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WEAR THIS NOW: How To Take Advantage Of Today’s Sales

Because Columbus Day is done and retailers are about to switch their focus to Black Friday mania, now is the prime time for snagging some serious deals on end-of-summer fashion that didn't sell out before fall clothes hit stores (like peep-toe booties and perfect-for-layering dresses). You may think you're a seasoned online sale shopper, but we have a few tried-and-true tricks up our sleeves, straight from our new book, Wear This Now! Here are a few tips for navigating the sale rack in between seasons: 1. Get on the list: If you're obsessed with this season's "It" bag or shoe -- say, the Isabel Marant sneaker wedges, sign up on sites like eBay or ShopStyle to be notified when it's marked down. 2. Shop sale sections from the bottom up: Once you're at the sale section, hit "view all" and shop from the bottom up to the top of the page. The items at the bottom haven't been "picked through" as much, so they're more likely to have your size. 3. Watch out for shipping: Sometimes the deal loses its allure if shipping costs as much as the product, so make sure you know how much it'll cost to buy (and return, if needed) the product. You can save on shipping charges by using an unlimited free shipping service like ShopRunner.com, where you pay a flat fee for unlimited free two-day shipping on more than a million products. If you're in a shopping mood now (aren't we always?), head over to J.Crew for an extra 25% off sale items with the code SHOPJCREW, snag an extra 20% off sale items through Thursday at StyleMint with code COLUMWKND at checkout, save 15% off a pair of shoes at Macy's, or check out our list of today's online sample sales! For more tips and tricks for editing your wardrobe, pick up our book, Wear This Now.

What To Wear To Go Apple Picking: 5 Fool-Proof Tips

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling from my measly suburban Central New Jersey town to the picturesque rolling hills of upstate Gardnertown, New York to spend some quality time apple picking with my family. I hadn't been for almost a decade, so I was inordinately excited to get my hands on some fresh apple cider and cinnamon donuts. I figured I'd enjoy the scenery and leave the hard work (i.e. actual apple picking) to my uncles, who could lift up my young cousins to take their pick, so I wore my favorite beat up flats, a pair of boyfriend jeans and a sweater. I was seriously ill-prepared. Now that I'm one apple picking trip wiser, take it from me: here are five essential tips for spending the day roaming through an orchard in October, straight from our new book, Wear This Now. 1. Wear sneakers or boots with thick socks. You'll be doing tons of walking (it's amazing how many types of apple trees there are), and you'll regret wearing footwear without any support. If you're wearing anything open-toed, a few rotten apples will probably land on your feet because, you know, Murphy's Law. 2. Resist the urge to throw on a pair of leggings or sweats (or worse, a dress!) that could rip if you're battling branches. Instead, opt for a pair of skinny cargo jeans with tons of pockets for storing the goods. 3. Bring sunglasses. It may be October, but you'll spend a lot of the day looking up into the trees, right where the sun is hovering. Protect your eyes and look chic in a pair of oversized Karen Walker sunnies or Persol Aviators. 4. Now's the time to break out that down vest that's been hiding at the back of your closet since last fall. Layer it over a comfy sweater that allows for all the inevitable reaching. Store an oversized parka in the car just in case it gets chilly. 5. Bring a hat. Unless you're up at the crack of dawn, the sun will probably start setting before you're ready to check out. You'll need the extra coverage then. For more tips and tricks on how to dress for any occasion, pick up our new book, Wear This Now, or check out the 5 fashion commandments to live by, what to wear to fashion week, or read up on the best styling tricks for when you're sick of your closet. [Photo: BrightBoldBeautiful]  

SHEfinds On TV: Your No-Fail Fall Wardrobe Checklist

This morning, shopping expert and SHEfinds CEO Michelle Madhok headed to CBS affiliate WLNY to dish on what she knows best: how to build a wardrobe with the most mileage. But if you missed the segment, never fear! We're bringing you the season's best tips and tricks plus showing you where to buy your new fall essentials. Casual summer Fridays are over (le sigh), which means the death of flowy dresses and sandals — it's time to get more serious about your work wardrobe and start planning for when the weather turns so you're not left out in the cold. While you can still wear some of your spring holdovers in your closet, you can try to refashion them with a few tweaks. Your dresses can be paired with cardigans, booties and tights and you can probably still get away with open-toe leather sandals, too, if you've got them. The most important thing to keep in mind about your fall wardrobe is your clothes should be cozy yet breathable — you should always be prepared for those unpredictable days when the weather changes on a whim and it gets either too hot or too cold, but you don't always have to carry around bulky layers. Click through the slideshow and find out how to build your no-fail fall wardrobe! Check out more: from the best sales and deals to more of the best booties, skinny jeans and leather jackets.

