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Hi, Friends!

The Well Dressed Life has always been a community fueled platform, and I considered my relationship with our readership to be what sets us apart from other sites.

So periodically, I like to check in and open up the comments for all of your questions. 

Not that you can’t ask questions at any time 🙂 

This is just a great opportunity to let you know what to expect this year, and to hear from you so I can fill our editorial calendar with the solutions, inspiration and recommendations you are looking for. 

First, a few thing to cover based on regular questions and feedback:

1. For years I’ve included plus and petite options in every single post. These days all sizes sell out quickly, but we feature inclusive options daily. IF there isn’t an option, it’s because it’s not available. But if you are petite or plus, you could wardrobe yourself with our recommendations. 

2. I live on the East Coast and I follow the seasons accordingly and feature mostly U.S. based retailers. 

3. The ads on this site are a vital revenue stream and I cannot remove them. They allow me to maintain my integrity with sponsorships and paid partnerships and still make a living.  Think of them like ads in a magazine. You have to flip through them to get to the articles. 

4. While I appreciate all styles, my goal is to help you create a modern, classic, and traditional-with-a-twist wardrobe. So if that’s what you love, you’re in the right place 🙂 

5. Finally, I try really hard to balance price points knowing that everyone has a different budget. In one post you may see a pair of jeans for $200, in another, I’ll offer a $35 option. This site is designed to build out a wardrobe, and each post is only one piece in the depth of our content. 

Next! Here’s what to expect in 20222:

We’re following a wonderfully organized content calendar. 

Every Monday is What to Buy at where I highlight top picks based on everything I know about our community, from popular retailers’ new arrivals.

Wednesday is How to Wear, where I show you two – three outfit ideas using the most popular pieces from the week before.

Thursday is our new Outfit Formula Series where you’ll receive a new formula every week featuring a key wardrobe piece totaling 52 new outfit ideas by the end of the year. 

And on Sunday I share Sunday Sales, the weekly best sellers and sale alerts, which has become our most popular post of all time. 

You’ve probably noticed that I repeat items in posts over a few weeks. This is very much intentional.

I analyze our top-sellers and make sure to mix them into as many outfits as possible so you see how easy it is to create a versatile wardrobe. 

Remember, I write these posts as if I was emailing a client advice and showing her how to wear what we bought together. 

We’ll continue to sprinkle in content sharing style tips, round-ups, beauty recommendations and tips, and some home organization ideas. 

One Friday a month I’d like to feature a Q&A, where you can ask questions and get specific answers. So let’s start that today!

In the comments below, Ask Me Anything. ANYTHING, whether it’s a request for an Outfit Formula, a retailer you’d like me to feature,  or a specific question and I’ll either feature them in one of our series or answer it directly right here, starting next Friday. 

And stay tuned because we have some fun not-so new projects on the horizon that I had to put on pause because of all things COVID, starting with the relaunch of our Capsule Wardrobes in March! 

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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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Tammy Stokan

Friday 18th of February 2022


First thank you from the bottom of my heart for being “here” and offering your knowledge, skills, and artistic eye to guide so many of us through your wardrobe challenges. Also, your posts and processes make it easy for people like me who struggle with putting everything together in a polished and cohesive manner, pull it together in a very polished and cohesive manner!

Here are a few questions or wish list items from me for consideration:

Love that capsule wardrobes are returning -these are so helpful! Can you feature capsules for a few scenarios such as weekend travel, business travel and Summer Vacation travel?

I am definitely a classic, minimalist in terms of style, but do love the “right” accessories to elevate that style. I appreciate that you have introduced accessories, especially jewelry, bags and hats into your formula because these are the “after thoughts” so often for me. (And now I can consider pieces beyond the Kendra Scott, Brighton, or the display case at whatever store I am shopping at. Can you feature how to tell when jewelry becomes dated or out of style? I need a jewelry box clean out! 😊

And finally, shoe trends come and go -round toe, pointed toe, square toe…stiletto heel, wedge heel, block heel…what to wear with what and when to retire is something I would be interested in.

Keep doing the home features and the what to buy at Amazon…love those too!

Cheers! Tammy Stokan


Friday 18th of February 2022

Thx for your blog. I'm retired so a lot of the professional styles are not my interest. But I am interested in travel capsule clothing. I am also interested in skin care for traveling. I only travel with my carry on so I need my skin care to fit in the TSA bag. I can get away with a plastic zipped bag that I bought on Amazon that gives me a lot more room than a ziplock baggie. But I have to leave something behind. So a down and dirty travel sized skin care routine would be wonderful.


