Best Refresh II: autumn edition

best spring refresh before after both composite

best cleaners logoLast spring fashion writers Kaitlin, Carey and Rob helped take Mike from camo to crush-worthy, and Emily from being buried in sweaters to total dish.

Well, it's a new season and we know some of you are looking in your closets and saying, "Yeah-- I have to change something up." So it's time for another refresh. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a little autumn wardrobe pick-me-up, AOA and Best Cleaners may be able to help.

The plan

Two winners -- one male, one female -- will get a shopping trip in Saratoga with style writers Kaitlin Resler (AOA, All This Happiness) and Erik Dollman. Each winner will get an outfit worth $250 courtesy of Best Cleaners. They'll also get a fresh hairstyle from Rebecca at V Salon.

So, up for a wardrobe refresh? Here's how to enter...

To enter

Email a photo showing why your style needs refreshing to This is about trying something new and getting out of the same old sweaters -- looking good while keeping warm and transitioning into winter. So let us know a little about what you'd like to change, where you're at and where you'd like to go.

We'll select two winners to go shopping in Saratoga with Kaitlin and Erik and get a hair/makeup refresh at V on Sunday, September 25.

One entry per person. Entries must be submitted via email by Monday, September 19 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, September 20 and must be available for shopping and salon time on Sunday, September 25. And of course, the AOA paparazzi will come along to take some photos so we can share your new look with the crowd.

Our shoppers

Kaitlin Resler
Kaitlin Resler.jpgKaitlin Resler.jpgI'm not really a wild-card when it comes to getting dressed, but I don't get the impression that I exactly fade into the sea of everyday dressing. My first rule of fashion is: there are no rules. There is nothing wrong with navy, black, grey, and brown all in one outfit. I don't think personal style has to be about the most flattering piece of clothing. In the end, you should buy what you like and eventually it'll all come together in your closet somehow. Finding a personal style is just finding the outfit that inexplicable feels right. If the dress talks to you from its sad little perch on a hanger, you should probably take it home, even if you might never wear it.

Erik Dollman
Erik DollmanErik's rules of style have been featured on AOA before. His philosophy on style: "There are rules for being well dressed. Having style means breaking some of those rules. Having taste means knowing that you shouldn't break them all at once. The biggest rule is this: If you like the way you look, you feel good about yourself; and confidence is always in style."

Best Cleaners has 10 locations around the Capital Region -- and offers free delivery.


The outfit we came up with actually was totally perfect for our Napa honeymoon! I have some great pictures of me in that dress standing in front of the vineyards. Thanks again - I had such a fun day with you guys! :)

Emily, you're right--it was a really fun time *giving* someone a new 'do and color...

ARGH! Why are these always on weekends that I will be away!?! I would love to do this!

What happened to Erik's cummerbund and bow tie (hand-tied, of course)?

The reason my wardrobe is in need of a refresh is that I never have the time to go shopping, regardless of who is paying or who is assisting me pick out clothes.

Sigh.Looks like another season of dad-shoes, dad-pants, and dad sweaters for me.

One of these days I'll get to turn it around.

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