Tipsy Tuesday: 8 Tips for Wearing White Jeans/Pants

Hopefully you got the memo that yes,  you can indeed wear white jeans after Labor Day - and well before Memorial Day???

 In fact, I strongly encourage you to do so;)  

I would argue they are a wardrobe staple, especially during the spring and summer months.

And guess what? SPRING officially starts this week...So let's get on it.

First of all, I recognize that white jeans can be scary (if clothes can be "scary";)  and many of us shy away from them or think we can't wear them. We've been conditioned to believe that dark pants and bottoms are the most flattering and slimming, and that white pants will make our lower halves look bigger.  

While in theory, this is true - black and dark color bottoms are in fact the most slimming and flattering -  white pants can in fact work (and be so fabulous) and it's my mission to find a pair that works for all of y'all (I've always wanted to say that;)

So here are 8 tips to help you find the perfect white jeans:

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Here's a rundown and summary of the 8 tips and some links as well:

1. Size up:  Especially with skinny jeans or fitted ankle pants,  you may want to size up.   We don't want white jeans or white pants to fit really tight to the body as they  tend to show every lump, bump and imperfection.  Instead, we're going for a streamlined, clean look, so I generally order 2 sizes to try on at home.

2.  Fabrication:  You can get away with a less expensive and lower quality fabric when it's a dark fabric.   But lighter color pants like white work best with a thicker, quality fabric-  so those dimples and lumps aren't showing through.  Look for quality denim, cotton,  ponte knits and twill...something with some heft and coverage. 

3.  Fit:  Like with everything in your wardrobe, you want to pick the silhouette that fits and flatters your body the best.  If you already have a brand that you know works for you, that is a good place to start.   Skinny jeans are still the most popular style out there - but they aren't the ONLY option - far from it.  If you have a pear shape body and tapered legs  aren't your best bet, you can look for straight leg, boyfriend/girlfriend and flare, wide-leg options that are so great looking.

If you go with a slim fit or skinny jeans, look to wear tops that provide some coverage in the bum and hip area.  I love tops that hit in the "Magic HipBone Zone" - at or below your hip bones. 

4.  Pockets:  Sometimes front pockets can show through with white jeans, adding visual bulk around the hip area.  Look for a pair with fake pockets, or no pockets - or have your tailor cut the pockets out if they bother you! 

5.  Ladies - No VPL:  This one needs no elaborate explanation.  Check out  your rear view before leaving the house if there is any question.  Make sure you have nude/flesh tone underwear in either a thong or invisible edge panty.  These are my favorites... I get the simply  soft in the thong and the bikini.   'Nuff said;)

6. Monochromatic White:  Want a sure fire way to look fresh, modern and chic? Try an all-white look.  Here are some fantastic examples from the March Style System Challenge.  Click here to be notified when the Spring Style System launches! 

7.  The Power of the Third Piece:  These examples above illustrate how adding a strategically placed layer really does make the outfit!

8. Neutral Shoes:  A neutral shoe is your best bet with white jeans or pants.  Shoes are so important when trying to make our legs look longer and slimmer.  Simplicity is key...and colors like nude, tan, cognac, gray, blush, metallic (rose, yellow gold, silver) are all good bets! 

I hope this helped any white jean trauma you may be having!  Need more personalized help? Ask in my free #justgetdressed Facebook Page, and/or sign up to be notified when the Spring  Style System Challenge launches in April.   My goal will be to make sure everyone who wants white jeans/pants has a pair that works for them! 



Tipsy Tuesday: Universally Flattering Colors and Wearing Green!

Chances are you've been exposed at some point to the book Color Me Beautiful.  It was (and  still is) the bible for color theory and finding "your colors".  I'm a Spring (I think;).  What are you?  You can take a quick test on their website to refresh your  memory.

These quizzes are fun, but I actually come from the school of "if you love it and feel great in it" - then it's your color.  I also think we all have those colors that garner us the most compliments - and those are "our colors" too.  

Very scientific, right?

Either way, there are a few colors that the experts out there say are universally flattering:

1. Blush:  Probably my favorite accent colors these days because it can serve as a neutral as well. 

2. Plum:  Another universally flattering color.  I think of plum as more of a fall and winter color, but personally love its lighter sister color, lavender this time of year.

3. Teal:   As far as "Universally Flattering" colors go, I'd put teal at the top of the list.  This is a shade that is so flattering and versatile. 

