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How to go from Yoga to the Real World

Today there is literally not a moment available just to think. Most appointments demand our constant attention with “need-to-be-here’s” and “got-to-be-there’s.” That being said, how do you make sure you find time for me-things like yoga and still feel prepared for the rest of your day?

Here are just a few ways to get this done for you:

Bring a Wrap Dress and Throw It Over Your Yoga Pants.
This idea I stole from a client but absolutely LOVE it! As you pack up your yoga mat, why not throw in that cute, comfortable wrap dress? After yoga, pat yourself on the back, wipe away any sweat and throw that baby on! This is not only a quick change, but one that will make others think you had all the time in the world to get dressed.

Here’s one idea from 6pm.com
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A Change of Shoes can Change the Whole Outfit.
My yoga class happens at 5:30 in the afternoon and I don’t usually plan anything afterwards. One day, however, a client was in town and I had to run from yoga to dinner. I got ready in 2 minutes. My secret? A great pair of shoes. I wore leggings and grabbed a tunic top for after class (make sure it won’t wrinkle and just toss it in your bag). I added a necklace (you could add a scarf instead) and a pair of heels and I was ready to go!

Did it take a little bit of pre-thought? Yes, mere seconds. What was the payoff? Priceless—peace of mind and I felt great. I didn’t have to skip my class, cancel plans with my client or feel out of sorts when I stepped into the restaurant. The sense of calm I felt after class carried into the rest of my evening.

Not sure if you have anything in your wardrobe that would work? Simple, micro-fiber or jersey tunics are so easy to come by these days. Here are a few designers worth looking for:

  • Joseph Ribkoff
  • Clara Sun Woo
  • Sympli

You can find lines at these stores in the Boston area: Infinity Boutique in Swampscott, The Studio in Brookline (here you can order from a large selection of colors for the Sympli line) and W.O.W. in Newton.

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Yes, I added 3 quick things, but even just changing your shoes can help you transition from class to a social mindset and after a great yoga class you know you stand taller. Add a great pair of heels or tall low heeled riding boots, for example, and it changes everything!

Pick a Jacket That Would Make It an Outfit Without Issue
One of my assistants did yoga while holding down a position for a consulting firm and they needed her right after her class. With great foresight she kept a jacket or two in her car for just these occasions. She threw on jacket which allowed her top and yoga slacks to look more professional with just a small but strong addition. The bottom line is that old-fashioned Girl Scout mini-motto: Be Prepared.

Here are some ideas for jackets that will transform a yoga outfit without looking like you haphazardly tossed something on in a hurry. No one needs to know your secret!

Nic+Zoe is a great line for bridging the gap between yoga and the office. This jacket is made of a soft, cotton and spandex that has a casual (and comfy!) vibe but is tailored enough to look polished and long enough to cover your behind in your yoga pants.

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or want something with a little more drama? Try this ‘Twirl’ coat. It’s elegant, light enough to be worn indoors on a cold day and will make a statement!

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You know your life better than anyone. Have there been occasions when you were caught off guard and needed to look professional with no time to go home and change completely? Do you want to look pulled together and feel good about how you look whether you are just running errands or meeting a client for a meeting, but haven’t been sure how to do it?

With just a little preparation and a versatile wardrobe, you can go from one thing to the next with little interruption and a great sense of well-being—just what your yoga teacher prescribes!

Of course, if you say, that’s great, I’d love to have that sense of well-being about my wardrobe, but I don’t know how, then don’t hesitate to fill out the ‘I Need Help’ form on my website. That’s why I’m here. I can help you make everything you wear from yoga to the boardroom feel great!

Note: All garments pictured here are vegan-friendly (made from fabrics that did not harm any animals).

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Three Tips Joan Rivers Taught Us About Personal Style

While she may have had a sharp tongue with her “What were you thinking?” fashion statements on Fashion Police, Joan Rivers was still a positive style icon in many ways. Aside from being the foundation of such transitions (whether you love them or not) as Kelly Osborne and others, her own style and beliefs have a few nuggets that you may not have seen on the red carpet but which were in her personal and professional beliefs about life, style and self.
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How to Choose the Right Shoes to Make Your Legs Look Longer

You purchase an outfit at the store, get home and put it on. All is going well until you add shoes. You stare at the mirror wondering why suddenly the outfit doesn’t work. You try standing differently. You even try a different pair of shoes or adjust your posture. It doesn’t help. Finally, with great dismay you take off the garment and stick it back in the bag to return to the store.

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How to Get into Fall Without Fail

The chill in the air is starting to re-enter into our daily lives and the ads for back to school are now so consistent they can be ignored like the other ads.  It is fall.  But while you pack away the bathing suits and shorts, how do you move into fall with style?

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered: Fall 2014 Fashion Update

While I was not ready to see the glorious summer fade away this year, I have to admit I always enjoy witnessing the upcoming trends, especially in yummy fall colors. This season will not disappoint. While some trends are expected, like velvet and turtlenecks, others are a delightful surprise, like tassels and A-line dresses.  Then, of course, there are the ones that leave me feeling bewildered, wondering if the designers are either tired or are simply at a loss for new (flattering) ideas. Continue reading…

The perfect scarf tie

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Back to School Fashion: How to Look Like the Cool Mom

The ads of kids roaming classrooms are everywhere and the evenings are getting a bit cooler…the summer is coming to an end. Another school year is in our near future. Although it is the child going to school, the moms will be just as busy…band practices, PTA meetings and carpools, oh my! But, while it is time to buy the backpacks and pencil sets, moms should remember they, too, need to get themselves ready as well.  But, with all that’s going on, who has the time to make sure they look their best, too? Just throw on the yoga pants and the handiest top in the closet, right? But while your body may be comforted, how is your confidence? Continue reading…

How to Dress for an Interview: The Good, the Bad and the Frizzy

In a recent article for Real Simple, entrepreneur icon Barbara Corcoran discussed an evolving error made by interviewees every day: missing the mark on what is acceptable; either wearing too much of the right things (“too much makeup and jewelry or impractical shoes”) or too little of the right things (i.e., inappropriate things like “stretchy pants, oversize tops, and sneakers”). So with the fall bringing in new opportunities for so many, let’s discuss three commandments to getting an interview outfit right in a way that will ease your mind and make a positive impression. Continue reading…

10 Reasons You Have Too Many Clothes

Women never come to me and say I want lots of clothes. Nope…never. In fact, more often than not they tell me that they want to simplify. My interpretation of this is that they want fewer clothes that they wear more often. And while some women might want and actually enjoy accumulating clothes, mostly the pleasure comes from wearing them. Continue reading…

Have You Fallen Victim to the Comfort Trap?

With today’s hectic pace of life and constant demands on your time and energy, it is natural to seek as much comfort as possible whenever and wherever you can.  Feeling comfortable physically, especially in the clothing you wear, is one of the key components to being able to deal with the rest of the stress life throws at you. Continue reading…

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Working with you is like an addiction! It’s such fun and I just love all the things I learn. By the way, in searching for new wardrobe pieces, along with my color swatches, I think ‘what would Ginger say’ and it helps me make a decision! Roxanne Volpe