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How to Create Your Stylish New Year
December 26, 2014



FASHION TIP

Developing and creating your personal style is a balancing act. Comfort, budget, the esthetics of what looks good on you, and a dash of fashion trends to stay up-to-date, are all factors.

The end of the year is a good time to consider what can go to make room for the new.

I put small stickers with dates on them on garments I haven't worn for a while. If the sticket is there a year later, it's time for the garment to go.

Here are some tips for a well-organized closet:



  1. Use one color hanger. I prefer plastic tube hangers: They are thick enough to ensure some spacing between garments so prevent wrinkles; they don't rust in humidtiy; they're cheap and infinitely replaceable.

  2. Group garments by category (long-sleeve shirts, short sleeves, skirts, slacks, etc.) Within categories, group by color.

  3. Hang outfits that you plan to wear together on double-hangers or suit hangars.

  4. Stack poles on top of each other to maximize space. Hanging blazers and jackets above tops makes it easy to pull coordinates if you have organized by color.


If you can't do it all at once, do a section of the closet at a time. Create a space for, say, tops. Then try on, purge, and organize.

Or tackle a drawer as a first step. You can find narrow plastic bins to organize lingerie and socks at the dollar store, often in the kitchen section.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart." — Nikos Kazantzakis



EXPRESSING THE GODDESS

When I was 16, I my asked parents not to buy me anything for Christmas. If they gave me the money, I would shop at the after-Christmas sales and get good value for the dollar. They did, and I did.

I still have a ski-sweater that would go for hundreds of dollars today, even though I never get to wear it anymore, and it has a moth hole.

Call me cheap, frugal, or practical.

When I splurge, it is all the more special for being a rare treat.

This year, if you can, set aside some savings for that special something you want. Perhaps it is a trip, an electronic, a spa treatment, or a meal at a terrific restaurant. Perhaps, like a secret Santa, you want to give a gift that matters to someone or a charity.

Whatever it may be, please enjoy that special gift to yourself with gusto.

Peace and blessings.

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher, Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL

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