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Subscribe to Style: 5 Reasons to try Rent the Runway

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Clothing subscription services are all the rage these days, and a lot of people think they’re just for bloggers or influencers. I found out about Rent the Runway’s unlimited service last year from Myliek Teele, and honestly, it took me a while to decide that it was for me. But once I did finally start my subscription, I realized just how useful the service is. From shooting blog looks, to going to events and even styling clients, I’ve found so many useful ways to use this revolving closet.

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If you’ve ever considered using a clothing subscription service, or even if you never knew they existed, I’ve compiled 5 reasons why you should give Rent The Runway Unlimited a try, even if you’re not a blogger or influencer. Be sure to read through to the bottom, because I’m sharing my special code for you to get $80 off of your first 2 months of RTR Unlimited.

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1. No more useless trips to the mall

Who needs to go to the mall when you can shop from the comfort of your phone or your computer, have pieces delivered to your door and drop them at UPS when you’re ready to let them go? With hundreds of pieces to choose from, there’s always something new to try.

2. Explore trends without the commitment

Ever wanted to try the latest trends (leopard print, ruffles, faux fur) and chicken out because you don’t want to spend the money on something that you’re not sure you’ll love? RTR Unlimited completely removes that fear! You can try any trend out there from the comfort of your home, and send it back if you hate it, without anyone ever knowing!

3. Cost Savings

So think about it… let’s say you rent 12 pieces each month for a year, that comes to about $12.50 per piece! As an example, the faux fur coat I’m wearing is $325 retail and the pants are $278 retail. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning or paying for shipping, since both are included in your monthly fee.

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4. Keeps you from spending on clothing unnecessarily

Rent the Runway is my automatic go-to. When I have an event to attend, a speaking engagement, when I’m styling a client, planning a street style shoot for myself, going on vacation or just need something cute to wear to work I always, ALWAYS check Rent the Runway first. I’m usually able to find exactly what I need without having to spend extra money on something I may only wear once - especially if it’s a special occasion.

5. Builds confidence

You guys know I’m all about finding the JOY in getting dressed. The clothing we wear can play a major part in how others see us and more importantly, how we see ourselves. When you look good, you feel good. With RTR Unlimited, you have the ability to try out new styles, even work with a personal stylist who will help you choose the perfect looks. This can help you figure out what works for you, therefore giving you more confidence in your style choices and making getting dressed easier and much more fun!

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So what do you say? Are you ready to give RTR Unlimited a try? If you are, I’ve got a special offer from me to you - get $80 off of your first 2 months, using the code MIKAELAP40 - when you get that first shipment, shoot me a DM on Instagram to let me know what you ordered!

How To Add Color to your Wardrobe

Coat:  J.O.A. , similar  here  Sweater: Zara (sold out), but similar  here  Pants: Zara (old) but similar  here  Shoes: Shoedazzle (sold out) but similar  here  Turban:  Emijaa Jaaemil   PC:  Jasmine Rose

Coat: J.O.A., similar here
Sweater: Zara (sold out), but similar here
Pants: Zara (old) but similar here
Shoes: Shoedazzle (sold out) but similar here
Turban: Emijaa Jaaemil

PC: Jasmine Rose

Color can be intimidating - or so I’ve heard. From choosing the right ones that make you feel confident to trying to figure out what colors to wear together (hint: everything goes with denim!), it can definitely scare some people into only wearing black. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been one to run towards any and everything bold and bright. So pairing unlikely color combinations is something that comes easily to me. I’m realizing that not everyone has a knack for it, so I’ll be sharing some easy (and hopefully not intimidating) ways to add more color to your wardrobe.

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  1. Wear classic styles. There are some pieces that will always be in style, no matter what. Can you think of a winter where people weren’t wearing turtlenecks? Me either. If you’re in a cold weather city, turtlenecks are a staple and come out of the closet every Fall. Try finding a bright orange (like this one) or bubblegum pink (like this one). You can pair a turtleneck with everything in your closet - from a pair of denim to wearing it over a dress.

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Wear a bold classic style.

I wore this classic turtleneck in a vibrant marigold, over a dress to winterize one of my favorite summer pieces. This dress is sleeveless with a low v-neck (definitely not suitable for Fall/Winter in NYC), so adding a sweater and denim jacket made it easy to wear as the temps got cooler.

2. Wear bold colored outerwear. The great thing about coats (in most cases, but you know I’m extra) is that you don’t have to worry about putting a whole outfit together to match your coat. If you’re *not* like me, and actually plan on CLOSING your coat, then it doesn’t matter what colors you’re wearing underneath, because your outwear will do all the talking. This cobalt blue coat from J.O.A. (a brand I also carry in my shop) is a showstopper!

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Wear a bold statement coat.

Adding a statement coat can bring any outfit to life! Although this look already had a lot going on, adding the blue coat gave it the extra edge.

