One of the bonuses of my job is getting insider advice and tips when it comes to everything from home decor, skincare, fashion and more. Last week was no exception. I met up with Kathleen Goff, the newest member of Wardrobe Consulting and Signature Services, LLC (WC&SS), to discuss fall fashion, style tips and find some of her favorite items at area stores in Nashville. We hit Talbots, H. Audrey, Hemline, Monkee’s, Johnston & Murphy, J. McLaughlin, Calypso and Boutique Bella.
Kathleen’s job (along with Tina Adams, owner of WC&SS) is to help women consolidate their wardrobes and find options that are most flattering both to body shape and lifestyle. She also helps women fill the holes in their closets and passes along all savings from the stores (many in town give WC&SS a 10-20% discount) to her clients.
I first met up with Kathleen at Talbots. And, you know what? Talbot’s has some really cute offerings.
I asked Kathleen on our way to the Hill Center Green Hills to give me some style secrets to share with you all. Here are a few which are embraced by WC&SS for their clients (and obviously different people can break different rules dependent upon their age and body type… but these are pretty flattering guidelines for everyone):
- no crew necks
- not much pattern except classics like animal print, paisley, plaids
- black with other neutrals, not primary colors
- primary colors with white or grey, never black
- no ankle straps on shoes
- no leggings or jeggings
- skinny pants – only if they hit right at ankle bone and are in a substantial fabric, and are worn à la Audrey Hepburn with flats OR the equestrian look with a blazer and tucked into boots
- emphasize the hi-lo look – investment pieces paired with inexpensive items, like tees, that are disposable and have to be replaced regularly
- where trends are concerned, don’t spend too much money, and make sure it’s age-appropriate. The question is: if you’re teenage daughter is wearing it, you shouldn’t be!
With that, into Calypso St. Barth we go!
First of all, I’m so happy Calypso has opened in Nashville. Please, realize that the Hill Center does not end at Anthropologie. Walk a little further and check out this boutique!
H. Audry was next on our list. While I don’t like to say which stores are my absolute favorites, I can say that if anyone in my family is reading, please just call H. Audry and send me gift cards. Swoon.
Here’s another stylist tip I picked up: roll your sleeves up past your wrist bone, as that is your smallest part. Showing it off gives you a smaller look.
Next we went down to J. McLaughlin. We continue to get emails about J. McLaughlin being such a great store whenever we mention them. So, if you have not been in, go!
We stayed on the sidewalk and next made our way to Hemline. This is a store that I didn’t really know much about until earlier this summer. Now, I am stopping by all the time!
Here is what Kathleen picked out:
And Kathleen’s hands down favorite bra? It’s sold at Hemline!
Next, we walked across the crosswalk to Monkee’s and Johnson & Murphy to find Kathleen’s go-to picks for shoes.
Johnston & Murphy is known for men’s shoes. But, ladies, really: Check. Them. Out. Great shoes. Not a huge selection, but a nice one.
Our last stop of the day was closer to Vanderbilt at our beloved Boutique Bella. Kathleen picked out some favorite pants for fall:
Here is what Kathleen had to say about these choices, and jeans in general:
Boutique Bella also had this same AG cord as featured at Calypso. This cord is super soft and I certainly wish they came in a 36 inch inseam. But, if you don’t need a tall size, these cords are fab.
I hope you have picked up some good tips! You can reach Kathleen or Tina for your wardrobing needs at: click here. Happy shopping!