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Your Wardrobe Studio

I have been dressing women since 1977.

In this industry, one thing you can count on…fashion never sits still. 

Let’s take the word “classic”. What was classic in the 80’s looks dated today. If you were around in the 80’s, chances are, your body has changed. How does one stay current, while not spending a fortune? How do we know if a look is too young or too old?  How can you navigate through all of the choices which are thrown your way every season? It’s a lot.  

Your Wardrobe Studio is where you can explore answers to these questions.

Knowing which colors flatter you the most, knowing what your physical assets are, and knowing what you want to downplay will help you to look your best, and save you oodles of cash. Let’s dive in! 

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Spice up your Jeans…Use your Color Scheme

Spice up your Jeans…Use your Color Scheme

When you are invited to a black-tie event and “dressy” is not your go to, try not to spend a fortune on a dress or outfit you might wear once. It is a shame to feel buyer’s remorse.  I made a video for you to see what you can do with sequins pieces after the event. ...

Glasses are an Accessory

Glasses are an Accessory

I recently needed new glasses. There was a slight adjustment in the prescription. Therefore, my old glasses still worked.  Hooray!  An opportunity for a new look, and variety!  While looking at new frames, I decided to get a neutral and a bright pair. This was a...

Beauty in Your Full Figure

Beauty in Your Full Figure

I read an article in the New York Times. “Linda Evangelista’s British Vogue cover presents an antiquated vision of fashion.” That caught my eye. Linda Evangelista seemed like the “it” girl in the 90’s. Kenar, who was my biggest supplier during that time, was very...

Joggers…are they for you?

Joggers…are they for you?

I have been looking at photos of women in joggers for quite some time. They look uber comfy, but I kept on avoiding the look for me. I had the feeling it would add too much to my hips. And…I really don’t like the look of pulling in the crotch. Ugh…so unattractive!...

Everyone looks good in a shade of Yellow

Everyone looks good in a shade of Yellow

I have often heard, “I look terrible in yellow”. Did you know everyone has a shade of yellow which is “your color”?  That works with almost all shades of color. Some are your most flattering, and others…not so much. Let’s talk about yellow for now. Most of the photos...

Travel Packing…Easy Tips!

Travel Packing…Easy Tips!

When you pack to travel, do you bring too much? Do you do without? Do you pack in advance? Or, are you a last minute packer? I have always packed last minute, and since I have traveled so much, it never seemed like a big deal.  I’m pretty good at it. I wanted to...

Maxi Skirts…what length?

Maxi Skirts…what length?

Skirt lengths have been going up and down since the 1920’s.  Maxi lengths ebb and flow on the fashion scene, but they don’t disappear. They were big in the late sixties, and they are strong again now. What are your thoughts about them?  I like them, they are...

Do You Know which Neutrals Work Best?

Do You Know which Neutrals Work Best?

I posted a photo on social media last week. I love to ask what others think about various fashion topics. Who looked best in the beige and crème outfit?  A blonde or a brunette. Most thought the blonde would look better; I would agree.  This is the photo. ...

Are you an Unmade Bed?

Are you an Unmade Bed?

When I looked at the woman in the red duster, I thought of an unmade bed.  The visual of the unmade bed vs the clean and crisp room says a lot. When you walk into a cluttered room, how does it make you feel?  How about when you have just washed the sheets and your bed...

Please…Change your Handbag!

Please…Change your Handbag!

When I speak to groups about image, I usually address handbags. I ask, “how many of you use the same bag every day?” Usually, at least half the group raises their hand. I then ask for a volunteer who raised their hand. She shares her bag with the group. It is often...

Fashion From all Angles

Fashion From all Angles

How many things do you have hanging on your walls? How often do you really, I mean really, look at them? This is a framed gift from the Burlington Free Press. I received it eons ago. I haven’t read it or studied the photo in years. What a flattering note from Ed...

When is a Purchase Worth it?

When is a Purchase Worth it?

I consider myself a careful shopper. Careful shopper? What does that mean? Several criteria go into that answer. When purchasing an item, these are some of the questions I may ask myself. How often will you wear this? What do you have that goes with this? Is the price...

Holiday Parties…What do I Wear?

Holiday Parties…What do I Wear?

Do you experience anxiety when you are dressing for a holiday party? Do you feel you have to run out and get something new? If getting a new outfit excites you, go for it. Shop away. If you are not that person, there are a couple of things you can do. One…you can go...

Visual Overkill

Visual Overkill

When I look at this photo, I am overloaded with visual information. What do you look at? There is so much going on that my eye can't get back to the model's face.  I love mixing prints, but I also like the mix to tell a story. What do the boots have to do with the...

Accessories Make a Difference

Accessories Make a Difference

When I looked at this photo, I said to myself, “oh no, wrong.” I bet she was running out to do a quick errand. I would guess, when one has a bright blue dress coat, there are other outerwear options in her closet. Either change the shoes or change into a more casual...

When you Know it’s Right!

When you Know it’s Right!

I went shopping last week-end and I tried on about five pairs of pants. Nope. That was not a pants day for me.  Everything was cut too straight. I’m thin. What about women who have more meat on their bones? Funny how a legging can be more flattering than a straight...

