Beth Divine

Beth Divine is an independent personal stylist based in Indianapolis, who specializes in wardrobe consultation and personal shopping.

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Inventory-less Stores — Trendy or Here to Stay?

      Oh, the beauty of walking into the mall. You have every type of store at your disposal. Once you go inside a store, you are met with dozens and dozens of clothing options. After shifting through the store for what seems like forever, you finally find the perfect piece. As delightful as this scenario sounds, could shopping as a whole be made easier? And, no I’m not talking about online shopping. Inventory-less stores are becoming the next big thing in the retail world. Inventory-less stores have so many positive qualities to them. The smaller inventory levels make the store that much easier to organize. Therefore, when you're looking through clothes you won’t be overwhelmed with the high quantity of items. In addition, due to the fact that there is less inventory there is so much more space in the store. This makes shopping much more relaxing. Often times inventory-less stores will provide its customers with complimentary beverages, because let's face it shopping is hard. Not only are inventory-less stores beneficial to shoppers, but retailers benefit as well. For example, retailers face less holding cost, because of their low inventory they don’t require high labour costs. In addition, retailer will find they are provided with more usable cash. Retailers are maintaining lower levels of inventory, and only replacing this inventory as needed, therefore the retailer can free up cash in order to meet other expenses. Stores like, Bonobos are making it that much easier to shop. Beginning in 2013, Bonobos began opening Guideshops throughout the United States. Essentially, Guideshops act as Bonobos.com in real life, so this ensures you get the exact look and fit you need. ​The Guideshops are a curated showroom [...]

By | July 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Inventory-less Stores — Trendy or Here to Stay?

What Pants Look Better on Me? From Your Image Consultant

Which Pants are Most Flattering for Me? As Told By Your Image Consultant This question is one I get quite often as a stylist and Image Consultant. And, it’s certainly an excellent question to ask. We know that not all shapes look great on everyone, so a little knowledge about what works for us is information to help us as we shop. If you need some coaching or a color analysis, along with the best shapes for you, consider my Color/Style Analysis. Send me a text for more information at 317-416-2782. Ann Taylor made my day when I saw this chart outlining the pant shapes they sell. I often buy pants at Ann because they fit me. And, I am not an easy fit! I am slightly petite in height, just over 5”4”; I have a short rise (short waisted); and I am a bigger on the bottom shape with a smaller waist and curvy shape. I like Ann Taylor’s curvy option many times; sometimes I buy petites but not always. However, I have a short rise and am short-waisted, but ironically, I am long-legged for my shape. Image Consultant Principles on Buying Pants Curvy/Bigger on the Bottom shapes (plus, petites, and average sizing): Buy a straight cut pant, a flared Trouser pant or a straight cut ankle pant. Beware of cropped. Wide leg might work, but you should make sure they are below the widest part of your calf and in a dark color. Pair with detailed top that draws the eye up. Hourglass or Proportionate shape: The sky’s the limit. You can wear nearly every shape pant, but you should avoid extremely skinny pants because they might make your shape look off-balanced. Cropped, [...]

By | July 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Pants Look Better on Me? From Your Image Consultant

