Ok, so I may have fibbed…I’m going to turn a comment on my blog, yet again, into a post.
“OK Terry, here would be my question. I imagine you have friends that fall across the fashion spectrum…super trendy to sort of frumpy. We both know where I fall (bottom half). How do I slowly make progress to the other side? I don’t think it has as much to do with budget as it has to do with effort and commitment. I would like to be more fashionable (with the least amount of effort, HA!)”
This is my response:
Hi Carol – I would suggest looking through magazines and pulling pictures of “looks” that you like. Find out if you are classic (which I think you are), trendy, preppy (yes, it’s coming back), or a combination of both. I am a combination. I take classic items, and match them with trendy items. It’s important for you to develop your own sense of style. Wear what you like, what’s comfortable for you, and what makes you feel Fabulous.”
No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to develop your own sense of style. I did this for myself, by emulating “looks” I liked in magazines. Not from runways (because those models do NOT look normal, and I have never in my life seen something on a runway that I would actually wear), but ads in magazines, or pictures of celebs that I thought looked great, happy, and appeared to be comfortable with who they are.
This runway model is not a look I choose to emulate…
Jennifer Aniston, regardless of what you think about her, always looks great. She has developed her own sense of “style”. I’ve never seen a picture of her where she looks bad, or disheveled… Even out running errands, as the above picture may indicate, she looks great, put together, and confident in her own skin…of course, who wouldn’t feel confident in her skin? Well, maybe Angelina Jolie, but I’m not a fan of hers, and don’t care for her style, nor her tattoos, so no need to delve further into that!
With the exception of the occasional high heel shoe or boot, I rarely wear something that is not comfortable. I do not wear tight jeans, because I enjoy breathing. I like one favorite brand of jeans, and buy 5 of the same pair. They are Ralph Lauren, and I get them at Nordstrom (or nordstrom.com to be exact). I don’t have cleavage, so that’s a non-issue, so no need to flaunt what I don’t have. I love skirts and dresses. Love high heels, love boots. I wear a lot of black…not because it’s slimming, but because it goes with everything, and is easy to mix and match with. Plus, I’m really clumsy. I trip, spill, and get things dirty. The black doesn’t show so much of my “mishaps”. I always throw a cardigan over a blouse or t-shirt. I wear scarves and shawls from Sept – May. I rarely go out without earrings, my rings, and a watch. and I like to funk things up with vintage jewelery.
I found this little tidbit in an article, and it is so right on. I will elaborate on this in a future blog:
Ensure that your wardrobe is built around some style staples which will take you from season to season and can be dressed up or down. A good coat, a little black dress, a wrap dress, well cut denim, a classic pair of black pants, cashmere cardigan and a stylish crisp white shirt. Update these looks every season with some fab accessories.
Truly, it’s like I wrote it myself.
That is me in a nutshell…that is my “fashion style”. Wear what is comfortable and doesn’t show as many stains, and fake an air of confidence that cannot be bought in any bottle. Love what you wear, and you will be loved in it. All of us can pull off appearing smart and stylish…every day of the week. and you can take that to the bank…of course, you will not receive a deposit slip, but I think it’s a great line!