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Add Some Sparkle To Your Wardrobe

vine vera banner presents Add Some Sparkle To Your WardrobeThere you are looking through the racks at your favorite clothing store for something a bit unusual, something that speaks to you a little more than all of the other stuff. Then, you see it, a few hangers down. Of course, it speaks to you- it sparkles. Every woman is drawn to glittery things! You walk over and pull it off the rack. You love it; the only problem is: how are you going to wear it without looking like you’re going to a bar mitzvah? If you have some sparkly clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting for the right occasion, your wait may be over. Here are some ways you can take sparkle to the streets.

Keep it Classy
A higher neckline is a quick way to earn a few sophistication points when you’re bringing the bling. Avoid revealing necklines on all -over sparkle dresses, and finish your look with black accessories to tone it down a bit.

A Glittery Jacket
The glitter says “fun” the jacket says “style.” Drape a glittery metallic jacket over your shoulders to add a little sparkle without overdoing it.

Sparkly Accents
A twinkle here, a glimmer there. Glittery accessories and accents are always eye-catching and subtle. Try a shiny belt or waistband, or a jeweled neckline to add some fun to a casual look.

Patent Leather
Here’s a no- sequin way to shine. Patent leather boots and jackets always make a statement. A patent moto jacket or knee high boots are great ways to complete your look, day or night.

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Shiny Shoes and Clutch
A shiny bag and clutch are just what you need to take your LBD from day time to night time. Grab a mirrored clutch or rock some killer stilettos to jazz up your all black ensemble.

Darker Metallics
Pewters and coppers tend to look a little more classic than silvers and golds. Show a little skin with a dark gold sequin top paired with a black leather mini for a toned down upgrade.

Jewelry
Shiny metallic necklaces, big glittering earrings, and cocktail rings all contribute to the sparkle factor of an outfit without going overboard. Keep your jewelry box well stocked to keep shine within reach.

Prints
Prints don’t call for over accessorizing, which makes them ideal for wearing embellishment free, for a more streamlined, less cluttered sparkle.

Nudes with sparkles
The nude look is in. Try a nude fabric with sequins and a higher neck to keep the party stylish. Pair with some glitter heels and you’re set.

How are you bringing your sparkle this year? Let us know how you keep it fun without going overboard.

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Keeping Your Wardrobe In Great Condition

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It may not surprise you that a survey done at the University of Missouri revealed that millennials can’t do laundry or sew clothes as well as their parents and grandparents. According to the study, in generations from the Baby Boomers on, clothing care has been gradually on its way to becoming a lost art. It seems that technology progressed so far that millennials recognize the clothes iron more as a tool to heat up cold pizza rather than get wrinkles out of clothes, or perhaps they are just hoping to authenticate the “distressed” look. The truth is that millennials find it easier to throw out and replace clothing than care for and repair them, and this has resulted a huge increase in textile waste. Here’s how you can keep your wardrobe in great condition.

Pay Attention to Laundering
You know that tag on the neck of your shirt? That’s where you find your clothes laundering instructions. If you hate to hand wash and line dry, don’t buy clothes requiring special care. Make looking at care instructions a part of the shopping process. Remember, even a cheap piece of clothing can end up costing you more in the end if you end up ruining it.

Practice Good Hygiene
Of course, it may seem like a no brainer, but wearing deodorant, showering, and proper underwear can all help to keep clothes in better condition. Also, if you’re going somewhere where you know things are going to get messy, don’t wear an expensive lace dress, and don’t wear white pants if you know you are going to be sitting outside.

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Learn How to do Basic Repairs
Even if you’re really careful with your clothes, buttons can pop off and shirt sleeves can fray. You can buy a basic sewing kit for just a few dollars and there are plenty of online videos that can teach you about everything from hemming to zipper repair.

Dress After Doing Your Hair and Makeup
Women’s clothing is often more prone to damage than men’s because of the likelihood of cosmetics to fade and stain garments. Do hair and makeup before dressing and then wear a robe to apply things like bronzer and loose shadow. Hairspray can also fade clothes, so try wrapping a towel around your shoulders before that final spritz.

Develop Good Storage Habits
Of course bleary eyed late night partying is not exactly conducive to good clothing maintenance, but leaving clothes misshapen can lead to damage in a few months. For best results, fold sweaters on a shelf, zip zippers and button buttons before putting clothes away and invest in good hangers. Wire and plastic hangers can stretch out the shoulders on your clothes. Hangars with plush or wooden arms help clothes keep their shape. Also, try not to store clothes too close together, as that can cause wrinkling and fading of fabrics. If you are short on room, you may want to look into storage solutions.

