Tag: closet organizing

Are Your Photos Telling You Something?

Nope, I’m not going to tell you that a picture is worth a thousand words, although it is…

Are Your Photos Telling You SomethingHere I am as a bridesmaid 31 years ago….please stop laughing and OMG, I have tan lines!!


Once you’ve composed yourself, take a look at some of your photos to see if the following stories could be about you.


Usually, after I give a presentation a few women come up to chat with me and tell me how they related to what I had shared with them. I love when that happens, and occasionally a few more will send me an email.


At a recent presentation, I gave to NAPO,  the National Association of Productivity  & Organizing Professionals at their annual conference, I told the story of what a woman who attended one of my previous talks had told me.


Her very funny story was that she realized she had a problem with her wardrobe when she went to renew her driver’s license, and after seeing the photo she realized she was wearing the same outfit 6 years later.


Now let’s agree that’s a lot of years to have the same go-to outfit, which explains why she hired me to help her transform her wardrobe and self-confidence to create multiple go-to outfits.


A few days ago a woman who attended my NAPO presentation, posted on my FaceBook page that she was choosing what to wear for a professional family photo shoot and that thanks to my presentation, she stopped herself from wearing the same top she wore for their last professionally taken family photo… wait for it…10 years ago!!!


There is nothing wrong with repeatedly wearing the same outfit. I do it ALL the time.


There is something wrong with repeatedly wearing the same outfit because you struggle to find something new, comfortable and flattering to wear.


Have you ever caught yourself wearing the same outfit for many years and wondered if you might have a problem?


Are Your Photos Telling You Something too?


We are on day 3 of my 5-day spring cleaning closet plan, End Your Closet Shame.

You can still get all 5 tips when you sign up here by May 18.


If you are one of the 200 plus women who signed up already, forward this post to your friends and family so they too can get the tips to help them get the clutter out, and help them make their closet a neater and happier space than it may be right now.

5 Tips to End Your Closet Shame ends in 2 days, but a less messy closet will last forever when you follow my 5 tips.

Are Your Photos Telling You Something

Tips For Cleaning Out The Clothes In Your Closet

 Cleaning Out The Clothes In Your Closet
Tips For Cleaning Out The Clothes In Your Closet

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Everyone Else Was Doing It.


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I hate shapewear

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I was weak and succumbed to peer pressure many years ago. Everybody else seemed to be doing it, so it must have been the right thing to do, so I did. Yes, I bought shape wear. Please don’t judge me harshly for once trying to wear the very thing I now advise my clients to avoid.

It all starts innocently enough, and typically with the following thought:

“This dress will be prefect if I wear ______________(insert brand name), shapewear”.
If I had a dollar for each time I heard a woman say this, I would have enough money to buy a beach house on an exotic island.
Have you ever thought that putting on a compression garment will solve the issue of your body parts not being as flat and stable as you would like? Somehow many of our body parts have slowly evolved into bowls of jelly, along with all the jiggles and wiggles that can make us dizzy and distressed.

I don’t know about you, but I hate shapewear.

As far as I am concerned it might as well be called torture-wear. It all started when I bought the high-waisted shapewear panties that went from my belly button down to my mid thighs, because all the other girls were doing it. I thought my body would be rivaling that of an underwear model, once I eased my bandaged and bondaged body into the dress I was hoping to pull off without a hint of excess fat.

I looked like a lava lamp

And then, there I was with a stomach as flat as a board, upper thighs smooth as sheets of ice and my extra blubber billowing out over the waistband and below the bottom band on my thighs. I looked like a living lava lamp, oozing and swirling up and down along the middle of my body. Somehow I had a gained a wedgie in my muffin top. How is that even possible?

And don’t get me started about the struggle to get in and out of that thing.

Clearly this was not the solution to my need to fit into that beautiful dress, so I had to make a decision and stick with it, as opposed to viewing my excess flesh staying stuck on the spandex of that darn two-foot long panty.
Instead, I bought a dress that fit me, as an alternative to my trying to fit into it. By simply choosing a style that works with one’s body shape, instead of fighting it, you and I can look and feel better, breathe easier and literally have room for dessert!

