13 In Styling Tips/ Wardrobe Wellness

It’s time to brush up on the Wear It Now style tip

My dress got chosen and did the happy dance.

I’m here today to advocate for the summery items in your closet that have patiently anticipated the touch of your fingertips and the chance to be worn this season. (Insert subliminal message: Wear it now, wear it now.)

While June, July, and now nearly all of August, have raced by those eager items fear that Fall will arrive and they’ll never have made it out of the closet. They want me to alert you to the fact that they are ready to please you like crazy if you give them the chance. (Re-insert subliminal message: Wear it now, wear it now.)

They’re right you know. Last night I was outside and smelled Fall in the air. I don’t want to put you all in a panic, but if you have lovely pieces in your closet that you haven’t worn yet, you’re running out of opportunities to wear them. The solution? Wear them now!

I’m talking about those summer frocks and skirts made of eyelet, lightweight linen pants in white or pastel colors. I’m talking about summer hats and bags.

Wear It Now because your window of opportunity is narrowing

I opened my closet on Saturday morning and heard some strong language coming from my Alembika striped dress. “Why haven’t you chosen me?” it said with sad eyes.

I guess I’d been waiting for the right moment. I thought I’d wear it to a local restaurant for al fresco dining with Russ. Or when we invited the new neighbors to a wine bar to welcome them to the neighborhood. Or while strolling through shops in St. Helena with girlfriends. I don’t know what happened. Not those things. Maybe Baby Viv happened?

I said, “I know, Fun Dress, I’ve meant to reach for you, but I haven’t. I’m going to get a pedicure. Do you want me to choose you when I go to Nail Pro?”

You should have seen its glee. Its sleeves were flapping side to side.

Viv says Wear It Now because it fits

Another person in the family is looking in the closet to see what she can wear now. Her window of opportunity is getting slimmer as she’s putting on weight. I was on the phone with my daughter Caitlin. She said, “Viv’s growing out of her 0-3 month clothes. From now on, she’s wearing her fancy clothes every day. ”

On Wednesday she’s wearing the pink gingham sleeveless dress with strawberry appliques. It fits and it’s not forgotten. Yay!

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Baby Viv chooses to wear her fancy clothes

The next day she’s wearing the white dress with flowers, tucks, and red rick rack trim. It fits. Good girl, Viv!

Can you wear it now? Fit issues for the modern woman.

This month I’ve been reviewing summer items in my clients’ closets. If something hasn’t been worn, I want to discover why. If pieces aren’t working for my client’s style or lifestyle, it’s time to pack them up and take them to a consignment store while they still have a chance of selling. It won’t be long before consignment stores close the door on summer items and only accept fall pieces.

As is true of most women’s bodies, they are prone to change. Pounds are added or lost, or pounds get redistributed in a unique way while sleeping. If something doesn’t fit, it’s best to move it out of your closet to where someone else has a chance to wear it: consignment, charity, a relative. That way the clothes that really work will get noticed and chosen.

With the remaining summery items, I’ll style each one in a new way to make them fresh and urge her to wear it this week. (You can do this yourself at home.)

What happened when I wore the summer dress

If I’m honest I will admit to having a bit of regret over waiting until the end of August to wear this dress. I forgot how incredibly fun it is to wear!

A few hours after I got my toes painted I drove to Petaluma to Urban Elements and Ruthie cut my hair. The dress totally did not want to go home after the haircut so we visited the ladies at Uber Optics on Kentucky Street and caught up on summer news.

It was a breezy day and this dress was loving it!

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This dress brought the party and all I was doing was errands. Thank you striped dress for speaking up!

Try this tip at home in your closet

With some urgency in my voice, I ask you to look in your closet today (tomorrow at the latest) and see if there’s something in there that you haven’t worn this season. If you love it (and I know you do or it wouldn’t be in your closet) and you haven’t worn it this summer, wear it this week. If it’s something you consider too special to wear for every day and the right occasion hasn’t arrived yet, make today that special day just because.

Take it from Baby Viv and her grammafoxy (AKA your trusty image consultant) that you’ll be so happy you did!

Will you tell us your plans? What will you be wearing within 48-hours? Viv and I are going to do a happy dance for each and every one of you who come back before the weekend’s over saying, “I wore it!” Do share!


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  • Reply
    Susa Berg
    August 29, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Hi Brenda,
    in my closet “sleeps” a lovely blouse, the colour is tangerine and I love her. Bought in April, but never worn. Why? Too warm, too cold, too “something was always”. I will rescue this tangerine jewel and will wear her tomorrow ! YES

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    Mrs P
    August 29, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Funnily enough, I’m ahead of you and with you! This morning I took out my Ganni wide lightweight cotton trousers in a fabulous pale olive and grey check which I haven’t worn at all and thought today’s the day to wear them to lunch with friends at a casual restaurant on the Kent coast. It’s a lovely day here in the UK and we won’t have many more of them. Why haven’t I worn them? They are perfect, cool (n both senses of the word) and so comfortable.

