Q&A Tuesday

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 I heard that this fall, velvet is back. Is that true? I have a black velvet blazer in my closet that gets little use, but I love it. I need ideas for how to incorporate velvet into my style for fall. Do you think this trend will last into winter? Thanks! Meredith

Velvet is always appropriate in the winter.  What changes is the cut and styling of the velvet.  Since you have a blazer, let’s look at that item specifically.  This option from Talbots is lovely and comes in a few colors.

Talbots Winter Velvet BlazerTalbots Winter Velvet Blazer, $129 in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite

I tend to style velvet with casual basics.  A dark jean is best, in your most flattering cut.   Depending on how dressed you get for certain holidays, this could be an ideal look for Thanksgiving or a Christmas open house.  For this blazer specifically works well because the buttons are casual. If, however, you have a blazer with a covered button, you could also dress it up more with a silk pant or wear over a crepe dress.

Some other classic, yet updated velvet blazers if you are considering one for this season:

 

I love your posts, they are so helpful. Particularly this week’s new series with Fall favorites. I was wondering if you have fashion tips for handling weight loss while you’re still in the middle of it. I finally (18 months postpartum) have committed to losing the last 20lbs of baby weight. I am about halfway there so all of my clothes are a size too big, but I’m also planning to lose more. On top of that, we just bought a house so I don’t want to spend a ton of money, especially for clothes that I hope won’t fit me in a couple months, but I also don’t want to look ridiculous in clothes that are swimming on me. Would love some tips! – Jessica 

When I left the hospital after I had my oldest, Maddie, I had 7 pounds to loose. SEVEN – piece of cake. It was a whole other story after my youngest, Ava, was born. I had about 25 pounds to loose and a body that did not look like my own. Additionally, two C-sections had taken their toll on my core, making exercise almost impossible in the beginning. Because of my experience the first time, I naively thought I’d be back in my jeans a few weeks later. Instead, it put me on a journey (and a struggle) with my mindset and body that I’m still on.

A few things to keep in mind before we jump into clothes, for you and anyone with a similar experience. Please be kind to yourself. Doing so is easier said than done and something I need to be reminded of daily. Your body did something incredible. Please don’t compare yourself to other women, or your past self, like I did.

Much like my approach to maternity wardrobing, I take a similar philosophy with weight loss wardrobing. Over the years, I found that dressing a body postpartum is a challenge because even when you get back to your original weight, your body in and of itself is different. For example, I never had hips before Ava was born, now I’d consider myself a bit “hippy”.

To get started, decide on your core pieces. Do you prefer pants to skirts? How casual or dressed do you need to be every day? Next, take a look at what you have. I’m sure there are some pieces that could use an alteration. Take care of that first. You can alter a garment down about two sizes before you would ruin the integrity of the piece. By doing this, you’ll get more mileage out of your existing pieces and save some money. When I lost the weight after Ava, I went through two rounds of alterations and then tossed the items. Finally, take a look at the holes in your wardrobe and fill in with some inexpensive pieces. Look at Old Navy, LOFT (always use a coupon), and Target (we featured some fun pieces yesterday).

Also, stick to a neutral color palette of your liking and mix and match constantly. Use scarves and accessories to add interest. When you hit certain milestones, consider treating yourself to something special, like a new bag, shoe or even a massage – it will keep you motivated.

When picking out pieces, buy a few at a time, without going crazy. Buy multiples of basics. If you find a pair of pants you love, buy two. It may seem excessive, but you’ll wear them all the time, at least for this season. You’ll be happy you have the second pair when the other is in the laundry. Keep the styles of the pants, skirts, and jackets simple, with clean lines, as they will be the easiest to alter.

I pulled a few of my favorite pieces that may work for you:

 

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.

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