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Accessories with Substance

It can be emotionally taxing to dig through your closet, sort your clothes, and begin to build your perfect capsule wardrobe. But once you get started, you may find that you want to apply the same principles and philosophy to all your belongings, including accessories. Most capsule wardrobes do not include shoes, bags, jewelry, scarves, and belts. These items are not typically counted towards your 20-30 pieces of clothing. However, it is difficult to experience the freedom that comes from a capsule wardrobe if you still own mountains of shoes and bags. We believe in cultivating a selection of accessories with substance. If you’re ready to cull through your accessories, consider the following 3 thoughts when determining what to keep and what to discard. 1. Style Most capsule wardrobes are filled with black, white, gray, and navy because these are the easiest colors to mix and match. Think of your accessories as an opportunity to include some color and express your style. They accentuate a capsule wardrobe and serve as little pieces of punctuation. Whether your style is preppy, boho, tomboy, or …

Five Tips to Travel Light this Winter

I used to be a serious over-packer. It wasn’t until I started traveling  (and losing my checked luggage) that I realized what a hassle it was to over-pack.  You’re forced to check your luggage because you brought your largest suitcase.  You need to sort through your clothes and repack your suitcase over and over again to keep things neat.  You don’t wear half the things you bring.  Who needs all that?!  I realized I had to stop over-packing.  I bought a small rollerboard suitcase and decided not to check my luggage again. No matter trip length or destination. After some trial and error, I discovered the perfect formula for packing light.  I used my packing light strategy on a recent trip to Mexico.  I traveled between Christmas and New Years  for five days and nights.  With these five simple steps, I was completely prepared for my trip. Pro Tip:  Lay everything out on your bed or floor before you put it in your suitcase.  This way you can easily assess your packing, and edit as needed.  I always remove at least 2 items from …

Style Talk with the Gals of InkHouse Public Relations

When we learned one of Boston’s fastest growing, female-founded companies is located just down the street from our studio, we knew we had to meet them.  The ladies of InkHouse Public Relations are every bit as smart, strong and savvy as you would expect.  They’re also incredibly stylish.  With holiday party season upon us, we invited them to our studio to talk personal style, and show off their go-to holiday looks.  Lindsay, Caitlin and Skye raided their – and their moms’ – closets to create these outfits.  Similar accessories can be mixed and matched for fun festive looks throughout the season. Lindsay Describe your personal style:  I think my style would fall under or close to the category of “preppy chic.” I aim to fill my wardrobe with staple pieces that won’t go out of style quickly. I have never been a fan of “fast fashion” – I tend to be drawn to warm colors and timeless cuts and have a hard time not buying every blazer I see. I also love to accessorize whether it be bracelets, scarves or …

How to: Dress as a Creative Professional

Elana is a photographer and model turned digital marketing and social media marketing consultant.  She is the curater behind ElanaLoo.com, and we’ve teamed up with her on a three-part guest blog series, The Curated Creative.  In this series Elana will share how she stays stylish as a creative professional. As I mentioned in my Office Makeover post, I am thrilled to be starting this three-part series The Curated Creative! This series is going to focus on how to dress as a creative professional without compromising your personality or creativity! As a creative + social marketing consultant, I work from home most of the time. That means that I may rock leggings + cozy clothes abittttt more than I’d like to admit! (No judgement please) But, the days I feel most productive are the days that I take it just one step farther than leggings–into something comfortable but CHIC.Yes, you can have both in one outfit! Usually, I’m most comfortable in a loose-fitting dress that makes it easy to sit in any position I like without feeling uncomfortable. Like this one, from Brass Clothing. It’s …

