As you probably know, this is the very exciting time of year when Fashion Capitals and cities around the world host their Fashion Week. Designers are now showcasing new duds and hot trends- some that we will see"trickle down" to stores in the months ahead. We also see designs that have made a comeback or is now being worn in new and fresh ways. While it is part of my job to observe and take note of all of this, (which I love to do for my clients by the way), I was just wondering - why should the designers have all the fun? Here's how to have a "Personal Fashion Week" of your own.
Want to try it? One weekend, pre-plan like this for the next 7 days (Monday- Sunday): Pull out 7 different items that you really like, and looks good on you , but for some reason you haven't worn in a while. Try to pull at least one item from each of the following categories: shoes, tops, pants, skirts, and eye-catching accessories. Now, the challenge is to pair it with something from your closet that you have never worn it with before. You are basically "shopping" your closet for fresh combinations. Not only will you see the versatility (or lack thereof) of your wardrobe, you will also see how to avoid falling into a style rut! Remember, the purpose of this challenge is to have fun experimenting with new looks and hidden gems in your wardrobe. Then, proudly show off your Personal Fashion Week to the world!
Mixing prints can sometimes be a challenge! Here are a few tips for mixing prints (for the look shown here), without creating a mess! By the way, this picture also showcases the popular menswear look, which is really on trend for Fall this year.
These basic tips can also be used to coordinate prints in your home.
Consider two things: Color and Scale. For color, look for one that the prints have in common. In this case, it is the grey. In addition to grey, the pants also have an aqua color, which can serve as the ACCENT.
Next, look at the scale and type of prints that you want to match. One should be more dominant (to create a focal point), while the other(s) should be more subdued. That way things don't appear too busy! In the picture, the print on the blouse definitely takes the forefront, while still balancing nicely with the slacks. Lastly, an over jacket in the accent color pulls it all together! Voila!
When you hear the term "City Chic," what comes to mind? Is it knee-boots ("Pretty Woman" style)? A pencil skirt? Maybe you think of certain people like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, or perhaps even First Lady Michelle Obama.
"City Chic" can be defined as a "style personality." Yes- aside from your genetic persona, you also have a unique style personality! Yours is reflected in the way that you dress, accessorize your outfits, decorate your home, etc. Whether it is Natural, Sporty, Dramatic, Romantic, or anywhere in between, you should find out how to really maximize your style potential. As a Wardrobe Consultant, I love to help people discover how to do that!
While a City Chic gal has an altogether trendy and polished look that seems almost effortless, I do believe that there can be a little City Chic in all of us. Yes, ALL... no matter your size or your budget!
So even if you don't think that City Chic is your personal style, here are a few ways to make your style STAND OUT in a City Chic way:
1) With cooler temperatures fast approaching, find a great-fitting trench jacket. Trenches look great on any body type and is a must-have wardrobe staple. (For the most versatility, look for one with a zip-out liner). I have seen them range in color from very neutral to very bright and bold. So what's your fancy?
The lengths vary, as well. However, 3/4 or knee lengths work well with pants or skirts.
So, whether you are rocking them with platform heels or your most comfortable sneaker shoe, you will look modern with a hint of "chic." Hint: Look for heavier coats and jackets to go on sale around Columbus Day in October. :)
2) Think "monocromatic." Whether for your outfit or home decor, this is the easiest color scheme to create. For wardrobe, pairing different shades of a neutral color creates a look that is simple, but also so chic!
First, find out what your best neutrals are, based on your skintone. For example, if gray is one, you could wear dark gray pants with a lighter color gray top or tee, and then layer on an even lighter color gray vest-- or vice versa. You get the idea.
You will instantly look polished and pulled together--with very minimal effort!
3) A crisp white-collared shirt can be your best friend!
Wear it to work underneath a blazer, or with dress slacks or khakis, all depending on your workplace, of course.
Going out after work? The same shirt can go right to dinner too--with black pants, jeans, or your favorite long black skirt.
For optimal flatter and fit, look for one with just a little "stretch". This will help your shirt to maintain its shape, while giving you ease of movement at the same time. This is very important. Remember, not too loose, and definitely, not too tight! After all, chic, should always look and be COMFORTABLE! And the really good news about it? This simple item may already be in your closet.
So what are some other ways that you can channel your inner "City Chic-ness", based on your personal style?
I'd love to hear from you. Comment below!
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