For us fashion lovers, I think there is always a fashion philosophy that guides us - whether we realize it or not. So I sat down and decided to get my fashion philosophy out of my head and put it into words. Here are my top 10:
YOU’RE BEING JUDGED BASED ON THE WAY YOU LOOK
This is no new concept, but it's certainly the reality of things. You can present yourself to the world in any way you’d like - just know that the way you show up will have an impact on how you're perceived.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO LOOK GOOD
Fashion can be accessible at all price points. If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that I occasionally pepper my closet with a few designer pieces here and there (almost always on sale), but my wardrobe is built mainly on items that the “average woman” can afford.
A sense of style, imagination, and creativity are the keys to looking like you spent a lot, even if you didn’t.
FASHION RULES SHOULD GENERALLY NOT BE FOLLOWED
I’m sure there are reasons why certain fashion rules were invented, and they may have served a purpose at some point - but a lot of them don’t make sense in today’s world. (e.g. not wearing white after Labor Day.)
Make your own fashion rules!
THE ONLY FASHION RULES I FOLLOW:
Anything that encourages the appearance of balance of your upper and lower half. I’m a relatively small woman, but I have big boobs. When I gain weight, that’s one of the areas that gets a disproportionate amount of the weight. I often try to balance my bottom half to match my top half (e.g. full skirts)
From a visual perspective, it seems more harmonious, if you’re balanced on the top and bottom half.
DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Let the occasion/event/environment be your guide, and dress accordingly.
YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD…
Age should not determine how you dress – your gut and your soul should guide you. I recently attended a women’s conference and wore a tulle petticoat. I laughed and thought to myself that it was ridiculous for a 40+ woman to be running around with a tulle petticoat and Chuck Taylors on. As quickly as that thought entered my mind, it was on its way out.
STYLE IS A GIFT
If you were fortunate enough to be blessed with the gift of style, embrace it. Not everyone has it, but that’s why there are image consultants and stylists. A stylish friend can do the trick also.
If you don’t possess the gift of style, a uniform can be the way to go. I don’t mean uniform in the literal sense – I mean figuring out the cuts/colors/styles that work for you, and basing your wardrobe on those themes. This works really well for the low-maintenance types.
Recently, I’ve been hearing more about people who opt to wear the same type of outfits or color every day to reduce the number of decisions they have to make. (Think the late Steve Jobs, Vera Wang, Mark Zuckerberg) If that makes your life easier, then why not? That approach can also be a powerful branding tool.
You have to wear pieces that are an extension of who you are, and really reflect your own personal style. That's not to say you shouldn't experiment or try new things, but know yourself well enough to embrace the things that really work for you. And be brave enough to own embrace your originality.
We all get our style inspiration from somewhere, but you must inject your own flavor at all costs. Never emulate someone else’s style completely. People can tell whether you’re a leader or a fashion follower…
LET THE FASHION SPEAK FOR ITSELF
Well-dressed women let the fashion do the talking for them. PERIOD!
And there it is!
What is your fashion philosophy? What are the style guidelines that you live by? Stop by my Facebook page and let me know.
Thank you for reading.
Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!