Facebook Live: April 30th

This Sunday April 30th: A Facebook Live chat with me at 1pm EST

I will discuss the theories in my books Color Your Style and How to Win at Shopping and answer your questions. If you are not a Facebook friend, please request to be prior!

If you have a question that you would like answered please email alex@davidzyla.com with the word QUESTION FOR DAVID in the heading. Please note that I shall try to answer any and all questions.

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Mona Lisa Style!

I like to describe each person as a singular work of art, with their unique set of colors or True Colors found in the eyes hair and skin, captured in their own portrait by a great master painter. The natural harmony and contrast of these colors can be varied as the palettes of Renoir to Picasso, from Fragonard to Katz.

When adding clothing, makeup and accessories to your portrait, it is important to connect with, and not go against what already exists. In other words, make sure the “background“ illuminates and does not undermine, and creates a healthy glow about you. To put it simply: Have you ever considered what Mona Lisa would look like if she was painted against a background of cobalt blue?

Claim your Closet!

Each morning when you get dressed, your closet should hold possibility, or a selection of choices that make you feel like the best version of yourself when you wear them.

A closet filled with items that do not fit, are in bad repair or just do not suit are literally blocking you from this possibility.

The first step toward a clutter-free closet filled with clothes you love is to try everything on. This will help you analyze how you look in the garment, not just how it looks on the hanger. Carve out some time alone, put your favorite music on, and then start the process of trying out each item. Ask yourself if  the color, fabric, fit and cut really expresses your authentic self, and whether or not you rank it as an A+ look.

Note: Just because you feel a piece captured you when you purchased it, does not mean that it still ranks and helps to express who you are today.

After you have completed the process of trying everything in your closet on, place all of the A+ looks on the left side of your closet. Then, for the next week, dress from this section only to help further fine-tune your wardrobe. When you wear these items, do you get more compliments from your friends? A different type of romantic attention? More respect at work? Do you feel more confident? Further edit your A+ section over the week.

At this point, you know which items you wear most often and feel confident in. You also know which items don’t rank, and can be deaccessed from your collection. Anything too small, too large or damaged should be the first to go. You then may have some items left that illicit a response of:  “well, maybe for around the house”…My response is that around the house you deserve to feel fantastic, so let these pieces go.  The remaining items that you do not wear or don’t feel are A+ typically fall into two categories: monetary and sentimental. Once categorized, they can then be removed from your working wardrobe in order to make room for future A+ purchases.

For items that you do not wear which fall into the “monetary” category—which include expensive purchases you never wear or use, I suggest you reframe your attachment: You’re not getting any use-value out of letting an expensive item hang in your closet, and you’re actually creating negative use-value by wearing it if  it doesn’t suit you. Give yourself permission to get rid of these items—and if they really were that expensive, perhaps sell them for profit online or at your local consignment store.

Items you’re emotionally attached to (those in the sentimental category) can be even harder to get rid of—like that now-ratty tee commemorating your high school reunion or your mother’s shiftdress from 1970. But it’s important to realize that, at least when it comes to your daily wardrobe, these items don’t hold value. You do not have to get rid of them, but please don’t leave them in your closet for they are literally blocking you from getting dressed each day. Instead, create a memory box or find a storage closet with an extra shelf and store your memory clothing there, the way you keep other kinds of souvenirs.

After this edit, you have a working closet which offers up possibility every time you get dressed. You also now know which clothes you actually wear, and can analyze the A+ section to discern the shapes, necklines, fabrics and colors that you should be shopping for going forward, and therefore guarantee that you feel empowered as the best version of you every time you get dressed!


Breaking the Rules!

When shopping for your Spring 2017 wardrobe, keep in mind that there are some occasions when breaking the rules is a great idea.

Here are some of my favorite tips on rule breaking from How to Win at Shopping:

-The customer is not always right. Opening yourself up to new possibilities can be a great thing. You may go into a store with a clear idea of what you are looking for in terms of color, style, and fabric. A sales associate listens closely as you explain . . . but then shows you something that is completely off track! Before reacting to the fact that the item is not what you asked for, ask him why he chose it for you. You might get an authentically objective opinion and end up adding something fresh and exciting to your closet.

-A change in your body sometimes dictates a change in shopping strategy. Gaining and losing weight is a natural occurrence, but it may alter the shopping rules you have established for yourself. If you discover that some shapes and silhouettes in your closet are no longer working for your body, it is time to schedule a fashion reboot. Head to a department store with a wide variety of merchandise, and dive in with a fresh fashion perspective. Think of yourself as a nudist who is discovering clothes for the first time, and try on each and every type of cut, silhouette, and neckline with an objective eye. Most important, do not omit styles and fits that have not worked previously. You will emerge with a plan and wardrobe to showcase your new body at its best.

-Sometimes when you are truly smitten with an item, rule breaking may lead to a new discovery. It may even seem contradictory to items that you have purchased in the past, but you absolutely love it! And you’ve stretched your wardrobe potential by purchasing something that you never would have even considered trying on before. Thus, the new discovery: You have found yet another perfect silhouette, cut, fabric, color, print, or metal to add to your shopping repertoire!