Five Tips for Mastering the Art of Getting Dressed

Five Tips for Mastering the Art of Getting Dressed

Recently I’ve been trying to refine my personal style while still nurturing the parts of me that want to be radical and unpredictable. As a result I have become the type that starts to plan my outfit as soon as I know I’m going somewhere important, even if it is months down the road. I never used to do that. It has been a process for sure and I am still a work in progress. I think half of it is being prepared and the other half is staying true to you. I have learned some important lessons during my journey that may help you, I’ll share them below.

Tip #1:  Plan ahead! Ideally you should never get caught having to be somewhere with no plan on what you’re going to wear. I know that’s not always possible so I started a Pinterest board where I layout my favorite outfits and photograph them. When it’s time to find an outfit I just look on that board to get inspiration or to just copy an outfit verbatim. It also helps me create new combinations, as opposed to always buying new things. I can see everything without actually having to physically take it out of my closet. That can be such a burden when you are in a rush not to mention a huge mess.

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Tip#2:  Find out where you are going and look at photos on Google, Yelp, or Pinterest to see if you can gain any insight from what other people wear to that particular place.

Tip#3:  Simply check the weather. Now I know that some occasions call for a certain dress or shoe no matter what the cost. No amount of frostbite or length of a cold thereafter can stop you. However, for the most part I like to dress according to the weather. Don’t you?

Tip#4:  Do a closet cleanse twice a year. Take a day to remove everything from your closet and drawers. Make logical choices about what you should keep and what you need to get rid of. If you’re not using something or it doesn’t give you joy it shouldn’t be taking up space in your wardrobe. (I recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, it taught me a lot.) Then try to organize your items as you put them back. This cuts down on confusion and clutter when you’re trying to pick an outfit.

Tip#5:  Stay in line with your natural character. Make sure that you are comfortable with your outfit choice. Try it on the night before including the shoes. Walk around the house in it, there’s nothing worse than getting out and wishing you had made a different choice in attire. If those heels are too high, dress too tight, or those pants are too big. Sell those shoes on Poshmark, donate that dress and take those pants to a tailor if you love them. You shine when you are comfortable in your clothes. Confidence goes a long way people!

I hope these tips help you along the way. In the meantime check out my Pinterest Boards by clicking the icon at the top of the page. The Outfit Inspiration and My Favorite Outfits boards should be of particular interest to you. It will show you how I lay out my combinations to use them as a reference when I get dressed. Also click on the Poshmark icon at the top of the page to check out my Poshmark closet, see the items I’ve decided to part with.

Next topic on my posting agenda will be about the trip I took to The Big Apple. So come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Click the follow button on the screen and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

Most Essential: Go to Piece of Clothing this Winter in Los Angeles

 

 

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It’s got to be my Levi’s Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket. When I moved to Los Angeles I had a plethora of pea coats and down jackets that severed me well during my days in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. Now the majority of them have been sentenced to life in a vacuum suction zip lock bag. You just don’t need them in Southern California and they take up so much space. This jacket is the perfect addition to my outwear collection. I will literally wear this jacket with anything and everything. However, my favorite thing to wear with it with is a white shirt and boyfriend jeans. It’s quickly become my Winter go to outfit, if you can call this Winter 🙂

xoxo

Kapfanny

Outfit Honorable Mention

Outfit Honorable Mention

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Green Utility Jacket

Black Ribbed Wrap Top with Black Lace Bra Underneath

Wide Leg High Waist Tweed Trousers

Black Converse Shoes

The Occasion: Drinks and small bites at a sports bar

To see more of my outfit combinations click on my Pinterest icon and view the My Favorite Outfits Board.

Signing Out With Love, 

Kapfanny

 

 

 

Wedding Dress Concoction

Wedding Dress Concoction

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to spend a fortune on our wedding day; we both took an extremely practical outlook on the event. Partly because we had to, and partly because when we recognized how much effort planning a day like that involved we both said “no thank you”. All we really needed was our family and an officiant so we were happy to make an appointment at the courthouse. Even though I wasn’t making a fuss about the venue, the flowers and cake I knew I wanted to wear something special on that day. Not something expensive, just something that felt like my style, something I would look back on and love thirty years down the road.

