No Sweat Jogger Jeans

We’ve all seen the late night commercials for The Pajama Jean, and certainly a few have been tempting. Exactly, how comfortable are your jeans? Wouldn’t you love to get the look without the discomfort? Clients ask me daily if the skinny jean has past it’s prime. While the skinny is here to stay, another trend has come on strong this year…the jogger jean. Because I am all about fashion forward comfort, I decided to give them a try. And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with the look, the fit and the comfort! These are a must have for this summer. I wore them with some fun Jimmy Choo sandals and cream tank and a silk untucked W by Worth plaid top. They would also be so cute with a slouchy white tee, stylish sneaker and matching scarf.

Get your jogger jeans here!

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“Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.” -Edward Coke

As you know I have been selling W by Worth for well over a year now. 6 seasons to be exact! It has been a perfect fit for me. I get to work from home while doing something I love! I have been creating virtual and real closets for my clients and wardrobing them with some beautiful clothes that they will own forever!

At the same time I have been doing closet cleanout/organization and style consulting. I have offered services to stay at home moms, charity leaders and business professionals. After a closet clean out, I offer to take clothes to resale and charity. My resale shop does a great job at marketing all sorts of items from a plain Gap t-shirt to fabulous Tory boots. I offer W credit or cash for items that sell.

The problem is, my resale shop takes a 50% cut, offers a limit of 60 days to turn over, and pays only at the end of the 60 days. This being said, I started thinking… I can do better!

So I started reselling clients items myself via ecommerce. This has been a win-win for me and my clients. They get more W credit OR cash, (I offer full value for W credit or 75% for cash back) they get paid bi-weekly, and I can sell as long as necessary. At some point we will get something for it. Whatever doesn’t sell after 90-120 days, I will give to Genesis Women’s Shelter and provide them with a receipt. (And I sell kids clothes too).

Here is where I need your help. I am looking for an original, catchy name for my resale business. (It’s growing faster than I ever expected, and I’ve got to get it on the books right away). Allen has suggested names like “Donna’s Esale” or “rags to riches.” Both of which I like, but I think we can do better. Want to help?

I am offering $200 in W credit to the person who comes up with the absolutely best name! (i.e. the one that we use) This is going to be my business name, website name, eCommerce handle, etc.

Are you creative? Want some help in your closet? Want some gorgeous W clothes? Send me an email with you ideas by midnight Friday, March 1. And come spend your $200 on Saturday. (Or during the summer show in April)

1…2…3…go!!!

And thank you!

“I like my money right where I can see it. In my closet.” -Carrie Bradshaw

Do you know how much money is in your closet? Don’t start scrambling through your old purses, digging in your jean pockets and robbing your husband’s catchall just yet. I’m talking the best kind of money……unexpected!

I started another closet clean-out for a friend last week. A wonderful, large single-user closet with a window! This closet reminded me a bit of what mine used to be a few years ago (aside from the single user and window). It was filled with a lot of “maybes.” Maybe I’ll go back to work one day. Maybe I’ll get back in pre-baby shape. Maybe that will come back in style. Maybe I will have an occasion to wear that again. And on and on. Life is too short for maybe, especially when it relates to how you look and feel. My answers to the these “maybes’ are simple.

It been 6+ years since you’ve been in the workforce. Not only has style changed, but generally work attire has too. Your last baby was born over 4 years ago and your over 40. Your body is different! Even if it comes back in style, it will be ever so slightly and noticeably different to you, that you’ll still want the latest. If the occasion hasn’t risen in the past few years, it’s probably not going to happen. So it’s time to clean it out.

This closet clean out is a four step process. 1. Pull out all of the maybes and scale down the closet to what you only wear. 2. Replace all the hangers with “huggable” hangers and purchase organizational items (i.e. shoe boxes, shelving, sweater bags, etc.) and organize the closet by season, color and style. 3. Take everything that you no longer wear to thrift shops, resale shops, consignment and charities. (this is the money in your closet part!) 4. Re-stock your closet with the basic must-haves.

Ok, ok. I know. What about the money? Well, this particular friend has never taken clothes to consignment. She usually bags it up and takes it to goodwill. Taking clothes to consignment requires everything be clean, inspected for stains and holes, hanging on hangers, fairly current, loaded in your car and driven all over town. This is where I come in. I am doing all of this for her. I have a “secret” consignment shop in Dallas that will take those 5 year old suits, that gently worn gap t-shirt, and even those old Harold Powell items. (How long have they been closed again?) Depending on what you have to get rid of, this can mean hundreds of dollars. (or a good tax-deduction.)

The fun part is the re-stock your closet! For all the money that I collect for her clothes, I am giving her W by Worth dollars. If we get $200 for her clothes, she has $200 to spend at my W by Worth winter show October 19-25. Sounds like a great deal for both of us. We’ll start with some basic essentials and add a must have or two. And start building her fabulous, scaled down, wearable closet!

“Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

While you should never feel bad about looking good, there’s a way to be fashion forward without breaking the bank. I got this sweet testimonial this week and wanted to share it, along with a great affordable W look.

“Previously unfamiliar with the W label, a good friend of mine told me that although some of the pieces may be more than what I budget for clothes, they were the pieces that she pulled from her closet most often. I have now become a loyal W shopper. I too pull the W pieces from my closet the most often and I get numerous compliments on them. The pieces fit great, are well-made and coordinate well with each other. In addition, Donna is fantastic to shop with. She is honest in her opinion as to what is flattering on your body type. She also picks up quickly as to what your style is and what pieces would look good. I also love that I can shop in her beautiful home and not have to schlep myself to the dreaded mall.” -Andrea

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