Why Don't You Merchandise Your Closet Like a Retailer?

Why Don't You Merchandise Your Closet Like a Retailer?

How easy would it be to get dressed in the morning if your closet was organized like your favorite boutique? Apply these simple merchandising strategies to your closet and I guarantee you'll feel more inspired to create original outfits out of the clothes you already own. 

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24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

World's Most Versatile Accessory

If you know me, you know I adore my Hermes scarf collection. Aside from their sentimental value (a decade of gifts from my husband), silk twill scarves are my chic and endlessly versatile secret for adding color and flair to my capsule wardrobe.

The 1 Scarf Styling Trick Guaranteed to Transform Your Capsule Wardrobe

Master this one simple little folding trick and you'll be well on your way to tying your scarves a million different ways.

24 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Now that you know how to knot, check out all the different ways I've rocked my scarves below. 

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

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The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Wearing Clothes vs. Wearing an Outfit

From the stiff-ish collar popping out from under her sweater, to the way she half tucks her tee shirt to the quirky personal touches she adds to each outfit - when a stylish girl walks in a room, everyone notices.

We all know a girl that always looks put together.

This is her secret.

The 4 Step Outfit Formula

Styling doesn't come easily to everyone, but it's definitely a skill you can hone if you break the process down to basics. 

Step 1: Outfit Base

The critical first step to creating an outfit is pretty straightforward - start with a base. Be it a top plus pants, jeans, shorts or a skirt; a dress or a jumpsuit, the outfit base refers simply to the clothes that cover your nakedness. Totally utilitarian.

A lot of women start and end at this step. Sure, you can leave the house in this get up, but with no hints of texture or personality - no one will mistake it for stylish. 

I recommend going through your wardrobe and identifying 5-6 core bases to build outfits around. Select classic garments that fit well and reflect your lifestyle. This will streamline your process and provide a reliable template to reference when creating looks.  

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

Step 2: Add a Layer

Now things start to get interesting. Once you've settled on your outfit base the next step is to add a layer. Layers are like throw pillows -- they add visual interest, color or texture and may or may not serve a functional purpose.

Examples of layers include another top, a cardigan, a vest, a printed wrap or a blazer, leather bomber or denim jacket you plan to wear all day (not outerwear).

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

Step 3: Make It Pop

Woo Hoo! Accessories in the house! Now that you've got your functional base sorted and you've created dimension with a layer, it's time to add personality with accessories. Jewelry is a given, but also consider a scarf (around the neck, your head, your wrist, your ponytail), a belt, hair flair, a hat or a cluster of pins. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

Step 4: Out The Door

Look at you girl! Almost ready to go. Time to add the ultimate finishing touches - bag, shoes and outerwear (if necessary). The formality and details of your outfit will dictate which shoes and bag you choose. If you are feeling a bit monochromatic, add color with a bag. If the outfit is heavy on color and prints, ground it with neutral footwear. Don't be afraid to rock sneakers with a suit pant or a metallic clutch with denim. And NO! your shoes and bag do not have to match. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door


"The Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula" is an excerpt from my new e-book Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide: How to Create the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe, out late March 2017.

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Jenn

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Nail Classically Chic Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL CLASSICALLY CHIC LIKE A FRENCH GIRL

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL CLASSICALLY CHIC LIKE A FRENCH GIRL

We'll Always Have Paris

Fishnet socks, oversized sweatshirt dresses, undersized bandage skirts, the great Birkenstock revival - however exhilarating, trends are fleeting (even when they circle back). That is why the Classically Chic Style Archetype is so damn alluring. No matter the year, the country, your age - there is something to be said for a outfit formula that stands the test of time.

There are many variations on Classically Chic Style. Think: Seersucker, equestrian boots, a sleek black pencil skirt and pumps. For me, the most endearing (and Pinterest celebrated) is French Girl Chic. Je ne sais pas, there is something about Paris.

The (Classically) Parisian Chic Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Classically Parisian Chic.

Parisian Chic Essential #1: Flat Shoes

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: FLAT SHOES

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: FLAT SHOES

Besides being too terribly cool to wobble on cobblestones in heels, French girls have a practical reason for foregoing pumps: faire de la bicyclette.

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Parisian Chic Essential #2: Slim Ankle Pant

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SLIM ANKLE PANT

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SLIM ANKLE PANT

Slim pants are a given (note I said slim, not tight), but the real secret to looking French girl (and boy) cool is to show the slightest hint of ankle skin between your pant hem and shoe.

Sorry. No socks allowed. 

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Parisian Chic Essential #3: Striped Top

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: STRIPED TOP

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: STRIPED TOP

Typically characterized as a cotton top with blue sailor-like stripes, the Breton stripe top was introduced in 1858 as the uniform for the French navy. It did not possess any serous fashion cache until—after a trip to the French coast—Coco Chanel took notice. The iconic designer was so inspired by the sailors’ uniform that she incorporated the stripes into her 1917 nautical collection.
— Stylecaster.com

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Parisian Chic Essential #4: Classic Jacket

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: CLASSIC JACKET

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: CLASSIC JACKET

Choose your own Parisian outerwear adventure: Shrunken denim, fitted blazer or classic trench. Look at these as investment pieces and shop accordingly. Add to wish list. 