What To Wear During Fashion Week: A Cheat Sheet

We’re so excited about our book WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin. And since we can’t wait for you to check it out in print at your nearest bookstore (next week!), we’re presenting our favorite bits to keep you stylishly satisfied. The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can’t find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares. Here’s an excerpt, especially for you: Despite its name, Fashion Week actually goes on for several weeks, and the biggest, most hyped blocks of shows happen in New York City, Milan and Paris, the fashion capitals of the world. If you score an invitation, you’ll find yourself in the same room as the most renowned designers, models and editors from around the world. There’s no need to buy a designer item to wear to Fashion Week just because you have an invitation. It's all about the way you put your clothes together, and the more confident you appear during the shows and at the parties that surround them, the better. If you’re going to attend shows at Fashion Week, be aware that you will be judged, so make sure to edit your wardrobe accordingly. Pay close attention to fabrics, first of all. Go for gorgeous fabrics, a mix of textures and finishes (satin, patent, metallic, etc). Most importantly, interpret the trends for your body, not just because they’re “in” right now. It’s always better to dress for your body than follow the latest fad any day. Throw on your leather jacket over a dress in a luxe fabric, whether it’s silk, chiffon, or brocade, push up the sleeves, add a belt that pops and a pair of sky high pumps and you'll fit right in. As a general rule, wear your most spectacular accessories: camel coat, brightly colored leather handbag and chicest heels, and one impressive jewelry piece—extra points if it’s vintage. If you’re sitting front row and you own something the designer has created, by all means, wear it, and garner some fashion brownie points. You never know where it could get you. Below, are three easy outfits for Fashion Week in three easy steps. (You probably already have them in your closet!) Easy As 1,2,3: 1. Leather jacket + silk printed dress + booties 2. Vintage statement necklace + bold colorful dress + strappy stilettos 3. Brocade skirt + silk top + over the knee leather boots Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.

Your Fall Hit List: What You Really, Actually Do Need For The New Season

We're so excited about our book WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin. And since we can't wait for you to check it out in print at your nearest bookstore (next week!), we're presenting our favorite bits to keep you stylishly satisfied. The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can't find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares. Here's an excerpt, especially for you: Summer is winding down and the days are getting cooler--finally! This is one of the most anticipated, riveting times of the year for the fashion world. It's no coincidence that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicks off in September, when every major designer around the world will show their new wares to the fashion elite: magazine editors, department store buyers, and the occasional Real Housewife. It's the fashion set's equivalent of the first day of school.  It's so exciting to pick out what you'll be wearing for the rest of the year now that everyone's back from summer vacation and ready to get back to business. Fashion insiders start dreaming about pulling on the layers and accessories again, and the magazines are the fattest all year. Fall is all about newness--churning over the closet, just as farmers turn their soil for the close to their growing season. Look forward to restocking your closet with new boots, denim, handbags and more that you’ll go back to again and again. Your Fall Hit List: 3-5 Layering tanks and tees Wool sheath dress Cozy oversize sweater or cardigan to wear over dresses, with jeans, etc. Wool or wool-blend pants—one black, one gray, one camel White button down shirt At least one pair of tall leather boots (some boot-lovers prefer one in black and one in brown) Booties Cashmere cardigan Printed scarf Suede moccasins or driving shoes Overnight bag Thin socks A combination of gray and black tights Navy, black or gray blazer Leather jacket A great-fitting pair of jeans (one wide-leg, one skinny, one boot cut if they’re flattering on you) A fabulous leather handbag Camel colored trousers A skinny belt, to go over cardigans, pants and pencil skirts Shells, in a multitude of colors Blouses for work and evening Plaid top Boat neck sweater Leggings Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.

