Now that I have started posting about fashion weekly I have some real life friends who are asking for fashion help. I am flattered they would ask.
The truth is, while I have always appreciated fashion, I am not sure I am completely qualified to help someone else find their personal style. But I can tell you a little bit about how I have found mine.
Step one, I did a nice little purge of my closet of anything that wasn’t flattering, wasn’t realistically going to fit me anymore (ugh) and/ or I hadn’t worn in awhile. Although I did take a few things I hadn’t worn in forever and find new ways to wear them I hadn’t thought of before, like this striped shirt. Mostly I just tried to get down to the stuff that was 100% me. I find you really need to do this every season.
The I fill in any holes I find. Every woman should own a pair of jeans they feel awesome in. Other basics I think are musts are a great pair of boots, a white blouse and a classic LBD (little black dress). When I spend money on fashion I tend to invest in pieces that are classic and not trendy. Well invest is relative. I am too cheap to spend big money on anything. But with trends I go really cheap. Old Navy, H&M, Target cheap. That way if it only lasts a few minutes I’m not out much money.
I have unsubscribed to almost all the magazines I used to read. Which was a shocking amount. But I still love my subscription to InStyle. Yes, it is mostly celebrities and ridiculously expensive things I can’t afford, but it does give me ideas that I can replicate in my cheap, cheap way. One Hundred Inspirations is another great way to find celebrity inspired outfits for less. And People Stylewatch is my fave beauty shop/ airport/ waiting in the checkout line read.
For about six months I have been reading more fashion blogs and they have given me the confidence to start taking little fashion risks while better defining my core style. The more I see what other people are wearing, the more I can see what I like and don’t like about fashion. As I get older I also have more confidence about what trends I am willing to embrace and what ones I will take a pass on. Fashion carnivals like What I’m Wearing Wednesday and Dress For The Day are also great things to peruse.
Last but not least, make sure to check out Pinterest. I have two fashion boards over there where I pin things I love from blogs or repin from Pinterest itself. Often times I use them for inspiration when I get dressed in the morning.
Most importantly I dress with confidence and a smile. Yet, that is a total cliché, but I find when I dress with confidence I pull off things I didn’t think I could. So ladies, stand up straight (takes a few pounds off too), flash your pearly whites and let your inner beauty shine through.
How do you find your personal style? And what questions haven’t I addressed?