“Scarlett has been with me through thick and thin…literally! After slowly gaining a substantial amount of weight I felt old and dumpy, that is when my sister suggested a consultation with Scarlett. With Scarlett’s help I learned to dress in a way that made me feel confident – even at my largest size. And when I began to lose weight Scarlett was there too, not only advising me on what would flatter my changing shape – but her advice on how to tailor clothes was invaluable. With Scarlett’s help I was able to get more mileage out of beautiful pieces that were now too large.  Thank you, Scarlett, for helping me feel my best, no matter what my size!”R.H. Westchester, NY


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To Pleat Or Not To Pleat

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To pleat or not to pleat


To pleat or not to pleat, that is the question……


The first time I work with a client, she occasionally has a few pairs of pleated pants from a past decade or two in her closet.

Sometimes they still fit, and other times they are in a size that she hopes to fit back into again. Oh, how we can all relate to that scenario.

There are two problems with wearing the pleated pant styles of previous decades:

One:  Pleated pants visually add inches to your waist and hips. May I please see a show of hands as to how many wish to make their middle look larger?

Two:  Wearing the pleated pants from a few decades back, makes you look like you are wearing clothes from a few decades back. In other words, outdated and older than you wish to portray yourself.


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Designers are trying to bring pleated pants back, thereby encouraging women to ponder: to pleat or not to pleat.

Take a look at the pleated pants above, currently for sale at a major department store. These are being worn by a very tall, high heeled model, who is extremely thin and most probably very hungry. She is not shaped like most of us average, real, and fabulous over 40 women.  This model can easily afford to add a few inches to her stomach, hips, and thighs with pleats, but I cannot. Can you?

If you find yourself pondering to pleat or not to pleat, review the above.

About Scarlett

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Scarlett De Bease, a professionally trained Image Consultant and Wardrobe Stylist, is the founder of “The Always Know What To Wear Program™“. As an Image Consultant, Entertaining Speaker & Savvy Personal Shopper, she shows women how to project confidence & success by always knowing what to wear.
As a bonus, Scarlett’s tips will help you Look Younger, Thinner and Taller while projecting Confidence & Success as you now will be wearing the clothes that fit and flatter you the most.
Since 2006, she has successfully changed the lives of many women, by showing them the correct clothes, colors, styles and accessories that will flatter them the most. If you keep buying clothes and still have nothing to wear, Scarlett will make it possible for you to always know what to wear.
Scarlett specializes in make-overs, that are fun and informative. She brings The What Not To Wear experience directly to your home or office, but without the tears, fears and trash can. Scarlett shows women how to Stop Stressing About Dressing.
Scarlett’s tips have nothing to do with size, age, income level, career, etc – It’s not about where you shop, it’s about what you buy.

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A Real Before and After Makeover

BEFORE                                                                            AFTER

Before and After Makeover                                                             Before and After Makeover

Before and After Makeover.

Don’t you ever wonder why most of the TV makeovers take a woman in jeans and then put her a cocktail dress as part of her makeover?

Let’s not forget, she is also placed in heels she can barely walk in and often remove her glasses so she cannot even clearly see what she now looks like?

That kind of makeover drives me crazy, because the women’s lifestyle, budget, and needs were not considered for her makeover. These are a made for TV makeover and not for the real women that I work with. You know who I mean because you most probably are like my clients.

You rarely need to wear a cocktail dress, but you do need to know what and how to wear what you already own and what you should buy to expand your wardrobe and make it easy for you to figure out what to wear.

Actually, what you might want to know is what to wear to the grocery store or to meet a client for a casual meeting. You know, all that real life kind of stuff.

Above is a before and after makeover using what my client had in her closet. The top photo is what she wore to greet me at the door, and the after makeover outfit is what I put together for her, using what I found in her closet.

She told me that she never would have put these pieces together, and hadn’t even been wearing the topsI discovered in her closet.

The reason this makeover works is because I was able to determine which colors, cut and style would be the most flattering on her, by digging thru what she already owns.

Can you imagine how successful shopping for new clothes will be when you know what works best on you?

      BEFORE                                                                            AFTER


Scarlett’s warmth and kindness immediately put me at ease as soon as she stepped in the door. She came to help me put together an outfit for the most important moment of my career, giving my first TEDx talk! I was working through my stage fright, and I knew that if I looked great on stage, I would feel much more confident on the big day.
Scarlett helped me choose the right colors for my skin and hair, and ended up not only choosing a fabulous outfit for the TEDx talk, but she also put together many more outfits for my professional life. I would never have thought of combining that blouse with that jacket and skirt. It was like getting five new outfits without spending a penny on clothes.
Sandy Weiner – Last First Date


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