Friday, December 5, 2014

What does the size of a garment mean?

What does the size of a garment mean? definitions it as: "One of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade:
children's sizes of shoes."

It's simply a letter or number someone has deemed that "size" for a  particular piece of clothing. 
As I've begun selling a few clothing items I've realized each company has different sizing:  some of the items may come in "true to size" (whatever that means) and some items made by that same exact company may run small or large. Some items come in larger in the bust, some come smaller in the shoulders, some come narrow in the hips, some come so stretchy this fit "almost" everyone...all of which they have deemed a size M. (Yikes)

Before I started selling clothing, I didn't realize how insecure ladies are about the size of clothing they may have to wear. 
I feel like I'm constantly saying... "The size doesn't actually matter, its how the piece fits your body and how you feel in it. Plus, you can always cut that size tag out..."
Much like the clothing we are ALL shaped and sized differently and our hips, busts, waists, legs, thighs, calves, arms, ankles, feet, etc are ALL shaped and sized differently too. AND THAT'S OKAY! 

I know that I am currently a size 2 to 10 and a size XS to XL... its depends on the brand, shape of the garment, fabric, and if it is going on my top half or bottom half... 
There are A LOT of factors that go into what size I may end up with. 

When the garment you choose fits YOUR body, that's when you look your best. No one is looking down the back o your top to check out the size...all they will notice is that it fits you correctly and you look amazing. When you choose an garment based on size and not fit, you end up looking like you borrowed your outfit from a toddler or your dad or your daughter or some girl on the street. You want YOUR clothing to FIT YOU not the "size" you wish you were (too small) or the "size" you think hides it all (too big). Wearing too large or small of clothing makes you look bigger. 

If your wondering how to dress your body shape to show off your best "assets" just stop in and let me help. Sometimes its simply the placement of a belt, a or the length of a skit or shirt and voila you'll see yourself in a whole new light! Find your Fabulous and let it out! And please, please, please stop making all those terrible comments about your body, BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE INSIDE AND OUT! 
209 N Main St
Auburn, IN 46706
Mon-Fri 10-6 and Saturday 10-3

How to: Leg Warmers, Boot Cuffs and Boot Socks

Leg Warmers, Boot Cuffs and Boot Socks are trending right now, but the real question is
"How do you wear these?" 

I've been hearing this question a lot lately because I have several styles in the boutique. As always the easiest way to show people is with some great example. 

**Warning- Do NOT wear these with your gym shoes. These are NOT the same things you wore in the 80's. They are technically the same, I suppose, but worn in a more figure flattering way.**
How To Wear Combat Boots with dresses | This year’s winter fashion is obviously filled with boots, sweaters ...LOVE this look -- Ive never worn it, but oh how I would love to!Dirt Don't Hurt: Knit Boot CuffsBow Boot Cuffs ∙ How To by Kim S. on Cut Out + KeepWedge boots with socks. Now i know how to wear my shoes and not look goofy with my skinny legs.Vintage Floral Over the Knee SocksVintage Floral Over the Knee Socksim starting to like those little boot ruffles :)going out to look for this outfit!I think I’ve told you about these before. But how cool! Wearing these boots at least twice a day myself, this is not only a great fashion statement (? lol), but it warms up the inside of the boot. I really like them, and will definitely knit some up.  From Knit Outta The Box

Why we need a pair this seasons:

  1. They are adorable (obviously) 
  2. They make any jeans & T outfit look so amazing without any extra effort
  3. They keep your warm
  4. Perfect with jeans, leggings or bare legs
  5. They can dress up any ol' outfit

Hope this helps keep you trendy and fabulous! 

If you have any questions on style tips and tricks comment below or stop by!

209 N Main St 
Auburn, IN 46706 
Monday-Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10-3

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Layering Necklaces

As winter is quickly approaching we find ourselves layering everything...trying to keep warm while still looking fabulous. Layering jewelry is a great way to freshen up your wardrobe and create new looks from jewelry you already own! 

Check out these great secrets to layering your necklaces

  • Secret 1: Go for a graduated effect—delicate shorter necklaces with slightly chunkier, longer necklaces.