Friday 18th of February 2022

Megan, I am enjoying all the information from your site. I really appreciated the body shape posts. Is there any information on how much of a budget to delegate to different categories (shoes, under garments, athletic wear,etc). I confess I haven’t done a deep dive to see if this is already posted. Thank you for any guidance you may provide! Kay


Friday 18th of February 2022

I LOVE your column! I think your wardrobe challenges have changed my life! I have a couple of questions: Scarves - are they still in style? I do not show my upper arms for multiple reasons (scars being one of them). As we move into Spring & Summer will you include some tops with sleeves past the elbows?

Ellen Dusault

Friday 18th of February 2022

I love your posts and being part of your community - and especially your suggestions on how to keep on top of the best trends. I will be 70 on my next birthday, and I really relate to your style. I also live in NJ, so I appreciate weather appropriate clothing. Over the years, I have enjoyed reading and getting fashion advice from the top magazines - Vogue, Bazaar and Elle. But more and more, I wonder just who they are trying to relate to. Is there any way to interpret the far out styles they show to my wardrobe needs?

Janet Smalley

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hi Megan, I look forward to your post every day. You are helping me with every wardrobe challenge to consciously dress like me, instead of what just fits. I don’t mind the ads at all because I know they are vital to maintaining TWDL!

I have a young friend in Ukraine in the export business who wants to know if the American public would buy clothing from a certain Ukrainian designer. I have already responded that I think there would be a very narrow to no market. Would you be willing to take a look at the clothing and give your thoughts? And I don’t want to be asking something from you that I shouldn’t. Thank you. Janet S.

Betsy P Cornell

Friday 18th of February 2022

I have loved reading your sight, and kudos to you for the well thought-out closet edit instructions. Now, every year in my journal, I create a 360 circle graph with how I spend my days! That data has driven my shopping. I like the various price points you offer and how you include your real life in each post.


Friday 18th of February 2022


I am considering the Spanx joggers. As an alternative, I went to your previous post regarding Spanx pants to see which version you recommended. Spanx has a few versions of ponte pants. Which version did your previous post recommend?

I enjoy your blog, especially the outfit formula posts. Thank you.


Friday 18th of February 2022

I have so appreciated your work as it has given me the push I needed to really go through my closet and think about what I really like. The “what to buy from” feature has been very helpful as I remake my wardrobe. Looking forward to the capsule ideas!

Elizabeth Harris

Friday 18th of February 2022

I enjoy your content so much!! Love the outfit formula addition. I also have sensitive skin and your reviews and advice have been so helpful. I use products from Tatcha after you recommended the oil cleanser. It has changed my skin so thank you. I’m interested in pairing my wardrobe down and trying to simplify my closet. I had my colors done and I’m a summer. Goodbye black, camel, and gray: my staples. Could you do a series for each color season and recommend 2 neutrals for basic wardrobe building, 4 main colors and 2-3 accent colors? Thank you so much for your helpful and interesting and informative content each week ❤️

Angelique Alcover

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hello! I’m pregnant with my third child and hating all of my maternity clothes. With my last, I used Infinity Loft rentals to spruce up an otherwise boring maternity wardrobe. That service has ended and I’m scrambling to find maternity clothes that make me feel cute and put together but don’t break the bank. What brands and services did you use during your last pregnancy? Any recommendations for the current marketplace? Thank you!


Friday 18th of February 2022

@Angelique Alcover, I just gave birth to my 3rd child and hated the maternity clothes as well. I lived in some cheap dresses and shirts from Amazon that weren't maternity. I bought styles that I knew would accommodate my changing body and I felt good wearing. The dresses I bought had pockets, which is always a bonus. I know it's not specific items but I hope that helps some.


Friday 18th of February 2022

@Angelique Alcover,

Kay Hudson

Friday 18th of February 2022

I appreciate (so much!) your idea to use Pinterest for style inspiration that is personal for us all. In the past couple of months, I have used the pictures whenever meeting friends, date night, or just out shopping. It has not gone unnoticed! Shop keepers, friends, and my husband have all commented very consistently. I was even called ‘stunning’… which I don’t think has ever happened before. And I must add you and your daughter looked absolutely beautiful on semi-formal night. Thank you, Megan!

Kimberly Feuerstein

Friday 18th of February 2022

I love your skin care and makeup suggestions, and I have a related question. Like many people, my lifestyle has changed in the last couple of years and I now work from home full time (plus my business travel was suspended). As a result, I rarely wear makeup and it dawned on me the other day that I probably need to throw a lot of it away. Plus, I like to try new products but I have a graveyard of barely used disappointing products stuffed in my vanity (but I feel guilty throwing them away).

