Since Naima got voted off Idol last week we thought we wouldn’t have as many fashion mishaps to report.  However Gwen Stefani, this week’s Idol “guest fashion stylist”, proved us wrong and made sure we still had much to discuss.  Gwen dressed the girls from the final 9 Idol contestants in her L.A.M.B. collection, with rather unfortunate results…

Lauren Alaina’s baggy, gingham diaper shorts win for the worst look of the night.  As if the voluminous short-shorts weren’t bad enough in their own right, their light color acted like a giant highlighter to Lauren’s hips – just what every curvy gal wants – a style that accentuates her “problem areas”.  Yeah!  Lauren’s hair also fell victim to the Stefani style.  It looks like a picture of us in the 80‘s. Thank goodness that was in the days before you posted pictures to Facebook – so we’ve had plenty of time to burn the photos and destroy the evidence.  Too bad Lauren didn’t get the same chance.

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Haley Reinhart’s outfit looked more like it was from the Silence of the L.A.M.B.S. collection. The leather leggings were obviously made for a much taller gal, as they bunched down her leg, making her gams look more like mutton chops than long, lean sexy limbs.  The bandage-style stilettos just served to further mimic the wrinkle theme straight down to her toes.  The Jane-of-the-jungle-styled dress didn’t do anything for her figure or win her any style snaps either.  Thank goodness Gwen didn’t seem to have any input on Haley’s lovely curly hair, as it seemed to be her only saving grace.

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And now playing in the Lounge…the groovy Paul McDonald – don’t forget to be generous with your tips and song requests.

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Too bad Jacob Lusk didn’t take a longer look at “The Man in The Mirror” before he came out to sing this song.  He looks like he should be on top of a wedding cake or serving ice cream out of a truck.

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James, is that you?  Looks like our beloved rocker has traded in his leather and chains and joined a 70’s English Boy Band.

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Scotty we totally get the whole country- denim thing and we don’t even hate the mismatched jeans look, but this well-worn shirt looks like it more suitable for yard work than Nashville.

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We didn’t love Pia Toscano’s outfit, but given her inexplicable elimination it seems more appropriate that we share a moment of silence here……………..Ok, silence over… WTH!?  Pia was the “most likely to succeed”, the gal “with the whole package”!  Now all you can hear on that empty stage is the deafening sound of Idol’s ratings crashing. Sorry Pia- we will miss you!!  (maybe the voters misunderstood and thought they were voting on the clothing selection instead of the song selection?!)

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Dear Haley,

If you really are dating Casey Abrams, please take him for a haircut and help him find some clothes that fit.

xoxo, The 10 people left watching the show after Pia’s elimination.

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Not sure what Steven Tyler has on this week. His faux snake-skin jacket looks better suited for a Palm Springs bingo face-off or a stint on Dynasty.

We really want to like Jaylo’s dress, but it seems to have a personality disorder…the curve-hugging fit and the cut-outs scream sexy, but the high neckline and the long sleeves say Amish.  We would have loosened up those laces to give her a tad more room across the hips as well.  Close, but no cigar mi amor…

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And of course we can’t forget this week’s guest singer….The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop.  However, next time we suggest he wear a much better fitting top – as this one seemed to bunch and sag in all the wrong places…

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We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s American Idol fashions…

-Ruth

There were no big surprises this week on Idol as far as performances go. However, the fashion never fails to be a fun topic of conversation around the water cooler.  Here’s this week’s Idol style review…

Naima Adedapo appears to be channeling the Jamaican flag in this ensemble.  Which, of course, only makes sense since she hails from the tropical island of Milwaukee.  Too bad this wannabe rasta is headed home – her fashion choices have always kept us entertained.

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The bad news for Paul McDonald is that he is one of the bottom three contestants this week.  The good news is that he’s got the perfect outfit for that Mariachi band he’s been wanting to start (We think it’ll be a bigger success than the Idol Boy Band he sang in with his fellow Idol friends this week).  Paul also doesn’t currently have a girlfriend, or she would have told him that wearing that same suit 3 times in the last 4 weeks is a definite fashion faux pas.  No Paul… the third time is not a charm.