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Parisian Chic Essential #5: Silk Scarf

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SILK SCARF

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SILK SCARF

You know how I feel about my Hermes scarves. Aside from the beautiful craftsmanship, brilliant colors, iconic, whimsical patterns and endlessly versatile styling options -  each scarf was a gift from my husband and remind me of our honeymoon. In Paris. 

Now, you don't need an Hermes scarf to nail the Parisian Chic look (wish list), but I am going to have to insist on silk twill. 

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LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print

LuLaRoe Key Piece 5: Julia Dress B/W Print

Put Me In Coach!

With her casual cool baseball sleeves, crazy comfy fabric and layer loving lines, LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print, complements of LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway, is undisputed wardrobe bench strength.

While sexy Julia Coral is game for cocktails and chill; Julia B&W Print is a pinch hit player you can count on -- no matter what curve balls the week throws your way. 

Manic Monday 

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | The throw it on solution to manic Monday mornings

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | The throw it on solution to manic Monday mornings

The good ole work week welcome: You woke up late, can't find matching socks for the kids and the last thing you have the brain cells to brainstorm is an outfit. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print steps up to the plate! Throw on a bright scarf (to wake up your face) and a heel (to look like you tried) and slide right into the home office. SAFE!

Thirsty Thursday

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Sassy When She Wants to Be

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Sassy When She Wants to Be

Work From Home Thursday! Best. Day. Ever. No mad rush to beautify by day break; you don't bother to bathe until 4. Then it's off to entertain your therapist for an hour followed by dinner and drinks with a bestie. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print can play this game! Casual cute always and extra sassy with accessories, LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print holds her own - on and off the field. 

Weekend Warrior

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Your busy Saturday style strategy

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Your busy Saturday style strategy

Whoever came up with expression "Working for the Weekend" wasn't a working mom. Saturday is double header of household duties and child chasing. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print shows up in the clutch, helps you swoop up kids from soccer and sweep up the clubhouse with ease - and style. It's been a long day, Momma. Toss a few back and curl up on the couch with your iPhone - you earned it. 


MANY THANKS TO  LULAROE CONSULTANT CHERYL HOLLOWAY  | LULAROE KEY PIECE #5: JULIA DRESS, BLACK & WHITE PRINT

MANY THANKS TO LULAROE CONSULTANT CHERYL HOLLOWAY | LULAROE KEY PIECE #5: JULIA DRESS, BLACK & WHITE PRINT

Many thanks to LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway for inspiring this series AND for LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black and White Print

If you are just joining the LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge - BACK UP!

  1. Read this: From Hater to Fan Girl, My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge
  2. Now this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped
  3. Next: LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress, Coral
  4. Another: LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey
  5. One more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #4 Azure Skirt, Black

Love LuLaRoe? On a unicorn hunt? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Black & White Stripes

LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped

LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped

Surprisingly, The Perfect Tee

"What did I get myself into?" I wondered, shooting an incredulous glance at the mirror. 

With elbow length sleeves, two curious side slits and a questionable bell shaped hem, the black and white striped LuLaRoe Perfect Tee I received from Consultant Lorean Bradley, looked more like a confused mini dress than something I would describe as a tee shirt.

After a few minutes pondering the top's odd silhouette I remembered Cheryl mentioning something about knots. 

"Ahhhhh.....!" A lightbulb went off and I started to play. 

Aspirational Athleisure 

queen of the soccer moms in lularoe and aspirational accessories

queen of the soccer moms in lularoe and aspirational accessories

For Outfit #1, I knotted the LuLaRoe Perfect Tee in front and paired it with solid grey leggings (courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway) and my fresh grey New Balances. From there, I elevated a potentially super casual look by adding a Hermes scarf as a head wrap (the red print picks up on the sneakers), loaded on mixed metal David Yurman and Kendra Scott arm candy and finished the look with a Louis Vuitton pouch I scored on Poshmark for like $100. 

Not So Neutral Territory 

10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped with Cassie Cheetah

Outfit #2 is so stinking cute I want to marry it. AMIRIGHT? If you are new to print mixing, start with black and white stripes and an animal print - like this cheetah print Cassie skirt, also from LuLaRoe Consultant Lorean Bradley. It's a no fail "Damn, she's chic!" formula.

I styled the LuLaRoe top and skirt with my trusty Joie army green anorak (you need a jacket like this in your life, #trust), strappy DVF platform heels and a metallic crackle YSL Muse bag I bought for full price in the days before daycare. The outfit is topped with a pop of orange via an epic Mother's Day gift, my beloved Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff.

Who needs disposable income when you have two toddlers with great taste?

French Dressing

10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped with Azure Skirt Black

When paired with a black LuLaRue Azure skirt (courtesy of LuLaRue Consultant Amy Homan), Outfit #3 plays up the striped Perfect Tee's Parisian vibe with an Hermes scarf as necktie and strappy gold DVF sandals. My orange Hermes cuff is just the French Kiss this look needs to seal the outfit deal. Tres jolie!


On Deck! LuLaRoe Key Piece #2 LuLaRoe Julia Dress, Coral

Stay Tuned!

Do you love LuLaRoe? On a quest for unicorn leggings? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn