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    Suits Are Sooo 90s

    Suits Are Sooo 90s

    I remember my first job out of college. It was an entry level position at a business to business bank, which meant I sat in a cubicle admin work all day and never saw a client. Yet...I wore suits. Every day. My favorite was a navy pantsuit that I wore with navy flats, of course (eek). Seems ridiculous now, and it makes me cringe a little… it didn’t then.

    Today, business casual is the dress code in most companies.  Business casual in 2017 isn't defined as a blue button down with khaki pants anymore (thank heavens), and expressing your personal taste through your clothing is much more widely accepted.These days, wearing a stylish dress or polished separates in a meeting doesn’t discount a woman’s professionalism, especially if it is tailored well and fits properly.

    I often wonder why women tend to gravitate toward styles that make them blend in. Why wouldn’t you want to stand out in a bright and happy dress or a unique skirt? Can’t stylish clothing be something like your experience and intelligence that distinguishes you from the rest? We are slowly evolving this way as we all become more accepting of each other’s personal taste, but it’ll take a shift in our collective thinking to make it happen.

     Next time you catch yourself reaching for a safe option to avoid sticking out in the boardroom, think again. Consider going with a polished item in a pop of color, or even a bright, sunny pattern instead. Getting noticed is a good thing! I say, celebrate your brains with clothes that accentuate your beauty.

     Want my help in finding office-chic styles? No problem! Click here to schedule an appointment!  

    Since launching Sevier Skirts in 2004, Suzanne Rowland has customized and sold more than 45,000 skirts. A licensed "skirtologist," Suzanne prides herself on helping women look and feel their best. Schedule a fitting or shop her collection today!    

    Your Best Length

    Your Best Length

    I’m pretty sure everyone remembers the skirt length test from high school. You know, the one where you let your hands fall to your sides and if your fingertips fall below your hemline, your skirt is deemed too short. Although this is a simple way to tell whether your skirt length is up to code, it doesn’t help us figure out whether the skirt’s fit is fashion forward.  

     When customers ask me about the ideal length for their body, I always site Timm Gunn,

     “No matter what your size. . .your skirt should never be more than a few inches above the knee and no longer than a few inches below the knee.”

    Tim Gunn, Paraphrased by Huffington Post

     As a licensed skirtologist, I couldn’t agree more. Whether you like your skirt a little shorter or a bit on the longer side, the key is finding that sweet spot for the hemline to rest. Too long and your skirt looks dated and looks dated and can actually make you look shorter and legs look thicker, too short and you might feel like you are showing your goods every time you sit down.

     Over the years I have developed a formula of sorts to help the customer and I select a hem length that is perfect. When selecting a customer’s best length, I am looking at 3 main criteria: height, body shape, and personal taste.  For every height, I have a pre-determined 2-inch “safety window” that I like to stay within. I pin the hem on the customer where I think it looks nice on their legs, which is typically at the tops of the knees. 

    Now, remember, although this method works wonders, it does not apply to exercise skirts or tennis skirts, which can always be short and sweet. It also doesn’t apply to knit fabrics. This method applies only to woven skirts including, tweeds, cotton prints, denim, cargo, canvas, wool, eyelet. Off-rack examples are the Number 2 JCrew pencil or the structured skirts sold by Boden.

     Believe it or not, I know what you’re going to say next: “Well, I typically wear skirts with [insert particular shoe]...does that change my ideal length?” It always surprises customers to know that the answer is no. The shoe doesn’t change where that skirt is most flattering on your leg. Your leg is the same length and shape regardless of what is on your feet. Your best length works on your body no matter what shoes you finish your look with, as long as you’ve kept those 3 criteria in mind when finding your fit.

    Want my help in finding your best length? No problem! Click here to schedule an appointment!  

    Since launching Sevier Skirts in 2004, Suzanne Rowland has customized and sold more than 45,000 skirts. A licensed "skirtologist," Suzanne prides herself on helping women look and feel their best. Schedule a fitting or shop her collection today!    

     

    My Solution To Life's Annoyances

    My Solution To Life's Annoyances

    Making life easier for myself is something that I am purposeful about.  For example, I moved Sevier’s manufacturing to my home 2 years ago, which allows me to be in 2 places at 1 time. I moved into the same neighborhood as my parents and 3 minutes from my husband Bart’s parents because when anyone needs help we are close. I purposely live walking distance to a grocery, liquor, and drug store (what if it snows and I need wine... right??) and 3 miles from church and my son’s school. I would say the only thing that I haven’t chosen in life that is easy is the fact that I sell and manufacture custom made clothing.  

    But here’s the thing. The one not easy thing I’ve chosen to do with my life still has the same end goal in mind. At the end of the day, I strive to make your life easier by adding items to your closet that are easy and stress-free. The fit is always perfect and together we choose a fabric that blends into your closet and already goes with a handful of blouses, shirts, sweaters, and tees.

    The key is versatility. The way I tend to grade a skirt on versatility is to pay attention to how easy it was (or wasn’t) to style it at the photo session. If it wasn’t easy to throw several different tops with the skirt to create a variety of different looks, then it doesn’t make the versatility cut.  

