Ask Us Anything – Spring Edition and $50 Sephora Gift Card

It’s officially SPRING!!!!

After what was possibly the worst winter in my memory (and a new snowstorm on its way) I think it’s safe to say we are all ready for everything that comes with a new season.

Spring is by far my favorite time of year.  The freshness in the air, birds singing early in the morning, flowers starting to bloom, and the sound of kids playing in the front yard – it’s almost magical.  Not to mention, raincoats, wellies, open toe shoes, dresses … it’s all so good.

We have lots going on around here.  Our remodel kicks off in a few weeks.  The first phase is building a studio and home office on our property.  I’ve loved having a studio outside my home, but the opportunity to customize a space for all my professional needs, while still being able to watch my kids get on and off the bus, was too good an opportunity to pass up.  I’ll be sharing updates on the space and everything that will be going on in it, in coming posts.

With the new season will come lots of fresh content.  We are finalizing our editorial calendar for the next few months and want to make sure we answer all of your questions and create as many conversations as possible.  That’s why we want to hear from you!

Ask Us Anything - Spring Edition

In the comments below let us know what you want to see more of or any favorite posts. Tell us any specific questions you might have about items you’re having a hard time finding, ways to wear particular trends, general questions on getting dressed, and topic recommendations for any category we cover including fashion/style, health/wellness, beauty, career, or home and family.  This site is fueled by your questions and the topics you most enjoy.

Since our relaunch, I’m feeling pleased with the direction we are going, the topics we are covering and the conversations we are having.  I’m excited to dive deeper with all of you and build a place for women who may otherwise not feel well represented online.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

P.S. As a thank you for your help, one lucky commenter will win a $50 gift card to Sephora.  Winner will be contacted on April 2nd. 

 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

28 Comments
  1. I’d love to know more strategies for getting rid of clothes that are no longer doing me any favors but for some reason I am holding on to. What is a reasonable # of ____ (shoes, dresses, tops, etc.) for someone to have. I love your blog! And I’m really not into blogs in general. Thank you!

  2. I love the mental wellness posts. Whether that be decluttering, taking time for yourself, volunteering time… anything that helps me regain my “self,” and ready to conquer my next challenge.

  3. Hi Megan! I’m a faithful reader and have experienced many purchases – clothes and otherwise – as a result of your posts. I appreciate the diversity of your messages and really like that you go beyond the outside of a person and share holistically! On several occasions, your posts have made me stop and do some quick reflecting! Thanks! I would ask that you just keep changing it up! (Although, would love more options for us, curvy girls!)

  4. Hi – thank you for your blog! I am fairly new to blogs, and to this one in particular, but I do enjoy it.
    If my suggestions have been covered earlier, please forgive me.
    I am in my mid 50’s with 2 daughters at the end of their teens. I would like suggestions to stay young but now feel like mutton dressed as lamb! And ideas for sigbs of aging too (facial hair, creppy necks etc!).
    Also underwear – time to leave the thongs, they just don’t work for me anymore – what are great pants that aren’t granny pants?
    Again, many thanks!!

  5. I agree with what Annie said. I have so many cardigans and jackets. I look at them and think what if I want to wear this someday so I have all this stuff that I may never wear again but I am afraid to get rid of it because there may be a day I go to wear it and it is gone. I am 55 so I am really not into blogging either but I look for your email all the time. I have even gone back and searched your previous posts when I have a question about something and I remember you wrote about it. While I enjoy your posts everyday, I am a fashionista at heart so I love seeing the outfits you put together for work and casual. Thank you for all you do and I appreciate that you make us all feel “Normal” in this crazy world that we are living in.

  6. I did your 30-day style challenge a while back and it really helped me streamline. It was quite easy to see that my pinterest board was quite streamlined and focused. Truth be told I could wear black pants, a white shell, and some black cardigan, blazer or moto jacket EVERY DAY. I focus on belts, bags and jewelry to change it up. Would love to see more ideas of how to dress up basics with accessories!