What to Wear on a Date…A Podcast

What to Wear on a Date…A Podcast

This was fun. I met Rosine Kushnick through Linkedin. She is a dating consultant. In this video, we discussed visual impressions you might make on a virtual first date, on an in-person date, and beyond.  How do you want to dress after many years of a relationship…and...

Visual Illusion

Visual Illusion

A casual night out… I absolutely love my Betabrand leggings. They are warm and so comfy! However, they are not my most flattering leggings. To create the look I want, I go oversized on my top by cabi and I do wide calf boots by Rockport. It gives the illusion that my...

Full Figures

Full Figures

I was asked by one of my followers to post about full figures. As I said in the home page of Your Wardrobe Studio… know the features to accent and which ones to play down. I have many posts in my full figures board on Pinterest. Click here to follow me on...

Contour Belt

Contour Belt

I’ve gotten to the point where I put on a belt and then I opt out. I used to have a great waist and larger hips. Go figure!  If you are one who has a good waistline, don’t waste it. Belt it. I am a fan of contour belts!  They fit into your curves and they don’t ride...

Oblong Scarf Tying

Oblong Scarf Tying

I learned to tie an oblong scarf from Echo Scarves years ago.  There are many ways to tie a scarf. I would say, this is the easiest and most attractive. Let me know what you think.

Use a Ring

Use a Ring

Large square scarves can be cumbersome. This is an easy tip. Fold the scarf in half to make a triangle shape. Instead of tying a knot, which will be huge and awkward, try using a ring. I rarely wear this ring on my finger, so… I feel good that I am putting it to use...

Which one and Why?

Which one and Why?

One of my many social media posts asking my followers what their preference would be. Most chose the white blouse tucked into the jeans. The tunic model is very stylized. To me, the necklace is off putting. It competes with the embroidery at the neckline of the tunic....

Which One?   Fuchsia Hat

Which One? Fuchsia Hat

When you look at the model on the left, she is giving you two color stories.  Her hair and her skin tone call for warm colors. The hat is a bit out there to begin with, and the color makes it more ridiculous. Look at the brown around her neck…you can easily see that...

Tunics

Tunics

I love posting fashion choices on social media. Reading the responses? Everyone has an opinion, and the insights are lovely! Always feel free to follow me on social media and to comment here on nanpatrickknows.com https://www.facebook.com/nan.patrick.9...

Mixing Stripes

Mixing Stripes

Mixing stripes…it’s fun and can give your look texture and interest. As you can see, I have chosen a striped bootie with striped socks to blend with the larger stripes in the top.  How do you know if your stripes will work together? If all of the stripes were solid...

Nanisms

Nanisms

I have been in the fashion and beauty business since 1977. In that time, I have developed many opinions in that arena. People have often suggested that I write a book. I don’t think I am patient enough for that process, but I will share my thoughts with you. I have...

National Pink Day

National Pink Day

One National pink day, I posted this on social media.  Follow me on FB and Instragram to follow my posts. Red and Fushia…a bold combination. I have always adored this color combo. It’s not for the faint of heart.  If you are light skinned and have a pink base to your...

Gorgeous Silver Hair

Gorgeous Silver Hair

Gorgeous silver hair, right?  She also has olive skin.  Check out her face. Here face shows up when it comes to gray and black rather than with camel. Her skin tone fades into the camel. Camel would be ideal if she had blonde hair and she had a pink base to her...

Gray is intrinsically a cool color

Gray is intrinsically a cool color

Gray is intrinsically a cool color. It’s softer than black and it can easily be warmed up with soft, warm colors.  Here is an example…gray with peach.  An ideal color combo for blondes, redheads, or women who have a pink base to their skin tone.  Try it and send me a...

I love her look, but the shoes…

I love her look, but the shoes…

I absolutely love her look. But the shoes… do you like them? I did this as a post on FB. There were many opinions on the shoe choice. No doubt about it…shoes change the visual message.  I do not like the model’s choice of shoes. The straps are not flattering on her....

Denim with sweater or jacket

Denim with sweater or jacket

It’s important to know your audience. Yesterday, as I was dressing to do a makeup tutorial on zoom, I intended on mixing my CABI top with a former MK director suit jacket. I bought that top to go with jeans and this jacket. When I looked in the mirror, I knew it...

Change the shoes

Change the shoes

Change the shoes, change the jacket. Voila! My visual message has changed. I probably don’t have to say anything more. Looking at the photos gives you the total story. That’s the point. You give your impressions in the first thirty seconds someone sees you. If you are...

Warm with Denim

Warm with Denim

I am all about gray, black, navy and a pop of cool color... for me, with my olive skin. Love this photo of my beautiful friend Kate Quinn. She is rocking denim to go with her warm toned scarf... which she made herself! Fabulous look with red hair and pink based skin....

You Choose: Belt or No Belt

You Choose: Belt or No Belt

I am a fan of With Belt! That way, I can blouse the dress over the belt to make the dress shorter. Better with leggings. I found this dress in my closet. I forgot about it. The dress originally had a hi/lo hem. I still like that look for formalwear, but not for this....

Dress it Down!

Dress it Down!

I usually wear my Joseph Ribkoff top with skirts and dress pants. It’s so cute with bike shorts. Their tops are super for travel. They just don’t wrinkle. Thanks Jess Boutique in Burlington, Vermont for supplying us with this great line. If you haven't been to Jess...