InFashion Tips


I suppose it’s the former teacher in me. I like acronyms. I find them to be one of the best ways to remember facts.

Recently a client e-mailed me an acronym taken from Stacey and Clinton on TLC’s What Not to Wear. (Yes, I glean tips from clients frequently and am very grateful!)

I talk about all of these things. I’ve never put them into an acronym.

When shopping, consider these points.

B: Body appropriate I have written several posts on body types. It’s always good to review!

A: Age appropriate I find this to be a “hang-up” for too many women. It definitely needs to be considered, but do not become obsessed. It is one of the top 5 questions clients ask me. Is this too young for me? I’m not condoning you clone your twenty year old daughter. I believe your natural instincts will come into play here. Sixty year old women can wear certain trends–just depends what you put with it. I actually find that many women go the opposite extreme and dress older because they’re so worried about the “too young” factor.

S: Situation appropriate  Need I say more?

E: Expense appropriate  CPW (cost per wear) When making a decision, take into consideration the wear you will receive from the item AND what you currently have in your closet that you can coordinate with the new piece.

Now for a couple more In Style 50 Best Fashion Tips that fit so well with BASE:

Style Tip #11 Make a list before you shop. Don’t write what you WANT to buy, instead list the 10 favorite things in your closet. Try to look for other pieces to give your faves new life or help you duplicate a look you love.

I’m going to take this tip just a little further and give it a Style by Karen twist. ALWAYS have an ongoing shopping list in your closet. Go ahead and list those pieces you love. Also list thinking like this….If only I had_____to go with______the outfit would look better. 

Then write down anything that you see as a gap. If a certain layering piece is always in the laundry, you probably need another one. Force yourself to think–what other color will go with this besides  black or white!

And now even more on that age topic:

Style Tip #48 Dress for your body, not your age…Arms svelte enough for a sleeveless sheath?Legs tones enough for shorts? Show off what you’ve got, while you’ve still got it!

What do you think? Will BASE be helpful to remember when you shop?

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  • Laurie

    Karen, I love your list idea. I know you have encouraged me to do so several times and when I do, it is an incredible help when I am shopping. I just asked my girls, 13 and 16 to make a list for “Back to School” shopping. Emily, my youngest did and it was such a help when we were making decisions. We were able to look at her list and see what choices she had to go with a top she was considering. We came home with clothes that we already knew what she could combine with! AWESOME! Now I really have to follow your advice and do it for myself!

    August 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • Karen

      So glad it was helpful Laurie! Thanks for the comment.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Linda Aronsohn

    Karen 0 Great post! I like the idea of bringing a card with you about what you need — I am always forgetting until I get home or go to wear a pair of pants and forget that I don’t have the right top for it. Good idea!

    August 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm Reply
    • Karen

      It will change the way you shop from now on 🙂 Thanks for the comment Linda!

      August 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm Reply

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