    Formula: delicate diamond + small gold charm + medium gold charm
  • Secret 2: Larger-than-life necklaces pair well with dainty chains.

    Formula: oversized statement necklace + long chain
  • Secret 3: For a collar effect, layer chunky necklaces that rest right on top of each other.

    Formula: chunky chain necklace + colorful lucite necklace + statement gold necklace
  • Secret 4: Personalize your collection with a letter or zodiac pendant.

    Formula: two small charm necklaces + pearl bar necklace + medium pendant necklace
  • Secret 5: Gold may be in vogue, but silver can feel more unique.

    Formula: dainty charm necklace + mid-length pendant + long statement pendant
  • Secret 6: Coin necklaces add an instant bohemian feel.
    Formula: beaded necklace + coin charm necklace + colored gemstone necklace
  • Secret 7: A lariat necklace is the best way to add length

    Formula: charm necklace + bar necklace + lariat necklace
  • Secret 8: Get a minimalist look by layering simple chains—no pendants needed!

    Formula: delicate choker + thin chains of varying lengths

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Organizing Your Closet

It's the best time of the year to start fresh and new in your closet, it's 2017 and time to get the most out of your wardrobe.

During the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair I was open by appointment only, which meant I had a whole week off work! Now as a small business owner that never happens, the only time you have off work is when you have other obligations. So during the fair I decided I was not going to make any plans and work on organizing my home (which was in scary disorder due to working all the time).

One of my rooms that is consistently needing picked up is my closet. Somehow clothing never ends up back on its hanger or in a drawer or single socks everywhere or winter hats & gloves are just everywhere {not sure how this happens}

When organizing my closet I have a few key things I like to do that ensures I get the most out of all of my clothing and accessories.

1. Separate 

  • Separate all of your suits or matching tops and bottoms
  • DO NOT hang any matching tops and bottoms or suits together 

2. Areas - Your closet should be divided into 4 general areas 

  • Dresses
  • Pants
  • Tops 
  • Skirts

3. Color

  • Organizing your hanging clothing in ROY-G-BIV (rainbow) order with your brown, blacks and whites to follow. 
  • Within your colors put your clothing from jackets/sweaters to long sleeve to sleeveless shirts
    • Black blazer, black cardigan, long sleeve black blouses and Ts, short sleeve black T and black camisoles.
4.Accessories - Hats, Belts, Scarves, Jewelry, Handbags
  • Accessories should be hung away from your clothing. 
  • Its easiest to display your accessories and not have them in need to be able to see what you have.
  • Get creative with your accessory displays check out my Pinterest
  • The better you can see what you have, the better you will be at utilizing your accessories to create new fun outfits 
5. Label 
  • When putting anything into baskets, boxes, drawers that may not get used a tone...LABEL 
  • When you know what you have and where it belongs, you will save yourself heart ache and money
6. Donate & Trash  (No garage sale'll never have one & end up donating the clothing anyways)
  • Has it been more than a year since you wore it?
  • Are you waiting to loose weight to wear it?
  • Has it seen its day?
  • Has is been over washed and over worn?
  • Is it balling/pilling or have a stain?
  • Does it have a hole your planning on fixing? Or missing button?
    • If you said YES to ANY of those questions it's time to let it me you will be happy in the long run you did. 
Below you can see my before(left) and after(right) photos of my was a disaster and not quite perfect yet but it will be someday
Good luck and have fun! 
I know starting my day off in an organized and clean closet helps me start my day off much happier! Hope it does you as well.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall is in the air...let's layer up!

Finally my favorte season has arrived...lots of layering, boots, crisp air, hot tea and a cozyin' up by the fire. I absolutely love love love fall and winter. 

Many women are hesitant to layer for fear of looking larger or bulkier than they are. This could not be further from he truth. When you're layered correctly it is very figure flattering. You just have to figure out what works best for your size and shape...I promise this works for EVERYONE no matter your size, shape or age.  

Here are a few tips, tricks and money saving ideas to spice up your fall wardrobe. 

