It’s that most wonderful time of the year right?  Not only is my favorite holiday a few weeks away but like many of you my yearly company holiday party is quickly approaching.  For me, finding something to wear is never a difficult task, for some it’s not so easy.  I almost always know that it’s going to be basic black to the rescue.

Here is my list of reasons why going with an all black ensemble is a win-win:

  1. A Money Saver  – Nine times out of ten you have a black dress, skirt, blouse already in your wardrobe.  You don’t have to go out spending money on something new to wear.  You can just mix and match what you already own.  That black pencil skirt and black silk blouse would be perfect paired with a statement necklace or sequin belt.  And even if you do have to go out and purchase accessories, it’s much cheaper to invest in a rhinestone necklace and earring set than to purchase a new dress.  Shoe options are endless also, and also a great way to add a pop of color .  When you do the math it’s definitely all about dollars and cents.
  2. Classic and Always on Trend – You can’t get any more chic than wearing an all black ensemble.   No matter what the Pantone color of the year is, black is always in style.  We already know that every women should own a BBD (basic black dress) and a black skirt.  Social events are one of the perfect reasons why this rule exists.  Your outfit will never be outdated if you stick with basic styles such as a sheath dress or A-line skirt.
  3. The Slimming Effect – Does wearing all black make you look slimmer?  I say YES!!!  Other’s may not agree with me.  The science of it all, black can create a square silhouette which draws your attention to the figure’s line rather than the weight or volume.  The reality, wear really good shape wear and it will instantly drop you to at least one size smaller (this is something that I know for sure).

Ultimately you want to wear what you feel most comfortable in.  You never want to show up under dressed (showing too much skin) around your co-workers.  There is a such thing as modest sophistication and it’s important to remain professional even in a more relaxed environment around our colleague.

 

basic black

basic black

Outfit details:

  • Coat/ J. Jill
  • Black blouse / The Limited
  • Black Pencil Skirt / Calvin Klein / Burlington Coat Factory
  • Shoes / Ann Taylor
  • Necklace / Charming Charlie
  • Handbag / Apt. 9 / Khols

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The Brown Closet presents their 3rd Swap till you Drop event: Fall Edition.  This is an organized clothing exchange, meet & greet and fashion soirée, showing women how to spend less, shop smart, and look great. It was created for the everyday women who wants to be trendy but on a budget. You can expect style tips, delectable delights and goodies to exchange with fellow women.

Entry Fee:

10.00- with clothes to swap

15.00- without clothes to swap

Product Standard:

Clothes, shoes and accessories must be in good condition, machine washed and trendy.
Unlimited swap for women who bring clothes
No under garments
All sizes are welcome
Any left over items will be donated
Sponsor opportunities:

If your business would like to be a sponsor of our event and have the opportunity to provide information about your business to the many participants, please email: shonte@thebrowncloset.com

 

I will start this post off with one major rule, “Don’t pay full price for trends….EVER”.  We all know that trends come and go so why fork over ton’s of money for clothing items that just may not stick around for more than a season.  When I am thrift shopping I always look for the season’s most popular trends.  Sometimes I score big and believe me, it’s really exciting to find items that you can wear for an entire season that you paid pennies for.  Scroll down to see three spring/summer trends that cost me less than 10.00 per item!

 

Flower Power

I actually purchased this flowered maxi dress at the end of last summer.  I didn’t get the chance to wear it before it got cold but since the flower trend is still going strong I was able to pull it out of the closet and wear it this spring and will definitely sport it through the summer months.

Outfit details:

  • Flowered Maxi Dress / Thrifted (Elle) /4.50
  • Denim vest / Gap / 12.00
  • Grey Cross body / thrifted / 3.00
  • Leather Wedges / From my closet
  • Blue Necklace / The Limited

Flower Maxi Dress

Stripes

Everywhere you look you see stripes.  From dresses, to pants, even handbags, stripes are definitely a key trend for the season.

Outfit details:

  • Striped Dress/ Thrifted (Ann Taylor Loft) / 8.00
  • Nude Heels / Thrifted (Christian Siriano for Payless) / 3.50
  • Orange Clutch / From my closet
  • Nude Clutch / Marshalls (Jessica Simpson)
  • Jewelry / Charming Charlie

Stripped Dress

Stripped Dress

Off The Shoulder

The  “off the shoulder” trend is definitely a front runner this season.  This look it perfect for date night and the bell sleeves on this top is the icing on the cake.  If you are more of a modest dresser but still want to be on trend, this top is perfect because as you can see if can be worn on the shoulder also.   The most important thing to remember, “You don’t have to compromise to dress on trend”.  Stay true to yourself and wear what’s comfortable to you!

Outfit details:

  • Top / Thrifted / 3.50
  • Skinny Jeans / Macy’s (INC) / From my closet
  • Sandals / Thrifted (Michael Kors) 3.50
  • Clutch / Old Navy / From my closet
  • Necklace / Burlington Coat Factory / 3.99

Off the Shoulder Top

Clothing Swap Event

The Brown Closet presents their 2nd annual Swap till you Drop event: Spring Edition.  This is an organized clothing exchange, meet & greet and fashion soirée, showing women how to spend less, shop smart, and look great. It was created for the everyday women who wants to be trendy but on a budget. You can expect style tips, delectable delights and goodies to exchange with fellow women.

Entry Fee:

10.00- with clothes to swap

15.00- without clothes to swap

Product Standard:

  • Clothes, shoes and accessories must be in good condition, machine washed and trendy.
  • Unlimited swap for women who bring clothes
  • No under garments
  • All sizes are welcome
  • Any left over items will be donated

Sponsor opportunities:

If your business would like to be a sponsor of our event and have the opportunity to provide information about your business to the many participants, please email: shonte@thebrowncloset.com

For advance tickets click here:

Swap Event Tickets