This week's Tipsy Tuesday video tip of the week is about how to incorporate GREEN into your look, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Even if you think green "isn't your color", here are some easy tips for incorporating the festive color using items from your closet:


Amethyst t-shirt (also in blush):

Black Open Cardigan/Wrap:

Camo Pants (similar):

Necklaces: Amour Charm Pendant and Celestial Choker

"Mojito" Tank:

"Mojito" T-shirt:

Newsletter Sign up:

Free Private #justgetdressed Facebook Group:

Thanks for reading, now go #justgetdressed 😉



Tipsy Tuesday: The Classic Button Down Shirt

This Tipsy Tuesday helps you zhuzh up your classic button down shirt.  We often think of this closet workhorse as a layering piece, but as the weather warms up it can stand on it's own as well.

Wear with white or denim jeans, black pants or really any color pants you may have...dressy or casual.  It can also be worn over a sundress as cute way to add coverage without over heating. as show here:

JCrew Shirt:

Lola Black Maxi Dress (has a built in bra;)

Statement Earring Ideas: and and

Cuff bracelet:

March #justgetdressed Challenge:

What to Wear on College Visits: The Do’s and Don’ts

Many of us have spent lots of time on college tours recently.  I'm not going to get into the insanity of the entire college selection process;  I'll let you experience and enjoy that on your own.

However,  as you embark on this fun experience, whether for the first time, or sixth (God bless you;) you should check out a fabulous new resource created by a friend and fellow entrepreneur, Moira McCullough.

Her newly launched website, College Scoops provides college-bound students and their parents with the resources needed to save time, money and stress when planning  college visit trips.  The site will help you find places to stay, tell you where to eat, and gives you all the inside "scoop" you need for a successful trip.  Trust me, you owe it to yourself to visit her site before you hit the road. 

Another favorite source for advice navigating the college process, along with all the other fun that comes with parenting high school and college aged kids (and beyond) is Grown and Flown.  I highly recommend following their Facebook page and/or getting the newsletter. They provide so much helpful material and support for this unique season of parenting (not to mention much-needed humor;) 

Now, before I talk about what to wear on college visits,  I just need to get one thing off my chest in case any admissions people or tour guides happen to be reading this....

Can we all agree to replace the word "free" with the phrase "included with your tuition" ??  If one more perky tour guide exclaims with pride that things like printing, laundry and shuttle rides are FREE, I think my head may explode.

Ok, now that we've covered that,  on to the truly important topic here:

What to Wear to On College Tours with Your (easily embarrassed)  16-18 Year Old Young Adult

  1. DO wear comfortable shoes.  Hands down, the most important tip.   My go-to is my Classic Adidas or my slip-on Vans.   Low heel, comfortable and waterproof booties or your favorite loafers are good choices as well.  This snake print pair is a new favorite of mine and so comfortable for walking.   Needless to say....this is not a time to break out the heels.
  2. DO plan on weather changes.  Especially if you're traveling, wear layers, bring an umbrella, and have a neutral jacket on hand.  

    I love my black ponte blazer because it's so very comfortable, easy to pack, and polished looking without being stuffy.

    An olive field jacket is another versatile winner because it's on trend without being trendy...and you'll blend in with the scenery which is your goal.  😉

    Another go-to is  my all-time favorite denim jacket - it's just cool enough without screaming "I'm 50 years old and want to look like a teenager."
  3. On that note:  DON'T dress for fashion.  Yes, you can be fashionable, but trust me, your kid doesn't want you to draw undo attention to yourself.  Despite the fact that you raised and nurtured this child for 18 years (and are footing the bill) it's not about you.  😉
  4. DON'T expect your almost adult child to carry their own sh*t.  Seriously though, carry a light-weight tote to hold your sunglasses, umbrella, an extra layer --  AND all the glossy hand out materials (that must cost these schools a fortune, and no one ever looks at again because it's all available on-line).
  5. DO bring a scarf to add some personality to your neutral look.  Scarves serve multiple purposes including adding some warmth, keeping your head dry in unexpected downpours, and covering the stain created when you dump your coffee on yourself while driving to said tour.   

    A long necklace you can easily throw on also adds personality to a basic tee (and a tassel or pendant gives you something to fiddle with to remind yourself to keep your mouth shut).

     I love this one and also have this one (and it's reversible, so 2 looks in 1).
  6. DO enjoy this special time with your "child" as they are held captive with no easy escape plan.  It can be a stressful time filled with conflict and tough decisions, but it can and should also be a wonderful chance for some rare one-on-one time.
  7. FINAL TIP:   Stuff a "free" cookie in your mouth when you feel tempted to express a preference for a particular school.  

