New wardrobe additions with year-round longevity will mean less unnecessary consumption down the road. You know those magical unicorn pieces in your closet that you always find yourself gravitating towards? It’s probably because these three major factors are well aligned: color (or print), neckline and silhouette. One of the most important parts about consciously consuming fashion is knowing what you’ll want to wear. When you feel good in something, you will want to wear it again and again. I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased something, seduced by it’s trendy print or contemporary cut, only to leave it hanging in my closet collecting dust. Buy clothing that is flattering and can be styled to fit the changing season in order to avoid wasteful missteps.

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A Color (or Print) That Flatters

Don’t fight the old Autumn/Spring trick that if you have golden undertones you look better in warmer colors, and if you have more pink undertones you look better in cool colors. Next, consider how well the color or print of a dress will work in the next season. Although it’s fun to have a few dresses that scream “summer” or “winter”, like linen gingham or velvet plaid, treat them like nutella french toast – all in moderation. The dusty pink color of this dress flatters my complexion and isn’t too bright to wear in the fall and winter. I can imagine it looking equally as amazing paired with steel grey OTK boots and a moto-jacket for winter as it does with a straw bag and leather sandals for summer. My best tip for floral prints is to find one that has a darker background, it will work year-round.

The Ideal Neckline

The right neckline is more important than you may think. It’s like a frame on a work of art, it can either enhance its beauty or detract from it. A sweetheart neckline can basically do no wrong in my book. There’s a reason why all the brides on Say Yes to the Dress ask for this neckline: it looks good on basically everyone. If you have a fuller chest, you may feel more comfortable in something a bit higher. Remember, what matters most is how your dress makes you feel.

A Slimming Silhouette

Let’s face it, we all want to show off our best assets. Shapeless silhouettes with big, billowy sleeves and a flow-y waistlines are very popular right now, and I personally can’t understand why. Unless you’re an Olsen twin, a lot of extra fabric is only going to make you look bigger. My absolute favorite silhouette is the fit and flare. It draws attention to your waist and creates that hour-glass shape we’re all after.

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This dress is made of viscose, which is a fabric made from processed wood pulp. Read more about the affect this dress had on the environment on thereformation.com.

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I wore this look for a day of shopping and seaside dining while I was on vacation in Rosarito, Mexico.

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Kaia Dress – Reformation

Photos by @sdrpick.

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This color is so great on you!

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