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Pia Toscano looks gorge in this form-fitting, rock-star-worthy dress.  The thing we love about Pia is that she’s got the “whole package”.  Not only does she sing like a star -but she looks like one too.  While a lot of the other contestants are throwing every trendy item in the closet on (with unfortunate Lady Gaga-like results), she’s chosen a simple, stylish, sexy dress that shows off her great figure without taking the focus off her vocal talent.  You go girl!

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Oh my goth!  What does Lauren Alaina have on?  Our sweet country girl has crossed over to the dark side in this Adams Family inspired frock.  Not only does this outfit leave us screaming “lighten up!”, but the proportions of this dress make us shake our head in wonder.  Adding layers of ruffles across a curvy gal’s already full-figured hips only adds bulk to her frame in precisely the area she wants to minimize.  The skirt would also be much more flattering if it went to the top of her knee (the universally flattering skirt length for any woman- but especially women with larger thighs).  Finally, she needs to swap the studded gladiator sandals out for a pair of simple, sassy pumps like Pia’s (see above photo)- as Lauren’s trendy booties shorten her legs, making them look stumpy instead of sleek.

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Thia Megia…looks like Grandma is missing her tablecloths…

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We’re so glad Casey Abrams took our advice and manscaped a bit.  Now instead of mentally shaving him every time we watch him sing, we can just focus on wanting to run a comb through his hair …

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Haley Reinhart gets snaps for this fresh, fun frock.  Like Pia, she’s amping up her style score without taking the focus off of her voice.

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One of this week’s special guests was Fantasia Barrino, winner of American Idol Season 3.  She sang “Cornbread & Collard Greens” on her visit back to the Idol stage.  Hopefully that wasn’t  a song about her latest diet – as she seemed to be busting at the seams in this attention grabbing (not to mention bootie-grabbing) dress.  At first we thought this was a cross-dressing Fantasia look-alike with a wig re-fashioned from plastic bottles, but I guess the April Fool’s joke was on us.  As soon as she belted out the first note, we knew those great vocal “chops” could only belong to her.  Great job Fantasia…um… on the singing, we mean.

What did you think of this week’s Idol Fashions?

Until next week…

xoxo,  Ruth

Although American Idol 2011 has been a bit of a yawner the last two weeks, the fashion never disappoints… from rocker-chic to country-sleek, here’s this week’s Idol Fashion Review…

Karen Rodriquez looked like the love child of Jane Jetson and Puss ‘N Boots.  And what was going on with that hair?  The sky-high bump it on the back of her head would make even Snooki blush.

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This is a great example of when a bad outfit happens to a great body…Pia Toscano’s ill-fitting onesie looked like a huge diaper and did nothing for her fabulous figure.

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Thia Megia graduated out of last week’s prom dress look to a more updated style.  But she went blah in this washed out simple gown, which was more drab than fab.  With both her music and her wardrobe we’d love to see her kick it up a notch and take some risks.  Also, you think someone would have mentioned the VPL before she walked out to sing in front of millions of people?…

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What’s black and white and RED all over?  Haley Reinhart’s red lipstick malfunction was the least of her problems in this totally 80’s ensemble.  The uber-tight leggings grabbed her in all the wrong places and tucking the shirt into the leggings caused an unfortunate bulge under these already too tight pants.

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This performance (and this outfit) took Casey Abrams from musical genius to crazy, ranting homeless person.  Surprisingly he made it to the safety zone of the couch.  Looks like he was saved by the skin of his (hairy) chinny-chin-chin.

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We liked the fact that Lauren Aliana was true to her roots with her country garb, but the fringe-fest on her feet was more rodeo than rock star – and the bulky boots gave the bottom half of her legs the proportions of hitching posts.  A simple, streamline shoe would have made her look longer, leaner and decidedly more stylish.

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Hallelujah!  Jacob Lusk traded in his usual church choir look for this amped up ensemble.  Jacob, now your working your Idol star power!  (Can you tell he’s one of our favs?)

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Naima Adedapo has her own brand of wacky that falls under the “trying too hard category”.  We applaud her quirky personal style, but she needs to commit to memory the phrase… “less equals more”.   There’s so much going on here – including the shirt that looks like a tablecloth from a Mexican restaurant,  that we don’t know where to look first  or even remember the song she sang.

