How to Look Slimmer in Your Clothes Using Prints and Patterns.

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel larger in some clothes as opposed to others? Well, it isn’t just about the fit, the style, and your body shape. Although, that is a major factor. It also has a lot to do with the type of print or pattern, size of print or pattern, and color contrast you are wearing.

In general, large prints and patterns and horizontal stripes will increase volume while small prints and patterns and vertical stripes decrease volume. This can mean the difference of looking several pounds heavier than you are or several pounds lighter than you are.

So how do you determine the best ways you should wear prints when you don’t just want stick with one style of print? I’ll demonstrate for you!

If you have a triangle body shape (your hips measure wider than your bust), then you want to focus your larger pattern on the top, not the bottom. However, if you wish to wear a pattern on the bottom you certainly can. Just keep it small, for example small polka dots. You can balance your body with a brighter, larger print top, horizontal striped shirt, and solid color pants. This will draw attention up instead of on the lower half that is larger and will creating a slimming effect.

On the flip side of that, if you are an inverted triangle then you would reverse the plan for the triangle shape. Meaning, you would want to wear smaller print on top or solid color on top and larger print on bottom.

If you are on the petite and shorter side, large prints can overwhelm your proportions and body shape. It is best to stick with smaller patterns and prints. Try vertical stripes to elongate the body and incorporate accessories that have prints and patterns. Dresses are nice but keeping the pattern or print small is best.

I also want to mention contrast here. Your patterns and prints are going to be high, medium, or low contrast. The higher the contrast, the more likely the print is going to make you appear larger. But this is OK if you are placing these types of prints in the correct places for your body. Wearing prints on an area you wish to minimize should be small print, low contrast as much as possible.

Try it, take a picture, and see what you think.

I hope this helps you with styling prints and patterns!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Carrie

P.S. Do you wish you knew your body shape? Need more help with your personal style? Book a free 30-minute call with me to see how we can get you moving towards finding your authentic style and telling your style story.

Why a Mid-Year Selfie Challenge Can Change How You Feel About Your Wardrobe

It’s hard to believe that mid-July is a few days away! Before you know it, kids will be back in school and parents will be enjoying life again. OK, so I’m totally joking about that last comment.

We spend so much time focusing on the beginning of the year that we often neglect the second half of the year, thinking that we will just start fresh in the “New Year.” But what if we shifted our mentality and started embracing the remainder of 2019? Imagine how much more we could accomplish and how much better we would feel?

I want to help you with one aspect of this shift in mindset: how you feel about your wardrobe. I want you to take a 7-day selfie challenge where you focus each day performing the following tasks:

  1. Organize your closet already! No, seriously. How many times have I said this is critical to making your life easier.

  2. Style an outfit together that you have never worn together, ever.

  3. Try and mix stripes with other prints. This is easy if you keep the color family the same.

  4. Wear a typical outfit, take a selfie and then wear that outfit you have never worn together and take another selfie.

  5. Mix and match colors that you haven’t experimented with before.

Take a selfie for the next 7 days and tag @storytellerstylist on Instagram and/or Facebook. Experiment with how you look and feel in different outfits. Try adding belts, be creative. This is your chance to focus on how you change your wardrobe and stop living in the style rut you have been in for years. Reconnect with yourself and report back to me how you did.

Focus the second half of the year by not quitting on yourself until January hits, but use this time to get where you want to be. Have fun with it, enjoy the learning that comes with it, and stay motivated! You can totally do it. I’m always here to help and I’m your biggest cheerleader.

Will you take the challenge?

Carrie




Packing for Vacation-My 5 Step Proven System to Get You on Your Way!

It’s vacation season and that means beach trips, the mountains, international exploration, or maybe even Disney might be on your travel plans.

To some, that dreaded time comes when you have to pack. “But what in the world am I going to pack? I hate packing. I never pack the right clothes!” Sound familiar?

Well don’t fret. This is a time to enjoy and sit back and take it all in. It’s your time to step away from your day-to-day life, away from work, and just enjoy time doing what you want. If you are like me, I absolutely love going on vacation with my family. We take multiple vacations each year because I love to spend time not thinking about other things and just focusing on having a good time with them. Of course, they are kids so we have our ups and downs but it’s so worth it and I love every minute of it.

Over the years I have developed a process for packing that has really made it easy for me. I even apply the process for packing for my kids as well. I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it will provide you the same ease and fun it has for me.

