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This week’s secret to “Dressing Like a European” is….drumroll please…… LESS IS MORE. What does that mean exactly in relation to your wardrobe? Well, if the phrase “a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” rings any bells, read on…..

As we mentioned last week, due to much smaller closet space, Europeans tend to have a lot less clothing than their North American friends. In contrast, most of us stateside have turned shopping into an Olympic event where our “over-fed” closets fight the battle of the bulge every day, bursting with clothing we never wear. You know which pieces we’re talking about. The ones taking up not only physical space in your closet, but huge amounts of emotional space as well. Those “unchosen” items  practically speak to you as you decide what to wear each morning. “I’m your skinny jeans which you definitely WON’T be wearing after last nights binge!”, “You’ve spent a lot of money on me but you never wear me!”, “Why do I still have my tags on?”, “Someday I’ll fit so you can’t give me away”, and on and on.

By the time we find our daily uniform- which might not be the most stylin’ thing in our wardrobe, we’re just happy to close the door on the whole thing and get the heck out of fashion dodge- that is, until tomorrow when we’ll have to face the music once again. Of course tomorrow we will start our diet and everything will miraculously look like its “supposed” to. All those unruly pieces will straighten up and start acting like the perfect outfits you always intended them to be…..maybe. And we hear Arnold Schwarzenegger is being considered as a possible presidential candidate….

Of course, one would think that having more clothing in your closet would make life easier by giving you a lot more options, but paradoxically the opposite is true. Getting dressed can be completely overwhelming when you have  10 jackets, 25 tops, 15 pants,12 belts and 30 pairs of shoes to choose from. This is where those savvy girls from the old sod can teach us a thing or two. While we take great joy in collecting masses of stuff, well-dressed Europeans do not.

European gals tend to spend more money on quality, timeless pieces on a shopping trip and aren’t simply looking to fill up their carts with piles of average clothing that will be here today and gone tomorrow. They know that one great jacket is far better than four so-so blazers. Try the following exercise: add up what you’ve spent on every single item of clothing in your closet you don’t wear.  You will probably be amazed at the dollar amount.  Even if Costco or Target are your fashion boutiques of choice, most women will find that for the same money they spent on their unworn discount impulse buys, they could have gone to a high end department store and instead gotten one or two great pieces that would have taken them out of park and put them into fashion drive. Don’t get us wrong, every woman loves a fashion bargain -but the well heeled European woman makes sure it’s not just a great deal, but a valuable addition to her wardrobe as well.

This is exactly what our chic friends from the Old World do- they go straight to a good store selling quality products and pick ONE item they LOVE and use it in their wardrobe for years. Some might think this doesn’t sound like a very exciting way to shop (without the adrenaline high one gets in ripping thru racks and racks of sales) but they know that there is simply no substitute for the thrill they get from walking to their closet, easily picking out a great outfit and effortlessly looking like a million bucks.– And no matter which side of the pond you live on, isn’t that all that any of us wants when getting dressed each morning?

xoxo, Ruth

As seen on PRWeb…

It was standing room only at The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards, where international stylist Ruth Levy weighed in on the top 10 Emmy fashion contenders.  “The Hollywood starlets separated themselves into two fashion corners. On one side, chic and elegant, and in the other – those who needed more training before getting into the ring with Hollywood’s fashion heavyweights,” reported the Levy sisters.

“There were several impressive knockouts on the red carpet tonight.  Of course, it wouldn’t be television if they didn’t show a few below-the-belt style hits as well,” said the twins, who have appeared on TV’s Rachael Ray Show as well as NBC’s Cracking The Fashion Code, and provide fashion styling and consulting for a variety of clients in the U.S. and Europe.

“With the teams of fashion stylists and designers (not to mention the avalanche of gorgeous clothes and jewelry) literally thrown at these stars, everyone should be in top fashion form on the red carpet,” says Ruth. “However, how many times do we all ask ourselves during award ceremonies – WHAT was she thinking?!”

“But it wasn’t all left hooks.  Although some outfits, like Heidi Klum’s uber-mini dress would have made Rocky blush, others were definitely destined for The Emmy’s Fashion Hall of Fame.”

