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😉

~Beth

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! 

Links:

March #justgetdressed Challenge: https://bstyledbybeth.com/late-winter-challenge-2019/

Weekend Update Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/do_rPv

Gingham Top (similar): https://amzn.to/2Eg57GC

Black Jacket (new) Perfect as your go-to windbreaker or everyday casual jacket.  Also in olive:  http://bit.ly/2EATdbz 

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

Tipsy Tuesday: My 10 Essentials from my closet

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

Click HERE for the full catalog of Essentials recommendations.

Links from Tipsy Tuesday video:

1. Light Gray V-neck: http://bit.ly/2OjjTiY
Charcoal (similar): https://amzn.to/2I84ynu
2. Black Top:
Tanks: http://bit.ly/2E9d9lF
Short Sleeve: http://bit.ly/2E5eYjp
Blouse: (similar, on sale) http://bit.ly/2IaM8T0
3. White Top
Button Up: https://amzn.to/2E5IS77
V-Neck Pima Core: http://bit.ly/2E62uIl
4. Stripe Top (my JCew is sold out, this amazon gets good reviews): https://amzn.to/2GF5fST
5. Chambray Top: https://amzn.to/2TLTkpT
6. Dark Wash Jeans, my Paige: https://amzn.to/2E6Mcz6
More affordable, great jeans: http://bit.ly/2mTSpEZ
7. Black Pants
Ankle Pants: http://bit.ly/2E83lZd
Ponte Moto Leggings: http://bit.ly/2prvq5I
Pencil Skirt: http://bit.ly/2E5hsyg
8. Black Dress, budget, Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GFqx2w
9. Black Blazer: http://bit.ly/2E6zWhX
10. Neutral Shoe
Booties: http://bit.ly/2SJHEXA
Suede Pumps: https://amzn.to/2N2UnPG
Snake Print Loafers: http://bit.ly/2IaPpSi

Tipsy Tuesday: The Most Powerful of the 10 Essentials

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

My Amazon Picks and Advice


My elevated Peach sweatshirt is still available - limited quantities though.

Click HERE to join my free #justgetdressed Facebook group and get tips and advice.

Now that you've heard my Amazon shopping lecture and tips, here's a preview of  some of my favorite finds that I've either read about and researched, or own myself.  

Click HERE to access the entire catalog of picks,  and bookmark it as I will update it frequently.

There are  five questions I recommend we  ask ourselves  before items from the Amazon box get put into our closet (or better yet, before we click "buy now":)

1. Do you LOVE it....I mean does it really resonate with you, or to quote Marie Kondo,, "does it spark joy?"

2. Do you have at a minimum of 3-4 ways to wear/style the item?  Think outside the box...dress it up, dress it down. 

3.  Are you sure you don't have anything just like this or similar in your closet?

4.  Would you really want to buy this item even before knowing the Amazon price on it? This is an important questions to ask...and it's the one I forgot in the video.  How often do we click "buy now" just because the price is so good...without enough thought??

5.  When you try it on, take a mirror selfie (I swear it's a better way to evaluate than just looking in the mirror).  Do you LOVE the way it makes you look and feel?

There you have it!  Just remember to buy with thought and  a plan, and eliminate the impulsive "buy now" clicking.  

And one last piece of advice...Take it from me, do not drink and Amazon shop. They do not mix 😉   

Cheers!

xo, Beth

Jeans and a White Top

Ever since the early days of FlirtyFinds and B.Styled, my mantra has been, keep the foundation simple and then change it up with accessories and the Magic Third Piece.  It’s so simple, and I say it so much, but that’s because it’s SO true.  One of my first ever blog posts as B.Styled was when I went an entire week wearing jeans and a white top – every day.  No one noticed my xeroxed outfit and it was so easy to make it look completely different each day.  The hardest part was keeping the white top clean;)

So the next time you’re at loss for what to wear and are tempted to stay in your yoga pants, grab these pieces that you “should” have in your closet already:

Perfect for you Jeans + White Top + Leopard Belt (optional) + Interesting Necklace + Neutral Booties (in the spring/summer you can sub neutral sandals).

You could call it day at that point, but to add interest and warmth, and change the look, just add any of your Third Pieces:  cardigans, jackets, wraps, scarves, vests.  

Easy, right?   Here are 10 looks I came up with just grabbing things from my closet.  You can do the same!  Shop your closet first, but there are shopping links below as well.  

Now, my dearies…go #justgetdressed 😉