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With hectic airports, trains, and freeways, packing for this busy holiday season should be light and easy. We've helped you simplify this with our BU capsule packing list for various Turkey Day Weekend occasions. 

Add PJs, undergarments, and toiletries, and you are all set!

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Want to see our BU picks for specific pieces? Shop our detailed Thanksgiving packing list here

 

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Example of corduroy pants

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velvet

noun   vel·vet   \  ˈvel-vət \

a clothing and upholstery fabric (as of silk, rayon, or wool) characterized by a short soft dense warp pile

Simplified: soft, smooth fabric; you know, "smooth like velvet" 

corduroy

noun   cor·du·roy   \  ˈkȯr-də-ˌrȯi \

a durable usually cotton pile fabric with vertical ribs or wales

Simplified: a ridged form of velvet

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We have a lot to be thankful for this year, but here are 10 things we are especially loving during this month of gratitude . . . 

Natalie's Picks: 

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—My MZ Wallace weekend bag has been my travel buddy for the last 4 years without a sign of wear. My favorite parts: it's lightweight (for a weakling like me) and comes with pouches that clip into the bag. 
—Every year I'm in charge of the stuffing, and I stick to my country roots by making this Paula Deen decadence. (Also makes great leftover sammies!)
—I've already found at least a dozen ways to style my new black velvet pants (low cost-per-wear FTW!) Bonus: They feel like pajamas! 
—Experience art in motion and go see Loving Vincent. It's the world's first fully painted motion picture and is truly a work of art! 
—The 5-minute Journal keeps me mindful, present, and positive every day. Plus, its simple format has made journaling (something I've never been good at) easy and palatable. 

Sabrina's Picks: 

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—Hands down, my AWAY Carry-on is my favorite! I traveled through Europe with it and had no problems, even with the small airlines. It has a clean design AND a charger for your phone. I love that!
—Of course you want a little something sweet after Thanksgiving dinner. If you aren't a pumpkin pie fan, here is an easy one to make: Cardamom Cognac Apple Cake. Enjoy! 
—Accessories can change an outfit. You can dress up a black pant pair of pants (like the ones Nat loves!) by pairing them with earling like these. They add something special to the outfit without being over the top. When I am feeling more adventurous I go for this ring. It’s a conversation starter. Always! 
—Sometimes I feel like bringing more than just wine and flowers to a dinner party. For those occasions, I will bring something extra for the hostess: hand cream. My mom (Hi mama!) introduced me to Natura Brasil, which we can now get it in the US! Check them out, their hand creams are silky yet not greasy = perfect combo! 
—I am officially into whiskey and currently obsessed with this drink I had in Denver a few weeks ago:


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2oz Suntory Toki Whiskey
1 oz Bonal Gentiane Aperitif  
0.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Dash of orange bitters
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a glass with a cube of ice in it. 

Blazers: To Tailor or Not To Tailor?

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No matter how great the style of a blazer, it must fit impeccably. If you've found a jacket you love and you're now pondering whether "to tailor, or not to tailor?" you're in luck, because that is the question:

The #1 rule of blazers is this: If the SHOULDER FITS—wear it! For [almost] everything else, tailor it. 

Tailoring Tips for Your Blazers: 

  • Leave the shoulders alone. As we said, shoulders should fit “off the rack.” Letting out won’t work and taking in is expensive and means reconstructing the garment.
  • Take in the waist. Taking in the waist of a too-big blazer can dramatically improve fit at a reasonable cost. 
  • For letting out the waist, check seam allowance. Most off-the-rack suits don't leave a lot of extra fabric to let out the seams. 
  • There’s no such thing as a “hem” for blazers. Even if your tailor says they can do it, it will often throw off proportions with buttons and pockets. Men should stick with finding the right off-the-rack length: short, regular, or long. 
  • Shorten sleeves from the shoulder. Sleeves should be taken up from the shoulder, not the bottom edge, which will disrupt buttons or other cuff details.
  • Fix your collar roll. Pulling between the shoulders by the neck can ruin a slick look. An experienced tailor can take care of this.