My 5-Step Proven System to Packing for Vacation to Get You on Your Way!

  1. Consider How Many Days You Will Be Away- The first thing I do is consider the number of days I will be away from home and add 3 to it. For example, if I will be away 7 days, I pack 10 outfits. This is because I might change my mind about an outfit and decide not to wear it so I have a backup.

  2. Coordinate What You Pack-For the outfits I pack, I make sure I can mix and match with everything in my bag. This means that if you change your mind about a certain outfit, it’s ok because you can wear it with a different piece. I tend to pack a lot of dresses if I’m going to the beach or a warm place so I make sure my shoes I pack match all of my dresses as well. I also apply this principle with my jewelry and actually take only a few pieces that go with everything.

  3. Undergarments Should be Neutral- Stick with neutral color undergarments (beige, black, grey, or even blush is ok). I know this might seem boring but trust me on this, you want to ensure you can wear them with all of your outfits and not have to worry about them showing underneath. And you will not have to think about it too much. Also consider a convertible bra that converts to strapless, halter, and regular so you can pack less.

  4. Check the Weather and Consider the Location- Be sure you are well aware of the weather forecast and your planned activities. For example, if you are going to do some walking you want to be sure you have comfortable shoes. If going to the beach, you want to ensure you have swimsuits, a cover up, sun hat, etc.

  5. Lay it All Out First and Organize-Before I actually pack my outfits in my suitcase, I lay it all out first to evaluate and see if there is anything I want to change. Also to make sure my outfits do mix and match easily. I put my jewelry in a travel jewelry bag (zip-lock bags also work), I place my shoes in the zipped compartment of my suitcase in a shoe bag, and my undergarments and swimwear underneath my outfits. I fold them up nice and neatly and add my makeup and toiletries bag on the side. And you are finished!

This system has been critical to me, especially when I have had to pack last minute for myself and my family. I actually enjoy packing now and have eliminated the stress and drama.

I hope your travels take you exactly where you want to go! Enjoy every minute.

Carrie

How to Dress Stripes!

Happy Friday! Did you know today is National Stripes Day? Yes, it’s a thing. Well, for J.Crew and fellow lovers of J.Crew clothing line anyway.

So in celebration, I thought I would provide some great ways to style stripes, with other patterns and prints. Because news flash, stripes go with everything! Now, you want to ensure the colors are complementary of course, but I’ll demonstrate what I mean.

  1. Mix stripes with floral prints. This is one of my favorite ways to dress up stripes. Wear a dress with stripes and put on a floral sandal or espadrille.

  2. Wear horizontal stripes on top and vertical stripes on bottom. I especially like this with a shirt and skirt. So cute!

  3. Wear a striped shirt, jeans, and pair with polka dot shoes or vis versa (polka dot shirt and striped shoes).

  4. If you are heavier on the bottom, try wearing vertical stripes on the bottom.

  5. Mix stripes with a different print that are the same color (or, two different colors).

  6. Let your stripes be the dominate print and the other print an accent.

  7. Think of stripes as neutral, don’t think of it as a another print and that will help you with your selection.

And because this is J.Crew’s National Holiday, I thought it would only be fitting to provide some of my favorite examples from their website:

Try this and see what you think about mixing stripes with various other prints and patterns. Not only will it expand your wardrobe, you will be uber stylish and another step closer to your authentic style!

Have a great weekend,

Carrie

Styling Your Wardrobe Staples

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Everyone has a staple piece (or two or three) in their wardrobe. You know, that go to piece when you can’t find anything else to wear, you don’t feel like searching, or you are pressed for time and haven’t figured out how to style in a hurry.

Or, it’s that piece that’s super comfortable that you want to wear it all the time.

I have a few staple wardrobe pieces: a cashmere pink sweater, straight leg jeans, and my sparkly sneakers.

It’s ok to have these comfort pieces but make sure when you wear them that you are mixing them with a least one different piece of clothing than the last time you wore it.

Why is that important? It brings new outfits into your wardrobe a styling rut.

If you are constantly styling them the same way each time, you are not teaching yourself to think outside the box nor are you getting any closer to finding your authentic style.

So next time you reach for that staple wardrobe piece, also reach for something completely different from your closet than you are routinely used to and see how you feel.