13 Styling Tricks For When You’re Totally Sick Of Your Closet

We're so excited about our book WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin. And since we can't wait for you to check it out in print at your nearest bookstore (next week!), we're presenting our favorite bits to keep you stylishly satisfied. The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can't find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares. Here's an excerpt, especially for you, on how to win those epic staring contests with your closet. Statement shoes over show-stopping jewelry. Pair short skirts with thick tights and sturdy boots. Temper floral print dresses with neutral olive parkas or leather jackets. Mix and match slouchy layers with flirty skirts. If necklaces aren’t your thing, try lots of bangles or chunky cocktail rings instead. Take playful printed dresses from day to night by changing shoes. Don’t be afraid to pile jewelry on all in one place—bangles, necklaces, rings. Avoid overly processed hair and bronzers. Go natural—loose locks and bare skin with just a pop of blush. When layering, try structured blazers instead of sweaters for an edgier look. Ditch the ginormous “It” bag in favor of small crossbody bags or chain strap purses. Pair slim fit jeans with boots and blazers. Try plaid slim fit tops with black jeans and flats for daytime dates. Don’t be afraid to add fun embellishments like fur (faux is fine!) and metallic to add interest. Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.

5 Fashion Commandments To Live By

We're so excited about our book WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin. And since we can't wait for you to check it out in print at your nearest bookstore (next week!), we're presenting our favorite bits to keep you stylishly satisfied. The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can't find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares. Here's an excerpt, especially for you, on our five fashion commandments to live by. The right fit always flatters. Impeccably tailored pieces look expensive, no matter what they cost. If you have time to learn how to hem and sew, go for it—if not, strike a deal with your tailor or dry cleaner to fix some of your existing clothes in bulk. Style and trends are not mutually exclusive. As long as you know what works for you, you’ll always be chic—don’t feel pressure to incorporate of-the-moment trends into your look if they’re not you, or try them in non-threatening increments, like in your jewelry and accessories. When in doubt, buy a dress. Think about it: you’re more likely to wear a new dress than, say, a new pair of shorts and a top that can be mixed and matched. Dresses make more of a statement, and are super easy to throw on. Your personal style is your calling card. Celebrities and designers alike have admitted to sticking to a “uniform” of the styles that flatter their own body. Don’t be afraid by the connotation: this is not your grade school wool jumper we’re talking about. Your signature look is what sets you apart from the rest. Shop often, buy sparingly. If you know what’s out there and see that pieces are marked down every day, you’ll be less tempted to buy immediately, leaving room for the stuff you actually want and ending up with only the best in your wardrobe. Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.

10 Things No Self-Respecting Woman Should Ever Have In Her Closet

We wrote a book--did you hear!? It's called WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin, and it's going to be in bookstores next week (!) The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can't find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares. Here's an excerpt, especially for you. If you've got these in your closet, it's time to say goodbye. Your closet will have more room for better things! (See our sales and deals section for help on that.) 1.White T-shirts with any holes or stains, including yellowed underarm stains--No, you are not allowed to wear them to the gym or even to sleep in, however, you can use them as rags if you must! 2. Anything with polka-dots--Even if they come back in season briefly, they never last, and more often than not, you end up looking like a 5-year old in them. Don’t bother. 3. Sweatshirts--you are allowed to keep ONE college sweatshirt for the homecoming game. Ditch the rest. 4. Light-Wash jeans--They will always make you look fat—it’s a universal truth. 5. Mom Jeans that are high-wasted and tapered--They may be comfortable, but if you’ve ever seen a makeover show, you know everyone looks like crap in them 6. Sweatpants with anything written across your butt. 7. Bridesmaid Dresses--even though she said you could wear it again, you can’t. 8. Free employer t-shirts, baseball caps, sweatshirts (see #3) – no one cares that you were on the 2011 super team marketing launch. 9. T-shirts that hit above the hip. 10.  Cotton sweaters--They stretch out and fade. Go for cashmere or merino wool. If you've got 'em - toss 'em - they're not doing  you any favors! Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.

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