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True Stories about how fashion has made a difference in our lives.

"If Our Clothes Could Talk" stories celebrate the diversity of people's experiences in wearing, designing and connecting with life through clothing. Submit your photos with a poem or story (150 words or less) of your favorite outfit from The Wardrobe. Tell us why you loved wearing it and you could win a $50 gift card and be featured on our blog! Click here to send us your photos along with your story!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Story in our new Blog Contest!

Today's story comes from Mrs. Fairfield, Elicia Stewart:

"To say I love fashion is an understatement.  Although I am not obsessed with it or find it necessary to follow all the latest trends, I do feel that clothing gives us a unique opportunity to express ourselves without words. I am wise enough to understand that once you find a style that “works” stick with it!
Of course I have had my share of miss steps, feeling great in something that wasn’t as flattering as I thought or imagined it to be.  Being a pageant contestant and former Mrs. Fairfield, I know all too well how important it is to look as good as you feel….in every direction (pictures!).
With knowledgeable and honest sales associates, The Wardrobe had many beautiful gowns to choose from. The Sue Wong dress I choose fit like a glove and was as comfortable as it was beautiful. Most of all, it gave me the freedom to be “me”."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vogue's View - Hue and Cry

By Erica Chan
            The Color Association of the United States was established during the First World War (1914-1918) as a place where color predictions could be made and dictated so that it could match its dye and fabric purchases from consumer trends. Every six months, four panels of color dictators, one each of women’s, men’s and children’s fashion and interiors sit down and put together a color card of around thirty-six swatches that they feel will be power colors two years from that decision day. The tough part of the job is predicting not only what consumers should want, but also generating a wide enough variety that includes what they will want. Dating from the eighties and prior decades to that era, certain colors are more prominent and create a certain image and perception, but colors change just as trends do and often become “inappropriate” years later. The article posed a good argument that they supported well throughout the reading:
“Colors come in a wave and you have to know when to ride it or you’ll end up on the markdown racks.”
            The takeaway message from this article is that we should all be aware that colors in general give off a certain “vibe” or statement in defining our moods and attitudes. In a sense, The Color Association decides which colors take off and which colors send your garments straight to the sales racks. Color changes and “comes in a wave” and depending on when we catch up to the color trend, it could make or break the garment itself.  We need to watch colors and wait for them to reach their peak, then you try and tweak it as much as you can or you wait for the next shade to come out. When you see those colors, not only do your clothes transition to this color, but so do your other accessories which may include: makeup, shoes, handbags, and more! Be aware that colors DO get old and it’s our job to know when things are popular colors in the world of fashion and society and when they are not (as well as when the change to something else).
            In an application to the store, we should always know what colors are selling and what colors are not in comparison to what colors are currently trending. Maybe telling a customer what colors are “in” and applying that to what colors of that palette look best on them and in addition to that, possibly suggesting other accessories that go well with that new “citrus green” top.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2nd Friday for June...Wearable Art Scarves by Susan Eastman!

The Wardrobe, in conjunction with Davis’ Downtown Art About, presents “Wearable Art Scarves by Susan Eastman” on Friday, June 10th , from 4-9 pm. Music will be provided by The Sound of Fashion DJ’s Emily and Todd. There will also be scarf tying demonstrations at 5 and 7pm. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call The Wardrobe at 530.756.1128 or email

Ms. Eastman is a fiber artist who hand dyes her 100% silk scarves in her environmentally conscious San Francisco studio. She was recently featured at the De Young Museum. Her new collection is lightweight, colorful, and perfect for summer. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paper Couture!

I'm very excited to bring Julie Nutting to The Wardrobe for Paper Couture this Friday!  She also will also be teaching a class the next day, at 1:00 on Saturday April 9th at the Davis Art Center. Space is limited to 15 people, and reservations can be made at The Wardrobe for $50 each.

Julie Nutting has been creating for as long as she can remember. She started drawing fashion figures when she was about nine years old. She grew up in the era of the first really fabulous fashion doll clothes. It was a time when doll clothes were exact replicas of Dior coats and Balenciaga gowns. Zippers were real and buttons were of the tiniest proportions. When she couldn't have the clothes she wanted for her dolls, she simply made them from her mom's pretty pastel hankies or fabric scraps headed for the trash bin. This led to a lifelong love of fashion illustration, design and sewing. She is published regularly in Somerset Studio magazine and has a book Collage Couture coming out this June.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Trash a la Mode

Note: the following article was written by Julie Nutting, our 2nd Friday artist for April.

Last November, I was asked to participate in an art exhibit at a local gallery.  Instead of the usual holiday sparkle, this show focused on the less fortunate.  All the proceeds were going to a food bank and outreach program for the homeless.  At first, I declined doing this show. Quite honestly, I just couldn't see how my pretty girly girls would fit the theme.  there was just one problem with doing the show-I wanted to do it.  It was a community event and it was for a good cause. Plus, I love challenges concerning my art.

A week before the show was to start, I went to the gallery. They were bringing in chain link fencing, shopping carts, and lots of wadded up newspaper for the installation.

It was looking fantastic. Just a couple of days before the drop-off date for the art, I had one of those aha moments-newspaper.  It's one of my favorite papers to use in my collages, so why couldn't I use it for fashion? I set to work creating a gown that used newspaper.I didn't choose just any newspaper for this. I carefully tore the date from a French paper that I had purchased during an anniversary trip to Europe two years earlier.  I also used an Italian ad from one of my favorite stores, a Thai newspaper from one of my husband's many mission trips, and some old patterned tissue paper.  I added some pink tissue because everything looks a little better with pink, and a bit of gold leaf for the finishing touch.

As I was working on this piece, many thoughts regarding the theme of the show came to mind.  The most important was how much we tend to judge others on appearance. I was thinking of the girl I created-underneath her gown made of trash was the beautiful princess that's in us all.  I remember years ago hearing a celebrity on a talk show telling of a trip she made to a third world country and gifting young girls with dolls and new dresses.  She was surprised that they were drawn to the dresses more than the dolls, but then realized that they never had a new dress before. That had always stayed in my mind.  Just imagine the happiness at having a brand new dress when you've just had hand-me-downs-what an amazing feeling that must be! And so, I named my piece All She Wanted Was a New Dress.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Academy Awards Party UPDATE!

Our Academy Awards Party is quickly approaching (less than a week left!), and it just keeps getting more exiting! Amazing DJ Emily will be there with French music, and we will be having Champagne to go with Becky Winter's delicious raw desserts.  I am looking forward to rolling out the Red Carpet to everyone in the heart of Downtown Davis.  Come down to The Wardrobe on February 27th (Sunday) and watch the Academy Awards in style!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Academy Awards Party!

 Join us on the red carpet on Sunday, February 27th for an Academy Awards Party here at The Wardrobe. We encourage everyone to play dress up, and there will be a $100 gift card prize for Best Dressed!
Call us at 530.756.1128 or email for more information.

"Fashion wasn't what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going." -Andy Warhol

Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter Sale 2011!

Don't miss out on The Wardrobe's Winter Sale!

Everything in the store is 20% OFF or more.  The sale will last until Sunday, January 16th, but hurry in soon to catch your favorite styles and sizes!