Rowena’s Inn on the River (Where we were last night)
This week I walked into J.Crew in downtown Vancouver and when I was standing in the fitting room, Kim, the stylist/manager (in town for training from Calgary) came to my room to see how I was doing.
She taught me a new trick (for me) that I’m showing you here (above) which is tucking in only one side of a shirt and leaving the rest untucked.
Frankly, in this photo I look like a stylish wanna-be-nerd but you get the picture. Hey, I study design, colour and decor all day long, NOT fashion, these tricks evade me unless someone is standing in front of me. Even then I don’t know if I got it right now that I had to get dressed without her, haha.
I did feel stylish in my outfit regardless, in the restaurant at the Inn last night.
Anyway back to my fashion tips, Kim said so many times women will walk out of a fitting room saying “It wasn’t right”, but they just don’t know the little tweaks a stylist would do to make it look fabulous on you.
Styling a house for me is the same. It’s rare that I can’t take almost any room and turn it into something fabulous with the right pillows, art, lamps and accessories.
The same with a silk blouse (tuck only the front of the shirt). She was wearing the same pants that I’m showing you here (after she worked with me for a few minutes, I wanted to look just like her) with this striped top (below) and a navy blazer with leopard print heels.
I had picked up a t-shirt with lace that I was about to try on and I asked her if she wore t-shirts.
She said no. She owned two of them and rarely wore them. “I don’t feel dressed if I’m wearing a t-shirt”.
But don’t you have to dry clean silks for example?
No, I just wash them in the gentle cycle in my front loader.
“That’s it, I’m never buying another t-shirt again”, I declared.
Do you have any short sleeve cotton or silk shirts then? I asked.
“No, J. Crew doesn’t really have them,” she said. “We only have sleeveless or long sleeved shirts.” Hmmm. . . must be in the same category of a mens shirts. You rarely see a man in a short sleeved dress shirt.
Also chambray shirts. She says she owns one in every style and colour. This stylist I follow says the same thing.
Isn’t that true about t-shirts? I’m thinking this is a good guideline to follow if you’re over a certain age, like me ; )
I pulled out a striped tank that I had just bought from Banana Republic and said “You wouldn’t wear this would you?”.
She said “I would wear it to a yoga class”.
Over to you my lovelies, do you agree or disagree? I’m thinking I need to relegate all my t-shirts to the gym, ASAP.
PS. If you live in Calgary, you can find Kim Wiebe (she’s the manager) at the J.Crew in the Chinook Centre. Lucky you.
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