5 Basics Every Brass Babe Should Own

If you’re like us you want to: wake up, get dressed and get on with your day.  You don’t have time to stress out in front of the closet.  That’s why we’ve put together a list of five basic essentials every Brass Babe should own.  With these five pieces, you can change looks with ease.  No one will ever notice it’s your 3rd time wearing the Sweater Dress this week. 1. White Button Down A classic white button down will give any outfit a little polish.  We like J Crew’s stretch button down because it’s fitted and doesn’t bulk or bunch under your dress.  It’s also perfect under the Sweater Dress, black Fit & Flare, and navy Fit & Flare. 2. Statement Scarf The statement scarf is a great way to give a little personality to your outfit.  If we’re going for more of a formal look, we’ll use a scarf from Block Shop Textiles.  If we’re looking for something casual, we’ll wrap ourselves in a cozy, knit scarf. 3. Jean Jacket Jean jackets are one of our favorite pieces to layer with. They’re fun and give …

How to: Style the Tank Maxi

The Tank Maxi was one of our best selling dresses this summer.  That means a lot of you ladies are just like us: you like to look great, but you don’t like to put a lot of effort into it.  We want you to keep enjoying the Tank Maxi well into the new season, so we put together three fall looks for you to try.  Keep rocking that Tank Maxi, ladies.  No one needs to know it’s as comfortable as wearing yoga pants. If you haven’t got your hands on a Tank Maxi yet, we have good news for you.  They will be coming back in stock in November!

The Fall Style Breakdown

October is here, there’s a chill in the air and Brass Babes are wondering: what the hell do we do with the dresses we’ve been living in all summer?  Well ladies, before you put anything in storage, let us show you a few ways to accessorize for the new season.  We’ve utilized basic staples you all have in your closets.  Take a look at what we’re doing.  And, as always, reach out if you need more style inspiration. The Column Dress The simplest way to take the Knit Column dress from summer to fall is with a crisp, white fitted shirt.  A white button down gives the dress a pretty, polished feel.  Try chambray for a chic weekend look.  Pair with a cute pair of clogs (we are in love with these) and you’ve got yourself a fresh fall outfit. The Shirt Dress The Shirt dress is a closet staple that easily transitions from season to season.  We paired the Shirt dress with quality black tights and wedge booties.  To make the outfit a bit more badass, we added a …

Choosing The Right Dress Doesn’t Have To Be So Damn Difficult

Over the past year we have learned so much about how women shop online. And trust us, it isn’t pretty. We keep seeing one thing over and over again: Women struggle to choose a style that fits their body type and makes them feel beautiful and confident. We want to change that. We want to make it easier for you to find a dress in the right size and the right style. A dress you totally adore and feel like a million bucks in. So, we’re creating body guides. And since we aren’t idiots and we actually understand what women want, there won’t be any vegetables or fruits or shapes. Hallelujah. Our Brass Body Guides will be so much better than that, mostly because they will feature you, our Brass babes. Here’s why they are going to kick ass: Real photos of real women in real life. (We won’t be photoshoppin’). Fit recommendations based on how you want to feel. (No carrots or triangles allowed). Style tips for taking your look to the next level. …

Style Tips for the 9-5’s

We like to think one’s performance at work can actually improve with an improved wardrobe.  When you dress to impress, you are sending a signal that you are confident, professional and prepared to take on big challenges.  Our tips below will help you step up your game in the office and move up on that ladder! 1.  DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT. If you want to be seen as authoritative and competent, dress a level smarter than your peers.  Throw a tailored blazer over your dress or opt for chic, closed toed heels. 2. STAY TRUE TO YOUR PERSONALITY Keep things authentic with one statement piece.  A cool print or some unique jewelry are great ways to jazz up office attire. 3. CONSIDER THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU Take note of what your peers wear to make sure you fit in with the dress code.  Also consider your appearance if you work with clients.  You want to look approachable and friendly, so wear a casual sweater or ballet flats to keep from looking too harsh. 4. …

Family Photo Tips

For Bridget Hunt, (and many of you lovely ladies) part of being a Brass babe includes the 24/7 job of being a Mother. Whether you’re a working Mom or a stay-at-home one, life gets super busy when kids enter the picture. One of the easiest ways to keep in touch with friends and family so they can watch your little one grow is to share Instagram photos of your fam as well as the eternal favorite, the classic annual holiday card. However, not all of us are skilled photographers like Bridget. So, whether you’re bringing in professional help or you’re an iPhone camera user who can barely be bothered with filters, here’s a few tips for getting the best possible shot of your kids: