March 18, 2021 3 min read
The resale market is bursting with new items. This is the perfect time to simplify your wardrobe and freshen up your closet by shopping the resale market!
Do you feel anxious thinking about getting out of casual clothes now that we are entering a new phase in the pandemic and gathering more in person?
Are you sick of your clothes even though you haven’t worn them in ages? Itching to add to your wardrobe but don’t know where to start?
Do you feel overwhelmed with shopping at the mall where all you see are current trends and colors that don’t appeal to you?
We are all ready for change. We don’t want to go back to the way things were but aren’t sure where we are going or what we will be doing. It’s the same when thinking about what is in our closets and what we might wear.
I usually prefer dressing up and wearing accessories. But I have embraced the simpler way of dressing and now need to assimilate it with my romantic style and budget. For years, I have scoured resale stores and consignment shops for my own closet, for friends, and for clients. I love finding unique pieces and getting a bargain! Scoring the perfect piece that fits well, is a flattering color, and meets the budget adds value to the closet and feels like winning the trifecta! One or two of those pieces can make all the difference in a tired closet.
This is the perfect time to start or restart the process of making some simple additions to your closet that will freshen it up without breaking the bank. There is no better time to look to the resale market than now. Many of us have found clothing that no longer works for us or have changed sizes. The people who used the time during quarantine to purge have flooded the resale shops and online boutiques with great clothing that may have never been worn and is still in tags.
My philosophy is that having fewer high-quality pieces is much better than having a closet full of clothes that rarely get worn. Creating a wardrobe starting with perfect neutrals, adding colorful basics and supplementing with a few interesting unique pieces can be easy especially when you know the colors that harmonize with your coloring and the styles that suit your personality. And when you do that, it can be fun, not a chore!
If you are looking to get your wardrobe updated simply, the place to start is with basics (shoes, pants, skirts, coats, belts) in your neutral – gray, taupe, white, stone, black, tan or browns depending on your coloring and seasonal tone. Then add 5-10 or so colorful basics – t-shirts, blouses, wraps, accessories, sweaters. If you can find a few interesting pieces in your colors and style to pull it all together, your wardrobe can feel brand new without a large investment.
As soon as you find a great piece, get rid of two that don’t work anymore. That is anything in the wrong color, that doesn’t fit quite right, feels uncomfortable, or you are so sick of you can’t imagine ever wanting to wear it again.
Because I believe so strongly in matching the right clothing to the right person, simplifying life and eliminating waste, I created a new and gently used online clothing store offering clothing in all colors, styles and sizes. The Indigo Tones online clothing store evolved from an extremely successful charity clothing exchange. It was clear the attendees were eager to pass along great buys that didn’t work for them while finding new treasures without spending a dime. Getting gorgeous clothing to the right person so they can both look gorgeous is the goal!
“I think it is truly ingenious selling 12 season accurately colour-coded clothes and other items on your website!” Jenni, Light Spring Online Shopper, Australia
If you find that you have purged your closet and have special pieces that you would like to consign, check out local Rochester, NY resale shops like Lu’s Back Door or Panache Vintage Consignment Boutique.
We also take donations at Indigo Tones for anyone who wants to be sure that quality clothing in excellent condition will get to the perfect person. All clothing on the Indigo Tones online resale shop is carefully selected for each of the 12 Season personal color harmony tones and is organized by style personality so you can rest assured it finds its way home!
Contact Kerry to donate.
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October 26, 2022 1 min read
The past few months have been so rewarding helping clients purge their closets of items that may be their style but not in flattering colors. So many of us are ready for a simple, streamlined wardrobe where everything in it feels like a YES!
Some really motivated clients wanted to edit their closets and were happy for Indigo Tones to help them find a good home for some of their favored items.
As soon as the clothing exchange got started it was amazing how excited everyone was to purge and donate pieces that were not right for them. A big motivator was knowing that they would go to the right person who shared the same size style and was just as eager to find the items in their own colors and lovingly wear them!
Everyone in the clothing exchange had a blast and continues to enjoy curating their closet to be a unique expression of their coloring and personality.
Enjoy the pics of the exchanges!
October 26, 2022 4 min read
It is my great pleasure to introduce Dark Autumn, Joan Lincoln - Rochester, NY's fashion and beauty icon for decades! She lives life with style & flair and a never ending enthusiasm for connecting and collaborating with local businesses and charitable organizations. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen belie a family oriented local girl sensibility and humanity that she brings to her business ventures.
I have collaborated with Joan for years. In the decades since I opened my first studio in Pittsford, NY around the corner from a fabulous boutique she managed, she has become Rochester's leader on all things involving fashion and style.
We share a passion for empowering women to be their best by making style affordable and accessible while lessening the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.
Read more about Joan's eclectic and expansive contribution to helping women in this month's colorful lives blog.
September 27, 2022 5 min read
The last several months have been an absolute joy working with Warm Autumn Erin Sirianni to get her closet completely refreshed and full of items that she loves. She was very focused and determined to only have things that worked and the effort she made was worth it! She completely changed her hair, she passed along hundreds of items of clothing (see where some of them landed!), purged a huge percentage of her closet and shopped everywhere from the Indigo Tones resale shop to Panache Consignment to Goodwill to stores at the mall.
Erin is a Professional Development and Life Coach who gravitated to more structured, classic clothing as it felt the most professional but as we worked with her body shape and her personality we discovered she really likes a bit more drama and softer lines suit her shape. Read more and see all the transformations in this month's colorful lives blog!
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