Have a beautiful weekend,

Carrie

Clutch vs. Wallet

Today I went live on Facebook and Instagram to discuss the differences between a clutch and a wallet so I thought I would share it all with you here on today’s blog.

Wallet

A wallet is strictly for holding your money, credit cards, membership cards, coupons, and change. I have to be honest though, I’m wondering if the “change” part is going to go away sometime soon because most people don’t carry change anymore. But that is for a different topic, different day.

Clutch

A clutch is a purse that not only can hold your credit cards, money, etc. but it can also hold your favorite lipstick, a handheld mirror, your keys, phone, and anything else small that you wish to have with you at the time.

When going to a wedding, graduation party, or some fantasy dinner, a clutch purse is your go to accessory. If you just choose to carry a wallet, you are going to be missing out on all of the fun things a clutch purse can do for you. And they are super stylish and fun!

There are some really nice, smaller clutches out there if you want to take one that you know will fit in your hand. Try Target if you need to keep the cost down. Also, I really like Amerii for the rattan material.

So there you have it. Let me know if you have questions.

Just think, at your next event you are going to be sporting your stylish clutch and so happy you did!

Have a great weekend,

Carrie

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The Proper Way to Care for Your Denim

Line dry your denim. Never dry them in the dryer as it will shrink them and break them down more quickly.

Line dry your denim. Never dry them in the dryer as it will shrink them and break them down more quickly.

Denim is a staple wardrobe piece that everyone seems to own. I mean, I have yet to stumble upon someone who doesn’t own a pair of jeans!

But not many people know how to properly care for their denim. “You mean there is a specific way?” you ask. Why yes, there is. And it’s important to extending the life of your jeans so that you get the most wear out of them.

There are different types of denim: raw and pre-washed. Raw denim is stiff and the color is uniform. You have to be careful of it fading onto other things, such as your lightly colored shirt or desk chair. Pre-washed denim is more soft and broken in for you. These are the “distressed” looking denim.

Caring for either types of denim are essentially the same, however. AVOID WASHING YOUR DENIM IN THE WASHING MACHINE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Yes, you read that correctly. The more you wash your denim, the more you will either fade your raw denim or the more you will wear out your pre-washed denim. And let’s be real here, nice denim is expensive!

So how to you keep them smelling clean and fresh and remove stains without putting them in the washing machine?

  1. Spot clean- you some detergent and water to spot clean any areas that need it and let air dry.

  2. Freshen up by putting them in the dryer on a low setting with a dryer sheet but only for a short time (I say no more than 10 minutes). I prefer to use a dryer bag to avoid shrinking and wear and tear.

After about 10-12 wears and it’s time to wash your denim. Wash them on the delicate setting in cold water with a mild detergent. Then hang dry. You should not put your jeans in the dryer to dry them. It will only shrink them and break them down more quickly. And nobody wants that, am I right?

Want to learn more about how to properly care for your clothes and overhauling your closet? Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Carrie

Styling with Flats

Have the hem of your jeans hit above the ankle bone for a perfect look when wearing flats.

Have the hem of your jeans hit above the ankle bone for a perfect look when wearing flats.

When I was in my mid-twenties though mid-thirties, I constantly wore high heels (we are talking 3 plus inch heels). I thought that appearing “taller” was something that I needed to be more elegant, more professional, more appreciated as a woman in business, more respected, and more mature.

Little did I know, that height has absolutely nothing to do with your worth at all. At 5’5” I am considered average height for a woman. But putting labels on women’s height, in my book, is just plain wrong and irrelevant to who we are as women. It doesn’t define anything about us. Nor does the “look” of heels in the business world. Over the years of working in the corporate world, some things I learned that lead me where I am today and I’m sharing it with you.

  1. You can be professional and dress the part without wearing high heels every day.

  2. Flats are very much in style and I’ll show you how to style them several ways below!

  3. Your worth is not based on whether or not you wear high heels or not, regardless of height.

  4. Some celebs are even ditching the high heels for flats. Just do a search on Google and you will see what I’m talking about.

  5. Wear them only if you love to, not because you feel you have to.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love high heels! I just reserve them now for special events. And because there are so many stylish and beautiful flats as they have become a popular go-to, you will have a non-boring selection of styles to choose from.

OK, so how do you style flats for work and for casual wear? I thought you might want to know that so I’m breaking it down for you (hint: it’s super easy to wear flats with pretty much anything with just a few inside styling tips):

Wearing flats with business clothes, with skirts, and with jeans always a winner!

