Ramp Up for Fall!

Now is the time that I'm feeling the need to get really for fall.  All of the new fall clothes make me want to get out there and find something new and fun to wear.  The problem is, I'm just not really the size that I want to be at the moment.  And while I'm not letting that dictate every thing about my existence, I'm resisting the urge to add much to my fall wardrobe.

One of the best ways to amp up your look is accessories.  It will really add to your wardrobe without the frustration of trying on tons of clothes that make you frustrated.  This past week, I committed to a couple of additions that I think will carry me through for a while!

  1. Bras/underwear
  2. Handbags
No, it doesn't seem like a whole lot, but these things are more or a game changer than one would think.

First, clothes look and fit better with the right underwear under neath.  I'm a huge advocate for it and believe that these are the foundations for looking great.  To get there, you have to GET OVER the idea of numbers, sizes and anything else that bugs you about the whole process.  Next, get fitted for the RIGHT fit.  

The first time I ever was fitted for a bra was right before my wedding.  And a woman I have deemed the bra nazi told me that I should 1.) stop wearing minimizers because they just pushed my breasts under my arms and 2.) the size I was wearing was terrible.  As painful as it was, it was a necessary, life changing event.  I never looked back, and I have forever been grateful for this advice.  I still avoid minimizers and just own the size that I am and go to be fitted for bras.  

There are lots of privately owned shops that do this and sell under garments.  I recommend those to many of the chains.  However, this past week, I was able to go to a Soma Boutique for bras.  It worked just fine.  I left with two bras that are awesome and do the job.  Additionally, I picked up a pair of panties that are great!  

Next, I headed to Ann Taylor Loft with my trusty little coupon and left with a couple of great handbags for fall/winter.  Both are brown and can be very versatile.  The first one is a larger, work type bag that will work for every day.  The second is a smaller clutch that will work great for evenings and weekends.  They had a 40% off sale and got both for a steal!  

What else could you do for your fall wardrobe?  Jewelry is always a great way to go.  Charming Charlie is a great store to run in a pick from color organized selections that include earrings, necklaces, rings, scarves, bags and more.  

I highly recommend scarves.  I have tons of them that I pull from for my fall/winter clothes.  You can mix and match them with anything and also purchase them in a variety of weights depending on the season.

Last, SHOES!  Any girl can change up an outfit with shoes.  Look for shoes that will carry you through the cooler seasons like a pair of booties.  Lots of stores are stocking up with them right now.  There are tons of online shoe shops that can pair you with a "personal shopper" and selections shipped right to your door.  Many offer great shipping and sale pricing on your first order.  And, you can never go wrong with Zappos with free shipping and returns!

So, if you are looking for something new, but don't want to step into the dressing room - opt for an accessory rich wardrobe are recycle some things that you have.  Basic pieces can be dressed up or changed up just by the shoes, bag, jewelry or scarf that you have one.  New undergarments underneath will make you feel and look like a million bucks.  Step away from the dressing room and next to something fun for some stress free shopping and great fall looks!  

And that can make any mommy happy!