces - I have two rooms full of clothes but I can easily recognize my basics.

    Pants - black, grey, khaki, denim. Make sure they are cut in a fit that will flatter you (for me, a slight boot/flare is best since I have big hips.

    Shirts - long sleeved shirts in white, black and solid jewel or pastel tones that can be dressed up or down. also t-shirts in the same variety of colors.

    Skirts - same color variety as the pants, and also fit to your body. Those that hit right at the knee seem to flatter most women.

    Dresses - a simple black, maybe a tan or ivory (light neutral), and if you like prints get a subtle floral and an abstract with colors that flatter your skin.

    Accessories - everything from hair pins to earrings, bracelets and brooches to add an additional pop to an outfit. Also different accessories can totally change the look of the same piece of clothing.

    Shoes - black loafer, black pump (kitten heel if you like flatter shoes, or up to 3 inches for a dressier pump), brown/tan casual shoe, black boot, and another shoe with a pop of color (i love my purple pumps, they are a classic)

    Not a lot, but these pieces will keep you mixing and matching for quite a while.

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    I wish this thread were around a long time ago! It has been my senior year, and everyday I wear a sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers and my hair pointing this way and that way with no makeup because I have no idea how to shop for my body type. It doesnt help that all the skinny white girls can just go in and shop at any store and the items are pretty much made to flatter them. Its hard to find stores that carry affordable lines for people my height/body type. (5'2, small waist) . Maybe online sources would be more helpful? does anyone have suggestions?

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    I totally agree when it comes to accessories. I always have

    *scarves

    *belts

    * funky earrings

    *bracelets in all colors

    * cutes shoes

    I like to pull my look together with make up as well. I am not a big foundation person. But I like to sweep on some powder and blush. And play up my eyes.

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    I am working on having that put together look everyday. Some of my thoughts and goals are:

    1) Learn basic tailoring/sewing techniques. It is a challenge to find clothes that fit perfectly. Sometimes all that is needed is a tuck or a dart to make it fit perfectly. Hopefully, if I can ever afford it, I will take my clothes to a professional tailor/seamstress.

    2) I have expanded my definition of an "accessory". I consider shirts/blouses/tops to be accessories. Many times I can not afford to update everything. You will be amazed at what a new top can do for "classic" or older style suits/skirts/pants.

    3) Since it is harder to match patterns versus plain/one color pieces, I buy my pants/suits/skirts in browns/biege/blacks/navy. Then I jazz these up with my accessories. I can add color with my tops, belts, shoes, earrings, purses and hats.

    4) As early as I can remeber, I have always had my hair, "did". My grandmother would send me to the beauty shop around the corner every Friday. To me a woman's hair is her ultimate accessory. It doesn't matter whether or not it is in the latest style. All that matters is that it looks healthy and cared for. I can have on one the baddest outfits every made but if my hair look "tore down", it doesn't matter, I still don't feel as confident.

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    I agree ointlaugh: an outfit isn't cute without nice looking hair .

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    I am in the process of rebuilding my closet. I just ended one of my worst habits, buying clothes that are cheap just because they're on sale. I basically have a closet of mismatched clothing. This isn't to say I will shop exclusively at Saks, but I am making a concerted effort to purchase smartly. For instance,

    *I seek to buy outfits. Unless it's a solid color top or bottom, I need to purchase a top and bottom to ensure I have a complete outfit.

    *Trying on clothes at the store.

    *Getting measured. There are too many pieces I own now because I purchased the wrong size from a store.

    *Accessory-Aggression. The cute clothes I have would look better with great accesories. Especially belts, bangles, and long necklaces.

    *Avoiding ultra cheap products. I will save money buying products that have lasting power.

    *FOLLOWING THE CLEANING CARE INSTRUCTIONS. I have destructed so much not doing this.

    I actually peruse sales clerks in high-fashion department stores to find out what coordinates and then find the items in more affordable stores.

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