Beth Divine

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

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So Much to Love: Trends for Spring: Women…

Of course, spring trends were already being analyzed last October. Now, many of those items (originals and knock-offs) are hitting the stores.  I am so ready for spring clothes! Ladies, the menswear look will continue to be hot. According to Harper's Bazaar mag. The twist I noticed was adding the belt to jackets (a look I love). Make sure to pick jackets and tops that are not so bulky and that are not double-breasted. Otherwise, you'll add bulk to your look! Hot Fashion Trends to look forward to this Spring From Your Indianapolis Wardrobe Stylist The Big Collar Large, angular collars are in. It was most often seen on top of a jacket such as a contrasting jacket color or even a silk shirt (my personal favorite). Not sure you can pull it off?  The size of the collar depends on the scale of you. If you're petite, I recommend a smaller collar.  If you're a medium-sized, look for collars that are medium and grand.  The bigger the collar, the more balanced the look. Make sure the collar doesn’t overwhelm you. Crochet Dresses  Crochet is so diverse. You can find it in bright colors or neutral tones. Look out for large or small crochet dresses and evening wear. It’s not your grandma’s crochet. I also saw crochet in home interiors as I toured the Home Showcase at the Indy home show. These dresses are form-fitting and show a little skin in all the right places for a flattering look. Bra Tops & Crop Tops Bra tops and crop tops are still here. If you can wear them, great! Pair a crochet bra top with high pants and a large jacket for a less exposed look [...]

By | March 7th, 2020|Fashion|Comments Off on So Much to Love: Trends for Spring: Women…

The Oddballs in Your Closet…

We're going to continue our discussion about closet cleanout. After you've cleaned out the clothing you don't like and clothing that doesn't fit, you're heading for the next step: pulling out clothing you like but don't know how to wear. You might not wear it for a variety of reasons: So often times when we have a garment we just don't like, 9 out of 10 times it's the wrong color. Color Advice from Your Personal Stylist You think it's a strange color: Maybe it is! Or maybe you need help in figuring out how to wear it with a new piece I find for you or the basics you already have. When I work with clients, the very first service I like to do a color analysis: I think it is the most important service I offer. Why? Many of us are clueless as to what colors flatter our skin tone,  hair, and eye color. When we don't know what colors flatter us, we might buy what is in fashion at the moment. This is true for men and women! For instance, this past fall and winter, earth tones and leopard prints have been hot. If you have a warm complexion such as I do, earth tones are very flattering--although I try not to wear too dark a color. I can rock brown, rust, camel, warm red, color, etc. However, if you are a Cool tone and are very fair with cool tones in your hair and skin, you don't want to wear these warm earthy colors in clothing that is close to your face! You can, however, buy these colors in accessories such as a purse or even pants, as long as you pair [...]

By | February 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Oddballs in Your Closet…

When to Pitch and When to Alter Clothes…

Hello Everyone, As winter winds down, many people tell me they are looking at their closets and want to clean them out. We might want to make room for spring, or just move out winter clothing. They might want to donate or consign certain pieces but don't know where to start. Of course, your Indianapolis Men's and Women's Personal Stylist is available to help. I love these types of jobs since clients feel so relieved and happy when we're done -- and have a wardrobe and closet that really works for them and their lifestyles. Closet Advice from Your Personal Stylist In some ways, those who have a really large closet (maybe as big as a bedroom) can actually be at a disadvantage. Why? You can keep all of it and don't feel the pressure to clean and organize. I don't know what that is like since we have a 1937 -built Cape Cod house. It's cute, and I love it, but I am certainly lacking in closet space. Closet organization and keeping and pitching clothing is a topic your Indianapolis Personal Stylist thinks is pertinent for men and women! And teens, tweens, etc. I often tell clients with whom I am going to start working to go to their closest and first pitch clothing they don't like. Why? It's not worth altering or working with items you don't like for some reason. Do that task first. Put it on a pile, and if it's new and a brand name take it to a consignment store in your neighborhood such as The Toggery, Simply Chic or Clothes Mentor. Guys, The Toggery now takes men's clothing. Second, look at your closet and make a pile of [...]