Yes, You Can Wear Stripes

Everywhere you look this season – in men’s as well as women’s clothing you see stripes. They are big, bold in horizontal (across); vertical (up and down); and even diagonal (one corner to the other). They are wide, and they are tiny; they are some of both. When I talk to clients about wearing stripes, I always get a negative reaction. “Stripes always make you look bigger,” they tell me. I am here to say – not always. That’s why I am writing this blog. I want you to give stripes another chance. See a good example of a vertical stripe here: in a dark stripe https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/vince-mens-multi-stripe-short-sleeve-shirt-prod218660043   Monochromatic stripe in a vertical pattern are even more slimming: https://www.qvc.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Live%21-TRUE-DENIM-Vertical-Stripe-Shirt-Dress.product.A292085.html?clickid=ydRRk-ydOxyJUTgwUx0Mo3cwUkl3b0VoKXVRzk0&irgwc=1&cm_ven=impactradius&cm_cat=57486-ShopStyle%20Inc.&cm_pla=565130-Online%20Tracking%20Link-&cm_ite=ydRRk-ydOxyJUTgwUx0Mo3cwUkl3b0VoKXVRzk0 This dress is a possibility for some women…The stripes are bold and not too wide and certainly slimming in the up and down visual pattern.   https://www.macys.com/shop/product/eci-striped-tie-waist-dress?ID=8854283&pla_country=US&CAGPSN=pla&cm_mmc=MSN_Bing_Womens_RTW_PLA-_-RTW_Womens_Women%27s_Dresses_-_BS_Eci-_-11620705882-_-pg2234288_c_kclickid_3615e0f3-f50f-4fa8-8b9a-7d39dc2dd791_KID_macys.kenshoo@outlook.com_28880756_4168763765_11620705882_pla-4584894768793622_887368611235USA__c_KID_&trackingid=424x2234288&m_sc=sem&m_sb=Bing&m_tp=PLA&m_ac=MSN_Bing_Womens_RTW_PLA&m_ag=Eci&m_cn=RTW_Womens_Women%27s_Dresses_-_BS&m_pi=bi_cmp-28880756_adg-4168763765_ad-11620705882_pla-4584894768793622_dev-c_ext-_prd-887368611235USA     And, an example that makes you look wider. The shape and the pattern are not slimming. But it would work for a slim woman. Now – there is an exception. If you’re very thin, you can wear this – and you can really rock it!    https://www.thecompanystore.com/striped-linen-high-low-sleeveless-dress/62057.html?cgid=clearance-clothing&cm_mmc=BingPLA-_-[ADL][Bing][PLA][Adult][NQ]-_-c-_-62057-XS-BLUE&msclkid=c72fa157576d1ac56eecfdb1e37f2cfe&adlclid=ADL-159dde0b-87e8-4991-924c-50b3c1f59171     Now on to more stripes… What about horizontal stripe clothing? This is the pattern we all approach with caution—as we should. This white dress has narrow stripes but is probably not slimming for most women.             https://www.gapfactory.com/browse/product.do?pid=463832021&CAWELAID=120296850000448815&tid=gfpl000005&kwid=1&ap=7&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=GAFA_NB_US_Women%27s_X_DCM_Conversion_X_X&utm_term=4582558309704971&utm_content=GAFA_NB_US_Women%27s_Clothing_Outfits&gclid=COb55IH1seICFVSBxQIdVpsCCw&gclsrc=ds   Another example: It’s great for really thin, straight women but not for curvy women.                   https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/1901-tie-back-stripe-knit-dress/4803065?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=navy-%20white%20mini%20rugby%20stripe   Men: This would be more difficult to wear... https://www.amazon.com/FRTCV-Stripe-Shirts-Short-Sleeve/dp/B07NN4YSP3/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=men+stripe+polo+shirts&qid=1558623636&s=gateway&sr=8-11           While this shirt actually may not make [...]

By | July 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yes, You Can Wear Stripes

Sustainable Personal Styling Made Easy

If you’re anything like me, you love Personal Styling and shopping--maybe even a little too much. The feeling of getting a new item of clothing can be compared to Christmas morning for personal fashion lovers. However, as awesome as new clothing is, buying into fast fashion leaves a large carbon footprint on our earth. Did you know that the fashion and styling industry is actually the second largest polluter of our world, just behind the oil industry? Specifically, ​fast fashion emphasizes lower costs, and speedy production. This is a result of trying to keep up with new collections inspired by celebrities and designer collections. Fast fashion tendencies are extremely detrimental to the environment since there is an urgency to create clothing quickly and at a low cost so it’s affordable to the masses. Reducing cost and time means that many corners are being cut. The impacts include an increased amount of textile waste, water pollution, and a large amount of toxic chemicals being used. At this point you may feel a little guilty, but fear not. Here are tips you can use to start shopping sustainable, yet still look stylish as ever! Buy from sustainable Personal Styling brands Perhaps, the hardest on your wallet, buying from sustainable styling brands may cost you a little more money, but they’re ultimately very beneficial to the environment. Reformation is arguably one of the best-known sustainable brands, and clearly there is a reason why. Not only does Reformation have the ultimate cool girl vibe with a cult following, but the company is also ultra-conscious of its environmental footprint. According to the brand’s website, “​RefScale tracks our environmental footprint by adding up the pounds of carbon dioxide emitted and gallons [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sustainable Personal Styling Made Easy