Wearing flats with business clothes, with skirts, and with jeans always a winner!

  1. When wearing them with jeans, leave some room from where your jeans end to where your shoes begin. For example, your jeans should hit just above your ankle bone. This gives the illusion of longer legs and looks amazing with flats. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this look!

  2. With dresses and skirts, try an espadrille flat, a mule, sneaker, or sandals with summer dresses. I never wear high heels with my summer dresses. Flats look so elegant and beautiful with dresses this time of year. Think Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam. Filter through her blog on her website and you will see her wearing mostly flats. She is the most elegant woman I can think of!

  3. When it comes to shorts, I prefer sandals (again, dressy or casual sandals are fine as both work here), or I also like a casual sneaker.

  4. With business pants, I would stick with a dressy type flat to pair with your dress pants. The key here is to make sure your pants fit well. If they are too long and you wear flats, it looks off and the style is lost. Make sure the length is spot on.

I used several flats as examples in my free guide to transforming your wardrobe to show you that you can wear them both in the office and casually. Mission accomplished.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and don’t forget to honor those who died serving our great country.

Even celebs wear flats!

Even celebs wear flats!







Time to Talk Shorts

If you follow me on social media, you know that I prefer to wear dresses over shorts.

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However, there are times when wearing shorts over a dress is much more practical (and makes more sense). For example, when riding rides with my kids at an amusement park.

But most women struggle with finding the right shorts for their body shape and feeling comfortable and confident wearing them. So I put together some ideas to help you when shopping for shorts.

If you are curvy on bottom or hold more weight in your lower half (think triangle), then try these options:

  • Avoid low-riders and keep your cut at mid-rise or high-rise.

  • Opt for a longer version if you have wider thighs.

  • Avoid detail or large prints. They will only make your lower half appear larger.

If you are petite, try these options:

  • Go shorter in length! It will give the appearance of longer legs.

  • Cuffing your shorts if they are on the longer side with also provide more leg length and is flattering on the petite frame.

  • Try to stick with neutral colors. This will also offer the illusion of longer legs. It’s the same type of concept of wearing a nude shoe.

If you have more of an athletic body shape (think rectangle), these options will look best on you:

  • Don’t be afraid to show off your toned legs! You can wear long or short shorts as both will look great on you.

  • Wear prints for more style and draw more attention to your legs.

  • Stick to a mid-rise or high-rise.

I also want to make a comment about what I mean about short shorts. Please don’t misunderstand me here, I not talking about the “let it all hang out” kind of shorts here. I would at least keep your length a minimum of 3 inches. I prefer 4 inches myself on my 5’5” frame as a guideline for reference.

Lastly, I suggest trying on a variety of shorts and compare the different styles as suggested above. You might have it in your head that you just don’t like a certain style but then you realize they actually look best on you.

With shorts, try to stick to what is best for your body shape and you will be more confident and comfortable wearing them!

Email me any questions you have at carriehagee@storytellerstylist.com. Have a wonderful weekend,

Carrie

All Sunscreen is Not Created Equal

Sunscreen. It’s vital for preventing premature aging, skin cancer, skin discoloration and sunburns.

When I was in high school, I remember going to prom as white as a ghost because I refused to go to the tanning bed and constantly would wear sunscreen. I didn’t mind though. I thought it made me different.

I feel it’s extremely important to wear sunscreen, even in the winter. I make my kids wear it and now they ask me to apply it before I even get a chance to get the bottle out of the cabinet.

️But not all sunscreens are created equal.

️Here is a breakdown on what to look for when purchasing sunscreen:

  1. Make sure you look for one with UVA and UVB protection.

  2. Choose at least 30 SPF or higher (I prefer at least 40 or 50).

  3. Choose chemical-free sunscreen (look for zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide).

  4. Look for water resistant (but know there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen).

  5. Reapply at a minimum every 2 hours. Very important!

  6. Choose one you can incorporate into your makeup routine. EltaMD has some great tinted ones for face that I love to wear under my makeup. I use a spray on one from Dr. Dennis Gross that is a sheer mineral one for touch ups throughout the day. I also want to note that you should not wear chemical sunscreens for your protection but also to protect our coral reefs!

  7. Wear additional protective gear, such as a sun hat, if you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time.

I have been obsessed with wearing sunscreen for many years and feel it’s the most important part of my skincare routine and therefore, want to share! Shine on.... 

