Will Smith said it best, “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.” On that note – let’s continue the Creating a Zeta Wardrobe That Rocks series and get you ready with 8 more tips for building a Finer Zeta wardrobe.
- Tip 8 – Buy Classic, Interchangeable Wardrobe Pieces
The foundation of your Zeta wardrobe should consist of classic pieces such as skirt and pant suits, blouses, shells, blazers and pencil skirts – they never go out of style. Between chapter meetings and conferences, you’ll always have a need for them. Depending on the style, you can extend your wardrobe by interchanging certain pieces with others. For example, a classic royal blue blazer can be dressed up with a pencil skirt (for a business meeting) or dressed down (for a casual look) with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. The following stores are great for classic wardrobe pieces:
- Anne Taylor
- Jones New York
- K & G Fashions
- The Limited
- Lord & Taylor
- NY & Company
- White House Black Market
- Tip 9 – Maximize With Accessories
Accessories are great for maximizing and adding a fresh look to your wardrobe. For example, you can create 3 different looks by pairing a blazer with pearls, a statement necklace or a scarf. Accessories to maximize your wardrobe include:
- Hats / Fascinators
- Glasses / Shades
Experiment with different accessories to see what works best for you. A statement necklace that looks gorgeous on one Soror may not look the same on you. The B. Foxy Boutique is a great place to start your search for unique, trendsetting accessories. Charming Charlie, a fashion accessories store with locations across the country – is another good resource. Check their website to see if there is one near you. Accessories in each Charming Charlie store are arranged by color, making it easy to find those blue and white accessories you might be looking for. If you’re into vintage items, Etsy is another great online resource worth checking out.
- Tip 10 – Shop Flash Sale / Private Sale Websites
Flash sale websites like Hautelook and Myhabit offer stylish items from designers and boutique brands at steep discounts. The only caveat is that sales typically last less than 48 hours. I recommend downloading the mobile apps for these retailers so you can quickly catch the sales and easily search their clothing inventory.
- Tip 11 – Use Fashion Search Engines
Fashion search engines like Shopstyle help you find clothes, shoes and accessories from hundreds of retailers and brands with one search. You can fine tune results to display exactly what you want by setting filters for clothing type, color and price.
- Tip 12 – Visit Local Clothing Stores When You Travel
Whenever I travel out of town, I try to visit boutiques, clothing stores or local shops for unique royal blue or white clothes. When I visited Thailand in 2006, I made it a point to find a tailor and had a custom royal blue suit made for only $85.
- Tip 13 – Shop Vendor Booths at Zeta Conferences
National, state and regional conferences are good opportunities to find beautiful Zeta accessories and items from vendors you may not normally have access to. If the conference is out of town, see tip number 12 🙂
- Tip 14 – Hire a Personal Stylist
If your budget allows, consider hiring a personal stylist to advise you on clothing styles, fashion trends and colors that work best for you. Is there a Nordstrom near you? If so, they offer free Personal Stylist appointments for complete wardrobe updates and trend consultations. Another option I found is Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service. I haven’t tried them yet, but the service seems pretty interesting. For a small fee, a Stitch Fix personal stylist will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle.
- Tip 15 – Hire a Seamstress
Do you know a talented, reasonably priced seamstress? If so, consider hiring them to design a few custom pieces for your wardrobe, perhaps a ball gown or dress. Alternatively, have you ever thought about making your own clothes? Time-consuming I know, but it might be well worth the investment! Mimi Goodwin is an amazing seamstress who runs the popular Mimi G Style blog, which features tons of information on DIY fashion sewing and style. Whether you’re interested in learning how to sew your own clothes or need some style inspiration, the Mimi G Style blog is a great resource.
Missed the first part of this series? Check out Winning Tips for Creating a Zeta Wardrobe That Rocks – Part 1 for the 1st 8 tips on building a finer wardrobe.
The floor is yours..
What are your thoughts about these tips? Which tips have you found to be the easiest (or most difficult/frustrating) to implement? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.