Closet Confidential: Putting it All Together

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Here at ModCloth, we were so excited when Winona Dimeo-Ediger, of the blog Daddy Likey, said yes to picking out ModCloth outfits using advice from her new book, Closet Confidential. In this post you’ll hear her recommendations for the perfect outfits for three occasions: a dinner party, a job interview, and a date. Here’s what she has to say:

Your “Hosting a Dinner Party to Celebrate Your Friend Getting Out of a Codependent Relationship” Outfit

The essentials:
Soda Fountain Dress in Grape
Mini Dots Tights in Delphinium
Pop Peep Toes (you’ll take them off after ten minutes)
Finishing School Headband in Sparkling Ivory

Not recommended:
– Sweatpants. Please.

Also works for:
– Dinner parties celebrating any occasion
– Baking cookies alone while listening to Sinatra
– Tea with your grandma
– At-home dates

Bonus Tip: If you want to ensure your guests dress up too, I’ve found adding “or else” to the dress code to be quite helpful.

Keep reading for two more outfits and tips from Winona!

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Your “Job Interview for a Job You’re Not Qualified For” Outfit

The Essentials:
Cont Pencil Skirt (if a pencil skirt could talk, it would be eloquent, experienced, and professional, so let it talk for you)
Boutique Crawl Cardigan
Quite Contrary Earrings
Dad Knows Best Watch
Venti Heels (should be IMMACULATE–nothing kills job interview mojo like scuffed shoes)
Mystery Tour Coat

Not Recommended:
– Glitter eye shadow, resume printed on pink notebook paper

Also works for:
– Important work presentations
– Book club when you didn’t read the book (you’ll look so intimidating, nobody will question you)
– Meeting your lover’s devoutly religious parents
– Sexy secretary outfit

Bonus Tip: A high school friend of mine was once in charge of setting up the chairs at an important event. On his resume, he listed himself as “Event Chairman.” He’s now a successful real estate agent.

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Your “Meeting Your Online Boyfriend for the First Time in a Neutral, Public Place” Outfit

The Essentials:
Hey Ho Let’s Bow Ankle Jeans
Best Friend Tank in Cobalt
Take the Reigns Jacket
Rose Garden Tour Flats
Lita Clutch in Fender
The Classic Wayfarers
Shakespearean Pendant

Not recommended:
– Skintight leopard print mini dress

Also works for:
– First day of class at your liberal arts college
– Art openings
– Late night show at the jazz club
– Wine tasting

Bonus Tip: When trying to make a good first impression, people either clam up and dress way too bland or try too hard and overdo it: go for a middle ground that showcases your unique style and keeps you comfortable.

Like the tips you see in this post? Check out her book!


About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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    Maggie 10/22/2009 at 3:01 pm #

    Great post! I love the Bonus Tips, and these outfits are all fabulous.

    I really like the idea of wearing the first outfit and baking cookies while listening to Sinatra….if only I baked! 🙂

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    Sarita 10/22/2009 at 4:58 pm #

    I like the first two outfits. But the third one would scare away any guy that made it so far as I was going to meet him. It seems to give the impression of too high maintenance.

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    lisa 10/23/2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Great outfits, very well styled and put together! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Closet Confidential. 🙂

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    ave 10/24/2009 at 12:32 pm #

    HAHHAHA! Event Chairman. That’s brilliant.

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    Kirstin 10/26/2009 at 1:25 am #

    My favorite is definitely going to have to be “Meeting Your Online Boyfriend”

    But, I am happily in love… So, I’ll use it for an art gallery, coffee date, and Jazz concert!

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    cady 11/01/2009 at 4:57 pm #

    i absolutely love that purple dress. i’m probably going to have to buy it. 😀

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