Frugal fashionista styles women’s luncheon event

Frugal Fashionista Valerie Weaver, left, talks about a few trendy accessory items being worn by demonstration model Cyndee Holton, an office manager at state Rep. Curt Sonney’s office in Corry. The Spring Into Fashion presentation was part of the Corry Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Professional Luncheon held on Wednesday. Journal photo by Erin Passinger

How to get the most mileage out of your wardrobe was the topic of conversation Wednesday during a Women’s Professional Luncheon.

Frugal Fashionista and Erie resident Valerie Weaver shared tips, advice and even her own personal wardrobe with an audience of 65 Corry-area women during a Spring Into Fashion presentation at St. Elizabeth Parish Center.

The annual event, which is held on Administrative Professionals Day, is sponsored by the Corry Area Chamber of Commerce, along with several local businesses and organizations.

“It was great,” said Pam Brown, executive director of the chamber and event coordinator. “We wanted the discussion to be light and informative, something fun to get us away from the regular routines of our day.”

Weaver — a certified image consultant and contributing fashion columnist for Her Times, a publication of the Erie Times-News — brought racks of clothing and accessory items to demonstrate what’s hot this spring, and how not to spend a fortune on trendy items.

“Most people wear about 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time,” Weaver said. “I call it closet confusion. You have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.”

Being honest with yourself and looking at your closet as an investment are keys to having a wardrobe that fits, flatters and feels good.

“It’s so much easier to get up in the morning and get dressed when you love everything in your closet,” Weaver said.

The fashionista advised women that it’s always better to invest a bulk of their wardrobe budget into classic pieces — items that will never go out of style.

And while it’s OK to spend money on trendy items, Weaver warned shoppers to be selective.

“Trends come and go,” she said. “Like right now, ruffles are a big trend. Take this trend and find things that don’t go overboard. Maybe a nice blouse with ruffles on the sleeves, or a little ruffle around the collar.”

Accessories are also a great way to add some trendiness, without having to spend a fortune, Weaver added.

Cyndee Holton, an office manager at state Rep. Curt Sonney’s office in Corry, was called on to demonstrate some of Weaver’s accessory items.

“Her tips and advice really got everybody’s attention,” Holton said. “I also learned about some new places to go shopping and it will be neat to go somewhere different.”

Pastels and neutrals are the hottest colors for spring, Weaver said. Especially pink, orange, coral and aqua blues.

She added that all of these colors will add lots of “pop” to a classic black and white outfit.

And to help coordinate different looks, Weaver recommends organizing closets by item and not by outfit.

“Keep blouses with blouses, sweaters with sweaters and so on,” she said. “You could literally take just the small selection of clothes that I have here and put together hundreds of outfits.”

At the end of the presentation, Weaver invited the audience to look over her wardrobe selection, and check out her Web site, for more tips and fashion information.

“People really enjoyed themselves,” Brown said. “A lot of people benefited from the presentation.”

The event was sponsored by Save-A-Lot, Andrea Stile Graphic Design, Avenue Haircrafters, Classy Cleaning Service and First National Bank.

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