  7. I also am in my mid 50’s and work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms. I have used your posts to make some strategic purchases for my work wardrobe as I struggle with the “new” business casual (jeans) and how to pull that look off and also find classic staples that I can turn to regularly. I look forward to your emails and I too have gone back through your posts to find “wedding” option recommendations, etc. Keep up the great work.. I know it takes much time and effort to pull the posts together! PS.. your daughters are adorable!

  8. LOVE this blog, the way it’s written doesn’t come off as a “do this, not that” strategy, but is instead very conversational. I have my work wardrobe down fairly pat – I wear professional business casual (no jeans, no skinny work pants and black/white/dark navy/grey color scheme). I’ve been working 5-7 days per week (hello sales!) so my ‘casual’ wardrobe is suffering. I feel like every time I change into something to go out in after work, or during my days off, I always find myself in the same outfits or types outfits. I’m not t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, so I’m looking for something that’s casual looking without being just plain. I wear, for instance, a puffer vest, skinny jeans, plaid shirt and riding boots on my days off now. But now that it’s spring, I find myself having a hard time looking for a more colorful wardrobe that can a little more on the trendier side of casual – so I’d love some tips and advice on what to look for, how to style items so it’s not plain and an easily transitioned work-to-play wardrobe. Thanks and good luck with the studio!

  9. I love everything “new” you are doing and so happy you went in this direction! I would love more examples of “how to wear” the classic/basics we have in our closets. I love seeing new ways to mix and change up what we already have.
    Looking forward to spring as well 🙂

  10. I love the weekend inspiration articles. One of my favorite articles is How to Wear Grey Jeans. Picked up a pair from Old Navy which is a store I usually don’t shop and was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t want to spend too much money on them as I will be losing weight. They fit perfectly in a short length & no gap in the back waistband. Thank You!
    My question is how to dress for the more casual Sunday morning church service. I’m accustomed to wearing dresses but I’ve recently changed churches & noticed almost no other women wear dresses. What are some outfit ideas to wear in this more casual environment and still feel like I’m being respectful of the occasion? And yes, jeans can be part of the outfit just no holey jeans . Ha!

  11. Hello, I’m pretty new to your blog but love it so far! I’ve found answers to most my questions searching previous posts but right now I’m desperate for new and actually comfortable bras. Post nursing is a hard place to be and I just don’t even want to go try bras on. Every time I do I end up with something that seems like it fits in the dressing room but after buying and wearing it awhile I am NOT impressed! Uggghhh! Anyway, I really like your blog and will continue to visit it frequently!

  12. I’d love to see a spring/summer wardrobe especially with outfits to wear for upcoming events such as graduations, and other parties. If you have $500, $1000, $1500 to spend what pieces would you buy for spring/summer.

  13. Greetings. I am retired and in my 60s and want to keep looking vibrant every day. I am interested in exercise clothes that are NOT yoga pants or leggings, lingerie that is pretty yet functional (no panty lines), socks when to wear them when not to wear them and the best styles of invisible socks. I am looking for a pashmina shawl but there are so many prices I am confused. How to dress for hot summer weather. My goodness, my list could go on. I love book recommendations, too. I look forward to your post and thank you for being you!

  14. I recently moved to Florida for a new job after decades in NYC. Most of my works clothes are fall/ winter orientated with much less for spring/ summer. So I need to slowly transition my wardrobe to the warmer climate while still looking professional. Would love to see a post of how to do that! Maybe some people would be interested in the opposite way–warmer to colder climates. I also liked your post on bouncing back from failure and would love to see more motivational ones like that too.

  15. I just found this blog and need to explore. I work from home (I’m sure this had been covered), and I’ve let my wardrobe go. Also, I had weight loss surgery last month, so my sizes will be changing rapidly. I will basically need a whole new wardrobe.