Leather Weather Guide

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Leather jackets are a great transition piece for the springtime and also the perfect complement to jazz up your favorite game-day shirt! Because a leather jacket should be an investment piece, you'll want to make sure it's a perfect fit. As a result, I suggest  you try on a handful of options to get a good feel for what looks and feels best on you! To get you started, here are a few tips and recommendations to help you find the right fit and style for your body type: 

HOURGLASS: Cuts that are seamed in at the smallest part of your waist.
Natalie's Picks: VEDA Nova SuedeAkris Punto Leather Stand-Collar

TRIANGLE: Tailored jackets with shoulder details, like epaulets, and/or strong lapels to balance out your hips.
Natalie's Picks: IRO AshvilleRalph Lauren Alton

INVERTED TRIANGLE: Smaller lapels and minimal shoulder details if you don't want to emphasize strong shoulders.
Natalie's Picks: REISS SergeDoma Bruce

RECTANGLE: Boyfriend, boxy, or straighter styles that are less tailored.
Natalie's Picks: VEDA JayneBB Dakota Leydon

OVAL: Longer straight styles with vertical detailing. Minimal details (horizontal pockets, zippers, etc.) at the tummy.
Natalie's Picks: SET TylerMackage Cleo

To shop more of Natalie's picks for your body, click here. 

How to Remove Salt Stains from Your Shoes

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Winter can wreak havoc on our shoes, and salt stains on leather can be one of the biggest irritants. Fortunately, you don't have to get salty over these stains by following these easy tips:

  • Treat the stain as soon as possible.
  • Dampen a paper towel with white vinegar and rub it on the affected area. 
  • Follow up with a leather cream to moisturize—or take your shoes to the cobbler for treatment.

Don't be afraid to get out there and pound the salty pavements—because this stain-removal solution is simple and right in your cupboards!

STYLIST TIPS + TRICKS: Don't Let Your Boots Get Tipsy

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I love wearing boots, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when the shaft flops over, causing them to lose their shape or, in reality, me to trip over them in the doorway. On top of that, the store-bought boot shapers can be just as awkward and unwieldy to use and store.
Enter this Buttoned Up holiday hack: As you spread holiday cheer with a few "cheers" this season, instead of giving your empty wine bottles the boot, simply rinse them out and place them in your boot shafts. This will reinforce their shape and keep them from getting tipsy! 

Deck Your Staple Pieces

With parties galore this time of year, you shouldn't have to buy all-new head-to-toe outfits. Here are some look ideas to help you build fun and festive outfits around your staple pieces. 

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Like what you see? Shop these looks here. 

GREASE BE GONE

If you're like us, you may get pretty enthusiastic about Thanksgiving dinner. With all of those gravy and butter-filled dishes comes the danger of the dreaded grease stain. Fortunately, these do not have to mean the end of your favorite outfit—and how you remove these stains may surprise you. The tools to removing grease stains are right in your kitchen cupboards.  

Read on for more on how to keep your favorite holiday threads in tip-top shape through the feasting season:

  • Start with baby powder or cornstarch. This is safe for most garments, including silks and other dry-clean only fabrics. Rub the baby powder or cornstarch onto the stained area (be generous so oil absorbs), let it sit to soak up the grease (at least 15–30 minutes), and scrape it off.
  • Apply Dawn or other petroleum-based liquid dish detergent. For appropriate fabrics, rub the detergent into the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Note that all-natural detergents don’t always work as well.
  • Always test stain removers on an inconspicuous area first. It's always good to make sure the detergent and/or stain removers you're using won't discolor or damage your garment.
  • Use a clean, undyed cloth or paper towel. Watch out for dark dyes on napkins as they can transfer color to your clothes. 
  • Cold water only. When you add water always use cold, hot water can set stains.
  • Don’t wait! Treat and launder the item as soon as possible, and always follow instructions on care label.
  • In a pinch? Try a Shout wipe. Of all the purse-friendly stain removing tools, this is our favorite to have on hand, especially for whites. Watch out though, as it can fade colors (see tip #3).

