Meet Melissa


Melissa, outside NY Fashion Week

Melissa, outside NY Fashion Week

I began writing Turning Fashion Inside Out in February 2012 and a year later created a weekly audio podcast when I realized that we all have a fashion story and a need to be heard!

I am a storyteller, compelled to tell your fashion stories.

What is my story? I have always loved expressing myself through my clothes. My mom says that by the time I was three years old she could no longer dress me. In time, whatever I selected – color, texture and overall look – it had to be “mine.” All these years later, I am still that girl, needing to express herself.

My mission for the blog and podcast is to bring our voices and stories to life and frankly, Turn Fashion Inside Out. I know that there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem, fashion and self expression. I am not a twenty-something or even a thirty-something. I am over 50 with a full-life’s experiences and new adventures ahead of me. I am a mother, with two teenage sons and a male cat, and yet, even with all the male energy in my life, I remain a girly girl.

Thank you for joining me.

xx Melissa

All writings on this website/blog/podcast Copyright © Melissa Kaplan Guarino/Turning Fashion Inside Out.

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16 thoughts on “Meet Melissa

  1. I LOVE this little…interview?sharing? I dont even know what to call it! You look beautiful and you are so earnest. You have a real nice demeanor on camera…and are able to share yourself. That is a very difficult thing to do! I love, love, love…good job!xoxo

    • Thank you so much, Lisa! I appreciate it very much. I am so excited to celebrate Speaking of Fashion’s one-year anniversary next month! I will start by thanking you and everyone for reading and following me! xx, Melissa

  2. I am so very proud to know you, Missy, as my best friend from college (Denison University in Ohio). You are a rock star and represent our generation so well! I agree that we all need the empowerment that comes from being our authentic selves, and a great way to express that is through the clothes we wear and the way we present ourselves to the world. Although I have a different style than you do, Missy (as I sit here in my running shorts and T-shirt in my office in Oregon), we are both expressing who we are and what is near and dear to our hearts. 🙂
    You go girl!! See you in NYC!

    • Thank you Julie, for your kindness and your tremendous support! It means the world to me. And by the way, you are too modest to mention that NO ONE looks better in running shorts than you – you and your long, gazelle-like legs! xx Mel

  3. Hi Melissa, I love love love your blog. Your fashion tips are amazing and I refer to them on a day-to-day basis. I was just wondering if you could tell me what to wear with a cheetah print blazer. I am at a loss, and I need it for tomorrow. Also, I have a daughter who loves fashion and her birthday is coming up. Do you have any ideas? She loves the color rainbow, in other words all colors.
    Thank you so much,

    • Jinger, thank you so much for your special comments. You have no idea ho much it means to me. Thank you for reading and following me and please, continue to comment and ask me questions. I love it. If you have the classic cheetah print, you are wearing shades of brown and black. Pairing it simply, with black, is probably your best bet. I would stay away from more animal prints on top of it; that would be over-the-top. The best way to work with animal prints is to think of them as pops of bold patterns against more classics colors. Right now, pairing with black is a good idea, white also. But as the weather warms, try pairing your jacket with lighter nudes, gold and denim. I would need to know how old your daughter is to give you the best answer, but accessories are the best way to introduce colors: adding a fun colorful belt or pair of flat shoes. We all love shoes, right?? I hope this helps. Thanks, again. xx Mel

  4. Melissa it was so nice to meet you at Talbots fundraiser for The American Cancer Society last night! I love what you are doing here and would love to talk with you more about your mission and something I have brewing in the back of my head! Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you for your kindness and supportive comments Gail. They means so much to me. Yes, of course, I would love to speak with you about your ideas – anytime! xx Mel

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