We sought out the advice of Tina Adams of Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting to weigh in on 10 fashion conundrums that confound us. Tina has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years. Her company is over 6 years old and has over 1000 clients between all of her stylists. She has seen it ALL. And, she has hard and fast rules that we rely on and often seek out her advice. Here are some insights as we head into fall as well as a few options we picked out based on the below guidelines.
As the season changes to fall, what should we save our pennies to splurge on?
Boots. If you haven’t replaced or bought boots in a few years, now’s the time. They need to be real leather, preferably brown instead of black (goes with more) and buy a good classic style with out lots of hardware and doo-dads like logos and buckles.
What is in your car for small spills on your white pants/jeans? Tide To Go, Clorox pen, baby wipes?
I had a eureka moment at my friend Lorie Duke’s house after playing with her dogs, in white jeans, of course. She handed me a Shout Portable Wipe. Mud stains gone. True story.
What’s the magic/perfect length to hem jeans so you can wear them with a variety of shoes?
Everyone has discovered the skinny jean, and one reason is that you can wear any shoe with them. But good dressing is a game of millimeters, and it never matters so much as it does with the length of your skinny jeans. I would say hem them right at your ankle bone, but when you walk or cross your legs, they creep up to that length anyway, so I just tell everyone to hem them across the middle of your ankle bone. They must never be so short as to fall into the the evil capri category, and if they puddle around your ankles, that just looks ridiculous. With the correct length you can wear a flat, a heel, a boot, anything!
There are so many couples that get married in the fall. What is are some good tips on what to wear and NOT to wear to a fall wedding? (color, style, length of dress, etc …)
Something like a navy sheath that you could wear with a great leather jacket for a more casual wedding, or dress it up with a beautiful jacket and metallic heels for a dressier venue. You can wear black to a wedding, but it’s best for black tie weddings. Please, no miniskirts or anything that says, “Look at me not the bride.” Good taste must rule at a wedding. It’s just plain polite.
And, another note on weddings and special events in general: The biggest mistake we see is that people run out and buy for a special occasion, usually at the last minute, and what this does is put the wrong kind of pressure on you to make a purchase. People inevitably overspend on something that isn’t perfect, that they don’t love and that they never wear again. I, and every stylist who works for me, want our clients to have that perfect outfit already hanging in their closet, so that no matter the event, they can pull it together at the last minute, without any last minute shopping stress and over-spending!
Are there some rules for age-appropriate dressing? Length of skirt, lace shorts, shoes?
So it really is an age thing, the length of your skirts and shorts, that is. No matter how great your legs are, please keep your shorts and skirts to at least mid-thigh, and preferably around the top of your knees if you’re over 40. This is so true for moms with sons who hang out with girls in short shorts and miniskirts. You do not want to be dressing like these girls! It will embarrass your son terribly. As far as shoes, it’s best to stay away from clubbin’ heels if you’re over 40.
This fall seems to be light on jewelry, as far as trends go. How can we seem current and not overdone, but still embrace great accessories?
Light on jewelry is right. Have you seen the one-earring trend? Don’t take it that far, but yes, scale back on the huge statement necklaces and bangles. This fall, wear 3 simple gold bangles instead of 7. Wear one simple gold band on your hand instead of one on every finger. Pick one area to emphasize, like bold earrings, and let the rest of your accessories play a backup role.
The tennis shoe with “normal” clothes trend is HUGE. Is this big for women over the age of 25? If so, how do we embrace?
You know this is my favorite trend! I’m obsessed. I will admit, though, it’s hard to pull off well as an adult with normal clothes and not your yoga pants. Take your cue from the Europeans: pick a pair of Converse and pair them with a skinny jean or a pencil skirt. Add a blazer and voila, casual European chic. Do not let me catch you in white Reeboks. Major fashion foul. Also, no Keens or Merrells. Not the same thing. At all.
Men: what is the number one fashion offense you run across and how do you fix it?
I have to say 2 things: pleated khakis and dress shirts that don’t fit. Easy fix on the khakis — switch to flat front. As for ill-fitting shirts, they have to be tailored. It’s a fact of life.
Okay: $250 lands in your packet. What is the best thing, fashion-wise, to do if you are looking to buy ONE thing with that money. Something that you can incorporate each week and always be happy you spent the money on?
A vegan leather jacket! In brown, of course. You can wear it with a black sheath, with jeans, with a pencil skirt, with pretty much anything!
“Vegan” leather seems to be everywhere. What should someone look for to make sure they still look chic, but also avoid, as this material doesn’t seem to be at all breathable.
I have some great vegan leather. It’s so much more affordable! But quality counts. The yucky ones are stiff and loud when you move around in them. The better ones are soft and feel like the real thing, and move with your body just like real leather. My best tip for leather, vegan or real: make sure the fit is pretty tight. Leather is like cardigans: it has to be fitted or it looks frumpy.
Thank you, Tina!
For all your wardrobing needs, Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting is prepared to save you time and money while leaving behind a closet filled with only clothes you LOVE and look great on you. Because they work for a fee and not a commission, you can trust that their suggestions are based on what looks best and not what will earn them a larger check! If shopping overwhelms you, or you simply don’t have time, or you are in need of a fresh set of eyes, call. They travel throughout the southeast and help men and women everyday. For more information, see: www.tinaadamsconsulting.com