    With these tips, "grease" doesn't have to be the word that ruins the festivities. So relax and enjoy the party—with extra gravy! 

Trendspotting: Turtlenecks for Turkey Day

Unlike some of the other 90s fads that are in right now (I'm talking to you, mom jeans and chokers), turtlenecks are a trend I can get behind and one that looks to be sticking around. If you are drawn to this style, don't be afraid to splurge a bit for nicer fabrics or construction. 

Because Thanksgiving is a holiday for comfort and coziness, I've put together two turtleneck looks, one dressy and one casual, to give you some Thanksgiving dinner outfit inspiration. 

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  • Like what you see? Shop these looks and other turtleneck options here. 
  • In need of a good layering turtleneck? Here's a link to my current favorite one. It's thin, feels nice, and retains its shape. 

Back to Basics: Fall Trailblazers

Blazers are one of our go-to fall favorites. As office dress codes are skewing more toward business casual, our favorite designers and brands have taken note to create blazer options that go beyond 9 to 5. 

These pieces can come at a significant cost, so here are some key tips for men and women to make sure you purchase the right pieces that will give you maximum mileage and style. 


Blazers for Businesswomen
A statement-making blazer is becoming as useful as staple suiting. Here are the key blazers a working woman should should have in her closet: 

  • Cropped. This often-overlooked style in a woman's wardrobe is perfect worn over a sheath dress or to complete a blouse and skinny jeans ladies-night-out look.
  • Boyfriend. Great for a casual Friday with dark jeans or slim trousers. On the weekend, pair it with leather pants for a date-night dinner. 
  • Texture. Think courduroy, flannel, tweed, or herringbone.
  • Pattern. Look for a subtle check or small houndstooth to keep it neutral and still make a statement. Mix with solids or other subtle prints for an easy and stylish look

*Like what you see? Follow this link for additional blazer recommendations.


Sportcoats for Men
Add personality and versatility to sportcoats using the following guidelines:

  • Add texture. Courduroy, tweed, herringbone, and flannel.
  • Look for patterns. Subtle plaid, small houndtooth, and windowpane check are all great ways to mix it up.
  • Keep it together. The French call business suits a "complet" for a reason—the jacket and pants are a package deal. Don't wear your suit jacket as a separate.

 *Like what you see? Shop these and other great pieces here. 

Hand Wash with Care

Happy Fall Everyone! 

It's that time of year when we say "good-bye beach days" and "hello chilly mornings and pumpkin everything." With the welcome of fall, also comes the fun of seasonal wardrobe swapping, which means pulling out your favorite cozy comforts: SWEATERS!

Along with these new additions to your drawers (or old friends returned from seasons past), comes the question, "How do I care for these without damaging?" Well, we're here to help with some worry-free TLC.

Care labels are your friends, and you'll notice that for the most part they will say either dry clean or hand wash. (Buttoned Up label decoder coming soon!)

If you're not sure how to properly hand wash, do not fret. Here are the basics you need to know:

  • Wash only when necessary. As in, only wash if it comes in contact with germs, dirt, or sweat--or approximately every 4 wearings (wearing a thin layer underneath can extend this to more wears)
  • Always use cool water. We recommend submerging in a basin or large, clean sink full of cool water
  • Use gentle detergents. Like this Wool and Cashmere Shampoo from The Laundress New York
  • Never wring out or put in the dryer. To remove water, gently squeeze, then roll in a towel and lay flat on a rack or a clean, dry towel

 

Trendspotting: A Touch of Tassel

Tassels abounded the runways at NY Fashion Week, and I'm always happy to see a trend that can be easily integrated into your work wardrobe and suit (pun intended) various style preferences. If you give a thumbs-up to tassels, here are a few ideas on ways to easily incorporate the trend. 

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WHICH TASSEL'S FOR YOU?
If your style is . . .