Have a great weekend,

Carrie

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Let's Talk Swimwear

Last week on Instagram and Facebook Live, I gave you a heads up that I would be talking about swimwear on the blog this week.

Well, here we are! Now, before you get all “I hate how I look in swimsuits” or “ugh, it’s that time again, “ think about it this way: “The right swimsuit will boost my confidence I’ll be comfortable so that I’ll be enjoying the sandy beach with the wind in my hair and the sun in my face.” Yep, I just went there.

Alright, so now that the complaints are behind us, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite styles for 2019. I’m including both one and two piece and even mixed in a rash guard because it’s super cute and some people want more coverage.

My preference is a one piece, mainly because I’m in my 40’s and feel more comfortable in one but I’m not against sporting a two piece if I feel it’s age appropriate. I have a couple of two pieces but I still tend to resort to a one piece because I find the styles are more, well, me.

Here are my top 10 swimsuits for 2019 (with links):

There you have it. Now get out there and show off that confidence! You earned it.

Have a beautiful weekend my dear,

Carrie

My Favorite Bags of the Season

I have really been loving the basket bags for the Spring/Summer season. They are my go-to bags instead of carrying around a regular purse. They are also very stylish and go with just about any outfit. A plus as you don’t have to think about matching your purse color to your outfit and therefore, also is a time saver.

Recently on Instagram, I posted a photo that my 5 year old daughter took of me. I was carrying one of my basket bags and had several people inquire about where I got it and how much they wanted one. So I thought I would post some of my favorites on the blog this week.

  1. Circus by Sam Edelman Maura Straw Basket Handbag (Kohl’s)

  2. Straw Circle CrossBody Bag (J.Crew)

  3. Bailey Rattan Crossbody Bag (Anthropologie)

  4. Marfa Bag (Bembien)

  5. Market Tote (J.Crew)

  6. Raise Kind Humans Market Bag (Apolis)

  7. Rattan Clutch (J. Crew)

  8. Nickole Faux Leather Circle Tote (Sole Society)

Share with me on social media how you style your basket bag! I would love to see your photos!

Have a wonderful weekend my dear,

Carrie

 

  

New Styling Package for Business Women

Happy Good Friday! It’s Easter weekend and my family enjoys spending time reflecting on the nature of the season and the good news it brings. My girls, of course, really also enjoy a visit from the Easter bunny and Easter egg hunts. My 5 year old is super competitive when it comes to Easter egg hunting, no joke! She doesn’t mess around when no the quest for finding eggs.

With the excitement of the warmer weather and our recent closet clean out last week in prep for the new season, I have decided to offer a new styling package specifically for business women.

The styling package will be much smaller in scale from my other packages, focusing only on business and working style. I hear a lot from who have lost weight or their body shape changed and they are trying to figure out their work style again. This is a great new styling package to benefit working women who need a refresh and working moms who need an easy yet stylish business wardrobe.

If this is something that would benefit you or you would be interested in, check it out! It will be available starting Monday April 22, 2019 on my website.

I hope you have a great weekend with your family and/or friends. And don’t forget to eat a little bit of chocolate.

With Sincerity,

Carrie

Closet Organization-Steps to Get Your Closet in Shape for Spring/Summer

Today I went live on Instagram for almost 45 minutes showing you all the steps you need to take to make your closet ready for the warmer weather. And yes, I recommend this every Spring/Summer and again in prep for Fall/Winter.

Not only will it make putting together outfits so much easier, it will also help you to get your entire closet in order and is the first step in finding your authentic style. If you haven’t checked it out, go to instagram.com/storytellerstylist and check it out!

Here are the steps to follow when doing a closet overhaul:

  1. Go through everything in your closet and decide if there is anything you need to get rid of. The last thing you want to do is pack away clothes you are not going to wear! Get rid of those clothes by donating them to your favorite organization (I like Matthew 25 Ministries, Dress for Success, or The Salvation Army). If you have anything to sell, you can take them to Clothes Mentor, for example.

  2. Once you get rid of the clothes you are not going to wear again and either donate or sell, now is the time to pull out all of the winter clothes and box them away. They have some really cool clothing storage boxes that you can purchase for storage. I recommend you not leave any fall/winter clothes within your current closet at it only confuses the brain and makes it more complicated for you when putting together outfits quickly. This includes winter boots and shoes.

