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Old 09-23-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I am preppy, but more Michelle Obama than Kate Middleton. I definitely agree about the vision board. But for me stores like Eddie Bauer and Talbots aren't edgy enough for me.

I like the pencil skirt with the exposed zipper.

Michael Kors and Calvin Klein suit me better. The lower end Michael Kors in Macy's is hit or miss but I always love what I see in the collection.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: usa
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Thanks, I'll add pics when I get a moment
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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You didn't mention any occasions. But I would propose:

1. Ann Taylor Loft or the outlet to get work clothing, they have personal shoppers. It is also pretty preppy. (Regular Ann Taylor is good for getting your work suit, but skews a little older, and it may not be your look, but you can find great items there)
2. Banana Republic of J. Crew for work clothing, maybe a few casual pieces. They have personal shopping as well.
3. Zara or H&M for basics or trends once you have established your "look"
4. Uniqlo if you are not a pear or hourglass shape for basics (see above)
5. The Limited is good for work and basics, I think they have added in personal shoppers as well

Do you have an idea on how you would like to look? Who is your "fashion icon?" What are your proportions/body shape? Approximate clothing size? This will inform my recommendations.

Macys, Nordstroms, and most big department stores have personal shoppers. I like Nordstroms, but it can be out of budget. I also like Macy's due to the clearance rack (and the INC section).

I find Express is a little young, good for the weekend or going out, but not for work!
I don't have a fashion icon. I'm more into sports, I don't care about fashion. Lol. I'm 5'5 and I wear a 0 or 1 depending on the size. I'm pretty skinny. I'm pretty basic, kind of a plain Jane, no makeup woman.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: usa
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Woman, three things you want to avoid if you want to look classy. You cannot wear speakers as well, they will be heavy.

Affordable classy for women:
J Crew (go to a store, try the fit, learn the keywords and then eBay it, stuff they sell for 75 can be obtained for 20 to 35 on eBay)
Banana Republic
Kohl's racks
I like j crew and ann Taylor Loft. They're just expensive.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: usa
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I agree with the post above. As far as jeans are concerned I would just add one thing: invest in dark wash jeans, they look a bit more classy and less teenage-ish.
I love dark jeans. I have a few pairs :-)
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:05 AM
 
Location: usa
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What's your lifestyle? What's your work environment? Do you need office clothes, casual clothes, going out clothes etc?
Anyway, since you describe a very casual look, I would suggest this for a classier, more grown-up take on what you're already doing:

- ditch the T-shirts, unless they're solid colors, good quality, and fitted

- straight-leg jeans can be okay but make sure they fit well, no baggy or shapeless silhouettes! I would also suggest a narrow bootcut and a pair of skinnies to tuck into boots. Aside from the jeans, get some good quality thick black leggings (even comfier than jeans!) and a pair of dressier pants like black wool or tweed.

- Instead of the T-shirts, try pairing the jeans or leggings with pretty tunics, feminine blouses that have interesting detail, fitted knit tops with a three-quarter length sleeve, you could even try something like a peplum top if you want to try a trendier look. Or take a solid fitted tee and top it with a longer flowy cardigan or a chunky knitted one (just not a frumpy twinset-type cardigan), or a fitted blazer or jacket - they make great knit jackets now that are like a sweatshirt fabric yet look dressy. Or you can try a chanel-style tweed jacket - don't worry, at 27 it's not going to make you look old

- get a couple of nice flattering wrap dresses and a sweater dress to wear with tights and boots

- plenty of flat shoes out there that aren't sneakers, ditch them and get some cute ballet flats, dressy flat sandals for summer, and a pair of nice riding boots to wear over skinny jeans and leggings

- invest in a nice decent-sized leather purse - no backpacks or nylon messenger bags!

- accessorize! add a chunky necklace or earrings or a couple of bangles to the jeans and tee and it'll instantly dress it up. Just make sure it looks like quality jewellery and not teenage plastic crap - you can go for wood, leather, silver, semi-precious stones, plastic's fine too as long as it's made well and doesn't look cheap. Also try scarves - light cotton ones or big chunky ones in the winter. Play with belts to add shape to dresses or looser tops.

Mmm, I think that's it, try it out and have some fun with it!
I don't go out much, so I don't have any clothes to go out. I'm not really into wearing dresses, but I have a couple in my closet. I have a pretty relaxed dress code at work. We can wear whatever we want, as long as we're not showing too much. But I just want more age appropriate clothing.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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Hey dear..
Perfect dressing sense is very important for everyone. It is the overlook of your personality so it's very necessary to know what looks good on you and what reflects your personality in the best way. So you must know about the correct clothing sense for your personality. I always buy latest clothes according to my personality. Some online stores provide you the best collection of lifestyle products in India. You should also try it. I am sure it would help you in finding the perfect wardrobe collection. Good luck for the best buy!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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I like j crew and ann Taylor Loft. They're just expensive.
I just told you how to get them

I wear a lot of their 484 slim chinos which come in various colours, my favourite ones being pink, raspberry and jade green. They are listed 75 in the stores. I constantly find new ones on eBay auctioned like 25 bucks or even cheaper.

I go to J Crew often and try their pants to feel the fit and get out without buying.

However, I've never been able to do this with British chinos makers like Hackett, Boden or Jack Wills... but their pants always fit me right. If not, I tailor them.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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I don't go out much, so I don't have any clothes to go out. I'm not really into wearing dresses, but I have a couple in my closet. I have a pretty relaxed dress code at work. We can wear whatever we want, as long as we're not showing too much. But I just want more age appropriate clothing.
Don't know if this'll help, but here's an example of how I usually dress for everyday running around:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-X...905_111036.jpg

Just jeans and a white tee, but the scarf, bright shoes, bag and bracelets make it look a lot more interesting (I think )

And do give dresses a chance! They're so easy - don't need to worry about matching or complimenting different pieces, just throw it on and go, especially in the summer. Shirtdresses are great for work, with nice sandals or wedges.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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also check out some of the cute colored denim popular now for a funkier take on jeans; just don't go for the bright teeny-bopper colors, try the more sophisticated ones like dark olive green, dusty rose, dark purple or burgundy, grey. I have a pair of olive green skinny pants that I pair with a pastel pink or coral top for a really cute color combo
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