“Bless your heart, you’re wearing
that lovely ivory pantsuit again!”
This phrase is what started Wardrobe Oxygen. Anyone below the Mason-Dixon line knows what “bless your heart” really means. To hear this from anyone, especially a powerful work client, is not a good thing.
I had a job that required me to travel to various client sites. This client in Alabama I visited once every six weeks and I made the mistake of packing the same suit for two trips in a row. I could never let this happen again. In June 2005 I started blogging blurry selfies in my home office’s full-length mirror to ensure I never heard “Bless your heart!” ever again. Soon after I began another blog to jot down my style tips; I had a decade of visual merchandising, styling, and apparel retail experience under my belt and was always providing fashion advice to friends and colleagues. I eventually merged the two blogs together and called it Wardrobe Oxygen.
And no, I never heard, “Bless your heart!” again. In fact, journaling my outfits helped me hone my personal style and achieve better style with fewer pieces in my closet.
About Wardrobe Oxygen
Wardrobe Oxygen provides real life fashion advice for women. I focus on quality, not quantity, and educate how quality can be found at any pricepoint. Sharing my personal style through outfit posts, I hope to show that fashion can be fun no matter your age, figure, or lifestyle. I answer reader questions, create sample capsule wardrobes to show how to achieve more style with a smaller closet, and still share a few movie reviews and pictures from my weekend (though these days they’re not blurry and usually captured with my iPhone).
Over the years, Wardrobe Oxygen has created a community of intelligent style-minded women from across the globe. Wardrobe Oxygen’s readers are smart, savvy, and come to this site for honest reviews and realistic fashion advice. This blog has grown and flourished over the past decade, and I too have grown, learning so much from those who read and interact with me and the blog. Get to know me and Wardrobe Oxygen better by visiting on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
About Alison Gary
As for me, I’m a 41 year old wife, mom, and full-time employee working outside the home in Corporate America. I have always loved writing, and have several spiral notebooks on my nightstand full of ideas, lists, and plenty of doodles. My favorite pastime is attending concerts and music festivals; my husband Karl and I try to go to a show each month as our Date Night. There’s always music playing in our home, whether it’s opera, rock, or the hottest hits via Spotify. When I’m not chauffeuring my 7 year old daughter to dance class, piano lessons, or a play date I’m volunteering in my community, I’m a Girl Scout leader, and I love getting out in nature for hikes, kayaking, or just chilling in our hammock with one of my spiral notebooks and a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I’m a fan of leopard print (which I consider a neutral), striped shirts (I have more than I care to admit but each one has a specific purpose!), and getting more style from fewer pieces in your wardrobe. While I may have a background in personal styling, shopping, and visual merchandising, I have learned the most about fashion through my decade connecting with readers at Wardrobe Oxygen. Personal style trumps fashion trends, you don’t have to have a million bucks to look like a million bucks, and while a new dress won’t fix your life, caring about your appearance is a step in self-care which can improve your outlook and your experiences. My goal is to help all women realize how gorgeous they are and to find the style that works with their life, their figure, and their soul.
I Want to Hear from You!
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