Clothing Options Decrease Due to Coronavirus

These days, as many of us shelter in place, our wardrobe needs have become limited. Without the opportunity to socialize and to dine out, let alone to work in offices and to get together for celebrations or religious services, there is not much need for an extensive selection of clothes.

Many of us find a uniform of sorts, in which comfort is key. The top or tee shirt and pants or shorts that fit perfectly and feel comfy cannot be beat. The number of pieces in regular rotation between wearing and laundry dwindles.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the cumulative effect of decreasing consumer clothing needs is one factor bringing about a change in what retailers will have in store:  “Thanks to a global pandemic on top of a trade war, American shoppers are finding their once-endless array of apparel choices are quickly disappearing. There’s disruption everywhere – from manufacturing and shipping delays to store closings and plummeting consumer demand – and merchants are desperate to avoid accumulating piles of hard-to-sell items.”

We’ll find less merchandise in stores with a shrinking assortment of sizes and styles. And the list of retailers filing bankruptcy seems to grow weekly.

If you are financially able to do so, please support your favorite retailers with your continuing purchases. This is especially critical for the survival of small businesses like specialty boutiques.

If you can no longer find a particular style in your favorite store, or if your favorite store is no more, remember that there are additional small businesses on web sites like eBay that may be able to provide exactly what you are seeking.

Above all, please stay well.

Coronavirus Closet Review

As we all shelter in place in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now is the perfect time to take on a review of our resources. Checking the kitchen pantry, cleaning supplies and paper goods are top priority projects in assessing what we have and what we might need, to be sure.

With those tasks under control, it is worthwhile to take on a review of the resources in our closets. It’s the perfect time to go through our wardrobes and determine what works and what doesn’t – what is flattering and useful; which pieces only take up space. Whether or not you think every item should spark joy, you can assess what pieces don’t merit closet or drawer space.

In a closet review, you may come across garments that are tried and true but which have become the tired workhorses of your wardrobes and might be ready to be replaced when the time is right. You may find shoes or handbags that can use a good cleaning or minor repairs. Some items may be ready to be retired immediately.

Assembling donations for your favorite charity can provide a sense of connection to others. And in these trying times, that connection can help us not only to survive, but also to thrive. 

Be well and stay connected.  

Power Dressing Par Excellence

My congratulations go out to actress Renee Zellweger on her most recent accolades and awards for her portrayal of the iconic Judy Garland. Also worthy of accolades is Zellweger’s personal style. The confidence she conveys through her style choices merits our consideration.

As seen in the February 24, 2020 issue of People magazine, Zellweger’s Oscar gown is a study in self-assurance. The sleek one-shoulder custom gown by Armani Prive in white brought attention to the woman wearing it, not to any fussiness in the details of design. Zellweger’s choice of a single chunky David Webb diamond and rock crystal ring worn on the index finger of her bare arm likewise was a confident and powerful choice.

Let’s face it, however. It is much easier to bring the wow factor to a wow event like the Academy Awards. The real test of power dressing is in circumstances where one cannot (or should not) be dressed like too much of a diva.

In this ensemble pictured in the February 10, 2020 issue of People, Zellweger shows us how it’s done. She is wearing red – the ultimate power color – in a head-to-toe pantsuit ensemble. The designer is not identified. Notice the lace detail at the flattering neckline of her blouse and the matching red shoes. Also note that Zellweger again wears a single chunky ring on an index finger, declaring this as a signature jewelry look. This is power dressing par excellence.

Terrific Turquoise – Colors That Work – Guest Post by Babe Hope

It’s not accidental that the background color of my blog is turquoise blue . I chose the color because turquoise is a serene color, reminiscent of tropical lagoons, a color that invites one to relax and stay a while, and at the same time a color that has a vibrancy that energizes and encourages engagement.

Today I’m pleased to offer my readers a guest blog post from Babe Hope, who blogs for the web site www.ullapopken.com. Ulla Popken’s mission is “to offer plus size women exclusively-designed, stylish merchandise of finer quality with the most consistent fit” and, at the same time, to “exceed customer expectations making women look and feel their most beautiful at a fair price.” In her guest post here on www.trulybecoming.com, Babe provides her take on a key reason that turquoise is a perennial favorite.

Please enjoy Babe’s post and read on for a special giveaway that may enable you to enjoy a bit of the color turquoise, or whatever is your favorite hue.

