Welcome to The Well Dressed Life

A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog for the Modern Working Woman.

I dislike most style blogs.

I don’t understand the appeal because the majority of them do not reflect my life – at all.

They leave me with more questions than answers, like:

Do these women actually wear their Louboutins on a coffee run?

Where does their never-ending disposable income come from? Am I the only one saving for college?

How do they afford $4,000 handbags?

Does their hair always look perfect? Even at the gym?

How are they all so skinny when they are always taking pictures of donuts?  I don’t think they are eating them, which is a waste of a delicious donut.

Who are they targeting? Certainly not me, or my clients, or my friends.

And what about us?

What about busy, high functioning, brilliant, hardworking, accomplished women?

What about women with hips, and curves and weight fluctuations? What if you are petite, or plus sized, or just not a 2?

What about women looking for straightforward, digestible advice when it comes to fashion and style?

What about women who live in the very uncurated real world?

Welcome to The Well Dressed Life.

My mission is to help modern working women, of all shapes, sizes, skin tones and lifestyles navigate the often overwhelming world of personal style. Our readers fill their day’s multitasking. They’re balancing career, motherhood, relationships, family, and friends, and are doing a pretty great job. They have no time to waste but want to look and feel their best. They are just as happy in a Target tee shirt as they are in a designer dress.  Life for our readers is all about balance, value, and practicality without having to sacrifice style.

Our goal is to be your online, truth telling girlfriend.  We like to think that we’re on your patio, with a glass of wine, sharing our expertise.  We are all in this together and hope that this little space is a fun, thoughtful and help part of your day.

We promise to:

Always keep it real.

Only promote what we love.

Give you fresh content that fits into your life.

Include everyone.

 

Megan and Girls

Hi, I’m Megan Kristel. I’m a former fashion buyer turned personal stylist and image consultant and now, blogger. In 2007, I started the image consulting agency, Kristel Closets, Inc. Almost overnight we became one of the top firms in the country. Our team served Philadelphia, South Jersey, Northern New Jersey/New York Metro, Deleware, and Washington D.C. Metro.

I created The Well Dressed Life to stay in touch with our style clients. Early on I realized that I had a unique advantage. Every day, our customers asked our team about fit, fashion, style and where to shop. We kept hearing the same issues over and again. I wondered, if our clients had these questions and concerns, would other women around the country have them too?

So, in January of 2015, we redesigned the blog and committed to daily content. Our goal is simple. We want to create the go-to resource for women of all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles looking for straightforward, easy to use style and fashion advice.

Here, you’ll find lots of style tips, inspiration, and product recommendations. But, since we believe that living a Well Dressed Life means more than just looking pretty, we also touch on bigger topics. We cover self-care and mindfulness, career and business advice, and tips on how to stay productive and organized. We’ll cover just about anything relevant to the modern woman.

I have loved fashion for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I was tall, lanky, freckled and pale as a ghost. I didn’t look like everyone else in school and was bullied relentlessly for it. The years of teasing, ridicule, and mean jokes took their toll on my confidence and self-esteem. One day, I stumbled upon an issue of Seventeen magazine that featured an article on model Niki Taylor. In it, she talked about how she hated being tall. Then one day her mom showed her pictures of other tall girls in magazines: models.

While for some models seem like walking perfection, they were enchanting to me. Many of them were also tall, lanky teenagers who felt like misfits. The more I learned about them, the less alone or freakish I felt. The glamor, fantasy, and beauty of the fashion world exposed me to people, places, and cultures I never knew existed. Learning about designers, editors, photographers, and models, who often mentioned who they felt like outcasts as kids because of their creativity created a sense of community around me.

Perhaps, what made is happiest is when I discovered that could try on new personas with fashion. In my case, as I tried new styles, I ended up finding what I liked, what felt like me, and in turn, who I was and how I wanted to live my life. Fashion was transformative for me. It helped me find myself, my voice and rebuilt my confidence.

These days, I’m a busy 37-year-old wife and mother. I have two beautiful, kind-hearted and brilliant little girls. I’m an avid home cook, bookworm, and a wannabe fitness enthusiast. I live to travel and love wine. When I’m stressed, I start organizing things, anything and everything. Should you see me walking around my house with a label maker, you should run. I happily go to Starbucks in my yoga pants. I have Louboutins, but they make me walk like a newborn fawn, so they don’t get out much.

I don’t think your image is everything. There is more to focus on in life than clothes, but, everything doesn’t have to be so serious. Fashion is fun. Discovering your style can increase your confidence, and there is nothing stronger than a confident woman.

These days I partner with companies all around the country, working with their teams to create an understanding of image and personal brand in a modern, social media focused world. I also work with a select group of private clients during certain times of the year. My primary focus is growing our site, creating compelling content, and giving voice to the millions of women who are so often overlooked in the world of fashion and retail. My hope is that this blog is a lovely minute or two of your busy day, where you can find helpful tips, tricks, and inspiration.

Please comment, ask questions and share what works for you so we can make this a genuine community of modern working women.

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