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Brenda’s Best Fashion Advice in Six Words

Clothes with words

Playing with words in this Phillip Lim bowling jacket


Have you heard about people writing stories using six words? When I heard this, it gave me the idea to deliver my best fashion advice in servings of six words. I had to try it!

I needed those six-word fashion advice pieces this week

While I was working this week with a male client, I would have benefited from having my six-word fashion advice cheat sheet with me.

This is what happened. We were at Nordstrom on a shopping trip with a male client, Michael. Our agenda for the day was to dress Michael from the navel up. On our last shopping trip we’d focused on pants and shoes.

I introduced myself to a new-to-me sales associate in the department we’d be shopping in. She was the right kind of helpful as we pulled together a wardrobe that included several shirts plus a vest, sweater, and knit blazer.


shopping for shirts

A great group of new shirts from Nordstrom


While the associate was ringing up the sale, she wanted to know more about me. And then came the question: What’s your best fashion advice?

Holy moly, how do you answer that on the spot? There are oodles of possiblities. I was a deer in the headlights behind my blue Uber Optics eyewear.


Uber Optics eyewear

Uber Optics eyewear


I told her (based on something I’d just told Michael in conversation) that when you stay true to your personal style, you’ll always be true to yourself. Some people’s style is more formal, while other people’s style may be informal. If you shop for what suits you, you’ll always feel good in your skin.

There was probably a six-word answer that would have been a lot better. When I got home I looked at my list to see if I had one. Sadly, it’s not here. I’ll have to work on that. But there are lots of other ones you might enjoy.

Here’s some of my fashion advice in six words.


Fashion advice in six words

“Before you leave the house, accessorize”


Try this on as fashion advice

Release old ways of seeing yourself.

Before you leave the house, accessorize.

Today, wear what you haven’t worn.

Use your generosity to love yourself.

Compliment yourself and then ten others.


In my opinion …

Beauty is an elixir for overwhelm.

Clothing lovingly expresses your inner life.

What’s the art of attraction? Authenticity.

A put together woman is inspiring.

The beauty of style is grace.


Would you agree?

I believe women should be seen.

Fashion’s a blur; style stands out.

Doing it the old way is old.

Change one thing and everything changes.

You are a gift to humanity.

Style is your gift to give.

You can’t return to what was.



Sandra Sallin

My friend Sandra showing us how “Style is a your gift to give”


On closet time

Make three outfits on the weekend.

Arrange colors from light to dark.

Wear navy blue and black together.

Keep “fat clothes” in the garage.

Don’t slip up; wear a slip.

Feel emotionally secure with planned outfits.


Fashion Advice in Six Words

“Your bangle begins a conversation”

On accessories

Get dressed and don’t forget accessories.

Your bangle begins a casual conversation.

Your handbag begins a social conversation.

Pretty boxes can store pretty jewelry.


Love is all there is

Love yourself through thick and thin.

Your beauty rituals send loving messages.

Buy what you love and adore.


Fashion advice in six words

“Love yourself through thick and thin”


Okay, I’m giving you six words to play with. What advice can you share in six words? It doesn’t have to be about fashion. You can share a story in six words. Want some inspiration from authors who have tried this? For six-word stories, click here.

I can’t wait to hear your stories. And heh, I’m easy. If you want more words, go ahead, take as many as you wish. One last thing: did any of these six-word bits of advice resonate with you? I’d love to hear about!





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  • Reply
    September 27, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Thank you! I love this!

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      October 3, 2018 at 7:39 am

      I’m so glad!

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    jodie filogomo
    September 27, 2018 at 5:46 am

    This was so fun, Brenda!!!
    Life is short. Dress in love. ( I was going to say buy the shoes, but I’ve seen that and didn’t want to copy it. But I do believe it…LOL)
    Shoes are meant to be pretty!


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      October 3, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Cute! Love it!

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    September 27, 2018 at 6:24 am

    I adore this article!

    • Reply
      October 3, 2018 at 7:38 am

      I’m so happy! Thanks.

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    September 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Don’t leave hats in the closet!

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      October 3, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Okay, brilliant. Nearly every woman’s closet I visit has hats in them. I’ll share your 6-word advice with them!

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    September 27, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Thoughtful dressing beautifully projects your confidence!

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      October 3, 2018 at 7:37 am

      And isn’t that the truth. Thanks, Lisa!

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    September 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    My darling BK
    What I love about you is your true authenticity. I just spent 10 minutes reading a blog post on a very pretentious woman who wears this designer and that designer and has the luxury of travelling the world and using only top of the line beauty products. Well that’s lovely for her. I stopped admiring when she was listing the designers knowing that each piece would have been in the $100’s of dollars, maybe $1000’s. Not many of us have that luxury and even if I did, I’m not sure I could conscionably spend (waste???) that kind of money on pieces of fabric. So getting to my point: Your blog reaches right into the heart of us honest down to earth women living ordinary lives but authentic ones. And you don’t make me feel ‘less than’ because you are not citing about buying this designer or that designer. Your blog makes me feel comfortable, just enough to try something a little bit new. To blur the lines of my fixed way of seeing things without blowing my mind so much that I just close the page and give up. The best six words from your list that resonated for me:
    Clothing lovingly expresses your inner life.
    Use your generosity to love yourself.
    The art of attraction is Authenticity.

