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How to Fit a Coat

When shopping for a winter coat, wear seasonally appropriate clothes underneath for a more accurate fit. There are no shortcuts to finding the correct fit in a coat. You will probably have to try many coat styles and silhouettes before finding the correct fit. A cold-weather coat capsule will generally require more than one coat to accommodate the varied occasions, activities and outfits of winter. Here are some guidelines for finding the right fit by checking: …

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Coat Check: When Cold Weather Comes Calling

By Roxy L. Rowton When bundling up becomes more of a necessity than a fashion statement, it’s time to stock your wardrobe with coats that not only brave the cold, but are thoughtfully designed and beautifully shaped for around-town polish. Like so many articles of clothing, coats were outer garments originally designed for utility, protection and warmth—to provide a defense from inclement weather like wind, …

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The Fashion Folder: Ease into Autumn

By Roxy Rowton Just as the laid-back days of summer give away to the purposeful days of autumn, fashion reflects the return to industrious and enterprising pursuits. During autumn, the sartorial dress code becomes the most pronounced and intentional of any other fashion mind-set. Sartorial undertones of tailoring, styling, craftsmanship, construction, aesthetics, and form stunningly stitch together the cold-weather designs of the autumn fashion portfolio. The …

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Front Office: Closet Staples That Get to Work

By Roxy Rowton In a city where every appearance is a stage, you don’t want to be seen in just any old thing. This fall the wardrobe lineup is anything but basic or back to work as usual. The closet cast features an array of base-layers and core garments of luxurious fabrics, innovative details and thoughtful designs. All these are tailor-made to update the fall …

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Time for A Wardrobe Sweep

By Roxy Rowton August is the ideal period for a sanctioned sojourn between the essence of summer and fall: the transitional juncture from recreational pursuits to occupational endeavors. While many accept the concept of a seasonal wardrobe sweep, fewer embrace the benefits from doing so. Here are five reasons to carry out a seasonal wardrobe sweep during the time between summer and fall: Purging fosters a …

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Just Add Summer: Essentials for Sun-Drenched Shores

By Roxy Rowton At the height of summer when the days are long and sundrenched, plan an escape to the beach. During the summer season, dress codes get scaled down in tone and mood, but for a getaway to the beach, dress yourself in style fundamentals suggestive of the geographical shores and terrain of the Atlantic coastline. Merely simplify your …

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Tiny House of Fashion: Local entrepreneur launches fashion boutique on wheels

By Roxy Rowton “Fashion is global, but the Tiny House of Fashion is mobile,” says Danelle Johnson, boutique owner of Virginia’s first tiny house of mobile fashion. While the term “mobile fashion on wheels” may conjure up images of bygone days when street peddlers hawked their goods and products from carts and wagons, Ms. Johnson is an object lesson in the …

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Bag Check: A Packing Guide for Your Summer Getaway

By Roxy Rowton The spirit of travel beckons fervidly during the summer. The first warm rays and the increasing sunlight stir a fresh yearning for adventure and travel both to familiar and off-the-beatentrack destinations. Taking a family vacation, a romantic escape for two or a getaway with friends to an exotic locale is a boon after a season of capricious …

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Of Mercer: Fashion That Works

By Roxy Rowton Interpreting contemporary dress standards and choosing what to wear for varied professional settings can be tricky business. With the breakdown of traditional business decorum and organizational practices no longer observing time-honored guidelines for appropriate workwear, universal dress standards for professional sartorial style have all but been discarded and abandoned. To successfully navigate the landmines and the misinterpretation …

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