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Last but not least, Jaylo could have used a lion tamer for her voluminous leopard print dress and her wild jungle hair.  Not only was Jennifer’s tribal-chic style distracting, but the yards of extra fabric in this dress made her look…do we dare say… matronly.  On the tall and anorectic model (is there any other kind?) this dress looks elegant, but on Jen’s curvy figure this maxi-dress looks more like it was inspired by the Mrs. Roper’s Beach Collection than a Vogue Designer Collection.  A form fitting dress – like the one below in white – will always be a much slimmer look.   Sorry honey… welcome to our world.

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As always, we salute the courage and talent it takes these Idols to come as far as they have. In fact, if they could all dress like they sing it would be the fashion event of the year!   Until next time…

xoxo, The Twins

Sheer talent alone does not make a pop star.   The music industry, like the movie business is all about glitz, glamour and packaging.  It takes a legion of hairdressers, make-up artists and fashion stylists to morph budding divas into frock stars.   They know that in order to play with the big kids in Tinseltown they need to take their look from ok to OMG.  Let’s see who shined bright this week on Idol and who needs a bit more fashion polish on their ride to the top…

Naima Adedapo looks like she got this getup from Lindsey Lohan’s Beg, Borrow and Steal Collection.  Reminds us of the saying about looking in the mirror before you leave the house and taking one thing off- although in this case it would have been about 10 things…

Naima Adedapo

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Usually we like Paul McDonald’s unorthodox jackets (especially the red floral one he rocked last week that reportedly set him back $4500)!  However, this week’s pick was a miss.  On the bright side, if he’s planning on going as Sgt. Pepper to Halloween this year he’s all set.  Otherwise he could wear this to a Civil War re-enactment, although with all that bouncing around he does he better leave his bayonet at home.

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The stunning Pia Toscano seemed to be unaware she had a cape crusader clinging to her back.  This dress would have been a “10” if it wasn’t for the train-wreck attached to it.

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Casey Abrams we adore you – but we have one word of advice…MANSCAPE!

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.“AY YI YI!”  Karen Rodriguez’s self-designed outfit didn’t do it for us.  The lack of support on her top half made it look like her girls were off on a trip to visit her knees and the enormous pants looked like they could have housed a family of 4.  Underneath all those yards of fabric is a great bod waiting for a beautiful form fitting dress to arrive.

Karen Rodriguez.

Lauren Alaina’s ruffle-ridden outfit was a swirly frothy mess. One thing a curvy girl doesn’t have room for in her life is lots of extra fabric placed over her hips and stomach – as it packs on the pounds quicker than you can say “supersize me”.  This was also way too short to wear as a dress!  (note: she wore it as a dress in rehearsal, but as a shirt during the show – it wasn’t flattering either way).

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James Durbin screamed Rock Star! with his edgy, but not over the top style.
We like the new hairdo, although the over-enthusiasm with the hair gel gave it a little “There’s Something About Mary” look.

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Haley Reinhart:  Prom hair. Prom dress. All she’s missing is the corsage and her date.  When Randy said it was “sleepy-boring” we’re sure he was referring to the dress.

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Lovely Thia Megia looks like she’s going to the same dance as Haley…

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Jacob Lusk – if you dressed like you sang you’d make Armani green with envy!  We’d love to see you punch it up in something more fun and young.  But don’t throw out that suit just yet… Haley and Thia still need a date to the Prom.

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Wish we had a picture of Jaylo’s Wednesday night ensemble, but all we really remember about it was her lipstick.  Jennifer, we have big love for you but LIPS! should never be the first thing you notice about an outfit.  Jen’s Thursday night outfit was really functional, as it came with a built in pillow on her left shoulder in case she got sleepy during the show.  Those Producers think of everything.

What did you think of the American Idol fashions this week?

…See you next week for Idol’s weekly fashion review…

xo, Ruth

The Oscars is the biggest fashion show of the year – and, oh yeah, and it’s also considered a main film event too.  But enough about the movies…let’s see what was fabulous and what was not on the Red Carpet this year…an event that allows us to all live vicariously – as fashion divas, while sitting in front of the t.v. wearing our flannel pj’s and fuzzy slippers (don’t forget the tiara!)