By | February 22nd, 2020|Fashion|Comments Off on When to Pitch and When to Alter Clothes…

AICI Conference in Chicago

Hello everyone. This blog is a bit of a departure -- I want to share blogs that relate to real life, and right now, beyond working with clients, a chunk of what I am doing is being president of our Association of Image Consultants International Chicago Midwest Chapter and helping to create and promote our upcoming conference. We have a small board, actually from all over the country, and as far west as Dallas, and we work hard to create events for our members. It is a challenge for me, but it is very rewarding to see people use their talents and for all of us to work together toward a big goal -- our regional conference in Chicago this April 18-19. Here's a video I did for our Facebook page: AICI Midwest Chapter Regional Conference. We are planning two days of activities and are still finalizing the continuing education hours participants will receive. Yes, all Certified Image Consultants have to earn continuing education to keep their CIC status. It's really quite a lot we have to maintain, and the reasoning behind having it is that as a professional you need to be knowledgeable and current in your profession. So training for image consultants can be quite extensive. Check out our conference information here and guests are welcome, too: 2020 Education Conference. Of course, image consultants love nothing more than discovering new shopping places and vendors and even designers. Thus, the night before the event we will be doing a Boutique Crawl to three downtown Chicago stores: We will visit Marcus, the Real, Real and Space 519. The boutiques all have affiliate programs for image consultants to share with us. Our headline speaker, Elaine Stoltz is one of [...]

By | February 15th, 2020|Commercial Photo Shoots, Fashion, Fashion Makeovers|Comments Off on AICI Conference in Chicago

Stylish Workouts!

This blog is Part 2 of my guest blogger’s thoughts and exercise clothing and how to approach your purchase. I think it’s such a timely issue as everyone focuses on the New Year and making new exercise goals, hitting the gym and signing up for spring races, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon! Do you always wear sunblock? Rain, snow, sun: always wear sunblock! Try to stay in the shade as much as you can in the summer and wear a hat or visor for extra protection against the sun. I might add that even if you have some fun protection in your makeup, ladies, it’s just not enough. Please don’t skip this part! Case in point: I must have gotten a lot of sun this year since when I had my twice-yearly skin peel from my esthetician, I couldn’t believe all the dead skin she took off and how many spots she removed. (By the way, I highly recommend Danielle at The French Pharmacy Salon in Broad Ripple!) What fabrics wick best and what do not? What does wick mean? Can you really get a bargain in running clothes? Moisture-wicking fabrics (sometimes also referred to as “technical” fabrics, since they are a high-tech polyester) help wick sweat away from the skin to help keep you dry; they also help to keep you cooler since the fabric’s texture promotes airflow. For running and other sports try to stay away from cotton fabrics which can hold moisture in (which can both weigh you down and cause chafing!). You can always find bargains in running clothes! Whether it’s clothes that have a higher price point that you find on sale or even brands that already have [...]

By | February 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stylish Workouts!

Undergarments That Make You Look Fabulous

Undergarments that Help You Look Fabulous! Ladies – it’s time to give shapewear a second look! Shapewear is nothing like the constricting girdle of yesterday. Thank goodness, right? However, even though we’ve come a long way with improved and even “comfortable” shapewear, we still need some education on how to choose it. Advice From Your Favorite Certified Image Consultant I, your Certified Image Consultant, am going to talk about shapewear in general and what I have found to be useful in my own lingerie wardrobe as well as what I often recommend for my personal clients. One main tip is that when you try on clothing such as dresses or even ballgowns, you need to wear your shapewear since it will affect how the garment hangs on your body. One of your most important pieces of undergarments, ladies is the bra. You should be fitted every 1-2 years because our size changes. I am trained to fit bras, and hands down, I almost always find that women wear too big a band size. Also, they often don’t change bra sizes when they gain weight. That is a mistake – you should never spill out of your bra. This is a good time to buy and get fitted for a bra since it’s winter, and stores are having many sales. I like Nordstrom and Von Maur for bra fittings. It’s free, and the advice you get is invaluable. Now back to other important thoughts...Shapewear is made of Elastane, known for being stretchy, breathable and adjustable. One option is a piece by Olikeme. I admit I have not worn this type of shapewear, but it does get the job done basically because of the amount of area it covers: [...]

By | February 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Undergarments That Make You Look Fabulous

What to Buy this Month…

In Indiana, winter is just gearing up. We’re going probably about a third of the way into winter. We still have cold January and February, and even in March, we might have some snow and chilly days. What does your wardrobe need? What do you need to face the cold, sometimes dreary winter days? Your Indianapolis Image Consultant and Personal Stylist have some terrific ideas! Here are some tips to guide you as you look for some wardrobe additions… Your Personal Stylist's Favorite Winter Purchases Oh, wait: before you think about adding to your wardrobe, consider this: January and February are the perfect months to evaluate and clean out your closet. This is one of my most important services. I will meet you, determine your Wow colors and best silhouettes, and clean out your closet based on this knowledge. Wouldn’t it be great to look in your closet and smile with relief? You love your clothes and know what looks good and works for you. What to Consider for your Winter Wardrobe Needs: In the coming weeks, high-quality winter staples will start to be on sale such as. Wool and cashmere coats (look for a high percentage of wool or cashmere in your coats). Pick classic styles you can wear many seasons. Wool, leather, down and cashmere hats, gloves and scarfs. It’s okay to buy some fun bright colors, classic plaid or rich leathers. Sweaters that are high quality and in your best hues. Soft, warm sweaters to layer or wear under your blazers or denim jackets. Don’t be afraid to buy fun prints you can wear now and later. Suede and leather boots (winter and fashion boots).You always need a black suede bootie and a [...]