If you’re a millennial and are working on a way to save the environment, you may want to focus on conserving your clothing first. Let us know what you think! Will you be making some changes?

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The Minimalist Closet

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Spring cleaning can inspire you to take a close look at the items you own and think about whether or not you really want / need them. If you’re dreading rotating your closet from winter to spring because of the sheer volume of clothing, it’s time to consider building a minimalist closet. The idea behind a minimalist closet is simple: your wardrobe contains only pieces that fit and flatter you and that are practical for your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn how to put together a minimalist closet that makes sense for you and that keeps your clutter to a minimum.

Know What you Have and What you Want
The first thing you want to do in crafting a minimalist closet is to take a good look at everything that you already have. After you’ve taken inventory, make a list of things that you really like about your wardrobe and things that you aren’t so thrilled with. Next, consider what you really want out of a minimalist closet. Are you looking to make your look more professional? Do you want to reduce your dry cleaning bill? If you’re super busy, do you want clothes that can transition seamlessly from day to night? Thinking about what your closet goals are will help you determine what you should be getting rid of and what you should be keeping.

Define Your Personal Style
Part of the reason it seems overwhelming for many women to pare down a closet into a minimalist one is that they own tons of clothing because they haven’t pinpointed a style that suits them. The problem with this is that your clothes don’t give you options so much as a huge source of stress over what to wear. If you don’t already have a clear sense of what you want your personal style to be, start a Pinterest board and name it Style Inspiration. Spend a few weeks pinning things that really attract you and then go back and look at all of the common threads. Is it a casual board or does it look like boardroom attire? Are there feminine, frilly components or do you gravitate towards more edgy selections? Whatever these common threads are, they will help you to know what you want to have in your wardrobe when you reduce its size.

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Clear the Clutter
This is perhaps the hardest part of creating a minimalist closet, particularly if you already own an insane amount of clothing. Carve out some time where you will be uninterrupted and divide your clothing among three separate piles: Keep, Donate and Needs Repair. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or flatter you or that is obviously out of place with the style you’re trying to cultivate. If you can’t bear the thought of parting with some of your clothes, place them in a suitcase or a box for a month or two. If you miss them terribly, put them back into your closet, but if you get along fine without them, it’s time to say goodbye.

Build Your Closet
You don’t need to run out and replace everything you tossed; in fact doing so is the exact opposite of what your minimalist closet is all about. Instead, focus on quality items in coordinating colors so that the clothes you do choose to keep can be as versatile as possible. A classic capsule wardrobe contains three to four pairs of shoes, two pairs of well-fitting denim, two pairs of trousers, two blazers, two skirts, two dresses, three to four t-shirts, three sweaters (bonus if one is cashmere!) and two coats (one winter, one spring). See how these pieces work for you and reassess your closet in a few months to make sure that you really love and wear every piece you’ve chosen.

A minimalist closet isn’t about building the most expensive wardrobe, it’s about creating a closet full of items that you wear and that you feel good in. Keeping your clothing to a minimum takes a lot of stress out of getting ready in the morning, after all, if everything coordinates nicely you can’t really go wrong. Another bonus about your minimalist closet? It makes next year’s spring cleaning so much easier!

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Rotating Your Wardrobe

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As winter ends and spring begins, many people can be found cleaning out their homes and one important area of this spring cleaning is the closet. Rotating your wardrobe is a great way to keep your clothing organized and to keep your closet from being overstuffed with clothes and shoes. With the official start of spring just a few days away, it’s time to start taking winter clothes out of your closet, storing them and replacing them with your spring favorites. Check out our tips below to learn how to efficiently rotate your wardrobe for spring.

Schedule Time
Rotating your closet isn’t something that you can accomplish in a single hour, it’s a serious time investment. Pick a time where you have several hours free from any distractions or interruptions and take care of rotating your wardrobe at this time. If you aren’t able to complete it all in a single go, schedule an hour or two each day for several consecutive days until you are done.

Find a Workplace
Once you have found the time to rotate your wardrobe, it’s time to designate a workspace. Look for a flat surface that is free of any clutter. You will be sorting clothes, folding and organizing, so you want to choose a work area that has enough room and that is not too far from your closet. A freshly made bed or the top of a dresser are both areas that could be an ideal workspace. Keep a line to your closet clear as well so that you have easy access to it when you’re moving clothes in and out of it.