Cate Blanchett didn’t arrive in an egg like Lady Gaga at The Grammy’s but her gown sure made us think she did – as she looked looked like a freshy decorated easter egg.  Not sure what she was going for her but it looked like Jane Jetson meets The Sound of Music.

Mila Kunis’s gown was two-thirds nightgown and one-third toga party.  It was so deeply cut that if she had more real estate on top she would have been in real danger of a wardrobe malfunction.

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Hailee Steinfeld wins the Jr. Achievement Award for fashion with her beautiful gown.  She was one of the best dressed there – pretty amazing when a 14 year old has more fashion sense than much of the 30 plus crowd.  It’s absolutely age appropriate – right down to the length of her skirt – which, ahem, can’t be said of all starlets who walk the red carpet.

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Extra fabric equals extra girth and here is a perfect example with Marissa Tomei:. “All that extra pleated taffeta overwhelmed her beautiful figure.  She would have looked sleek and stylish if she lost that huge tulle apendage at the bottom of her gown.  How can she walk?

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Florence Welsh seemed to be trying to cram in as many trends as possible with a dress full of lace, ruffles and bows- in a getup that would make Holly Hobby green with envy!

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Scarlett Johansson was in, well…scarlet.  The combination of wearing this unfortunate color, being wrapped in a lace sausage casing, and the ‘morning after’ hairdo all added up to a huge style strikeout at this year’s fashion all-star game.  Not to mention the see-through dress and black undies.  Yikes!  Good thing she wasn’t going commando.

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For Helena Bonham Carter we’re just relieved that her days of wearing two different colored shoes on the Red Carpet are over.  The Adams family goth vibe did nothing for her natural beauty, but like she says – she’s about film not fashion.

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Wish we could have said Melissa Leo from The Fighter was a fashion knockout, but fuhgeddaboutit.  Unfortunately, this tablecloth inspired number threw her through the fashion ropes.  Too bad… she coulda been a contender.

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.Sandra Bullock was one of our favorites tonight.  She reminds us that classy and elegant are never out of style.  However, we are still baffled by the lack of bling.  Where are the beautiful baubles at all the Red Carpet Events?  This dress is screaming for a little love from Tiffany’s, but it seems that there is still an unofficial ban statement necklaces.  Please let it be over soon so they can add the glitz back to the glamour at the awards shows.

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A special nod also goes to Jennifer Hudson.  This frock star looked haute and hot with her amazing new bod.  Although her dress was remarkably similar to Sandra Bullock’s (and Anne Hathaway’s), we still give her snaps for her style.  The excess boobage was a bit much, but if looks could kill she could be Lindsey Lohan’s new prison mate.

The Oscars is the biggest fashion show of the year – and, oh yeah, and it’s also considered a main film event too.  But enough about the movies…let’s see what was fabulous and what was not on the Red Carpet this year…an event that allows us to all live vicariously – as fashion divas, while sitting in front of the t.v. wearing our flannel pj’s and fuzzy slippers (don’t forget the tiara!)

Cate Blanchett didn’t arrive in an egg like Lady Gaga at The Grammy’s but her gown sure made us think she did – as she looked looked like a freshy decorated easter egg.  Not sure what she was going for her but it looked like Jane Jetson meets The Sound of Music.

Mila Kunis’s gown was two-thirds nightgown and one-third toga party.  It was so deeply cut that if she had more real estate on top she would have been in real danger of a wardrobe malfunction.

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Hailee Steinfeld wins the Jr. Achievement Award for fashion with her beautiful gown.  She was one of the best dressed there – pretty amazing when a 14 year old has more fashion sense than much of the 30 plus crowd.  It’s absolutely age appropriate – right down to the length of her skirt – which, ahem, can’t be said of all starlets who walk the red carpet.

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Extra fabric equals extra girth and here is a perfect example with Marissa Tomei:. “All that extra pleated taffeta overwhelmed her beautiful figure.  She would have looked sleek and stylish if she lost that huge tulle apendage at the bottom of her gown.  How can she walk?

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Florence Welsh seemed to be trying to cram in as many trends as possible with a dress full of lace, ruffles and bows- in a getup that would make Holly Hobby green with envy!

