1. Educate Yourself on the Fashion Climate!
Like anything else in your life, understanding and knowing what's hot, what's new and simply what's going on around you is vital! Fashion is no different, if you want to always put your best foot foward, educate yourself on the fashion climate as I call it, because like the weather, fashion is forever changing. That knee length leather coat that you loved so much last season has been replaced with the chic, bad ass, ride-or-die (you get the pic) motorcycle leather jacket.
Pinterest has become my fashion bible, I downloaded it to my phone and draw inspiration while I'm hunting through my closet and also while I'm shopping. Whatever your fashion inspiration have it close by in the event you are ever in a fashion crunch and need some help ASAP!!
Here are a few looks that I'm currently working on building in my fashion repertoire:
|Photo Courtesy: Sincerely, Jules|
2. Shop Thrift, Vintage & Goodwill
I was so blessed to have a grandmother who simply didn't believe in shopping cookie cutter styles. Every Sunday after church was our Goodwill and thrift shopping days and she taught me how to quickly browse the often scattered racks only choosing patterns that jumped out and felt like quality fabric.
Once you have established the type of clothes and style that fits you best, start there, for example if you know that you just can't live without a rockin leather jacket, browse the vintage leathers evaluating each piece for the perfect cut and fit. Also be mindful of any flaws, stains, or rips-if you find that it's an easy fix with your seamtress or dry cleaners then negotiate a lower price at the register! Oh the joys of shopping thrift!!
I also relish in the hunt for designer brands, you would be amazed at the some of the vintage designer labels you come across that's truly one of a kind!!
3. Dress in Three Colors at a Time
This technique I grabbed from the wonderful blogger Geneva of the awesome DIY fashion blog a pair & a spare.
When choosing your look for the day, make sure you do not exceed the three color combo. Also when you wear a busy print or multi-colored printed piece, try to keep the rest of your outfit simple and pair your other piece by pulling only one color from the print. Black and white can be a bit more flexible, because they're shades, so for example if you are wearing a white top, blue jeans and a beige trench throw caution to the wind and throw in one more color, so maybe black stilettos or a hot pink clutch-something sweet like that!
For more groovy details on this styling technique, please visit Geneva's blog and learn about it!
|Photo Courtesy: a pair & a spare|