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3. Wear a bold shoe. Y’all know I LOVE a good shoe! Add any color (and I’m not talking black or brown) to your look and it’s an instant LEWK, honey. Shoes can take an outfit from blah to YAAAASSS, b*%^c in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s a bold yellow pump like this one or a red one like the one below, try adding an extra pop of color this way.

Wear a bold shoe.

Adding a pop of color on your feet is a super easy way to infuse more color into your outfits. Even if it’s a colorful pair of sneakers - no need to wear heels to be fly!

PC: SimplyShannah

Et voila! Those are my tips for taking baby steps to add a little color to your wardrobe. Let me know what you think in the comments, and when you try one (or all if you’re feeling super adventurous!) of the tips, be sure to let me know over on Instagram!

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3 Ways to Style a Striped Blazer

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I’m sure you know by now, about my love of stripes. So when i saw this Zara blazer, it was an automatic purchase for me, because I knew I’d be able to wear it so many times, in so many different ways.

Although you don’t see them often here, I wear jeans a lot in my every day life. They’re easy to throw on, whether with sneakers, boots or heels, and you can wear pretty much anything with them. For a simple look, wear your striped blazer with a plain tee, a pair of distressed denim and a cute pair of pumps. I added a floral pair…because #mixedprints, but any pair will do!

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More in line with what you see me in on a regular basis, I styled my vertically-striped Zara blazer with a diagonally-striped dress! I purchased these pieces at the same time, but didn’t think to wear them together until I took them both out of the box. I mean… they really couldn’t be a more perfect match!

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Keeping with adding more color to the look, I paired the blazer with a pair of red pants and a grey graphic tee. I threw on a bold statement necklace and a pair of rhinestone booties to complete my rocker-mom chic look.

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Top style resolutions to add to your list for 2018

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Happy New Year, everyone!

To start 2018 on the right foot, style-wise, I've teamed up with some awesome stylists to come up with some style resolutions to add to your list for 2018! These are some really great tips and I've linked each stylist's social media and blog so you can check them out, as well.


Enjoy!

1.  Arash -  Be more ethically-conscious in 2018.

There’s still a lot of work to be done by most major high street brands when it comes to transparency over working conditions and who makes their clothes, especially when you have workers writing pleas for help on labels (I’m looking at you Zara). But there are a few things you can do in 2018 to be more ethically conscious.

  • Take care of what you already own! Rewear and repair your existing wardrobe.
  • Look for clothes swaps, buy second or vintage
  • Shop less, buy better quality pieces that are durable and will last, and only choose items you absolutely love.
  • Research ethical brands, there are some amazing ethical brands that are affordable, ship worldwide and are just as stylish as any major chain on the high street

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Blog: https://arashmazinani.com/blog/

2.  Chrissy - Shop secondhand

Don’t forget to shop vintage and charity shops before you hit the high street. Look for on trend items that you can get for a fraction of the price or look for staples. Your style will be way more unique and you can style for you.  

Blog: http://www.chrissystylesme.com/?m=1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/justsofashion/

3.  Sharon - Dress the body your in NOW

Just call me The Mindful Fashionista! All about working the now to represent the best you every day including today! Don’t wait to feel worthy of a number on a size tag. Every year I hear the same New Year’s resolution of going to the gym and losing weight to look good. I'm here to tell you that the number one secret is in the clothes you choose. You can look ten pounds slimmer just by dressing your body shape and understanding cuts and styles that will work well with your assets.

As a personal stylist, I’ve helped countless women gain respect and confidence in the body they’re in now so trust me when I say you can look ten pounds slimmer just by dressing your body shape and understanding cuts and styles that will work well with your assets.

Starting off the new year on a positive body image will make you feel like a million bucks and help you gain the confidence you need!

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Blog: http://www.sharonwarten.com/fashiondiaryofapersonalstylist/

4.  Niki - Celebrate your assets and embrace your curves

We spend far too much time focusing on hiding the parts of our body that we’re not totally happy with it’s time for a change!  Make 2018 the year that you embrace your assets and curves and stop wasting time on all that negativity.  When I’m with a new client I ask them to list the parts of their body that they ARE happy with, it’s a great exercise to do as it forces them to think beyond what they consider to be their flaws.  You should try it!  If you’re struggling to identify any (and I really hope you’re not) ask your partner or a friend, I can guarantee they’ll reel off a ton of things!  Once you’ve identified them start to buy and wear clothes that show them off!

Blog: https://www.stylestudsandlace.com/

5. Shannan - Ensure that you have the proper basics to build a foundation for a great wardrobe

Make sure you have invested in quality basics which help to build your wardrobe and will set the foundation for the rest of your pieces.  These style essentials will allow you to mix-and-match looks and play with color and textures.  When choosing your basic clothing essentials, it's important to consider the fit, length, flattering cuts for your shape and making sure your clothes feel comfortable.  Here are 10 basics for a great wardrobe to get you started: a little black dress, a blazer, dark wash jeans, a black pencil skirt, black trousers, white button-down shirt, black or neutral pumps, a pair of flats, accessories, and a structured handbag. Every piece in your wardrobe should reflect your personal style, and that includes your basics.

