Category: Fashion Advice

What started with reader emails has become one of the most popular topics on Wardrobe Oxygen. “Ask Allie” is a feature on Wardrobe Oxygen where popular DC style blogger, Alison Gary, answers reader questions about fashion, styling, how to wear the latest trends, and more. Use the Contact page to submit your questions and you never know, it may be the subject of the next “Ask Allie”!

Do You Have a Toxic Friendship with your Closet?

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So many of us have emotional attachments to pieces in our wardrobes. We wore that dress when we met our partner, that suit helped us land our dream job, our lucky blouse that every time we wear we have a great day. But some clothing is kept even though it isn’t a positive relationship. We know to get rid of toxic relationships with friends and lovers, why is it so…

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Trunk Club Review

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I had an amazing experience at the Trunk Club Clubhouse in DC. My stylist Kelsey did a great job picking pieces that were my style, but also a bit outside my comfort zone. I left with a dress, a blazer, a pair of jeans, and a pair of shoes. With the seasons changing, I decided to try Trunk Club again. I know many of you don't live near one of…

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Shopping Hits and Misses: Universal Standard, Nordstrom, Talbots, Banana Republic, and More

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Welcome to the latest edition of things that arrived in Allie's mail and whether or not she liked them.  For reference, I am 5'3″ and vary between regular and petite sizing. I wear a size 12, occasionally 14 and usually a Large. Below I will share what I ordered or was gifted to me by a brand, note whether it was a gift, the size I got, my feelings on…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Refined T-Shirt

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

Not all t-shirts are created equal. There's the stiff square ones you get free for being part of a fun run, the lightweight v-necks you pick up at Target and wear with everything from sweatpants to ankle pants and a cardigan on Casual Friday, there's ones of silk and linen and those $200 ones that look an awful lot like the one you have from Target… and then there's the…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Ivory Blazer

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

White, ivory, cream… it doesn't matter which color you choose.  Having a light colored blazer in your closet is a game changer and a regular addition to the capsule wardrobes I create on Wardrobe Oxygen.  Unlike grey which reads corporate, navy which can be hard to match, and black which can often be too severe and hard to match, ivory is a winner.  It works as an accent, not needing…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe: The Accent Piece

Capsule Wardrobes Outfit Posts Spring

Capsule wardrobes are often associated with minimalism, but that doesn't mean the pieces within the capsule need to have minimal style.  In fact, when your capsule wardrobe has unique details and accent pieces, it not only is more fun to wear, but more stylish and versatile.  In the real life capsule wardrobe I featured yesterday, the primary accent piece was the one-shouldered cashmere sweater from Universal Standard. black sweater |…

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Real Life Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobes Fashion Advice

I regularly write about capsule wardrobes and create capsule wardrobes for different situations, but I rarely walk the talk. I feature outfit posts, but rarely any cohesion from look to look. This post features a real life capsule wardrobe created from items currently residing in my closet.  Seven pieces of clothing, three pairs of shoes, five accessories to create 17 different looks for work, play, and beyond. Some of these…

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