This is my long-winded way of saying I’d love to see some guidelines for cleaning out beauty products. Thanks for all you do!

Jude A

Friday 18th of February 2022

I love your posts! I especially appreciate that you always feature all sizes, and I have purchased a few of your recommendations and you haven't steered me wrong yet.

I would love to see some travel friendly looks and resort wear. I need a great carry-on that can magically fit all my things but is soft surfaced and easy to shove under a plane seat. If you could find something like that I would appreciate it!

Barb Hertzler

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hi! I’ve really enjoyed every post. I am definitely an inverted triangle and find a lot of items not suitable for my figure but I improvise. I really love the store White House Black Market and am hoping that you feature them eventually. Thank you!


Friday 18th of February 2022

Good morning! I love your posts, outfit formulas, and the "repeat" material on how to wear key items. Your advice is practical, stylish, and fun to read. Thank you so much for your posts and this community. While I know you have posted "dress for your body type" advice as stand alone content, it would be helpful if you would include more tips for how to "dress for your body type" in your specific outfit formulas or with specific key pieces. For example, I have little or no waist definition. A blouse tucked into pants is never flattering--and a belt only highlights a thick middle. Can you offer more suggestions like "use a half tuck here for X body shapes" or "for those of you with X body type, opt for a higher waistline pant" or whatever the advice for the outfit/item is? Thank you for considering this request.

Royetta Weir

Friday 18th of February 2022

I have worked through my closet and have many “new” outfits, but am stumped on shoes. I can’t wear heels, so what shoe can I wear with dark blue jeans?


Friday 18th of February 2022

I continue to love your posts. I am really enjoying the outfit formula posts! Thank you!

Roberta Nichols

Friday 18th of February 2022

Do you ever cover lingerie, such as the most comfortable bras and panties to buy to wear under our "Well Dressed Life"?

Jude McBurney

Friday 18th of February 2022

Do you believe we should all have our colors read, the winter, spring, fall, summer colors? If so where would one go to get that done? Thanks Jude


Saturday 19th of February 2022

@Jude McBurney, Definitely interested in this as well. My mom had this done many years ago and I must say she was classically fashioned a high percent of the time. Being a seamstress she was able to alter her clothing to make everything fit her perfectly.


Friday 18th of February 2022

I read your recommendations daily, and appreciate your outlook on fashion, especially since I don't shop these days. I wonder if you know when summer occassion dresses come out. I am shopping for weddings and don't see much out there. Thank you.


Friday 18th of February 2022

Good morning! I'm headed back to working in the office in a few weeks, and need some help finding cute tops. My company used to have a business casual dress code, but they've revised it to be "dress for your day." For me, that means I can wear jeans 95% of the time, but I'm struggling to find tops that aren't too short and are still professional/look good with jeans. Do you have any suggestions?


Friday 18th of February 2022

I love your website. You have well thought out suggestions and I love your clothing choices. I know my question opens a can of worms, but I’m wondering if you have any interest in researching and suggesting ethical designers. I really don’t mind paying more for my clothing when I know it’s workers are treated fairly and with respect.


Friday 18th of February 2022

@Megan Kristel, have you checked out CATO? I have taken a lot of her examples and recreated with Cato's products. I feel that she gives great advice and examples but I can't afford some of the clothing. CATO has been a great discount clothing store that has a better quality of clothing than Walmart or Target. And yes they offer plus size options and send out daily emails.

Megan Kristel

Friday 18th of February 2022

Hey Nan, This topic definitely warrants a larger conversation, and I've done a lot of thinking about it. There are two issues at hand for me, price points and inclusive sizing. And I hear you about being willing to spend more, but, right now, it's just too expensive for many of our readers, especially with inflation at an all-time high and everything costs more. But more, the lack of inclusivity in sizing is a real issue for me. So for right now, I try to encourage thoughtful purchases, so you don't have so much stuff and highlight larger retailers that are making long-term changes within their infrastructure to focus more on sustainability and better working conditions for their employees. For sure, they are not all there, but I think we're already starting to see significant changes in mass retail thanks to much-needed societal pressure.

But that doesn't mean I'm not always looking for brands that check all the boxes so if you know one that is better priced and inclusive in size, please send them my way :). And also, thank you for being so kind in your comment.


Friday 18th of February 2022

Thank you for sharing your 2022 plan…you are so organized. I am especially enjoying the outfit formulas…I’m discovering new ways to wear my clothes.

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