According to the Twins, the top five “Fashion Knockouts” of the night were:

1.  Maria Menounos was the reigning champion in her $35,000 beaded Ralph and Russo gown.  Her dress’s secret weapon?  15,000 hand-sewn crystals.  She brought old Hollywood glamour back with a vengeance thereby earning her the heavyweight fashion crown of the evening (Swarovski-studded, of course).

2. Julie Benz clinched the win, looking long and lean in Pamella Roland. She obviously worked on her cardio to sizzle in this form-fitting, elegant white number.

3.  Jane Lynch shed her beloved Adidas track suit and was in plum form in a gorgeous off the shoulder purple silk gown.

4.  Claire Danes came out on top in Armani Prive.  She was in her best form yet and the gold beading seduced us – Tinseltown style.  Her 2 million dollar ring had us seeing stars -and security working overtime.

5. Rose Byrne gave a polished delivery in her Greek-Goddess Gucci gown.  Although a little un-orthodox, we applaud her for stepping away from the basic prom-dress theme of the evening and daring to go for the gold – literally.

Ruth’s picks for the five worst “knock-downs” were:

 

1.  Christina Hendricks threw wild purple punches with this ensemble.  With her plunging neckline she was just one deep breath away from a wardrobe malfunction – and a bonding moment with Janet Jackson.  Who knew double-faced tape came in industrial strength?

2.  January Jones.  Looks like she sparred with a Smurf and a mermaid…and lost.  A fashion intervention was then called by the referee….

The towel was thrown in – which unfortunately landed on the next contender…

3…Lauren Graham, who had to then pull out with a dress injury.  Not sure if she felt the pain, but we sure did.

4.  Mindy Kaling looked like she was about to float away in this goth, Adam’s Family-inspired prom dress.  Made us want to call for a commercial break.

5.  Anna Paquin looked more like a bullfighter than a style prizefighter with her golden epaulette adorned shoulders.  The only thing that was missing was the bull.  Too bad, with her looks she could have been a contender…

Another year of Emmys. You win some. You lose some…and we all have a great time seeing, once again, which styles and stars made the cut. To the good the bad and the (dare we say) ugly- we applaud your courage, your sense of style, and your ability, as always, to knock us out.

The Fashion Code has been applauded for it’s dedication to eradicating fashion’s myths and helping women dress for their unique bodies – rather than being a slave to unrealistic fashion trends. They are known for their eye opening use of before and after fashion photos which expose how women are being misled by the fashion industry on how to dress for their bodies, rather than a model’s in a magazine. Instantly discover the ideal clothing proportions for your unique body.

Fashion Code Fall StyleThe L.A. Times reported that comfort dressing this Fall doesn’t just mean wearing sweatsuits anymore.

Their “Tactile Sensation”  article featured some possible options to replace your “Juicy Couture”. Among the suggestions was this Oscar de la Renta ”fuzzy-wuzzy shaggy white tunic”.

New sweatsuit?

Tactile sensation?

Looks more like the model got dressed in a dark closet. A mop closet to be exact….

The perfect finishing touches (not shown) were rumored to include wooden peg leg pants and a beautiful burgundy plastic bucket/purse which set off the jewelry perfectly. Of course, one could always get some housework done in these “alternative sweats”… and she definitely gets extra points for finding a great multi-tasking outfit.  -Not to mention easy care.  Here’s one haute couture outfit you can even throw in with your rags. In fact its recommended.

As you might have expected, there have been complaints that the necklace and $3000 crocodile belt don’t usually make it thru the spin cycle.  But its all in the name of fashion – and if the models on the runway are wearing “The Oscar Mop” shouldn’t we?

No. Some trends require a fashion intervention and this one is no exception. Time for a reality check in the world of high fashion – where this modern day Swiffer-version of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” needs to be tossed in the dust bin.

Just because something comes off a Paris runway and is touted by the fashion powers that be its important not to lose your head (or mop top as it may be). Save your money and your time– unless of course you’ve got a lot of housework to do…