 

Blog: http://www.theclosetconsultant.net/blog/

6.  Darlene - Style on the outside can be effected by how you feel on the inside and vice versa so dress in clothing that makes you feel confident.

For example, how did you feel that last time you stood up at the boardroom table to share a brilliant idea, chances are if you were not confident in the clothing you were wearing you may not have stood up at all.

We have the choice to make our outfit work for us or against us each day, clothing can make you look and feel like a million dollars or not…  Our lifestyles can change, we take on a bigger role in our companies, become mother’s or father’s, divorce or move to a different country etc. these life changes will effect our lifestyle and so may confuse our style.  In order to make sense of it all we need to know who we are, right down to the basics.  So how do we take control so we can be confident in our clothing choices:

1)   Learn about your body shape – knowing your body shape will help you understand which styles flatter your body.

2)   Consult with a personal stylist for advise on your skin tone and which colours suit you  – knowing the colours that flatter your skin tone can make you look 10 years younger

3)   Post your favorite outfits to a Pinterest board to figure out your style personality – your style personality will give you an idea of the clothing you prefer to wear.  This information along with your body shape and colour will give you a great foundation.

4)   Finally take into consideration your lifestyle, what do you do for a living, do you have a hobby, go to gym, what are the percentages of time in a week you spend on each. Once you have this information then you will then be able to divide your shopping budget appropriately so not to over spend on areas you don’t spend much time in.

Remember if you are not the DIY kind of person consult a personal stylist to do it all for you, it will save you time and money in the long run.  Xx

Blog: https://www.theimagepreneur.com/

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7.  Sam - Ensure proper fit

My 2018 fashion resolution really applies to EVERY year:  ALWAYS ensure proper fit of your garments.  We have all fallen victim to the term “ready to wear,” which is hardly ever, in fact, READY to wear!  Unless you happen to be the identical twin of the fit model a designer uses, chances are that an alteration will need to be made in hem, cut, or possibly even a tweak in structure!  

When you work with a stylist, she can determine if the cut of the garment works on your shape, if the drape of the fabric works over YOUR particular body and more.  I always sit and move around a bit in clothes as I try them on as well.  This is a great indicator if the piece will CONTINUE to fit will when it’s worn, or if I should size down or alter.  At the end of the day, having a good seamstress on speed dial is critical to ensuring that each item in your closet looks its very best on you!

Blog: http://moxiemama.tv/blog/

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8.  Christina Take more risks with colour or stop comparing yourself to other women on social media

Black on black on black is typically my go to, it is easy and always looks polished but for 2018 it’s time to give color a bit of the limelight.I have been gravitating a lot towards my ‘power color’ red (that color that helps you act like a total badass when you walk into a room, everyone has one!) I have been wearing red lipstick, or my red pumps just to give my black outfits new life.

My second resolution is probably the most important for all women: Please please please stop comparing yourself to the latest insta blogger! Not only are our bodies different but you really do yourself a disservice by not being able to find your voice in fashion. You don't want to look like everyone else, that’s the beauty of the fashion industry as well as the beauty in being a human being. Continue to stand out and experiment with what you love to wear. If you’re stuck, then call a stylist, we will help you become what you want the world to see!

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Blog: https://www.christinajstein.com/blog

9.  Mikaela - Be bolder with prints and buy 5 printed pieces this year

Get BOLD with prints, and add these 5 basic prints to your wardrobe in 2018: Black/white polka dots, nautical stripes, camouflage, florals & leopard. Whether you’re mixing them together or wearing one at a time, each of these is sure to spice up your wardrobe! Any of these prints/pieces can be worn together. Stripes, camouflage and leopard prints are all considered neutrals (yes, really! Check out this post I wrote with tips on How to Mix Prints Like a Pro)

Blog: https://www.mikaelapabon.com/blog-mikaela-pabon/

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10.  Extra one (because it rounds it up to a nice 10) -  Invest in yourself

We cannot stress enough how important it is to give yourself the love and recognition you deserve. If you think back to those moments when you felt good about yourself, I bet many of them were moments when you’d spent time on your appearance or wore an outfit that made you feel like you could take on the world.  I know it’s clichéd to say this, but what you wear can have such a powerful and positive effect on your confidence and you are entitled to feel the effects of that Every. Single. Day. But the truth is that many of you don’t know how to harness this power.

Well my friends, luckily for you, Personal Stylists exist and we are not just for the rich and famous.  In fact, many of us have little interest in working with celebrities and would much rather make YOU look and feel abso-bloody-lutly amazing!

We understand body shape and we know how to balance your proportions and highlight your assets.  We know about how garments should fit the body and understand how to get the perfect fit. And we know which colors will flatter you and which will make you look tired and ill.

All of us here have helped countless clients create a more harmonious life through detoxing their closet, empowering them to shop effectively for their style, shape and lifestyle, and we’ve witnessed each and every one of them become stronger and more confident.  So, if you want to harness the power and confidence that comes from dressing well, but don’t know where to start, then invest in some professional help!