Style Over Trends
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” -Yves Saint Laurent
I don’t know about you, but every time I’m getting dressed and am feeling uninspired, I run to what I know and I what I know works: trends. I take a quick trip to Forever 21 or H&M and throw together an outfit that I know will be acceptable in the eyes of fashionistas, knowing it’s not totally reflective of my style, and that the process isn’t very rewarding.
What if in those moments we really made an effort and challenged ourselves to think a little outside of the box and worked with what we had? We all were born with our own unique sense of style so I think it’s time we start listening to our gut before feeling pressure to be fit into a specific fashion mold. So let’s challenge ourselves this year and try to rediscover our own personal styles. Below is a list that hopefully will help you to choose style over trends:
1. Listen to yourself
What strikes you? Inspires you? Makes you giggle? Try turning off the judgemental voice in your head that tells you “this doesn’t work with that,” and just breathe, listen, and go with your gut. Excellent style comes from complete confidence and comittment, so trust yourself this year and you may surprise yourself!
2. Tell Your Story
Are you a carefree California girl with an air of mystery? Country bumpkin meets city chic? What do you want your clothes to say about you? Your own personal story will help guide you through choosing pieces that are authentic to you. Sometimes stepping outside of ourselves can help us develop our style. Try writing down all your favorite qualities about yourself, including interests and hobbies, and pretend that you are dressing someone else.
3. Start with Staples
I like to think of staples as large blank canvases on which to add unexpected colors or flair. Working with a staple as your base will allow for infinite creative expression. Use them as layering pieces, neutrals for pops of color or to experiment with different monochromatic looks. Staples can offer great solutions and inspiration when we feel stuck, so when in doubt, start with staples!
4. Take Photos!
We all have crazy schedules so to help with last minute wardrobe decisions, referencing photos will help remind you of the fabulous possibilites in your closet without having an hour long wardrobe fitting or settling for something safe. I reccomend taking an afternoon to yourself and try on different combinations and ensembles. Narrow down your choices to five, take photos of each and, voila! You have your personalized go-to looks for the season.
5. Display it All
Ever forget about that adorable top that was piled underneath a pair of jeans in the corner of your closet? Laying out and displaying your shoes, scarves, jeans, etc., is imperative for a closet pulsing with possibilites. Try this: pretend your closet is a clothing store and all items must go on display. If this means building an extra block of wood to display your shoes, I say go for it. It will be well worth it. If you make room for your clothes, they will inspire you.
6. For every item you put in, get rid of another
Don’t have time to clean out your closet? Taking out one item for every new item you put into your closet, will help clear out your closet over time. It’s hard to feel inspired when you can barely move your hangers. Leave room to think in your closet and make sure there is ample spacing, organization and everything is on display.
This month, we’re serving up bite-sized advice from experts in different fields to help us all make life a little brighter, more creative and more efficient for 2013. Think of this month as a chance to connect with yourself on a deeper level, get closer to what makes you happy, and take control of the balance in ‘work-life balance’ for yourself this year.