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Scarlett Johansson was in, well…scarlet.  The combination of wearing this unfortunate color, being wrapped in a lace sausage casing, and the ‘morning after’ hairdo all added up to a huge style strikeout at this year’s fashion all-star game.  Not to mention the see-through dress and black undies.  Yikes!  Good thing she wasn’t going commando.

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For Helena Bonham Carter we’re just relieved that her days of wearing two different colored shoes on the Red Carpet are over.  The Adams family goth vibe did nothing for her natural beauty, but like she says – she’s about film not fashion.

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Wish we could have said Melissa Leo from The Fighter was a fashion knockout, but fuhgeddaboutit.  Unfortunately, this tablecloth inspired number threw her through the fashion ropes.  Too bad… she coulda been a contender.

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.Sandra Bullock was one of our favorites tonight.  She reminds us that classy and elegant are never out of style.  However, we are still baffled by the lack of bling.  Where are the beautiful baubles at all the Red Carpet Events?  This dress is screaming for a little love from Tiffany’s, but it seems that there is still an unofficial ban statement necklaces.  Please let it be over soon so they can add the glitz back to the glamour at the awards shows.

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A special nod also goes to Jennifer Hudson.  This frock star looked haute and hot with her amazing new bod.  Although her dress was remarkably similar to Sandra Bullock’s (and Anne Hathaway’s), we still give her snaps for her style.  The excess boobage was a bit much, but if looks could kill she could be Lindsey Lohan’s new prison mate.

With the start of every new season comes the push for new trends. Most of  these “latest looks” are great on the ultra slim models (what isn’t?) but they can pack on the pounds and cramp the average gal’s style- not to mention her budget. So, since fashion trends are now decided upon in the boardroom and not in a designer’s atelier, it is important  to be sure those trends work for you and your figure.

Take for example an on-line ad from a department store which recently touted some incredibly difficult to wear pieces as this season’s “must -haves”. The three things that really stood out were 1) The New Longer Lengths  2) Ballet Flats and 3) The Trench Coat

At first glance, these  clothing items might not seem too much of a style damper on your wardrobe, but unless you are quite tall and thin,  wearing these 3 “trends”  could make you look heavier and miles less stylish than the photos of the models wearing them.

Why? Lets start with The Longer Lengths:

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Wearing your skirts below your knee  (as on the left) will shorten your leg and add bulk to your frame -every time . Even this 6 foot  size 0 model (on the left) doesn’t look as willowy as on the right in the “longer length hemline” trend. So if a model is looking thinner and more stylish in the above knee style, its a sure bet we will too  (and then some!) . Believe it or not, the dress on the left costs a hefty $2800! And if someone is dishing out that kind of money we’d expect to look like a million- right? So steer clear of this fattening trend unless you are Heidi Klum’s long lost twin sister.

Now lets talk about Ballet Flats

 


 

 

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Any kind of a flat is obviously going to  make your body look  shorter, but ballet flats also have the dreaded round- toe – which makes the leg appear even stumpier. A more pointed or tapered toe (as shown on the right)  adds approx. 1-2 inches of length to your shoe- and therefore your entire look. The eye doesn’t register the rounded toe and say “how cute and trendy! – Your eye simply registers the shortened silhouette of your body in a flat as opposed to a heel- thereby making you look shorter and less sleek! Also, wearing just a 1 inch heel  as opposed to a flat will give your figure a boost by tilting you up and adding height. If someone said you could go from looking like you are 5’4″ to 5’6″ just by changing your shoes wouldn’t you stand up and take notice?...unfortunately marketers know that won’t get you in the store. It might get you in the back of your closet saving money instead!

Lastly, lets take a look at Trench Coats…

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TRENCH COATS ARE A TRICKY STYLE TO WEAR & CAN COMPLETELY
SKEW YOUR PROPORTIONS IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL!

Just notice how our size 2 model ‘s figure completely morphs from frumpy to fabulous when we take away the trench and put her in a great single breasted jacket instead…

Why? Because:

  • Unless you are slim and long-waisted, trench coat belts fill in your waist area, turning your upper body into a box.
  • Especially beware of double-breasted trench coats. The combination of the extra fabric and the horizontal buttons across your top is the perfect storm for looking a few sizes larger.
  • Notice how much more slimming the single-breasted coat is in the “After” picture? Rather than having the double-breasted buttons draw your eye from side-to-side, your eye is drawn vertically along the single column of buttons, elongating the  waist and making her look slim and sexy in the process!