  3. Bring all of your spring/summer clothes back into your closet from storage. Including your sandals and other fun shoes you packed away during the cold months.

  4. Now that you have everything in your closet, I like to organize in the following manner:

    • Lower half: Dress pants, Denim, skirts, dresses

    • Upper half: light blazers, light sweaters, light cardigans, button ups, dress shirts, casual shirts

    • Workout clothes

My suggestion is to organize one side of your closet for dressy clothes and the other for non-dressy. Also, I organize by sleeve type (long sleeve, short-sleeve, sleeveless, then tank) and also by color (neutrals first then group each color).

I go into all of this in great detail on my Instagram live so seriously, check it out if you want the full details of how to do this.

The reason I organize my closet in this manner is to make it easier on how the brain processes information and in the way I do it will help you to become very successful in determining your outfit for the day.

Also, during this process you will begin to learn about how your style takes shape. When people tell me they do the closet organization and overhaul, they come out refreshed and have a much better sense of their authentic style. It’s such a critical step!

So, are you ready to overhaul your closet? I know you can do and I’m here to help you if you have questions.

Check out the video at instagram.com/storytellerstylist and get to it!

Have a beautiful weekend my dear~

Carrie

Color Theory- Bonus Lesson

Color Theory- Bonus Lesson

Did you see my post this week on how I lost my voice?

Yes, the spring allergies got to me and I ended up with laryngitis earlier this week. It’s starting to get better but I still have not regained full speaking capacity.

I will be going live on Facebook and Instagram once I regain my normal voice so that I can tell you about the date/time and plan for closet overhaul. So stay tuned! And let me know if you have any remedies for laryngitis.

Color Theory

I wanted to spend some time diving deeper into our color theory discussion. In previous blog posts, I talked about how dressing for your skin undertone is important. It helps bring out your natural beauty and helps you look awake and refreshed. We talked about the two types of skin undertones: Cool and Warm.

You might have heard there is neutral and also skin undertone relation to seasons but these are just not accurate. A person either has cool or warm skin undertone. Dressing in cool colors closest to the face for cool skin undertone is best and dressing in warm colors closest to the face for warm skin undertone is best.

However, I want to provide some additional clarity and exceptions from this rule. So don’t worry, you are NOT limited!

Universal Colors

There are some colors from both the warm and cool sides of the color wheel that can be considered universal. These colors look nice on either skin undertone. These are also nice to consider for bridesmaids dresses for that very reason.

The universal colors are:

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So feel free to add these to your wardrobe, regardless of your undertone, because you can safely wear these colors.

Universal Neutral Colors

I often get asked about the neutral colors black, white, grey, and navy (cool colors) for those who have warm undertones. People appear sad thinking they cannot wear them near their face if they have a warm undertone (a shirt, top, sweater, dress, etc.).

However, I tell them that they CAN wear these colors. I just suggest using an accessory such as a scarf, statement earrings, statement necklace, or cardigan near the face in warm tones to help bring out your undertones and maximize your beauty!

Lastly, I suggest not overdoing it with color variation. I typically tell my clients to stick to no more than 4 different color combinations when pulling together an outfit. Otherwise, you become over saturated and puzzling to the eyes. The brain starts to become confused.

I hope this provides additional clarity on color theory and coordination of what warm and cool skin undertones can wear to look your best!

If you do not know your skin undertone, I’m happy to work with you on this process. It really makes a huge difference in your overall appearance.

Have a beautiful weekend my dear!

Carrie

Spring/Summer Closet Prep & Clean Up Party!

I love going through my closet and doing a full clean out and prep for the change of seasons. In order to understand your wardrobe, this is such a critical step in maximizing your style and making updates as needed. This is something I have done for years and you will be amazed at the difference it makes in your life. Less clutter and more organization is a huge part of the transformed wardrobe and effortless style we desire.

Plus, it’s also a great way to get rid of those pieces that you are no longer going to wear and donate them to a charity.

Now, if you haven’t done this before do not fret. I will be hosting a closet clean out session with you on my Facebook and Instagram pages to show you how to tackle this and the steps to take along the way. So if you are not following @storytellerstylist on social media, now is the time to do so as you will not want to miss this!

Stay tuned for the Spring/Summer closet prep & clean up party information coming soon!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Carrie

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Ways to add color to your wardrobe.

