About Wardrobe Oxygen and Alison Gary

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Alison Gary is a 45-year-old full-time writer, blogger, and influencer who focuses on providing real-life style advice for grown-ass women. She lives in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC with her husband (who is the photographer for this site), her 11-year-old daughter, and their rescue dog Oscar. Prior to starting Wardrobe Oxygen, Alison spent almost a decade in retail, apparel, visual merchandising, styling, and personal shopping. Her experience taught her much about fashion and how to dress a variety of bodies, budgets, and personal styles.

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Wardrobe Oxygen began in 2005 as a place where Alison Gary could share her musings on style. Based upon her list of what every woman needs in her wardrobe, Alison wrote fashion advice for all women regardless of age, size, or budget. Over the years, Wardrobe Oxygen has grown to be a destination for busy women to find real-life style advice and tips to breathe life into their closet.

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Featuring Alison’s outfits, shopping hits and misses, beauty reviews, travel recaps, and capsule wardrobes, Wardrobe Oxygen provides real-world tips on living a stylish life within your means.

Wardrobe Oxygen has featured capsule wardrobes for several years. You will find capsules for travel, for work, for stay at home moms, and capsule wardrobes based on Alison Gary’s real-life wardrobe showing you don’t need a big closet for big style.

Alison Gary’s style has evolved over the decade-plus since she began sharing her outfits, but it continues to be relatable fashion at accessible retailers, style that can be translated for a variety of ages, body types, and lifestyles. As a busy working mom, Alison appreciates great style that is also great on the wallet, and great for comfort and longevity.

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Alison’s motto for style is, “Quality, not Quantity” and she walks the talk on Wardrobe Oxygen by re-wearing clothing, offering tips on how to wear pieces multiple ways, provides detailed sales reviews only recommending versatile worthwhile pieces, and style hacks to extend the life of your existing wardrobe.

Alison Gary and Wardrobe Oxygen have been featured in The Washington Post, US News & World Report, Lifehacker, WhereThe Penny Hoarder, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, and MSNBC. Alison Gary authored columns for Redbook, The PlumThe Washington Post, and Savings.com and has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning Washington, Let's Talk Live, WUSA9Washingtonian, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Life, and DC Refined. Alison hosted events and projects for cabi, Universal Standard, Full Beauty Brands, IKEA, Gwynnie Bee, ELOQUII, Foxcroft, Goodwill, and Talbots; and spoken at conferences such as RebellePR News and the TCF Style Expo. Find more about Alison Gary and Wardrobe Oxygen on InstagramPinterest, Facebook, and request to join the Wardrobe Oxygen private community. You can reach Alison at info@wardrobeoxygen.com.

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  1. Sheila Schulz
    August 15, 2020 / 12:34 am

    I found you through A Well Styled Life, when searching for petite curvy over 40 blogger. We could be sisters!

    • August 17, 2020 / 3:45 pm

      So glad you found me, Sheila! 🙂

  2. Ryan
    March 13, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    I just found your site and I love it!!!! And I also live in Maryland! I love everything about this site!

    • March 13, 2020 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Ryan, glad to connect!

  3. February 13, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Just found you through Susan B.’s Une Femme d’un Certain Age post about hair products. Also a curly girl in Maryland (Baltimore). Looking forward to following your blog.

    • February 16, 2020 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much Christine, a pleasure to “meet” you!

  4. Sandra
    September 7, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Hi Alison,from South Australia!! I found you via Imogen(Insideoutstyle) and I am THRILLED!! I’m a just-plus sized women, closer to 70 than 60 (in biological years that is!!), who LOVES clothes and their acquaintances with a passion, especially for the COLOUR!! THE best part of ‘finding’ you is that you are another borderline plus woman who ALSO has ‘solid legs’. I am sick to death of reading that ‘Apples have to-die-for legs’- I don’t!!!!!!!!! My late mum used to say that my (10 year old) big feet had a ‘firm grip on the Earth’….. 😉 You have NO idea how happy your photos have made me!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have proof positive that I too can look beautiful in my clothes, even without skinny legs. I am 5’6″ and, because of Time, have a flat/dropped backside, but apart from that, we have a lot in common in our body shape (and our sizzling husbands!!). You are in my Bookmarks with your own space!!! Thank you soooooooo much!!!!!

    • September 7, 2019 / 9:42 am

      I am so glad you found me, Sandra! Imogen is wonderful. Welcome, and I hope you enjoy Wardrobe Oxygen!

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