In closing, we’d like to say, Please don’t take our word for anything you’ve read here. Go into your closet right now and put on a longer skirt, a pair of ballet flats, or a trench coat (or all three together- eek!) and see for yourself the huge difference in your figure- and your style when you steer clear of these Spring trends.

Remember, we’re not saying you shouldn’t have fun experimenting with new looks. We are saying in this day and age of multi-million dollar marketing and ad campaigns  -you’ve got to watch your fashion back and do what works best for your figure, your style and your budget.

xoxo, Ruth

Grammy Red Carpet Fashion is like the rebellious teenage sibling of the Oscars.  As with adolescent style, sometimes it’s refreshingly new and different and sometimes it’s a “what was she thinking?” moment. Unfortunately there were many more “oh my!” moments this year than inspiring fashion highs… but all of it very entertaining.

Some parts of the  Red Carpet looked more like a petting zoo than a style who’s who. (Yes, Nicky Minaj we’re talking to you)…

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But leave it to an 18 year old to lead the fashion pack.  Selena’s Gomez’s dress may have been a bit demure for the Grammy’s (and it definitely could have used a statement necklace to kick it up a notch).  But we applaud her for knowing that although the shock factor can reap big publicity reward’s it usually won’t get you on the best dressed list. Leave the freak factor to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

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Other celebrities completely missed the mark. Kim Kardashian’s curvy figured got lost in this ill-fitted dress.  All that extra fabric hanging low around her midsection added bulk to her hips and stomach and hid her hourglass shape.  The pink shoes didn’t do her any favors either.  The unexpected color change (from glitzy gold to Laura Ashley pastel pink) stops your eye and therefore shortens her lovely legs.  A nude or gold tone evening pump would have elongated her leg and her look.

Ciara, we didn’t know you were a “Trekkie”.  Lady Gaga must be jealous – her ride was  only  an intergalactic pod, but you got the  Starship Enterprise.

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We love you  Justin Bieber-  but what’s up with the Good Humor Man look?   Or are you just  one of the nice men that is coming to take Lady Gaga away?

For any gal over the age of 4,  pipe cleaners and white plastic Hawaiian leis are clearly not a great fashion statement. Combine it with strips of body skimming shear netting and you’ve got a true celebrity style mishap.

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Hmmm. After seeing the best that tinsel town had to offer Sunday night , maybe arriving in a pod wasn’t such a bad idea after all….

Looking forward to the Oscars….!

xo,

Ruth

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After the holidays every year, we notice a similar trend for most of our customers. Its not a shopping craze or a style of clothing- its a cleaning and organizing fever that takes over in the clothes closets of many women.

In that frenzy to get everything cleaned up, organized, and in ship-shape for Spring, there is almost always the question of how to create more space for all of those fabulous fashion finds -without having to build a new addition on the house.

Well, we’ve found that a small piece of paper that you probably already have in your kitchen can almost double your hanging space! It sounds too good to be true but its not, and we would be remiss in not letting you in on this great retailer’s secret.

It’s none other than wax paper! Yes, the stuff that made your Christmas cookies not stick to the baking sheet can save you organizing time and money while making that trip to The Container Store  almost completely unnecessary.

Simply grab a piece of any good wax paper and rub it along the top of your wardrobe bar (making sure you get the very top of  the bar where the hanger hook rests) It works best on metal bars and when the “hook” of the hanger is metal (and not plastic). But it can also be a huge help on wooden bars as well. Rub each section of the bar vigorously for about 10 seconds -and then watch your clothes hangers literally glide across it! Most importantly, notice how much more clothing fits in the same space.

Heres a final tip for those ladies whose husbands complain that they buy too many clothes: DONT wax the bars on their side of the closet -and the next time they are putting their whole upper body into wedging an item of clothing out of their wardrobe, with the flick of a finger send your clothes careening down the bar to expose the gaping hole on your side of the closet -which simply MUST be filled!

Happy Spring cleaning… xo, Ruth