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The Style Report: What Not to Wear

Three fashion don'ts that can make or break your outfit.

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I was recently asked what the most common mistakes are that my clients make when picking out their seasonal attire. While I’d love to be able to give you the hysterical David Letterman’s top three version. Personally I feel that this is definitely not a laughing matter.

1. Fun House Mirror Issues

Many women have a distorted vision of themselves. Seeing things that aren’t there or visions of parts of their body that are either larger or smaller than reality based! Where faults are magnified and positives erased. Self-perception issues can literally blind a person so that they can't see the forest for the trees or the clothes on the racks that truly suit them.

Here is a perfect example; I have a very petite client who is an absolute knock out! Anything she tries fits her like a glove, yet all she sees are her perceived faults and all I see is a fabulously stylish woman! Instead of simply working on her outfit choices, we are now working on getting her to feel beautiful on the outside and inside.

 Tip: When you feel it, you are it… only then can you own it!

2. Hoarders

We all are guilty of hoarding clothes. That dress that we could wear again if we just lost 10 lbs or that jacket that we wore on the first date with the hubby, which holds such dear memories! We just keep stuffing things into the back of the closet for “someday”.  Well “someday” has come and gone and it is time to clear the cobwebs, not only from your wardrobe but from your mind as well.

My favorite hoarding story is about a client of mine that we can refer to as "hoarder." She is a stunning, competent and a powerful businesswoman; but cleaning out her everyday closet (not a walk in, mind you) became a five-hour journey! Why, you ask? Stuffed in this poor unassuming closet was multiples of the same rayon ribbed knit tops all severely outdated. The shoes that lined the floor had gathered so much dust that they were barley visible. As I went from item to item, discarding most of the lot; I came upon a real powder blue two-piece snowsuit complete with fake fur trimmed hood and with ribbed cuffs and jacket bottom. Yes it was from her childhood! I took the little outfit and looked at my client. As I stared at her in wonderment we both cracked up!

Yes ladies. This client and many of my others are guilty as charged. They are hoarders and buyers of the same item, but in multiple colors! No matter how much you love an article of clothing is it completely unecesary to own it in all colors of the rainbow. Of course, if you find the perfect staple item such as a tank top or pair of dress pants stick to the basic colors and limit yourself to two or three maximum.

My last hoarding pet peeve is the T-shirt. How many t-shirts does one actually need from to many years back to mention. Sure a few tees which hold fond memories from concerts and trips make great sleep attire.

Long gone are the thick cotton tees. The ones that are current are made of such a featherweight Pima Cotton…totally delicious!

3. Stuck in a Rut Dressing

Whether it works or not it is not until I rummage through a closet, that I see that a client is buying the same look over and over again. One client had 20 some odd blouses with bat wing sleeves and umpire waists.  As I took each and every one out and actually had her try it on and stand in front of the mirror; I asked if she saw a pattern!? By the fifteenth blouse, she looked at me and without a word between us, I knew she got it!

Please note that shopping to your comfort zone is the most common occurence in all of my cleintele. It really is difficult to try new things…I get that. My job is to keep my client’s identity and gently take them out of their comfort zone and introduce them to new ideas. I encourage my clients to get the basics but to experiment with various new looks as well; which I instinctively know will look amazing on them for many occasions.

The "wow" for me is to see a brand new confident client who looks and feels fantastic! I love my job as I really get to bring my clientele into the current century with a timeless yet edgy look. My instant satisfaction comes from hearing this same quote. ”I would have never thought of pairing these items together, and would never have believed they look great on ME!

After the first session with my “Baby Chicks” as I refer to them; I know that they are not feeling the love for me. But as the trust grows and they shed their old beliefs; these Chicks turn into some amazing Swans.


Lynn CesariaLynn Cesaria is a fashion maven, image consultant and personal shopper. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, her unerring eye and her Fashion 911 house calls to her clientele. Lynn has also owned and operated LRC Photography for over 20 years. She is based in Fairfield County but available to transform people worldwide!

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Lynn Cesaria
Lynn Cesaria Styling
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