Last week I shared with you the new Spring/Summer Pantone Color Palette for 2019. You might be thinking, “These are great, Carrie but how do I add more color to my wardrobe.”

Great question!

This week I’m going to help you with getting out of your minimalist color wardrobe and get you jazzed about adding color. It’s important for you to venture out and experiment with this as it will really expand your wardrobe and in a beautiful way.

So how do you add more color?

1.     Start with your handbag or purse. If you start with adding color with your handbag or purse, it makes a monochromatic outfit really pop and it adds life to black. Choose a color that complements your current wardrobe so that you don’t have to change it out often but creates dept to your outfits.

2.     Add color in your accessories. I am a huge fan of colorful accessories. My go to are statement earrings. Don’t be afraid to add some color here to spruce up your look. Also, a colorful scarf or belt is also a nice way to add in some color. Be creative!

3.     Colorful shoes. Ok, so this can get a little uncomfortable for those of you who look in your closet and all you see is black, white, gray, and/or beige. But add some color to your life can go a long way. Great shoe colors are red, blush, blue, and yellow. Try it, you will get loads of complements.

4.     Get bold with colorful pants. This spring and summer is a great time to add some colorful pants to your wardrobe. You can pair them with a white or ivory shirt if you don’t want to add too much color at one time. Ok, I know baby steps. I love a good red, blush, or yellow pant. Have fun with it and watch out, it just might bring a smile to your face.

5.     Neutral dresses with colorful print. Another way to add more color is to choose a neutral base colored dress that has a colorful print. Try to stick with colors that look best with your skin undertones though.

Adding color should be fun and easy if you take it one step at a time. Try picking up a color wheel. You can find them through Amazon. They have the pocket ones that are really nice as well. Let yourself experiment with color and land on what feel authentic to you.

 

Spring Style Ideas and Spring Colors

Ah, yes! Spring is really almost here. I can smell it in the air, especially this week. The temperatures have gone up for us here in the Midwest and one can only hope we are out of the extreme cold spell.

This has really had me thinking a lot about this year’s Spring styles and Spring colors. I have to say, the colors this year for Spring/Summer 2019 are my most favorite yet! Of course, there are some pastels but there are way more other colors than in recent years that are not pastels, and that makes me happy!

I thought I would show you the list so you can use it when shopping for some new spring styles.

And while we are on the topic, I will share with you what we are seeing a lot of for Spring and also into Summer:

~ Dresses, dresses, and more dresses! Again, this makes me happy because I wear dresses in Spring/Summer more than any other time of the year. I am a huge fan of feminine dresses (I have shared with you my love for Gal Meets Glam) and excited to incorporate even more into my wardrobe. The style of dresses we are seeing most are a-line, wrap, and sheath. The good new about a-line is that it is flattering on all body shapes, just make sure you study the top of the dress for the right style for your shape. This is where they can differ. The wrap dress is also flattering on all body shapes but just be careful of the top of the dress as well and make sure it’s not super low-cut.

~ Wide Leg Pant is back and the styles are so flippin’ adorable! I have to say I haven’t worn this style of pant in a while but I have already purchased a couple for this Spring/Summer because the redesign of the style is supper flattering and so stylish. I am drooling over them this year!

~ Jumpsuits are also a big hit for this year. There is a jumpsuit that is flattering for all body shapes so take a look around and see what style looks best on you. I really the ones from Gal Meets Glam, JCrew, Madewell, Zara, Anthroplogie, and Nordstrom. If you haven’t worn one in a while or are not sure, ask me! I’m happy to provide my feedback and assistance.

~ Espadrilles, another favorite of mine! I remember back in the 1990s when these were so popular but they have made a fantastic comeback. Today’s espadrilles are lined with bow detail, patterns, platform, and in sneaker style. They virtually go with anything! I like the ultra feminine styles myself but check them out. I love to wear them with dresses and jumpsuits.

So there you have it! Let me know if you have questions. I hope you enjoy the spring styles and colors as much as I am. There is definitely something for everyone!

Have a beautiful weekend ladies!

Carrie

Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 Color Palette

Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 Color Palette

What's Your Style Story?

If you could wave a magic wand and make your biggest styling/wardrobe challenge disappear, which challenge would you choose? What would that look like?

On the blog this week I want to hear from you and your frustrations on getting dressed everyday. Let me tell you a little story.