    I recently watched an interview where Oprah was actually the interview subject. He asked her, out of everything what do you believe you have achieved? Her answer captivated me and rang so true I have carried it with me. She said she once discussed this with her mentor (and I believe her spiritual guide) Maya Angelou. Maya told her that every day, she goes out and shows people how to just be themselves. Oprah was a black woman in a white man’s domain, yet her spirit shone through and made her the person she is today. Why does she touch so many hearts? Because she is her true authentic self. What you see is what you get and she is not afraid of revealing that to the world. You too inspire us to reveal our true selves to the world by assuring us that we are ok just as we are, and when we feel comfortable in that space, we can start to reveal this in the way we look to the world.
    I was always raised to feel less than, not good enough, ugly, fat, unacceptable as I was. It has taken me the best part of 50 years on this planet to realise that I am what I am and my true self is just fine the way I am and it’s ok to express it. Your sweet and gentle encouragement shines through in what you do Brenda. You are just beautiful the way you are and you make me feel that way too.


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      October 3, 2018 at 7:36 am

      I’m nearly speechless. I so appreciate your taking the time to share this with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m seeing Oprah in a whole new way too. Thanks for sharing that. What a simple and powerful mentor she is to others, like you say, to just be themselves. Similar words came up between me and a trusted writing mentor. It was about the blog and about being myself out loud. You’ve left me with a lot of things to think about. Thank you, TJ!

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    September 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    My six words—You have a gift for gab! Love your musings. Wish we lived closer and could be friends.

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    September 28, 2018 at 5:18 am

    What a great post! So many words of wisdom.

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    Karen Partridge
    September 28, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Buy what you love and experiment!

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    September 28, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I totally agree with everything TJ said as I, too, love this article. Loving oneself shines through in our outward appearance. The sparkle in our eyes and the clothing we choose, shows the world who we truly are. And lucky me, I get to see you soon. 🙂

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    Trinnie q
    September 28, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Ohh, how beautiful !!!!! Beautiful and encouraging ! Thank you . What came to mind,for a life 6 worder, is You, are always, already. Good enough. Also, Enjoy your style, and shine brightly ! Love this community, sending love from Oz

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    September 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    He loved me. I loved him.


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      October 3, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Precious! My heart just expanded!

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    October 1, 2018 at 6:17 am

    I spent far too many years trying to hide my body type. Consequently I settled for clothes that were OK, but didn’t flatter me and made me invisible. What a waste! Thank goodness, no more.

    My advice is: Wear only flattering things you love.

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    Bettye L Rainwater
    October 1, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    What a great exercise! And all of your 6-word sentences were wonderful!

    Here’s a few from me:

    Your body is your greatest gift.
    Your heart is others’ greatest gift.
    Find joy in everything you do.
    Wear things that make you shine.
    Love yourself just as you are.



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      October 3, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Okay, Bettye, BRILLIANT! I’m giving you a standing ovation right now. I LOVE them!

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    Lesley A
    October 4, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I just Pinned this post under Words of Wisdom. I guess that means it hit many cords. Thanks again

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    October 5, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I’m late to the party but…Wear your “good” jewelry any day!

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    Karen Gresser
    October 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    You have given me renewed hope!! Thank you for sharing your awesome fashion ideas, but also your personal side. I have absolutely no fashion sense, but with some of your ideas, I think I can do this!!! My favorite six word statement is “Love yourself through thick or thin.” Thank you!!!

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    Marty Kuznia
    October 26, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Hello Brenda: How about “every change can mean something positive”. In late March, At age 62, had some vaginal bleeding. I was set to go on vacation the following week and did NOT want to deal with it and put it out of my mind. The pollin in Virginia resulted in a severe asthma attack. Went to the doctor on my return and mentioned the bleeding and again, put it out if my mind. On a return visit for what I thought was a follow up on the asthma attack, she did a biopsy. Two days later, I learned that I had endometrial cancer. I had a full hysterectomy in early July and am cancer free as far as we know. The shock of a cancer diagnosis caused me to crawl into my shell and do a lot of soul searching…particularly about the ways in which I’ve cheated myself and my family by saving joy for the future when I’ll have more time for it. Post surgery, I find myself telling everyone “I’m a survivor”. Such a good thing to be. Another 6 words “Love yourself, find your joy NOW!”

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      October 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Marty, I am so glad to hear of your survivorship. I want to shout to the heavens. Thanks for sharing. Your six words come from experience well fought. I bet there are many of us that are holding back our joy for a future time. You’ve given us a great teaching story. Love to you!

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    December 23, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I have one! I often say it to myself when i’m shopping: it’s never you, it’s always the clothes.
    Being dutch i hope i translated it the right way. It means you should never blame your body if something doesn’t fit. It means the clothes just aren’t right for your body.

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