Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:00AM
The kiddies are back to school and the stores have been showing Fall collections since late July...but Summer is not over yet. It's not! The Autumnal Equinox is September 22nd, so that means it's still summer. I'm just sayin'.
But there is a little chill in the air. And somehow gladiator sandals and tank tops just don't cut it. And at the same time, it's too warm to break out the faux fur vest. So what to wear? It can all be a little overwhelming.
Everyday Glamour Chicks, (E.G.C.'s), have laser focus when it comes to pulling themselves together just right for the season. They use a technique called the 6 Week Update. The 6 Week Update is an advanced variation on Building Your Basics: Get to the Core of the Matter. It uses the same basic principles--but put on speed.
You will be devising a mini-collection of clothes that will take you through the next 6 weeks. This is what you will be wearing. Full stop.
Step 1: Find your top 5 favorite stand-out amazing pieces that you would like to wear for the next 6 weeks. We're talking just the top 5 pieces, so forget about the basics for a minute.
Step 2: Using your top 5 pieces as style direction, fill in the gaps. Your aim is to pull together 7 tops and 4 bottoms that mix and match together, not counting accessories. Seven tops times four bottoms equals 28 outfit variations! (By the way, a dress counts as one top plus one bottom.)
Step 3: Now think about accessories and outerwear. Pull out the pieces that finish the looks.
Step 4: You've done your homework, so now you've become crystal clear about what pieces you may need to shop for to update your mini-collection or just to pull it together. Then and only then do you shop. Try using the Bottoms Up! technique.
Still not sure how to dress for the transitional weather? Here are some ideas for 2010:
- Military jacket
- Trench coat
- Light and supple leather jacket
- Classic blazer
- Long cardigan
- Ankle booties: Peep toe, lace up, military, or basic
- Round toe platform pumps
- Leopard accessories
- Snakeskin accessories
- Jewel tone color
- Handbag: Messenger, Hobo, or Top-Handle
- Necklace: Long pendant, tangled edgy, or everyday basic
Word of warning: If you feel you need to shop a lot to fill in the gaps, don't stress. Just cut your collection down. It can be 5 tops and 3 bottoms, for example. That's still 15 outfits! And then just relax for the next 6 weeks!