Archive for January, 2012

The Working Closet

with Susan Wagner

The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.

You can also catch Susan over at Friday Playdate.

Just say NO to embellished jeans

Categories: bottoms


I love a little bling; I’m all about wearing sequins for the school drop and piling on the necklaces for a grocery store run. But I am baffled by the ongoing popularity of embellished jeans.

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Unless you are an actual rodeo queen, you do not need all that going on behind you. And if you are an actual rodeo queen, I have to wonder if it’s really comfortable to ride a horse with your backside all bedazzled like that.

Let’s go in for a closer look, shall we?

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Why a blouse is worth having in your closet

Categories: basics



Recently at The Working Closet Facebook page (did you know that The Working Closet had a Facebook page? Well now you do!), Shannon mentioned that she doesn’t own a blouse. “Can you tell I never go anywhere nice?” she joked.

But here’s the thing about a blouse: when you’re wearing a blouse — instead of a t-shirt, for example — it makes everywhere you go somewhere nice.

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how to wear color

Categories: basics


Color is big for spring — always, of course, but this year’s colors are some of my favorites, a mix of preppy pinks and blues and greens, paired with navy and white stripes and polka dots. It makes me want to give away all of my black pieces and start fresh.


Color can be daunting, especially if you’re a neutrals girl at heart (as I am). Neutrals are safe and classic, while color — especially bright hues — can feel a little over-the-top. But you can make a vibrant shade work with a neutral closet; the trick is to let the color speak for itself.

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Make 2012 the year of color

Categories: basics


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I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, largely because by the end of two weeks of everyone who lives in my house home from work/school and with me all the time, I’m pretty much resolving to go live in a hermitage and not talk to another person for the next 365 days. It’s hard to be rational after the holidays, people.

I do, however, like the “fresh start” feeling January brings, and I typically take a moment around the new year to think about my wardrobe. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been hiding in my closet for the past week, staring at my clothes while I try to get a little peace and quiet, or if it’s because all the stores are rolling out their spring lines, but I’m ready for a sartorial change this new year. I don’t have the energy to overhaul my whole look, though, so I’ve decided to do something simple and make 2012 the Year of Color.

I own a lot of great neutral pieces, bought with careful thought and focused intent; neutrals are practical and versatile and are easy to mix and match with everything. Recently, though, I’ve started to notice that my winter wardrobe options consist almost entirely of neutrals that I’m combining with … other neutrals. Which is a little boring, frankly.

I’m looking for ways to inject color into my existing wardrobe, for pieces that I can pair with my neutrals. I recently bought a pair of red skinny jeans and I’m still a little stunned by how versatile they are — and also by how many navy and black tops I own. I’m currently on the lookout for a bright green cardigan and a hot pink maxi skirt, among other things, both of which will liven up my navy-and-black closet considerably.

What’s your New Year’s style resolution? On Friday, we’ll talk about strategies for making over-the-top color work with your classic basics. It’s easy, I promise.

Photo via Kate Spade New York

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