  • Preppy/Classic: Try a tassel loafer or a structured bag with a tassel detail.
  • Artistic/Creative: Tasseled ankle boots or earrings in a fun color
  • Feminine: Look for peasant blouses with tassel neckties, like this Joie blouse
  • Sporty/Casual: Try a tassel backpack like this canvas one from Loeffler Randall 

Like what you see? Shop these pieces and other recommendations here. 

Back to Basics: Corporate Kicks

I often find my clients have shoes galore but are missing some key footwear needs to complete their wardrobe and add versatility (for work and weekend). Not everyone's shoe basics are the same, but here's a checklist for those of you in a corporate setting to help you shoe shop with a purpose: 

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Additional Shoe Shopping Tips

  • Shop for your shoes at the end of the day to account for feet swelling/expansion
  • Make sure you walk on hard and carpeted surface when trying on shoes in the stores
  • Don't rely on too much stretch in a shoe (despite what sales associates may tell you)
  • Wear the same type of sock you intend to wear with the shoes you are trying on
  • ALWAYS try on both shoes in a pair

Like what you see? Shop these and other great corporate kicks here. 

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Topstick: Keep It All in Place

Remember J. Lo's plunging Versace Grammy dress from 2000? That dress alone helped popularize the use of "fashion tape" to help keep your wardrobe in place. However, not all tapes are created equal, and I'm here to tell you not to be fooled by fancy fashion tape packaging. If you really want to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, use the adhesive men have trusted for years to keep on their toupées—topstick!

Here are some of my favorite uses for topstick: 

  • Keep your button-up shirts from gaping
  • Fasten the end of your belt down
  • Use it as an emergency temporary hem fix

I always keep a few strips on hand, and more than once it has helped get me out of a "sticky" situation! 

Trendspotting: Make the Cut-off

Summer cut-off season is in full force. Here are two ways to style your former teenage wardrobe staple in a more adult-friendly way: 

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Some tips for making the cut-off: 

  • Stay age appropriate by keeping your inseam length equal to or longer than the first number in your age (eg, if you are in your 30s, keep your shorts at 3 inches or longer)
  • Add polish to a typically casual staple by pairing it with a button-down shirt or blazer
  • A cuffed hem allows you to vary the length and adds a nice finish to the look

Whatever your favorite summer weekend activity, a great pair of cut-off shorts can fit the fashion bill. As for me, I'll be rockin' [and rocking out in] mine this weekend at the Garth Brooks concert! Yeehaw! 

Like these looks? You can shop each item here. 

Third Layer's a Charm

It's that time of year in which you just can't predict the weather! As a result, strategic layering is the key to staying stylish AND weather appropriate during this tricky transition weather. A third layer doesn't always have to be a standard blazer either. Here are some fun AND versatile pieces I recently found for a client to give you some inspiration:

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Some things to keep in mind when shopping: 

  • Neckline: Make sure the neckline will mesh with a variety of tops you already own
  • Pattern/Color: If you choose a pattern, make sure it's one that can be mixed with other solids or patterns. For example, I was able to style the navy and white Tory Burch blazer with colored blouses as well as fun colored shoes my client already owned. 
  • Cut: Ensure that the cut of the your third piece can pair with skirts, dresses, and/or pants. The Anna Kuan blazer looks great with pants as pictured, but we also made a great date-night outfit from a leather skirt. 

The point is, have fun with layers but  make sure you choose wisely! They are a great way to add depth and style to your outfit! 