My wedding dress has a unique origin to say the least. I had a good idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like. I knew I didn’t want anything too fancy because I was going to the courthouse not a palace. I did a ton of searching on the internet and in stores for my dress and I became rather frustrated and sad that I would never find what I was looking for. Out of desperation I realized I would need to get creative, really creative. I also realized I’d need help from a seamstress and when I accepted that things began to come together. I was hesitant and worried that this wouldn’t work out, but I was so wrong. Let me tell you exactly what happened.

There were a few things I was sure of. I liked lace and I wanted some sort of sleeve to my dress. I also knew I didn’t want to wear pure white. I favored an ivory tone for my dress. The first piece of my dress that I found was an ivory chiffon skirt from American Apparel. The skirt was around fifty dollars but it was sheer and I didn’t want to give everyone a show at my ceremony so I needed to find a cream slip that would offer me the coverage I needed at the bottom of my dress. Which was easy, I went to Macy’s and found a slip, no problem. Another concern with the skirt was that it was too long. I wanted my dress to cut off mid-calf and this skirt fell down to my ankles. The last issue with the skirt was that it had an elastic waist band that I thought would make the dress look cheap or just not formal enough, it was my wedding after all. The next piece of my dress I found was a cream lace top from Victoria’s Secrets, it was like thirty to forty dollars. This was when they were still selling clothing on their website. The top had a boat neck line, not quite off the shoulders but a significant scoop and short sleeves. The top was sheer too but I found a cream V-neck tank top at Forever 21 for a few dollars and wore it underneath, it covered me well. Now here is where my tailor came into play. I took the skirt to the tailor and asked her to hem it. Then I asked her to make me a belt with the excess fabric that would cover the elastic waist band that I didn’t like. I needed something to make the two pieces come together. She was so nice to me, she understood me. I was and still am so grateful for her help. She measured my waist and we talked about what I wanted the new waist band to look like. This lady made all my dreams come true. I know she does this everyday but it meant a lot to me and I cannot even thank her enough.

The Waist Band Combo

So I left my skirt in her good and capable hands and was off to my next mission which was to find the perfect shoes. I looked online, basically for a cream colored pair of heels. I found a ton of options and I was almost ready to pull the trigger on this cute pair of cream leather sling backs with a peep toe. I had them waiting in my cart online but I still was not all the way sure. Then I was in the mall one day, I walked past a Payless and I was thinking what the hell I’ll just go in and see what they’ve got, what do I have to loose. I ended up finding the perfect shoes, they were cream colored satin shoes with a round toe and a modest heel and the satin fabric overlapped on itself which gave the shoe an interesting texture. I couldn’t believe it, I loved them. The satin added a classic vintage flare to my dress that I wouldn’t have got from a new leather shoe. When I returned to the tailor to pick up my skirt I was so pleasantly surprised, she did everything we discussed to perfection and I was so happy. This all came together like a week before we got married so I was stressing just a little bit.

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I just want to say that if you can’t find your perfect dress, you may need to alter your expectations, have a little flexibility of the mind. I spent a couple of months thinking I was going to walk into a store and exactly what I had envisioned was going to be hanging on a rack in my price range. I found out that if you are working within a budget the odds of that happening are slim to none. I also feel happy that no one else has my wedding dress; it is couture by kapfanny. I can’t image how people put these huge weddings together, I only had to stress over my outfit, what if I had to think about all the other elements of a wedding day. I mean I can see how a big wedding would be fun and glamorous but that’s a lot of work for one day. Needless to say, I was glad we made the decision to keep things simple. My dress probably came out to be about one hundred and fifty dollars with alterations included. I was so thrilled to get ready that morning and I loved putting on my wedding dress. Even though it’s not technically a dress no one else seemed to notice that and I just keep the details to myself when someone commented on my ensemble. It’s still something I look back on seven years later, and think, my dress was everything!

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For my next post I will feature one of my favorite places to go in Los Angeles, California. Hints: it’s located on Mount Hollywood, it opened in 1935 and Wolfgang Puck is in charge of the food. So come on back to my website pretty please with a cherry on top, there is plenty more where this came from.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

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