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Create a Zeta Wardrobe That Rocks – Part 1

Finer Women Rising Wardrobe Tips

One of the best ways to prepare your wardrobe for an active Zeta lifestyle is to plan in advance. Actor Will Smith once said, “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready” – that’s the exact approach I recommend for building a beautiful Zeta wardrobe that rocks!

By following the tips in this post paired with some creativity, honesty and open-mindedness, you’ll have everything you need to represent Zeta in finer fashion at any event.

  • Tip 1 – Dress To Accentuate Your Body Shape
    One of the most important keys to creating a Zeta wardrobe that rocks is learning what styles work best for your body. It’s also important to understand that everyone has a beautiful and unique body shape. For instance, I happen to have a pear/triangle shape which is characterized by a small top / full bottom, narrow shoulders and a defined waist.Certain clothing styles/types will accentuate your particular shape. Do sheath, A-line or wrap dresses work best for you? Will a peplum or double-breasted jacket accentuate your figure? You’ll need to do some research and experiment to find your answers. Check out the book Color Me Confident for great advice on identifying your unique shape and help choosing outfits that will enhance your look.One last tip – as you experiment and try different styles – be completely honest with yourself about how the clothes fit, look and feel on you. When you go shopping, take your BEST girlfriends with you – the ones who are going to tell you the TRUTH (straight, no-chaser) about how you look, because they love and care about you.
  • Tip 2 – Buy a Full-Length Mirror
    Say it with me, “A full length mirror is my friend”. Invest in a full-length mirror to give yourself a complete view of your outfits from head-to-toe. It’s not enough to get a head-to-waist view of what you’re wearing – there simply isn’t enough visual information to help you make an informed decision. That decision may be to return the item (to the closet, store or friend you borrowed it from) or put it on and feel confident that you’re dressed in finer fashion.
  • Tip 3 – Understand Different Attire Types
    Do you know the difference between business and business casual? Cocktail attire and formal? It’s really important to know what the different attire types are so you can build your wardrobe accordingly and dress appropriately for any given Zeta occasion. Our full-color Finer Attire Style Guide will help you understand the different attire types as they relate to Zeta.
  • Tip 4 – Get INSPIRED!
    Pinterest is a website and mobile app where users create and share collections of images by “pinning” them on “boards”. There are literally hundreds of fashion and clothing boards you can view for inspiration. If you need a place to start, check out my All Blue Everything and White Hot! Pinterest boards for royal blue and white fashion inspiration. Polyvore is another fashion website and mobile app that lets you view user-generated clothing collages called “sets” for inspiration. You can also create and share your own sets using clothing items from all over the internet.
  • Tip 5 – Read Books on Fashion & Style
    Visit your local library or online bookstore for style/fashion books to help you build a beautiful Zeta wardrobe that rocks. Some of my favorites are Color Me Confident – Expert Guidance to Help You Feel Confident and Look Great, Looking Good – Every Day: Style Solutions for Real Women, and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own.
  • Tip 6 – Create a Savings Account
    Open up a savings account for your Zeta wardrobe and contribute to it on a regular basis. This way you’ll have the funds available to purchase a wardrobe item when you need it (or when you see it).
  • Tip 7 – Invest in Quality Shapewear
    The right shapewear creates a svelte, contoured foundation for your outfit and can help smooth back bulges, underwear lines and muffin tops. Spanx is one of the more popular brands and is sold online and in most major department stores. No matter what brand of shapewear you purchase, it should be true to size (not too big or small), fit comfortably and be invisible beneath your outfit.

Stay tuned for part 2 and more tips to help you create a Zeta wardrobe that rocks!

Your turn..