From Your Men’s Stylist: The Best Fabrics of Summer

Guys, it’s getting hot outside. And your Indianapolis Men's Stylist knows what that means: perspiration. It’s something we all do, and while we really can’t prevent it, we can make some good clothing choices to minimize its effects. Men's Stylist: At First Glance When I work with guys, I often look at most of their wardrobe in our first appointment together. As a Men's Stylist, I look at everything, including how clothes wear. Very, very often I find dress shirts with yellowed-armpits. My stylist way to prevent this dilemma, believe it or not, is to wear a thin, high-quality undershirt. Why? This basic T-shirt traps the sweat. It’s surprising how many men do not wear undershirts. I understand – somewhat – it’s another layer, and it’s really hot outside. However, the undershirt really does help control perspiration and often saves your shirts. Trust your stylist on this one. I've seen a lot! Men's Stylist: Foundations Are Important Undershirts with sleeves are better than tank undershirts since the sleeved one’s trap sweat under the arms. Here are some good options, and some brands have tall and other extended sizes.  Calvin Klein is also a good choice. If you like to unbutton the first few buttons of your shirt, consider this V neck. Men's Stylist: The Fabric is Essential Okay, on to the next stylist suggestion. Picking the shirts you wear in the summer. When I used to work in a corporate setting, I often wore a white button-down shirt and a pencil skirt to the office. The white shirt was cool, the light color did not draw light, and it felt fresh. Back then, I had to iron it every day. We don’t have to do [...]

By | June 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Your Men’s Stylist: The Best Fabrics of Summer

Men: How to Look Fantastic on a Date: Part I

This blog is an interview with Edwards Buice, one of my Association of Image Consultant International Chicago Midwest Chapter colleagues! Edwards is founder and creative director for a clothing line called David Edwards Clothier -- go to his website to look up his sassy clothes: that have subtle (a) pattern Baker floral or a Paul Smith color block tie From His Collection This photo (to the right) illustrates a date look from the Jaime Hemsani Summer Collection, modeled by Cory Emberton. Today, with so many trends in menswear, selecting the right image for a date can be complex.  Below is some consultant advice Edwards provides to his clients, starting with an image from the top down to the shoes. Image Consultant Advice for Date Night One of the first pieces of advice he gives in dressing for a date is to follow the advice of Hardies Armies, "A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them."  The first step of organizing a date look is to ensure the following: Clothes fit well Clothes are expertly tailored Clothes are clean and pressed Clothes have the correct look for the social setting (casual/business casual/formal) Edward's first step in organizing an image is selecting a jacket; he recommends wearing jackets because he believes it gives an ensemble a finished look.  Additionally, he thinks a jacket is an excellent accent piece.  "However, I would not advise wearing a jacket if it’s is a very causal occasion (pub, picnic, coffee shop, etc.)," said Edwards. "I advise wearing a jacket that is going to communicate to your date I am a confident man in personal and professional settings." If the client [...]

By | June 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Men: How to Look Fantastic on a Date: Part I

The Wrap Dress is Back in a Big Way!

With today's ever-changing fashion trends, it is unlikely to see a style that will stay current for longer than a season. Take it from your Personal Stylist. It almost seems that within fast fashion you need to buy a whole new personal wardrobe twice a year, just to look up to date. It is extremely rare for a silhouette to stand the test of time, especially in today’s contemporary world. However, every now and then there are iconic stylist pieces that truly stand the test of time. For example, a leather jacket, or a white blouse always seem to be in style. But perhaps, a specifically iconic piece for women would be the wrap dress. ​It's nearly impossible to deny the wrap dress' icon status. In the past 40 years, it has ​become a staple in nearly every woman's wardrobe. From Your Personal Stylist, The Wrap Dress is Universal The beauty of it is virtually all women can wear some form of this pretty dress! The wrap dress originated in Belgium by the now infamous fashion designer and stylist--Diane von Furstenberg. In 1974, the designer created the wrap dress. It became a symbol for women to establish their power yet feel feminine at the same time. The dress is extremely flattering on all personal body silhouettes. As well as the fact that it is versatile, easy to wear, and stylish. Von Furstenberg’s version was a collared, long-sleeved shirt-dress that wrapped around the waist. The design complemented a woman's personal curves, while at the same time hid any undesirable bulge. In the 70’s, the dress was made with a printed jersey that hugged the body, a V-neck, and a sash that tied at the waist​. Due [...]

