Fashion For Thought – January Newsletter

Sympli: Rapt pant ($178.) Shorty top ($88) over Relax Tank ($88). Golden Gate Bridge tolls: $4.50 (carpool) to $45.50 (7 axle).

January 2017

In this issue…  
Heather’s Notebook
The Art of Becoming You L.I.F.E.S.T.Y.L.E.
Women’s Heart Health Month
Winter SALE
Be Style Now!

Heather’s Notebook

“And now we welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been.”

Maria Rainer Rilke
German poet (1875 – 1926)

The Power of Color, Style and Adornment

Admittedly, as the owner of a fashion boutique for nearly 30 years, it’s no secret that I love Color, Style and Adornment.

I recently visited the Read My Pin show at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco (Exhibiting through January 29, 2017). It is a fascinating display of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s vast collection of dress pins. I was inspired to see the meaning that she brought to her style and expression by wearing a wide range of pins—from butterflies to international emblems, as a means of conveying powerful foreign policy messages.










Albright served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and then as the first female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001). She emigrated before the outbreak of WW II from Czechoslovakia, raised three children, completed a PhD, and became a university professor, businesswoman, lecturer and advisor on world affairs after age 39.

Her pin assortment is eclectic, international and representative of nearly a century of jewelry design. Yet the jewelry’s true interest lies not in the materials or monetary value but in the role each pin played during her political service. Albright used her pins as silent but visually outspoken code to foreign officials and the press. A pin could be adopted for various reasons—a shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes.

Jewelry is a powerful tool for enhancing self-expression in the art of adornment. A wearer’s anatomy, hues of hair, skin and eyes as well as height and build provide the basic structure of the “canvas”.

But jewels are also a powerful means for us to create a story, an exciting and evocative world to dwell in, coming from the dreams that we create for ourselves. Jewelry is a story we can tell every day with a different mood.

It is clear that the wearing of jewelry has many purposes. We can put on a necklace that functions brilliantly as a fashion statement, pulling together an outfit that would have been humdrum without it. In the wearing of a necklace or pair of earrings, we find ourselves ‘talking’ to everyone we come in contact with that day. Without spending a fortune on gold and diamonds, we can clasp around our necks a statement piece that brings compliments while making us and feel rich and even powerful.

Colorfully yours,

Heather Caswell

A conversation with Madeleine Albright

Heather's Favorite Styles Logo

Heather’s Favorites







Mycra Pac — The ultimate travel solution. Lightweight all-weather wear, packed in its own travel bag and made in the U.S.A. Rain, stain and wind resistant. $258.


Joseph Ribkoff’s little black dress lets your curves discreetly shine. The one piece dress’ graceful top flows softly over the slimline skirt, gold tone metal bars at neck and sleeves add style to this charmingly cut garment. 92% polyester, 8% spandex. Hand wash, cold water. $238.


Sympli’s “Verve” top in grey, 3/4 sleeve, asymmetrical hemline, side slits. Double V neckline open front, closed back. 94% polyester, 6% spandex. Cold water wash, hang dry. $148. Made in Canada.
Sympli tube skirt. Pull-on elastic waist. Sympli’s skirts are cut to fit nicely around waist and hips: no tight band or extra bulk. 94% polyester, 6% spandex. Cold water wash, hang dry. $138. Made in Canada.
Silver drama: Cyclope necklace (approximately 18″) has simple clasp closure, fits flat against torso. $198. Made in Paris.

L.I.F.E.S.T.Y.L.ELynn Matsuda LIFESTYLE Coach

with Lynn Matsuda




There is tremendous power in aligning with the things you love. Let lifestyle coach Lynn Matsuda help you lighten up your closet this year through downsizing. Getting rid of personal stuff like clothes is not usually easy. Being aware of why you are doing it can keep you motivated if it gets challenging. Lynn has the experience and expertise to guide you through the tangle of an over-crowded closet: where to begin, what to keep and why.

Lynn worked with Delaine Eastin last year to help prepare her wardrobe for her run for Governor of the State of California in 2018.

With Lynn’s guidance, Delaine was able to donate 173 pieces of clothing, 73 pieces of lingerie, scarves and nightgowns and 27 pairs of shoes to the Women’s Empowerment Center in Sacramento, a non-profit that helps homeless women get back on their feet through job training.


February is Women’s Heart Health Month

Sympl’s “Fortune” top, $138. Sympli “Narrow” pant, $118.

The color RED is still very much part of our focus here at The Wardrobe as we are moving closer to National Wear Red Day on Friday February 3rd.

Sympli, the woman-owned Canadian dress wear company we carry at The Wardrobe, has donated red “Fortune” tops, along with “Narrow” black pants as part of our campaign to educate women about cardiovascular disease.

Our Winter and Sample Sale start Sunday January 15th – WednesdayJanuary 25th. Proceeds from the Sample Sale will go to The Women’s Cardiovascular Program at U.C. Davis.

Additionally, as participation in Women’s Heart Month, “Red Dress” pins will be available at the store for a donation.


Consider staying connected with The Wardrobe and enhancing your relationship with your social media by keeping connected to our Newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram pages for your favorite looks.

 If you or a friend happen to take a nice photo of yourself in The Wardrobe’s clothes, shoes or accessories, send us the look via a message on Facebook or, tag #TheWardrobe in your Instagram post.

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