What are your thoughts about these tips? Have you already implemented any (or all) of them? Which tips have you found to be the easiest (or most difficult/frustrating) to implement? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Malica Fleming
Malica is the Founder & Blogger-in-Chief of Finer Women Rising, a lifestyle blog that fuses her passion for sisterhood, style and tech. When she’s not blogging, Malica meticulously balances the roles of wife, mom, mentor, UX Designer & Zumba instructor. Think that’s enough? Follow her on instagram @finerwmnrising
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  • LaTonya D. Slade Jun 11,2016 at 8:14 pm

    I truly appreciate you sharing this most needed information. I have that Stein Mart have a lot of royal blue and white (all white) fashionable items for reasonable prices. These items are found in stores like Dillard’s, with the same quality, but more affordable. Also, look for white in early Spring and late Fall. Keep up the great work Soror!

    • Malica Jun 12,2016 at 7:08 am

      You are very welcome Soror Slade! I’m so happy you found the info useful! 🙂

  • Ivy A. Tyson-Parks Dec 23,2015 at 11:08 am

    QVC shows a lot of nice and affordable clothing. Also Belk, Dillard’s and Cato Fashions. Always keep a look out for good pieces and accessories.

    • Malica Dec 23,2015 at 7:34 pm

      Good Call Soror Tyson-Parks. I forgot all about QVC! Every so often they have some really awesome blue items.

  • LaTonya Ward Mar 27,2015 at 1:55 pm

    Love, Love, LOVE this blog! My sister/Soror sent me the link to the blogsite the other day. And in turn I have forwarded the link to my chapter members (PHZ). This is awesome for new members, reclaims, or Sorors who just need a fresh approach to styling themselves in Zeta gear. Keep up the good work Soror, looking forward to future discussions.

    • malica Mar 27,2015 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks so much LaTonya! Appreciate the love and keep spreading the word! And if you have any ideas on how we can improve the blog or topics you’d like to see discussed, let me know!

  • Nicole Mar 17,2015 at 4:59 pm

    Yasss! Love the Finer dialogue. Can’t wait to dive into the wardrobe checklist.

    • malica Mar 17,2015 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Soror Nicole! You’re going to love the checklist!

  • Scheherezade Redmond Mar 17,2015 at 2:18 pm

    Absolutely Love this! I’m a diehard Pinterest lover and am always looking for fashion finds that are easy on the pockets. TJMaxx, Burlington, and Marshall’s has Royal Blue on stock for the low. I recently cleaned up on a ton of Blue at the NY & Co. Outlet near my home. If you’re not a fashion forward Soror, reach out to one. They would love to help style you and get you looking a Finer than ever

    • malica Mar 17,2015 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Scheherezade! We definitely have alot of in common. You have to peel me away from Pinterest on some days 🙂 – I love it! And I definitely agree – TJMaxx, Burlington and Marshalls are great sources for Royal Blue and fairly gentle on the pockets, which we all love 😉

  • Takashi Crum Mar 16,2015 at 4:33 am

    Superb Blog!! As I reclaimed into KEZ Spring ’14; I was nervous when handed a required list of suitable attire to wear to Chapter meetings. I mean I hadn’t done anything Zeta after college & because of my work environment didn’t really need to “dress up.” I have professional clothes because my mommy always taught me to have staple items but to have Royal Blue & White was beyond me. I found a lot of pieces @ The Limited, Express, J. Crew & Banana Republic! In my excitement I spent more than I wanted but definitely am pleased with my growing wardrobe. Thanks to this blog I will slowly build a budget for it! Can you offer tips on accessorizing as that’s a weakness for me as well & give what types of shoes work best with styles of dresses, skirts or pants! Thanks for the helpful tips.

    • malica Mar 17,2015 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you Takashi! So glad you were able to reclaim with such an awesome chapter! (I love KEZ :)) All the stores you mentioned are great resources for building that Royal blue Wardrobe you need. Yes, I can definitely offer some tips on accessorizing! Is there a Charming Charlie near you? It’s a great store dedicated to all kinds of accessories. Try experimenting with necklaces and earrings first, then move to belts and watches. Lastly, If you haven’t already, sign up for a copy of my Ultimate Zeta Wardrobe checklist – it includes a comprehensive list of accessories you can use to jazz up your outfits.

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