Years and years ago, I used to be you. I needed help. I wanted to feel better, I wanted to stop wearing the same thing over and over again (you know, that 20% of your clothes that we tend to wear while 80% stays on hangers), I wanted it to be easy for me, and I wanted to know the tips and tricks to make it happen. I was a unique dresser in High School (ok, so midi skirts and Doc Martins, yes that was me). But as I started college in a field very different from fashion (medicine to be exact and we all know scrubs are not very fashionable, but necessary). I couldn’t deny my love for style and my eagerness to learn. I knew there were a lot of things that went into it but I didn’t know what they were. And I never felt I was an artistic person (I had almost zero artistic skills and could only draw eyeballs and flowers) but I needed to explore. That’s when I decided to apply for a job in fashion retail. I studied what I could from a friend who was in fashion merchandising and landed a fun job where I worked for several years as I went to college.

Those years taught me a lot and I learned a lot about the industry. I did go on to graduate college with a B.A. in Psychology, worked in research and continued my education with two more college degrees, an M.P.H. and M. S. in Research administration. I’ve been working in medical research for the past 19 years. And while I have enjoyed working in this field, knowing that every day the research continues is another day someone could be cured of an incurable illness or their life improved by advances in medicine, I still needed to be aware of the voice in my head that was telling me I am meant to do something more.

I decided although I was helping friends and family members and referrals with their style and assisting them with styling for photos and various occasions, I knew I could do better than just relying on my experience in fashion retail and pro bono work. I decided to attend the Fashion Style Institute, working under the lovely Stylist, Gillian Amour who has worked with top notch clients (celebrity clients) and luxury fashion brands. She was a great mentor and upon completion of the program, I became a Certified Personal Stylist. I learned an exorbitant amount of information (from body shape styling to color analysis to high fashion styling to jewelry consultation) and have been applying it ever since. With my years of experience and knowledge of the industry, I launched Storyteller Stylist in January 2019 so that I could fulfill my new calling in life-to serve women who needed my help and to do it with compassion, understanding, and grace. And to watch women light up and feel amazing once they work through it with me and find their true authentic style is why I do what I do.

Now, going back to the beginning. What are your biggest challenges? Wave that magic wand and comment in the blog or email me directly what you want to disappear when it comes to your styling/wardrobe challenges. Tell me your style story. Because this is about YOU and what I can do for YOU.

Talk soon,

Carrie

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Week 5 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Hourglass

A dress that accentuates the slender waist is great for the hourglass shape. The pencil skirt shows off the nice curves and the top that hits at the lower waist is especially flattering for the hourglass.

A dress that accentuates the slender waist is great for the hourglass shape. The pencil skirt shows off the nice curves and the top that hits at the lower waist is especially flattering for the hourglass.

Week 5 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Hourglass

This week (and final week of body shapes), we will be discussing the body shape known as the Hourglass. This is the preferred body shape in fashion as we dress to strive for this shape. This goes back many years as this body shape signals fertility. Times have changed but the nice thing about this body shape is the slender waist and dressing to flatter it. For this body shape, you are naturally curvy with a defined waist, your bust and hips are close to even in size, and you may have a fuller bust, hips, and thighs. Think Sofia Vergara, Tyra Banks, and Scarlett Johansson.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress the Hourglass and show off those curves!

What the Hourglass body shape should wear:

1.       Wrap dresses look great on this body shape because of the defined waist.

2.       Tops with a v-neck and/or a boat neck.

3.       Shirts that hit at the waist and are structured.

4.       Tailored pants and jeans (think skinny pants/jeans here).

5.       High waist jeans and pants to show off your waist.

6.       Pencil Skirt looks great on this body shape (I love the Pencil Skirt on all body shapes though!).

7.       Dresses and more dresses! This shape looks great in all dress but if they are flowy, add a belt around the waist.

What the Rectangle body shape Should NOT wear:

1.       Avoid overly baggy clothes as this will only give the illusion of having no shape.

2.       Boxy shirts as they will hid your beautiful shape.

3.       Long, flowy dresses also should be avoided as they are shapeless (unless you put a belt on the waist).

4.       Avoid low rider jeans (well, I think everyone should avoid low rider jeans, again I say this).

5.       Avoid clothes that just cover up your body and look shapeless.

I hope you enjoyed the Body Shape discussions and found it helpful. Let me know if you have questions. I’m happy to assist! Have a great weekend.

Carrie Hagee,

Owner and Founder, Storyteller Stylist, LLC