By | January 24th, 2020|Fashion|Comments Off on What to Buy this Month…

Look Amazing While You Sweat: Choosing Stylish Workout Clothes

This week, your Indianapolis Image Consultant and personal stylist, has a special treat: A guest blog from my running coach, Jen Knife. What I admire about Jen is that she always looks stylish, even when she’s running. She makes her running outfits fun and interesting, whether it’s a colorful hat, fun tights or a bright color top. Yet, she always looks put together. Your  Indianapolis Image Consultant's Favorite Looks Jen Knife is an RRCA certified running coach as well as an RYT 200 yoga teacher. Jen coaches runners of all levels (locally and virtually), from running their first 5K to training for an ultra-marathon. She's been teaching yoga in the Indianapolis area for 11 years; in-studio classes, private lessons, and corporate classes/events. Her website is jenknife.com. Her Instagram is jenknifeyoga. Might I add Jen always knocks her personal style out of the park – even when she’s exercising! Dressing Your Shape… What running clothes are good for shapes such as curvy, rectangle and bigger in the middle? Jen says she’s a size 8 and I’d consider herself rectangular; her thighs are larger as well. Jen is a big fan of Lululemon for both cold and warm weather running gear. Their Run Times Short II has a wide leg, a wide waistband, and a 4” seam. And for cold weather she loves their Cold Pacer High Rise tights; they are fleece lined and have a higher waist than most tights. Another reason Lululemon is her go-to is she loves that they offer multiple size options versus just XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Whatever clothing line you choose, Jen says, just make sure the clothes fit you well and you love them so you'll wear [...]

By | January 18th, 2020|Fashion|Comments Off on Look Amazing While You Sweat: Choosing Stylish Workout Clothes

Basics to Personal Style, Part 2

In our last blog, we discussed some basics of self-care and personal style. We didn't even talk about clothing -- the reason is -- your Indianapolis Personal Stylist believes clothing is only part of the equation. Grooming, caring for clothing and yourself is also very important to your personal style. More Recommendations from Your Certified Image Consultant Getting into more details, I often discuss hairstyles with men and women in my consultation -- I, your Certified Image Consultant,  have often recommended a new hairstyle, and set the appointment and accompanied the client to the haircut. I wanted to make sure the stylist agreed with and carried out my direction. One client, in particular, was in the C Suite, in his mid-40 with a nice head of hair--yet it was cut strangely almost like a child's haircut. First of all, he was happy he still had a great head of hair. So true. His hair was thin and fine, however, so it required a certain type of haircut. We went to a salon that was not a barbershop, yet they styled men's hair. I thought that was a good, in-between vendor to use. The results were mind-boggling. He looked completely different: more professional, looked his age and sophisticated in an effortless way. Keep in mind: with style, the goal is not always to start out. For men, it's to blend in and then purposely stand out for a reason. Many men have told me this: I want to fit but be memorable. It's a little different with women. They often want to stand out. The way I, your Certified Image Consultant,  would approach a style to consult about hair and makeup with a female client is to first do [...]

By | January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Basics to Personal Style, Part 2

New Year, New You!

As a style and Image Consultant, I am often brought into people's lives during a point of change: it might be the first job, going back to work after a lapse, trying to improve appearance or just dress better to help secure a promotion. Sometimes, it can be more personal such as a divorce, widowhood or a life change such as retirement. In all these times, our clothes and appearance say something about us. There is not a doubt in my mind that the clothing we wear is our "walking billboard." And our appearance such as grooming, hairstyle, makeup, etc, speaks just as loudly. What does your appearance say about you? Sad, late, too busy, dated, trying too hard or not trying at all? Recommendations from Your Image Consultant It's funny that when I do a company presentation I always start with the basics, and that means not your clothing, but your hygiene. Talking to an employee about grooming is probably the most dreaded thing a supervisor has to do. Not to mention the possible legal ramifications. Anyway, I can certainly have that employee talk to you. I, your Image Consultant,  do it in a professional and non-personal way via a checklist. Then it seems the person is just one of many people I work with on these issues -- I am not targeting just one person. Beyond hygiene, the next big issue is how we take care of our clothing. Are they wrinkled, dirty, worn out, and ill-fitting? These issues can make even more expensive, high-quality clothing look cheaper. These issues are important, too. I often mention this is a Dress for Success presentation since I can't assume everyone knows how to care for clothing, etc. [...]

By | January 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Year, New You!