Is your wardrobe a pill........or a capsule?

Have you ever envied those who wear uniforms, if only because they make getting packed for a trip so much easier?  Well, here's a way to capitalize on the uniform idea, without taking the fun and spontaneity out of dressing.  It's the capsule wardrobe and it's popularity is growing daily because of its ease and versatility.  And here's how to do it!

The key to capsule packing is sticking with no more than three color combos and two accent colors.  For example, take a pair of boyfriend jeans and a black pencil skirt.  Add a white button down and a short and long sleeved white T.  That's already 6 outfits out of two color combos. Now pick a favorite color, like, say, red.  Add it in the form of a red silky blouse that you can wear with the jeans or the skirt and also layered over the Ts.  That's 10 outfits out of 6 pieces.  But wait!  With one more colored bottom piece, such as a pair of white capris, we can expand that to 14 ensembles!  With one more color, like a khaki motor jacket, you've got 28!!!!  And with a scarf that combines the colors you can pep up any of those  and show off your own personal style!  But wait, I hear you say, you don't have shoes!  True-and with only two pairs of shoes, you double your choices again........perhaps with a pair of black pumps and a multi-hued espadrille, or nude pumps and a white sneaker.  This doesn't even include what happens when we add in the really light items to pack, like hoop earrings and a chunky white bracelet.  See how easy packing can be.......that's clothing for WEEKS with only 9 pieces and two pairs of shoes!

Adjust this to your favorite colors or add in a few additional pieces if you have room, but stick with your color palette.  You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to pack when you do, proving yet again that "trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!

Valentine's Day Style Packages

Sad that all that holiday bling is put away?  Is the fact that the neighbors still have their Christmas lights up more painful than amusing?  Well,s the good news is there is another holiday on the schedule and Style Savvy has put together specially priced packages to celebrate it.  What better way to say “I love you” for Valentine’s Day then to give the gift that makes your loved one feel beautiful.  A special package from Style Savvy is the best way to say; “Here, be the most fabulous “YOU” you can be!”  Just go to our Gift Card store and check out the LOVELY packages we have available.

Cashmere - An Addiction You Need

The most cozy, comfortable feeling I can imagine is to be swathed in head-to-toe cashmere.  Heaven!!!  Thankfully, cashmere is now available at all price points and in most stores, so I can feed my addiction without robbing a bank.  If you share my fetish, read on and I'll tell you how to wrap yourself in this most luxurious, cuddly comfort for less than you'd imagine.

Cashmere is more expensive than wool because it is made from the underbelly hair of goats that live at high altitude.  (And no, they don't have to harm the cute little goats-they're shaved and turned loose to regrow their miraculously soft, sinfully delicate hair). 

 Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Cashmere is softer, silkier and more cloudlike than any wool could ever be.  When I said that I wanted to be wrapped in it like a blanket, I meant completely surrounded, in a tracksuit, socks, gloves, beanie, shawl, coat and scarf, all of which are, thank God, available at less than Kardashian prices.  Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft sell lovely sweaters in clear, melting colors.  Topshop offers hats and gloves in prices that only have two digits on the tag!  Macy's and Bloomingdale's have always sold sweaters in multiple styles and diverse colors in the $100-200 range.  J. Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Nordstrom all sell beautiful cashmere pieces at affordable prices.  So now you can surround yourself with this most luxe of all wools without surrounding yourself in high credit card bills!  What a happy coincidence in the dog days after the holidays!!  And what a wonderful way to celebrate the fact that "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!!!

 Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

 Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

 Macy's - Turtleneck 

Macy's - Turtleneck 

 Topshop - Cashmere Scarf

Topshop - Cashmere Scarf

Leggings - They Never Went Away - Yay!

Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished!  Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind!  So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort?  The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!

 Free People Chenille Leggings

Free People Chenille Leggings

Yes, I know.  You thought leggings were gone, never to return.  But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere!  The difference between then and now?  The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater.  On trend now?  Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic.  And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!  

 Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots!  Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings.  Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist?  It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun!  So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge!  And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!

 Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

 Metallic Print Leggings

Metallic Print Leggings

 Chictopia Suede Leggings

Chictopia Suede Leggings

 Zara Metallic Leggings

Zara Metallic Leggings

When To Save and When To Splurge

There you are, in a store in Fashion Show Mall, confronting every woman's dilemma........"Is this worth it?"

jimmy-choo-classic-pumps

Believe it or not, there are easy tests to determine the answer to this.  The first is cost per wearing.  What that basically boils down to is how often ARE you going to wear it?  The black pumps that are classic enough for the office but sexy enough to go on a date are going to get worn, let's say, 3 days per week.  That's 156 times a year, so if you spend $450 on them, that's less than $3 per wearing.  If, instead, you buy the less expensive version at $159, chances are good that they'll A) hurt your feet, B) have to be repaired/replaced two or three times.  When they hurt you won't reach for them and they'll spend a lot of down time at Green Valley Shoe Repair.  (Truth and product placement in one sentence-yea, Me!) So-you wear them less with higher maintenance and replacement costs and the cost per wearing is actually higher than the more expensive version! 

kate-spade-classic-bag

The other test is more subjective.  It's called......"How much do you love me?".  That Kate Spade bag that you adore is going to give you a lot more pleasure than the Le Sportsac your mom is pushing you towards.  The Kate Spade is classy, the color is perfect for a large majority of your wardrobe and you just plain love it.  How does that stack up against a bag you're almost embarrassed to carry?  

The last test is "Which looks expensive and classic versus which looks cheap and plastic?"  Bags and shoes can make any outfit look elegant.  Putting those $450 pumps with either jeans or black slacks makes them look classy, whereas pairing those pants with a cheap bag and shoes brings the whole outfit down.  So do yourself a favor.  Do the math.  Take the tests.  But when all is said and done, remember the immortal words of Coco Chanel........"Trend is today, style is forever"!