  16. I always struggle when adding a jacket to an outfit as to what necklines can I wear together. Both with a traditional suit style jacket with a collar and then some of the newer styles that have a more straight cut to them and no collar. Any help would be appreciated.

  17. Thanks for your blog. I appreciate that you address different price points and value. I agree with other people who would like more strategies for getting rid of clothes/streamlining. (I do need to go back and re-read the closet edit posts). I also like the new directions/perspectives on social justice/political activism such as Everytown/Moms Demand Action

  18. Your blog is fabulously helpful! The mix of price-points and the celebration of dressing with a variety of brands is appreciated. Also- the nod to mom-life in terms of dressing in functional and wash&wear clothing is critical to this mother of four littles.

  19. Longtime follower here;) Love the “Weekend Inspiration” posts as well since I feel like, after almost two decades in my professional career (when did that happen?!), my closet is full of clothes that fall into two categories: 1. work clothes, or 2. pajamas/sweatpants, a.k.a. my wine-drinking uniform. My question is about work clothes though. I am an administrator at a private independent school and spend much of my days running around campus. I love a good pump, don’t get me wrong, and most days I wear them. But I need some good options for professional outfits built around flats! And some flat options beyond ballets. Make sense? I have some cool loafers, mules, etc., but not sure what to put with them for work.

    1. Hey Leigh! I’m actually working on post about non-ballet flat flats, totally get it! It should be posted either next week or the following – stay tuned.

      Also, you’re “win drinking uniform” sounds just like mine 😉 Have a great weekend!

  20. I would love some posts dedicated to helping older women look fashionable. I am in my early 60’s and can dress very well for fancy events, but for day to day life, I fall back on jeans, which I read are not appropriate for women over 60. Khakis are very dated and skinny leggings/pants do not flatter most of us in this age group because of larger abdomens. Please help! Pants that work with flats and loafers would be appreciated as my high heel days are pretty must reserved for weddings. And please address the subject of socks. It is cold in the winter where I live, yet somehow seeing socks looks dorky.

    1. Hi Mary, For this site I am really focused on talking about modern, timeless, ageless style choices. When I was a stylist my clients ranged from women in their twenties to women in their 70s (many of whom still read here daily) and I never considered age when dressing them. Body type? Sure. But age should not determine what you wear. If you want to wear jeans, and you’ve found a brand that fits you well, go for it.

      So I won’t do a post where you see looks for specific ages. What you will see throughout most of our posts are styles for a variety of lifestyles, body types and seasons in life. Not every item is for every person, but I do try to include something for everyone.

      You’ve definitely inspired me to address this in more detail so stay tune for a more practical guide to dressing your body as it changes with age.

      Thanks!

  21. In response to Mary’s post – I certainly hope there is now rule on “no jeans” for women over 60 – I hope to be wearing them until I die! (currently 45). Though I still don’t get/appreciate the distressed jeans look.

    1. You and me both Julie.

      I really hate the idea that anyone even thinks they have the right to tell women what they can and can’t wear at any age, but especially as we age. Pretty much, we can do whatever we want. But I have heard this denim “rule” before, which I think is crazy.

  22. Hi Megan. Long time follower. I dress very corporate professional at work- have lots of sheaths/suits/skirts/blouses & heels and feel very confident and stylish at work. Also have tons of work-out outfits (Lulu lemon, Athleta, Zella, Nike). Where I struggle is the weekend/ weeknight “girls night out” or “date night ” outfits. For some reason I just can’t pull these looks together. Would love to see more posts on these. Thank you- you have been quite an inspiration!

  23. I’m not much of a light sweater person when layering and more of a stylish jacket or blazer. I think I like the structure of the jacket/blazer. Do you have any recommendations for light jackets/blazers for the spring/summer?

  24. Would love to know your opinion about wearing hose at work; when is it appropriate to wear/not to wear, what type, etc. Do bare legs need to be tan (either faux or real)?

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