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This Spring, my son's school said there would be a prom but, they didn't give details and they didn't sell tickets for the longest time. We began to doubt it would happen and then two weeks before the event they started selling them for five dollars. Five dollars for prom didn't make sense to me so, I called and found they were having a Grand March; not a full Prom. By this time, it was a week before the Grand March was to take place. This is my son's senior year and this year has been very much a "hurry up and wait" or "change of plans" year due to Covid rules and the ripple effect of Covid rules. Well, with the school not hosting a prom, my husband and I decided to host a Prom party in our backyard for my son and a few of his friends.

We did not see the need, nor had the time, to rent a tux and we heard that most of the guys attending were going in suiting anyways. So... I put my skills to work and worked quick. I am not a regular Kohl's shopper but, they do have a decent men's clothing section so, I gave it a go.

All my clients know that I try to find a good deal and shopping for my son was no different. I walked to the clearance rack to see what they had. I found a Van Heusen plaid blazer regularly $160.00 on sale for $24.00! This would be the foundation for his outfit. Next, I searched for trousers and found a navy Haggar Iron Free trousers for $50.00 that matched the navy stripe in the plaid of the blazer. I snatched up a crisp white Van Heusen dress shirt regularly $60.00 on sale for $9.80 and a blue on blue paisley Apt. 9 tie regularly $36.00 for now only $6.80!

Yep, I got his whole Prom suit for $90. 60 !! Less than a tux rental for sure!

I know this isn't how it always goes but, I share this story to let you know it is possible to find the perfect outfit on sale. With an open mind and a creative eye, your polished look is out there. He looked great and felt great. He preferred this style to a tux and felt more true to himself.

I love that he will have this suit in his closet to pull for future events. Going forward, he can wear this blazer with jeans and tshirt and the pants could easily be paired with a plaid shirt and sweater; a good interview option.

When life throws the unusual (lemons),

let's make the best lemonade! It's been a strange year but, one of the positives that I've seen from it, is the creativity that many have used. Let the creativity continue!

Stylist Kathy Banta

Twin Cities Wardrobe Consultant, Twin Cities Personal Stylist, Minneapolis/St Paul Wardrobe Stylist, Personal Shopper, Number One Twin Cities Stylist, Image Consultant, Professional Attire, Closet Review/Analysis,

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Updated: May 10

I use to dread Summer because, when Summer hit I wasn't ready for it. My kids were ready; I'd taken the time to make sure they had a summer wardrobe but, I hadn't planned ahead for me. I found myself stuck in the heat; not dressed for it. Sure, I got shorts but, they were the first ones I could find out of desperation; not shorts that I felt good in and loved. So, here's my short list of what you need and a few suggestions.

Think about what you've bought for your kids Summer wardrobe.

  1. Shorts

  2. Several easy Tees

  3. Swim Suit

  4. Sandals


I got these camo shorts at GAP outlet. I wear them rolled up; not like this picture. They were on displayed in the store rolled up otherwise, I don't think I would've looked at them. They are super cute and comfortable. These denim shorts I got with a young client a couple weeks ago at Loft. She was not straight built like me, she needed a curvy fit. These fit so nicely. She was very pleased to find such a good fit from waist to hip.


I prefer vnecks; most women do. This white vneck from Loft has smocking on the shoulders giving it a fresh look for Summer. This burnt orange tee is from Banana Republic. Banana Republic has the best (hands down) tshirts but, they sell out in sizes quickly. Check these out for color options and if you see one you are interested in, grab it quick!

This striped tee is from Talbots. The stitching and contrasting stripes are flattering and fun. I like to always have a stripe option. And...Summer isn't Summer without a graphic tee. Anthropoligie has a fun assortment of graphic tees to choose from but, so does Target and Urban Outfitters.

Swim Suits

Oh, the horrible search for a Summer swim suit! It truly can be torture! My favorite place to go is "Everything But the Water". They know body types and sizes and they will find you a suit that you feel GREAT in.

But, with that said, last year I was walking through Target and saw a swim suit I knew was the right cut for me and it became my go-to last Summer. The price points between "Everything But the Water" and Target are very different. You can find a good deal at Target but, if you need help, it's worth the price and quality to go to a store that specializes in fitting swimwear.


When I was a little girl, my Aunt Kay would buy me a new pair of Sandals each Summer. It was exciting to see what she would get me!

Now, as an adult, I don't need a new pair every year but, I definitely want my sandals ready to go for casual outings. The pair I will be pulling out to wear again this Summer I found at Nordstrom two years ago. They'll probably last another two years. The brand is Olukai. They are comfortable and the brown leather goes with everything!

These are Summer basics. Mom's are taking care of the kiddos and making sure they have their wardrobe basics. You need to feel comfortable and good when you're out with your kids. You don't have to break the bank to have a cute summer wardrobe. And...you probably have some of these pieces but, need a few fresh additions. Here's where you start.

Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!

Wardrobe Stylist Kathy Banta

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Updated: Apr 22

I am asked over and over where to find the perfect white tee. This is not an easy answer because, retail stores switch up their product lines from year to year. So, I ordered a half dozen tees to try.

I tried:

Zella athleisure crewneck from Nordstrom

The Madewell Vneck from Nordstrom

The Nordstrom brand Vneck

The Loft Crewneck "vintage soft"

The Loft Vneck "vintage soft"

The Banana Republic Supima Cotton Crewneck

Of all of these my favorite was the Banana Republic Supima Cotton Tee. Why I liked the BR Supima Cotton Tee was the studiness of the fabric. It's 100% supima cotton. I found that most of the tees were a bit too thin, sharing too many of my secrets. I don't want the fabric pattern of my bra to show through my tee. I would find myself self-conscious. But, the Banana Republic Tee wasn't sheer at all and yet, it was light weight and flexible.

The negative: I am not a fan of crewneck tees on me; the necks get too high and have an unflattering affect on my jawline (double chin). So, I prefer a vneck option. Banana Republic DOES have a vneck option in the Supima Cotton Tee but, it is so popular the size run is all but, sold out. I'll keep my eye on this in hopes that they re-stock.

What I ended up purchasing was the Nordstrom brand vneck tee. It just fit the best and was what I was looking for. The fabric is a little thinner than I wanted but, it looks perfect under a blazer. So, I found my white tee!

Looking forward to summer fashions!

Happy Wardrobing!

Twin Cities Personal Stylist/Wardrobe Consultant - Kathy Banta

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