    So these 3 are my favorites from this season based on versatility, non-wrinkle, and timelessness. It doesn’t hurt that 2 of the 3 are year round. From left to right, they are Brick House NavyZulu Ivory and Ashley Pique

    Just these three skirts offer seemingly endless opportunities to effortlessly achieve a fabulous look. Here, check out just three of the ways we styled Zulu Ivory. 

     

    Removing the very first tough choice of the day is the best way to kick things off right. It can even help you avoid Decision Fatigue, which could lead to poor choices later in the day (like digging into that second piece of cake that you totally don’t need). Sevier Skirts makes dressing quick, easy, and stress-free. We know that adding a few Sevier staples into your wardrobe will make your days easier and you happier.

    Want my help choosing a few skirts that will make your mornings easier? No problem! Click here to schedule an appointment!  

    Since launching Sevier Skirts in 2004, Suzanne Rowland has customized and sold more than 45,000 skirts. A licensed "skirtologist," Suzanne prides herself on helping women look and feel their best. Schedule a fitting or shop her collection today!    

    Beautifully Plus

    Beautifully Plus

    In the early days of Sevier I had a customer (let's call her Anne) who would come into the skirt shop about twice a year. Anne was taller and had a large hip size...maybe around a size 16/18. Women with her frame typically can’t find anything that fits in the shops in The Gulch or downtown Franklin and most probably struggle with finding something she wants to wear that actually FITS.


    But you’d never know finding fashionable clothing in a 16/18 was a struggle by looking at Anne. She always looked so polished and put together when she came in to see me. She  always wore heels and a nice blouse or top paired with one of her Sevier skirts, which was always a huge compliment to me. Anne looked GREAT in my skirts and still does. She is radiant.

    It is women like Anne that I admire. It is women like Anne who don’t apologize about not being smaller.  It is women like Anne who know their bodies and how to dress them.

    Sadly, the fashion industry has let women like Anne down. It really has been up to them to find ways to look and feel great, despite a noticeable lack of support from the industry as a whole. Everyone remembers Melissa McCarthy’s famous struggle with finding fashionable red carpet looks, which led to her building a beautiful clothing line. Just this past weekend, fashion guru Tim Gunn chatted with NPR’s On Point about the fashion industry’s need to work harder on fit.

    But that’s why I love what I do. I get to provide the solution to this universal problem.

    Since those early days I have helped tons of plus size customers add beautiful pieces to their wardrobe. Like Anne, they really care about fashion, but feel underwhelmed (or completely pissed about) what shops offer them. I LOVE working customers like this because I know a Sevier skirt will provide the solution they’ve been searching for. I feel their excitement when they shop with me.  We both get giddy when we see how flattering the sevier pencil is on them. They are the first to email me in excitement and joy when they get their skirts in the mail. Not to be selfish, but what a high for me.  

    Sevier Skirts loves to fit women of ALL shapes and sizes. We don’t “do sizes”, we do FIT.  Sevier celebrates that no two women are shaped the same. That’s why we ask you to encourage any women that you know and love who may struggle to find something the love that fits and flatters to reach out to Sevier Skirts.  I look forward to receiving her beaming testimonial!

    Want my help with fit? You got it! Click here to schedule an appointment!  

    Since launching Sevier Skirts in 2004, Suzanne Rowland has customized and sold more than 45,000 skirts. A licensed "skirtologist," Suzanne prides herself on helping women look and feel their best. Schedule a fitting or shop her collection today!    

    In The Mind of a Petite Shopper

    In The Mind of a Petite Shopper

    If you are petite, I can only imagine how different your mindset would be when shopping for clothes. If you are NOT considered petite...just close your eyes and imagine chopping 5 inches off your frame.  Now...off to the mall you go.  Do you think you would probably buy a little differently? I know I would!

    I hear time and time again from my petite customers that they feel like they are swimming in fabric when they buy a skirt from a store.  Probably because fit models are 5’10, which means any skirt mass produced for “you” was actually made to fit someone with a completely different shape.

    You’ll notice that a lot of this has to do with length. When going for a polished look on someone who is petite, length is key. This is why I’m so careful when choosing lengths on my petite customers. Off-rack options often force petites to choose between fit and length. I love that we can perfect both fit and length in a Sevier Skirt, and to top it all off, we’ll do it in a fabric that turns heads.

    So how can you flatter your itty-bitty frame? Petites often like to dress in one color to feel like they aren’t “chopped off”. Therefore, colorblocking in brights may be hard for a petite. But that doesn’t mean your look has to be boring or bland. Instead of sticking to a monotone outfit, try colorblocking in tones that are opposites but complementary… like navy and black, black and brown, or beige and chocolate.  

    Here is how we colorblocked Jill in a Sevier Skirt and JCrew Tippi Sweater.

    Contrary to popular belief, the size of a print is irrelevant in regard to your height IF, and ONLY IF, the fit of the skirt and length is correct. I have put big prints on small skirts and horizontals on bigger frames...and it all looks great. It all just boils down to how much you love the fabric and feeling as though you will get a ton of wear out of the skirt.  So if you LOVE those colors in the big floral print...GET IT… just make sure you get it customized.

    Want my help with fit? You got it! Click here to schedule an appointment!  

     

    Since launching Sevier Skirts in 2004, Suzanne Rowland has customized and sold more than 45,000 skirts. A licensed "skirtologist," Suzanne prides herself on helping women look and feel their best. Schedule a fitting or shop her collection today!