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Is Renting My Wardrobe Worth It?

We’ve all been there. We spend a couple hundred dollars, or thousands, on a dress we love. We wear it to a wedding, get a bunch of pictures taken and then, it hangs in our closet. And every time we see it, we cringe because we know we should wear the piece more…but we don’t want to. Our inner soul wants something new and fresh…that hasn’t been posted on social media yet. Sad, but true.  We also all have had the experience of buying an item, wearing it 3 or 4 times and then, we’re over it. Isn’t it awesome being a women?!

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Rent The Runway in the Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.

Rent The Runway and the like is the answer to your special occasions, work wear and everyday lifestyle finds. Wardrobe Rental places like Rent The Runway(men and women), Gwynnie Bee and Le Tote are increasingly getting more popular. What is it? They are companies that rent out clothes for special occasions and/or everyday lifestyle wear. It’s like the chic and cool sister to Men’s Wearhouse.

I recently had the privilege of styling my dear friend, Harmony Grillo, of the non-profit http://www.IAmTreasure.com, for her annual Gala. Rent The Runway was the perfect place for her. She looked stunning in designer couture! Retail, her dress, jewelry would of been over $1000.00. The rental value was under $100.00. Yes, it’s true! The Halston dress she wore had a rental price of $30.00!  Thank you Rent The Runway!

Rayne and Harmony at RTR
Stylist Rayne Parvis and Harmony Dust-Grillo at Rent The Runway.

What a value! To answer my question, yes, it’s worth it to rent your wardrobe. Please check out Rent The Runway and online companies like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee(plus size). All three companies offer everyday style finds for work, play and vacations. It’s finally possible to have a designer closet without the hefty price tag. If you’ve been renting from a service like this, please let us know your thoughts.

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Harmony Dust-Grillo in Halston dress, Christian Dior earrings and bracelet from Rent The Runway. Picture taken at Westin Pasedena for Treasures annual Gala. Style by Rayne Parvis.

Shout out to Katie at Rent The Runway in Woodland Hills, CA. for your excellence service!

What Bikini to Wear For Your Body Shape

Rayne in Sunset Separates

It’s that time of year again friends! Bring on the BBQ’s, pool parties and vacations. If you’re extra curvy like Oprah, a top-heavy hourglass like me, pear shaped like J.Lo or have extra love around the middle swim separates are going to be your bestie this summer. If you’re looking for the right two-piece suit for your shape at ANY SIZE start here:

Proud Pear Shape: You are pear shaped if you have a bigger bottom than the top. You carry most of your weight in your booty, hips, and thighs. 

Go for suits that draw the eye upward with extra flair on the top(ruffles, prints, detailing, plunging necklines). If you are mixing and matching bikinis keep the bottom solid. I love string tied bikini bottoms because you can adjust the strings to fit you with getting bulges. However, if the ties are too big you can actually look bigger. Make sure to hike up the ties above your hips like Beyonce. 

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Awesome Apple Shape: You are apple-shaped if you carry more weight in your arms, tummy and/or breasts and you may have broad shoulders. Your goal is to balance your shape by minimizing the look of your top half. Wear fuller, brighter or busier bottoms if mixing and matching bikinis that show your mid-section. If you want to cover up your tummy try a tankini with ruching(pictured below). Keep the tops supportive and suits with ruching are your friend! 

Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.
Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.

Hot Hourglass: You are an hourglass if you have the same hip and breast measurements with a waist measurement of more than 9 inches smaller. For example, my measurements are 39x28x39 and I’m an hourglass! Search for bra-sized tops and medium to full bottoms(like I did in the first photo). Avoid anything tiny that would set off the balance of your shape. 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.

Ravishing Rectangle Shape: You are rectangle shaped if you have little to no curves and measure about the same in hips, waist, and busts. You are lucky because you probably look great in most suits. If you want to give the look of more curves try tops with embellishments such as ruffles, fringe, and intricate details. If I were you, I’d try patterns over solids too! 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.

Extra Curvy and Cute: You’re extra curvy if you are over a size 16. For your beautiful voluptuous shape try minimizing tankinis and two piece swimwear with support! I highly recommend checking out Curve by Sunsets. They have amazing figure-flattering options

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Remember to give yourself body love and acceptance every day. In addition, keep in mind you may be a cross between two body shapes. Look for your assets and let me know how your shopping goes. If you would like further fashion help for your swimwear you can grab your copy of Ultimate Guide to Style or hire me for a Skype or in-person styling session. For that special man in your life check out my article on Dollar Shave Club: HOW TO CHOOSE A BATHING SUIT THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD. Happy Summer! 

What to Wear After a Breakup

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Getting dumped or leaving someone sucks! Excuse my elementary school language but it’s the truth. It’s happened to me, your loved ones, co-workers, family and most likely you. Most of my clients are referred from matchmaking agencies and have had their heart broken by a divorce or past relationship. Putting effort into your appearance is a key factor in getting over the breakup and falling in love again, meeting new people and giving yourself a fresh start. 

What to wear to lift your spirits:

Uplifting Colors: Yellow, orange, turquoise, pink, blues and kelly green can evoke feelings of health, joy, spirituality, happiness and healing. If you’re not into wearing bright colors take a walk or buy vibrant artwork for your home or office.

Style Coach and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis, in Banana Republic Dress and faux fur vest. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
Style Coach and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis, in Banana Republic Dress and faux fur vest. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.

Fun Gym Wear: It’s been proven that exercise releases stress and endorphins that can trigger positive feelings in the body and boost your mood steering you away from a depressive state. If you purchase eye-catching gym wear that you like, you are more likely get your butt to the gym, on a hike with friends or a walk in a park filled with beautiful scenery. Even a brisk walk can make you feel better and start the healing process. How cute, and in shape, is my girl Jeanette Ortega (pictured below)? Don’t you want to go boxing with her?/

Fitness author and gym owner, Jeanette Ortega, from Extreme Results Fitness in Northridge, CA.
Author, fitness guru and gym owner, Jeanette Ortega, from Extreme Results Fitness in Northridge, CA.

Something New: An updated hair style, color, lipstick, statement necklace or outfit, of course, will give you a boost of confidence. We all remember the scene from Sex And The City when Carrie Bradshaw goes darker! Pictured below are a few of my new items. I didn’t go through a breakup but I did want to get a fresh feel for spring!

Kat Von D lipstick and Lucky Star Jewels necklace.
Kat Von D lipstick and Lucky Star Jewels necklace.

In addition to your outer appearance check out Chris Seiter’s podcast and website http://www.ExBoyfriendRecovery.com. I recently was a guest on his show Ex Boyfriend Recovery where we talked wardrobe and all things “exboyfriendy”. You can subscribe to his site to be part of his community. Chris will welcome you with open arms just like he did me! Make sure to tell him I said “hello!”.  

My guest spot:

What to Wear When You See Your Ex (with Rayne Parvis) on Ex Boyfriend Recovery

Happy healing!

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