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Colors That Work – a Guest Post by Babe Hope of UllaPopken.com  

Do you select colors that you love to look at or colors that flatter your face? Well, how about a color that does both?

Check out Ulla Popken’s Embroidered Beaded Tunic,#22435, terrifically turquoise. The color is absolutely gorgeous and it is a universally flattering color. How can this be so?

Colors on opposite sides of the color wheel enhance each other, which is why strawberries pop and look so delicious packaged in green containers. This shade of turquoise is just about the ‘color-wheel opposite’ of pink–playing up a healthy blush in the skin, regardless of your complexion tone. Both light and dark, warm or cool skin tones have underlying or obvious shades of pink. That is why this color flatters everyone. Furthermore, this color is also versatile, it works for three of the four seasons and can be paired with all neutrals, black, brown, khaki, white and of course jeans.

Oh, and did I mention the fabric? The fabric is richly textured, 100% cotton, so soft to the touch but has enough weight to drape well. The notched neckline and sleeve hem are intricately embroidered with bronze-toned beading. The fit is relaxed and the length is 32 inches. Ahhhh!

Wrap yourself in turquoise, day or night, and bring out the blush in your cheeks.

About Babe Hope:

Babe Hope is the author of Pretty Plus: How to Look Sexy, Sensational and Successful No Matter What You Weigh. She has written numerous articles, appeared on dozens of radio shows and videos and consulted to several specialty apparel retailers, sharing her tips on how to feel good in what you wear. A plus size woman all her life, Babe turned the ‘pity party’ into a ‘pretty party’ fifteen years ago and has been a stylist and personal shopper for women of all shapes and sizes. She is currently a blogger, stylist and model for Ulla Popken and fully embraces Ulla’s spirit: ‘Feeling beautiful is empowering.’

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Ulla Popken’s Tunic Giveaway to One Lucky TrulyBecoming.com Reader:

Ulla Popken has beautiful tunics in sizes from 12 to 38 and will give away a tunic to one lucky reader of the TrulyBecoming.com blog who posts a comment to this blog post during the month of June, 2012. To enter the contest, please visit ullapopken.com. Choose the tunic you’d most like to have and make note of its name and item number. Then come back to trulybecoming.com and tell us in a comment to this blog post how the tunic would expand your wardrobe options and why you’d like to have it. Be sure to include the name and item number of your choice in your comment.

Please post your comment below and be sure to provide your name and email address as requested. Your last name and email address will not be published with your comment, as all comments are moderated. All comments are subject to being edited for length.

The contest runs through 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2012. Comments will be judged based upon the thoughtfulness and clarity of the comments posted.. The lucky winner will be contacted via the email address provided, and the winner will have ONE week to claim the prize, after which time it will be awarded to another entrant. If the winner’s choice of tunic is no longer available in her size on ullapopken.com, the site may substitute a garment of similar value.

This giveaway is open to persons 18 years of age or older living in the United States, and is void where prohibited by law.

TheOhLook: Photo Styling with a Diagonal Bent

This exquisite, uncredited photograph of Emily Blunt that appears with her profile in the March 2012 issue of InStyle magazine deserves a closer look.  Blunt is gorgeous, of course, and younger than most of my readers, but the styling of the actress and the photo are both worthy of mention.

The teal color of her dress relates to and heightens the color of her eyes and compliments both her skin tone and hair color, demonstrating the power of a flattering hue. Her jewelry, a bronze or antiqued gold cuff and an interesting arrangement of blue ringed agate stones and antiqued gold leaves, balance each other. Having only a glimpse of the jewelry to the right makes one want to see more of it, adding active intrigue to the photo.

The position of her right arm repeats the diagonal of her one-shoulder top. The effect is to draw the eye up to her face. A similar effect to this styling can be achieved with a drape of fabric, the careful positioning of one arm, and some well-chosen jewelry.

Also worthy of note is the quotation that appears at the bottom of her photo: “The most beautiful people are those who don’t realize they are. Those are the ones I stare at.” When asked to sum up her philosophy of beauty, Blunt replied: “I love seeing faces that live and breathe–that are covered with lots of lines and you want to know how they got them. People who do too much plastic surgery often have a very still, startled expression. I can’t imagine that there’s much joy to be gained from that. If you can’t move your face, you can’t express yourself.”