Choose Your Storage Area
If you don’t already have a designated area for storing your clothes, now is the time to find a spot. Choose a location that is out of your daily line of sight, but that is easily accessible in case you need to grab something quickly. If you do already have an area that you use for storing clothes, be sure that everything is neat and organized before you add your winter clothes to the area. Do any organizing or cleaning necessary before putting winter clothes away and pulling out your spring clothes.

Get Storage Containers
A proper clothing container is one that will keep your items free from dust, dirt, bugs and fuzz while they are in storage. Additionally, you want to be sure that your container is able to keep moisture away from your clothes to keep them clean and fresh. Airtight zipper garment bags are a perfect storage method, but if you don’t have space for hanging these bags, large containers work as well. If you’re desperate to get your clothing organized but don’t have any storage containers on hand, sturdy garbage bags will work, but try to move the items within the bags to proper containers as soon as you are able.

Start Rotating
With all of the prep work out of the way, it’s time to actually tackle your wardrobe. Start with one drawer or one side of your closet so that you know where you are in the process. Separate items into piles: donation clothes, clothes that need to be washed, clothing that needs repair and items of clothing that are ready for storage as is. If you already have a storage system for rotating your wardrobe, simply empty your spring containers and place the winter clothes into them as you go. Continue this process until you have sorted through all of your clothing. Next, wash and repair any items of clothing that you intend to store and then place them in your containers. Place your containers in the designated storage, and before taking your clothing to a donation site, give it a quick wash and be sure that you aren’t giving anything away that is too worn out or damaged.

Even though rotating your wardrobe may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, it can make a huge difference in your closet. Once you’ve gotten your storage system in place, rotating your wardrobe as the seasons change becomes quicker and easier. Rotating your wardrobe is not only a great way to stay organized, but it’s also excellent for maximizing the amount of space you have in your closet and cutting down on clutter, which can make getting dressed more difficult. Begin your spring cleaning with your closet by rotating your clothes.

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Make Your Wardrobe Work for You

Looking through a well organized wardrobeStanding before the closet, your mind drifting back and forth between a million different outfit combinations, unsure which one to go with. You feel paralyzed, debilitated by too many options. Generally, choice is good, but too much is paralyzing, and you can’t decide for the life of you what to wear today.

Does the above scenario sound familiar at all? If so, you’re certainly not the only one. It can be all too common to accumulate clothes overtime, until you have way too many and are debilitated by too many choices. If you have too few multitasking items in your wardrobe (pieces that can be paired with multiple other pieces to create various outfit combinations), or just too much in general, it can get overwhelming.

Which is why today, Vine Vera would like to help you learn how to make your wardrobe work for you. We’ll show you how to whip your closet into shape so that instead of debilitating excess, you’ll be greeted every morning with coordinated, simple, easy, well-organized bliss.

Categorize
First thing’s first, you need to get things sorted before you can really give your closet the makeover it desperately needs. Start by putting things into categories such as professional attire, casual wear, loungewear, etc. Just don’t make too many categories; three or four is plenty. Once you’ve grouped everything together by category, sort things in order of color. Throughout this whole process, you will likely encounter several items you forgot you had. If you haven’t worn something in months, and you don’t want to wear it now, get rid of it. There’s no reason to hold onto something if you don’t love it and aren’t going to use it.

Analyze
Now, with everything laid out before you, examine each category, and consider the following questions:

  • Do I have more items than I realistically need in this category?
  • Do I realistically intend to wear every item in this category at some point?

Then, you’ll probably weed out a few items you don’t need, and a few more besides that you’re uncertain about. For the items that you’re uncertain about, try them on. If they don’t make you feel amazing in them, get rid of them!

Strategize
Take a good, long look at your wardrobe. With everything sorted into categories and thinned out now, you should start to be able to see various possibilities and combinations. Try to look at different combinations of items and see the possible outfits they could make. With your wardrobe more streamlined now, this should be easier to do than before.

In the future, when you buy new clothes, think carefully about whether you need them or not. Then think again, about whether you really need them or not. Further, as you add clothes overtime, don’t be afraid to get rid of old items you don’t need or want to wear anymore! Try to keep your wardrobe limited to things you actually like and will actually use. Finally, whenever you buy new items, aim for things that can easily combine with others to make a variety of outfits, so you can have lots of possible combinations with a small pool of garments.

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