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    August 29, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Before I opened your blah this morning, I put on a pair of tropical slacks I love and spied a beautiful sleeveless summer dress I adore but haven’t worn yet I was thinking she needs to be worn soon as the kiddos are back in school and mornings are cool. We must be on the same wave length this morning. I don’t want a case of closet guilt because I failed to use what I have.

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      Kathy Little
      August 29, 2019 at 4:21 am

      I was so inspired by baby Viv! For some reason, her example really hit a nerve with me! (…but then I’ve lived that life with my own and now grands!) As I read about Viv’s window closing on her opportunities to wear the nice stuff, it really resonated with me how prone I am to wearing my “everyday clothes”! As I make my daily choices, it’s like I make a mental assessment of …. where am I going today?… oh, nowhere special?…. then jeans and a shirt that won’t need to be ironed when you launder it later! What’s up with that?? I have a closet full of great (but neglected) choices that would up my game and bring me to feel like your lovely dress that “brought the party”!! What in the world am I saving them for?!! I’m going for it today! And if ANYBODY says a word to me about “why are you so dressed up?” …. I’m gonna refer ‘em to Brenda and Viv and your fun/helpful blog!

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    August 29, 2019 at 4:07 am

    An excellent challenge! I’ve been trying to do this, because I keep things not worn this season on “backwards” hangers and they’re easy to spot. I like the idea of dressing up a bit for the usual mundane errands. LOVE that dress!

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    August 29, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Were you looking at me when you wrote this? My closet is small, my selection curated careful (notice how positively I put that?) but have spent the summer painting, clearing messes and other life issues that required the shlumpadinka wear. Now there are several lovely items that haven’t seen the light of day. sigh
    Will rescue them asap and get them worn.
    And what a beauty little baby is!! And I remember well the almost magical growing out of baby clothes, almost overnight. Gave me such guilt that someone had gifted me something wonderful that barely would be worn.

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    Linda B
    August 29, 2019 at 7:06 am

    My summer sojourn in Oregon is nearly over; I’ll be home in Arizona in a week. I brought a pretty small collection of clothing up here, knowing I would be spending most of my time helping my daughter with her new baby (who is just a wee younger than Viv, if I recall correctly.) I have loved the simplicity of a curated set of clothing, and think I have worn everything I brought at least once, but the two dresses. . . maybe only once apiece. And the skirts have mostly languished too, in favor of jeans and shorts. It was a pleasure to get to dress down, in certain ways, because it meant I wasn’t working! (I retired two days before heading up here.) When i am home in a week, I am going to have to listen to the “wear it now” voices in my closet!–that will be quite a cacaphony. And, it will be time for a massive closet clean out, partly based on how those wearings feel. Items that can’t be transformed into more casual everyday wear are going to be leaving my house soon. Yippee!

    About those baby clothes–I warned my daughter about how fast a baby grows when I visited back in April and we were setting up the nursery. . . I think you don’t get it until you see it for yourself! Even I forgot exactly how fast a baby grows. I have loved getting to be a huge part of my granddaughter’s life for three months. Hmm, I will have to try hard to not wear the black of mourning when I get home and miss her sooooo much!

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    sandra Sallin - apart From My Art
    August 29, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Oh, you hit a nerve. I wear the same easy to put on and wash stuff everyday as opposed to the nice great looking stuff. I do have clothes for consignment. Never thought of that. I love the dress you’re wearing I planed on buying it but it somehow got away from me. I always relate to your blogs. You’re the best and just wish you lived next door. Wouldn’t we have fun.

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    August 29, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Great advice, as always. Could you please tell us the brand and style of shoes you’re wearing? Thanks so much!

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    August 30, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Ok Brenda I hear you, time to wear that (very expensive) linen T-shirt in pastel stripes that I bought last year and haven’t worn. I promise to make an outfit with it this weekend. PS love the pics of baby Viv, isn’t she just a miracle!

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    August 30, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Brenda,

    Take aways from this blog post: Love you in that dress, love your new haircut – slightly more edgy looks fantastic! – and of course, our Darling ‘Blog’ Baby Viv, with that kiss curl on top of her head. Divine. We are all her internet fans right here. Can’t wait to see her grow up and how cute she will be styled by her Foxy Gramma. Thank you for sharing her with us and keeping us up to date with her progress. There is nothing like a new life to bring a smile to one’s face.

    Love Xxxxxx

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    September 1, 2019 at 4:59 am

    OK I’ll give a look in the closet before we head to GF this morning. Our high will be 78 so maybe one last sleeveless top just as Viv is showing off her arms. She is the cutest. I wish I could hug her right through this screen. XOXO

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    Sue Dunlop
    September 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    This post is so great. It sums up perfectly what we all need to do – really look at our closets and what to wear. So, after reading it, I’ve now worn two summer/spring dresses and one blouse that I love, but hadn’t got around to. And there’s still a couple more things I intend to wear this week. Thank you so much!!

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