A Note from Lisa: Each week my good friend Julie Nelson and I explore the depth,Â breadth, andÂ strengthÂ of the Catholic Church through a feminine lensÂ on our new radio showÂ Catholic Women Now. The show is produced by Iowa Catholic Radio and isÂ heard in the Des Moines area onÂ 1150AM, 88.5 & 94.5 FM. Listeners outside this area can stream online via ChristianNetCast or through the Tune-In Radio app.
ShowÂ times: Tuesday at 2:30pm, Friday at 9:00pm, Saturday at 8:30 and 11:30am, and Sunday at 6:00pm — all times Central.
Julie writes a show summary each week; until the audio of past shows is archived on iTunes, I’ll share the written highlights here. We have received a great deal of encouragement and support for our new show — we areÂ humbled and honored. Thank you!
It’s Fashion Week on Catholic Women Now!Â Tami Smith, owner of Fashion by The Hall Tree, joined us in studio and took us down the catwalk of trendy styles.Â So what are women wearing this spring?Â
We are women of God, and our exterior appearance reflects the inner beauty imbued by Him. When we are at ease with what we are wearing and know that what we are wearing is stylish and modest, we allow ourselves to be relaxed. Our worry about â€œhow do I lookâ€ diminishes and allows our true inner beauty to shine. And that is real style.
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So what are someÂ stylesÂ to consider for this spring? Tami shares some ideas.
The big trend is colored bottoms — skirts, pants, and leggings. Trending colors are any shade of green, blue, orange, pink, and coral. Tami reassured us that all women can wear these colored bottoms. Donâ€™t think you can wear a color such as orange? Give it a try. You may be surprised that you can. Look for a shade of orange: coral, peach, tangerine, etc. Wear it as an accent color via a shrug or scarf. Wearing color may push us out of our comfy cocoon, so start slow with a favorite color you like. Try it! You may be surprised.
Colored prints are everywhere, especially florals. Add one to your wardrobe to create an â€œon trendâ€ ensemble.
Many of us are in those childbearing years when our bodies change shape during pregnancy (expanding bodies) and post-pregnancy (decreasing bodies). We tend to wear the same thing routinely. What about those clothes we think we will wear some day? We canâ€™t throw everything out and begin from scratch due to budget concerns. HELP!
Tami to the rescue: Begin the closet overhaul by acting as if you were choosing and packing clothes to take on vacation. No doubt, these will be clothes you like best. Ask yourself: What do I wear the most? Sort them and take view of what you have before you.
Some basic clothing items to have in every womenâ€™s closet:
- 4-5 tops, should includeÂ 1 white button-down/collared shirt
- 1 black and 1 white t-shirt — short and long-sleeved. We may complain black and white is all we have in our closet, but in reality, these are the things we grab the most. And they’re the mostÂ versatileÂ to mix-and-match and layer. Â
- 1-2 trendy tops — this is where you can experiment with trendy colors
- Mix and match your tops and bottoms. Be bold and experiment with new looks, scarves, and accessories.
- Jeans — include a pair of dressy jeans.Â And any style: straight leg, flared bottom, boot-cut, skinny leg, etc. Find the cut that works best for your body type.
- Black pants
- 1 long skirt — calf to ankle-length
- 1 short skirt — knee-lengthÂ
- For summer wear: pair of capris (could introduce the “in” color here, too!) & pair of shorts
** And don’t forget that tried and true staple … the denim jean jacket, a versatile piece for everyone!
Finally, let’s get it together:
How can our closets stay organized to help us make decisions each morning?
Arrange your clothes in your closet by rainbow color order —Â ROY G. BIV. Remember that from art class (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet)? Arrange clothes in this order with whites on one end and blacks on the other. This will help you visualize combinations and experiment with new looks and color combinations. Once organized, you may also find that you have ten white tops and you really donâ€™t need ten!
For more fashion advice, head over to Fashion by The Hall Tree.
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Join us each week on Catholic Women Now! 1150AM, 88.5 and 94.5FM, streaming online viaÂ ChristianNetCastÂ or on mobile devices through theÂ Tune-In Radio app.Â Show times: Tuesday at 2:30pm, Friday at 9:00pm, Saturday at 8:30 and 11:30am and Sunday at 6:00pm — all times Central. Tune in and tell a friend … and set an alarm if need be! :)Â