Are You a 20%er?

Are You a 20%er?

Posted on April 29, 2013 by admin

What is a 20%er, you may ask?  Studies show that most people only wear 20% of what is in their closet.  That is amazing!

As I do closet edits, I find most people have items with tags still attached and many items that they do not wear, yet they may not admit to not wearing 80% of the content of their closets.

How much money has been wasted?

What prompted these unwise purchases?

How do we turn a closet into a functioning space that you love, simplifying life by eliminating “closet frustration”?

Some people are addicted to sales.  It’s the “If it is this incredible price, I have to   have it!” mentality.   But, is it a great buy if it hangs, unworn in your closet?

Maybe you decide to be brave and step outside your comfort zone. You buy that trendy item only to get it home and find you don’t look nearly as “fashion forward” as you did in the store with the salesperson encouraging you – and it is nonreturnable.  Oh well, there’s another addition to the graveyard at the back of your closet.

Then you might fall into the “I deserve a treat” category.  After all, isn’t it better to go shopping than to eat a whole gallon of ice cream?  At least you get exercise when shopping.  Alas, another closet casualty.

What would it feel like if:

You know your personal style and which colors are your best?

Your closet contains a core wardrobe providing a wide variety of different combinations, appropriate for any occasion.

You have a plan for shopping – items that will add more variety to your core wardrobe  or form a different modules.

This is how This is how With Aplomb can help you save money, time and stress. We offer a half hour complementary consultation to see if this might be right for you.  Beryl@StylleWithAplomb  404-428-2527

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The Colors of Spring


Such an array of vibrant colors this spring!  The Pantone color of the year is emerald but one would not know that from the full spectrum of colors found in stores.  Even the names indicate choice!

Vibrant pink, fuchsia, and bubblegum are among the featured shades of pink.  One can choose from yellow, citrus and canari (yes, with an “i”) or sapphire, cobalt, skyblue, and turquoise.  Then verde, evergreen, and grass portray the choices of green.  Lastly, there is orange, which is a statement without need of elaboration!

Many of these colors are saturated, at their full intensity.   These vivid colors will not be as good in a conservative business environment.  Saturated colors take an outgoing personality and complement the person with pizzazz.  If you are more reserved and prefer not to be the center of what is happening, try adding a pop of color to a more neutral combination.

Maybe your coloring is soft and vivid, saturated colors “wear you”.  Some manufacturers feature softer muted or tinted shades.  To add a modern touch, they have combined a soft blue with peach, for example.

Not sure what will work for you?  Call us and we will help you with a fun, fresh,  spring look that says YOU! or 404-428-2527

If your coloring is cool, pinks, blues, violets and cool greens will look best.  If you haves warm coloring, go for the yellows, oranges and yellow-greens.  So you are cool tone and love orange.  Wear it below your waist or use it as an accent away from your face.

You can always use a bright color in your shoes.  These “canari” heels would be great with a deep blue or violet dress.  Or try a vivid colored purse.   Maybe you are comfortable with just a pop of color in your jewelry.  What’s important to remember is to have fun with color without going against your personal style.

Fashionable New First Lady


We all love to meet new First Ladies and get a sense of their style.   However, many countries rarely give us a glimpse of their first ladies.  Maybe it has more to do with culture than style.  Has anyone ever seen Mrs. Putin?   Of course, it is rumored that he is trading in his wife for a beautiful, younger one.  Maybe this is why he has made a point of being photographed without a shirt, trying to show youth and virility.  But, I digress.

The wife of China’s new president, Xi Jinping seems to be breaking with tradition.  This beautiful lady, Peng Liyaun, is a popular singer, known throughout China.   Does Carla Bruni-Sarkozy come to mind?  The first lady’s nickname “The Peony Fairy,” has toned down her brightly colored gowns worn on stage to occasionally wearing military garb.  And, she has given up her stage career.  However, on the new leader’s first state visit to Russia, Peng Liyuan caused media buzz by wearing a stylish navy coat and stepping off the plane with her husband.  She was even shown briefly arm-in-arm with the president – a rare display of affection among communist leaders.

She never stopped smiling on the official visit, attracting widespread attention in China’s version of Twitter.  Just hours after pictures of Peng Liyaun wearing a navy coat were published, websites were offering the coat for sale at widely differing price points!

It seems that this new first lady’s style has made a hit with the Chinese people.   Whether it is because she has been familiar to them for the last 25 years as a celebrity or whether they are tired of having first ladies stand in the background, the population seems to have embraced this lady’s style.  “What elegance!”  “What a beauty” were among the praises lauded by the press.  Let’s hope this fairy doesn’t get her wings clipped!


Polyester is Back!

Do any of you remember the era of polyester?  Hard, shiny fabric finishes that were uncomfortable on your skin.   Nor did they breathe so you had the illusion of being in a sauna on hot summer days.  And who could forget the polyester leisure suits or the world’s ugliest golf trousers?  My husband teases me that I get hives when I handle a polyester garment.

Natural fibers are wonderful.  Who would not love the shimmer of silk, the feel of quality wool or appreciate how cotton and linen breathe making the summer heat more bearable.  Of course, these fibers have their problems as well.  Silk is expensive to care for and clings tenaciously to any stain.  Linen seems to wrinkle before you put it on and, if you dare to sit, one wearing will produce a huge bubble in the derriere.

Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Polyester is back in full force, borrowed from industry – medical supply manufactures, for example – possessing the advantage of being extremely strong and lightweight.  Only the name has changed.   It seems that I am not the only one with a bias against polyester so “techno” fabric and other such names are now used to help make polyester socially acceptable.  European designers seem to be leading the rush to using polyester.  Two years ago German brand Escada, along with a few other design houses, introduced their techno fabric.   I recommend Techno fabric for clients who travel often.  One can simply wash it out in the evening and hang it up.  The next morning it is clean, dry and wrinkle-free.  Who wouldn’t love that convenience?

Techno fabrics are being blended with cashmere for sports and men’s wear, create lightweight windproof, rainproof garment while retaining the wonderful feel of cashmere.

Fall runway shows were replete with iterations of techno.  Don’t get excited thinking you will find lower price points on these polyester garments.  Quite the contrary!
One dress by Talbot Runhof was priced at  $10,000.

If you travel frequently, adding a techno garment might serve you well.  It doesn’t take long to make up the cost of sending garments out while on the road, especially in foreign countries.    Could use some guidance?  Call us and we can design a simple core wardrobe that will allow you to carry-on but not feel like you are wearing the same thing each day.  404-428-2527

Taken from Christina Binkley’s WSJ fashion article.