    Learn this phrase and repeat it over and over when you're tempted to give your opinion:   "What did YOU think??"   

    At first, you'll be met with a blank stare or something meaningless like,  "it was nice". But eventually (we pray) they will figure it out and end up somewhere right for them.

    And then (we pray) they'll get a job, and not live in the basement.  For too long.

Have fun and #justgetdressed😉


Snake Print Accessories for Spring

I just read an article about a "hot spring trend", and I'm happy report, that a few months ago I bought something from this "trend" without realizing it was going to be HOT this Spring. 

 In fact, I consider this item to be a classic, traditional piece.. Go figure.  

Can you guess which recent purchase of mine I'm talking about?

Yup, these shoes:

Snake print is a timeless, classic animal print and its having a moment this Spring.  

The beauty of a "trend" like this, is that it has staying power, and won't be going anywhere anytime soon.  In fact, it's always been here, right?  Like leopard, it really is a neutral and works well with all the Essentials, and  most colors and neutrals.  I'd also wear it with a floral top like this one:

Like my much-worn leopard print belt,  also have a snake print belt that I wear all the time - and it has to be close to 10 years old.  I found some suggestions in various price points for shoes and accessories you may want to consider adding to your spring looks.  They are versatile, neutral and add an element of chic and cool to any look: 

My March #justgetdressed Challenge kicks off on March 4th with the first Outfit Formula and runs the entire month.  I hope you'll join us and find new and fun ways to mix and match your Essentials with seasonal add-on's and trends. 

Tipsy Tuesday: Your Personal Style Uniform

I'm a big believer in a having a go-to Personal Style "Uniform".  Do you have one? What is it?  Need help developing one?  Join the March #justgetdressed, Challenge and I can help! 


March #justgetdressed Challenge:

Weekend Update Newsletter:

Gingham Top (similar):

Black Jacket (new) Perfect as your go-to windbreaker or everyday casual jacket.  Also in olive: 

And for your sugar fix, the best bakery ever, Bisousweet Confections.

March 2019 #justgetdressed Challenge

I firmly believe that the routine and (relatively) necessary act of getting dressed each day has an enormous impact on our mood,   our productivity and even our relationships.

And no, this not about getting "dressed UP" or being vain,  or focusing on superficial, external fluff.  And it's also not about buying more and more clothes.  

It is about putting our best self forward and taking the extra minute or two (tops) to #justgetdressed - with intention. 

And it's about  recognizing  (or coming to grips with) the reality that our outward appearance does in fact have an impact on how we are viewed and treated by others.  

But more important than how others view us, is the simple fact that when we look good, we feel good.  And when we feel good, it has a spillover effect on everything we do. 

One of my last Weekend Update emails talked about how I tend to get in a rut this time of year.  I'm so done with winter and the short, dark, cold days, and I can get crabby and unmotivated.   And then comes the month of March....oye.

I have an issue with March.  I just don't like it.  But since a vacation is not happening (which would definitely change my opinion), I had to come up with something else to help.

Introducing the MARCH #justgetdressed CHALLENGE that begins officially on March 4th. Click HERE for all the info and to sign up.  I hope you'll join us!

Even if the weather is beautiful where you are, we can all use a little motivation and accountability to #justgetdressed each day in a way that makes us feel confident, pulled-together ...and comfortable.  This Challenge will do just that, and my hope is that we'll have a better March because of it!

Tipsy Tuesday: My 10 Essentials from my closet

Tipsy Tuesday...Showing you my 10 Essentials straight from my closet.


1. Light Gray V-neck:
Charcoal (similar):
2. Black Top:
Short Sleeve:
Blouse: (similar, on sale)
3. White Top
Button Up:
V-Neck Pima Core:
4. Stripe Top (my JCew is sold out, this amazon gets good reviews):
5. Chambray Top:
6. Dark Wash Jeans, my Paige:
More affordable, great jeans:
7. Black Pants
Ankle Pants:
Ponte Moto Leggings:
Pencil Skirt:
8. Black Dress, budget, Amazon:
9. Black Blazer:
10. Neutral Shoe
Suede Pumps:
Snake Print Loafers:

Tipsy Tuesday: The Most Powerful of the 10 Essentials

Tipsy Tuesday Time! What's the most POWERUL of all the Essentials? 

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