By | June 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Wrap Dress is Back in a Big Way!

How to Encourage Creativity and Style in Your Children From Your Personal Stylist

Growing up,  I was a fiercely independent child, and there was no exception to this when it came to what I wore. I was my own stylist. I absolutely hated when my mom picked out my outfits, or told me I couldn't wear something because I was my own Personal Stylist and didn't need her help. However, I now realize my personal fashion choices where questionable to say the least, but at the time I thought I knew what was best stylist out of all of my friends. Although, despite what I thought what was best my mom made sure I still looked presentable. She always said to me “I will never let you leave the house looking like an idiot.” Ten-year-old me brushed this off and took it a little personal, but I now realize that this was actually a great thing. Be Your Child's Personal Stylist When I look back at old pictures, I never cringe at what I’m wearing. There were no head to toe personal Justice outfits, crazy mismatched tops and bottoms, and thankfully she prevented me from getting side bangs (this was quite the thing to do for elementary school girls at the time). Ultimately, though, being a stylist to a child can be a very very difficult thing. And developing style for your child is a whole other challenge. Here are some tips and tricks on how to be a Personal Stylist for your child. (Pictured here I am wearing some of my personal favorite colors going to school!) Stylist Tip: Provide Choices Most children want completely autonomy when  picking out their outfits. So when you can make sure to let them have a say. "Give your child lots [...]

By | May 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Encourage Creativity and Style in Your Children From Your Personal Stylist

From Your Men’s Stylist: Your 16 Points and You’re Ready for Your Day

Okay, men, I am talking to you! (a little Robert De Nero). I just did a blog about women's grooming. Now it's your turn. As your Men's Stylist, it is my duty. A couple of years ago, someone coined the word, Metrosexual. It refers to men who aren't afraid to spend some time on their hair, a manicure, a more fashion forward look in men's fashion. I think it was a slam to men. Why create a category that might be seen as sissy and ultra-feminine. Grooming is Key I'd like for all to pay attention to their men's grooming. Guys have it easier than women -- yeah they do. You don't have to dot on mascara and worry that your hair is standing on end. You don't worry as much about what you wear each day as we do and don't have near as many body issues as we do. But, if you do shave, it's something you do every day. I am sure that gets old. So you have my sympathy there. Maybe that's why so many men have beards now. It's certainly a trend that seems here to stay. I am not going to discuss beards -- I like them more trimmed. And, as I have said before a long beard with white/grey hair ages you. Just know that, and if you don't care then own it! Skin Care Routine Beyond shaving, men, you need to have some men's skin care routine. You need to scrub a couple of times a week (I like Clinique's 7-day Scrub) to rid your skin of dead skin. If you have breakouts put a department store level skin care product or I used to use Proactive. [...]

By | May 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Your Men’s Stylist: Your 16 Points and You’re Ready for Your Day

From Your Image Consultant: Do You Have Your 16 Points?

The next two blogs from your favorite Image Consultant are about issues we all deal with as humans: grooming and your image surrounding that. I know it's strange that I compare us to our two cats. Stay with me. Our big, fluffy Maine Coon loves to groom himself. He loves to clean his long, thick hair and asks to be brushed at least three times a day. He probably feels better afterwards. Our other kitty, Nellie, who is a domestic long haired kitty has very long grey hair as well. Her hair is more stringy and tends to pick up dust, etc. Nellie does not love to be groomed by us and sometimes doesn't groom herself. An Image Consultant Points for Grooming People can be the same way in their grooming and thus their image. I fall somewhere in the middle of all this. While I am not a natural style -- ladies who shun makeup and jewelry, etc. -- I have never really been a high maintenance woman either. Ever since I cut my super long locks in my senior year of high school and opted for a short, curly cap of hair, I have not sought to spend hours getting ready in the morning for the perfect image. I am lucky in that I have naturally curly hair, and when I have a great hair cut I can use a little product and go! Early in my Image Consultant training my teacher showed me her consultant favorite 16-Point Test commonly used by stylists to show their clients some ways they can have a put together image and perfectly groomed. Basically, you get a point for each of these things: Did you do your [...]

By | May 12th, 2019|Beauty, Commercial Photo Shoots, Fashion, Fashion Makeovers|Comments Off on From Your Image Consultant: Do You Have Your 16 Points?