5 Steps to a Perfectly Layered Outfit

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top. I suggest a solid, something neutral, or striped.
  2. Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. If you’re into color, this can be a great opportunity to mix in a bold pullover to give your outfit more intrigue and depth.
  3. Then add a jacket or coat. Again, I suggest a basic color: camel, black, navy, or even olive green.
  4. Next, add a scarf. It’s like the frosting on a cupcake. A must!
  5. Sprinkle on your accessories (bracelets, earrings, rings, watches).

Quick Layering Tips

  • Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim. (fitted long sleeve T or fitted button up)
  • If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.
    • When belting try BOTH under your last layer and on top of your last layer to see which way will work best for your figure. 
    • Always belt at the SMALLEST part of you - hips, belly, waist, ribs... and YES you all have this
  • Length and proportion is key when layering. Try to make each layer piece visible, this helps.
    • Think tabs on a flier folder, they overlap but they are all visible from back (layer one) to the front (last 3,4,5).
  •  Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, you’re look will come off as heavy and dowdy (which can add the appearance of unwanted weight as well).
    • try playing with tweeds (as last layer since they are a bit heavier), leathers, knits, furs
Money Saving Tips
  •  Don't store your "summer" wardrobe elsewhere. Keep all of your clothing out all year round. If you need to make more room for bulky sweaters and coats try to only put away items such as shorts, swim suits. Your "summer" clothing can easily be layered into your warmer clothing to create new outfits. Try your favorite summer dress layered with leggings and topped with a sweater, belt and scarf! You'll start seeing your clothing in a whole new light! 
  • Invest in clothing that is plain, simple and fits well. Plain clothing is easier to change up with layering or accessories. You can make several new outfits just by changing up your accessories and no one will know but you! 

Have a fabulous day
& please don't forget to comment below if you have a topic you need some advice, tips or tricks on. 

Owner and Stylist of Lyn-Maree's

209 N Main St., Auburn, IN 
(260) 908-1391

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weddings today

Oh weddings today *big sigh*...
Are they formal, informal, super informal or somewhere in between? Weddings use to be formal, an event you dressed up for, something special and never would imagine wearing jeans to (let alone an old, cut-off T-shirt and yes I have seen this at weddings more than once).

At today's weddings anything goes. But how do you know the attire when it's not a close friend or relative and you can't just call them up and ask what you should be wearing.
We've all done it, you thought you knew what you were going to wear, it does not work... then there is that moment of panic when your standing in front of your closet thinking "I have NOTHING to wear" and you need to leave in 10 minutes (no one wants to be that person who shows up late to a wedding...awkward)

When planning what your wearing to a wedding always consider the following things first:
1. Weather/Season
2. How formal was the invitation (did it come with 25 irrelevant envelopes*not sure why anyone still does that* or simple flat card stock invite)
3. Did the invitation state the formality of dress (typically only stated if its "black tie")
4. What is the venue? Barn, backyard, clubhouse, resort, beach....

Once weather and the potential formality of the wedding is figured out your well on your way to finding the perfect outfit.

Any plain colored dress that hits close to your knee (just above or below) is a great place to start. The simplicity of the dress will keep it easy for you to change up to make more or less dressy.
Once you have your dress pick out the shoes, then accessories. The best part about a plain dress is always the shoes and accessories, they can totally transform any old dress into something fabulous.

A few simple tips to always keep in mind when attending a wedding:
-NO flip flops (I don't care how informal the event is), if you need to take or wear flats try a ballet flat or a flat dressy sandal
-Being over dressed is way better than being under dressed
-Grab a scarf/shawl churches, reception halls, etc are either hot or cold never in between
-Don't wear anything too short...remember there will be cameras, dancing, drinking and it's NOT a club or bar, it's a wedding
-Always wear the proper undergarments, your bra and undies are meant to worn and not seen. Yes, wearing a slip is for every women no matter the age or size.

After you've taken all those things into consideration grab your "go-to" black dress and switch up the accessories accordingly. Just kidding BUT when all else fails everyone always looks classy and timeless in a black dress & fabulous accessories no matter the formality.
**YES, it is completely acceptable to wear black to a wedding**

That's all for now... please leave a comment if you have any other style tips and tricks you need help with.
Have a Fabulous Friday!

Lyn-Maree's Owner & Stylist