Happy shopping,
Natalie

Basic Stitches: Denim Shopping

A dressing room full of denim can seem like a daunting task. I could spend all day talking about denim brands, cuts, shopping tips, etc, but I'll stick to the abridged version today and give you Natalie's Top Tips for Denim Shopping: 

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  • If you don't have a pair of uniform-wash dark indigo jeans, that should be at the top of your shopping list. A dark wash is the most versatile and flattering. 
  • If you are going for distressed, be careful to check the placement of fades and tears, which will only draw the eye to those embellished areas. (Example: Whiskering at the hips will make that area look larger.)
  • Do the "sit test." Sit down in your jeans and make sure there is not gapping in the back and ensure they don't fall too low on your seat. (Insert schoolyard flashbacks of "I see London; I see France . . . ") Most people are best opting for a mid- or high-rise jean. (A few of my current go-tos for women are J.Brand Maria High Rise or Levi's Mile High Skinny, and for men Levi's 511 Slim Fit or RRL Rigid Jean
  • Tight is right in the fitting room. The BIGGEST mistake I see clients make is buying their jeans too large. Ninety percent of denim will stretch a full size after just a day or two of wear. Trust me on this one!

As always, if you need help finding the perfect denim for you, get in touch to book a shopping appointment with me! 

Habit #4: Enjoy!

Do you believe life is short or a really long time?  We think it is both, long and short, and both call for you to enjoy your life! We want food and fashion to add to your enjoyment, not detract from it.  

We work to find food and beauty that satisfies your body and mind. No pain—no gain is not our mantra. We want everyone to enjoy health and beauty and we make it a priority for our clients.    

You feel better when you like your food and it nourishes and satisfies you.  If you don’t enjoy  your food, you will always be hungry for something.   

If you hate kale, but eat it every day, you won’t get all the benefits kale has to offer. You will feel punished and deprived, you will be more likely to rebel, and you may undo any progress you have made from the punishment you endured—that is not enjoyable.   

Fashion should feel comfortable, literally and figuratively. If your clothes are too tight you will be uncomfortable.  If you are over-dressed or under-dressed, you will feel out of place.  Both add stress and decrease your enjoyment in most situations. Additionally, you want to have pieces in your closet that make you happy and excited to get dressed every day!

Natalie’s HABIT: Add some frosting

While you probably won’t be eating frosting daily, you can add frosting to your outfits with a patterned scarf, a fun necklace, a pair of vintage earrings—anything that makes you happy and tells others a little about you. Accessories can be inexpensive, and, if you’ve simplified your wardrobe, mix and match with what you have to make outfits more interesting, versatile, and unique—just like you!

Becky’s HABIT: Limit the frost but not the flavor

Our last HABIT, progress NOT perfection ties into enjoyment, as it does with much of life. You cannot love everything you eat and everything you eat might not be the healthiest. When you work toward making food choices that are healthy, you want them to be tasty too. If your healthy choices taste good you will make PROGRESS that you can sustain to reap benefits today and in the future.   

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule for eating? (This is not to be confused with Pareto 80/20 business rules.) When it comes to food, what you put in your mouth most days matters more than what you do once in awhile.  

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I learned about 80/20 for food at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  Eat healthy meals 80 percent of the time and splurge 20 percent of the time with “unhealthy/junk food.”  This a common approach but I have taken it one step further to help you succeed, I added enjoyment to the equation!  If your food is healthy but you don’t enjoy it, you might have short-term progress but it will be hard to sustain.   

Does the chart seem too technical or too hard? It is actually simpler than it looks.  It is designed to help you categorize your food to make better food choices. Think of the chart as “training wheels” to develop a new habit. With a little practice considering what food tastes good AND is  good for you, making  better choices will become second nature.  

The goal is to make progress making healthier choices that are not punishment. Life is too short to not enjoy your food and too long to risk the consequences of unhealthy eating.  

Thanks for following our series. We completed the basic foundation for creating successful and sustaining HABITs, personalize, simplify, progress, and enjoy. Stay tuned, we will continue to build on this foundation weekly to help you get where you want to go.  ENJOY the trip!  

May you always feel great & look great, 

Natalie & Becky

Natalie Tincher, owner and personal wardrobe stylist at Buttoned Up in New York City, desires to help others gain an added measure of confidence through cultivating a style that complements their unique personality, lifestyle, and physical attributes.

Becky Nagle, owner and health coach at getting2well in Bergen County, NJ, works with clients to make small changes to reduce stress and improve nutrition that fit their lifestyle to reach healthy weights and wellness goals.