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What Makes the Ultimate Wardrobe

sketch1504574060590In case you need some clarity on what we’re trying to accomplish with this blog, I thought I would elaborate just so you know what you are getting yourself into. This is best illustrated by an example, of which I experienced the other day.

While I was getting dressed for work (my work is very lenient on the dress code, encouraging fashion-forward dressing), I chose a leopard print skirt with a tie-waist in a taffeta-like fabric, and a graphic tee with cute illustrations of iconic symbols of London. I paired this outfit with a pair of strappy nude heels and some arm candy, but felt I was missing something to really pull everything together. I wanted a statement earring, so I started to pick up every pair of earrings I owned and held them up to my ears as I looked at myself in the full-length mirror. As I picked up a pair of statement gold ball drop earrings, I thought these will never “go.” Nonetheless, I held them up to my ears with my outfit and immediately knew my outfit was complete. There was something about the combination of a bold but classic skirt, the child-like tee shirt (in fact, it was child’s tee shirt, size 14) simple shoes, and elegant earrings that made for a interesting, compelling, and comfortable ensemble. Each of these pieces were an extension of a different part of myself, and the mixture of high and low demonstrated, “I like fancy stuff but I don’t take myself too seriously.”

Discovering the magical completion of the outfit with the unlikely earrings, I remembered that this is the joy of dressing. Just taking different items of clothing that you love for different reasons, haphazardly pairing them together, and somehow creating a look that’s uniquely you. 

When I purchased those gold drop earrings, I had no intention of wearing them with this kind of outfit. But at the same time, I do not buy items because they will go with one outfit, I try to think of multiple options. If I can think of three or more instances I might wear it, I buy it. And typically I find even more options to wear with this item once I have it in my closet. I cannot stand owning something that I can only wear in one outfit, unless it’s truly fabulous, like a cropped feathery jacket (I’ve worn in three times in four years and I still do not regret purchasing it). Other than that utterly spectacular piece, which you should probably only wear once a year as to not diminish its amazing effect anyway, that’s it. I recently worked with a client who believed if you liked something and did not have a thing to go with it, get it anyway and the right piece to complete will come along. Though this advice has a optimistic appeal, I do not recommend it. How many times can we all re-account of purchasing something because we loved it, only to never wear it because we never had or found something to go with it?

To me, getting dressed should be treated similar to the way you played dress-up as a child. You didn’t pick thing because they coordinated, you picked things because you simply liked them. Like wearing my ruby red slippers with EVERYTHING; dresses, tee-shirts and sweatpants, swim suits, everything. I wore what I loved and I loved what I wore. So what if you built a wardrobe of fantastic pieces and great basics that you love, and could virtually get dressed in the dark and end up with an outfit that surprisingly made sense. That’s what I’m trying to accomplish, and that’s what I hope to help you accomplish. Stick around, and you might learn a trick or two. And if you find place that sells adult ruby red slippers, let me know.


Is This “Dirty Word” a Do or a Don’t?

finished sandalsEven if you are only slightly obsessed with Anna Wintour and have a internet connection, you have probably seen that she considers the word “trend” a “dirty word.” Which seems like somewhat of a hypocritical statement; Anna Wintour being the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine that is practically the birthplace of trends. However, the queen of fashion (all hail Anna!) makes this statement because she believes fashion is about an individual’s character, not what’s “in” and that everyone should wear it.

I absolutely embrace this belief of individual style being the ultimate goal instead of owning the “newest” or “trendiest” clothes. But with that being said, you are bound to be wearing “trends” if you meant to or not. So, if you can’t escape trends (if you did you would have to buy new un-trendy clothes every month, which isn’t that just as bad a buying trendy clothes every month?), how do you pick what trends are right for you?

Trends are easy traps to fall into; they are new and exciting. It’s very simple to feel a “love at first sight” kind of moment with a trend, only to find a few months later seeing that trendy item again makes you say to yourself, “what was I thinking?!” The best way to avoid this, is to really get to know you. What you like, what you feel comfortable in, what you want to say to the world. When you have a better sense of yourself, it’s easy to tell if a “trendy” item is just a fading fad or will become a part of your signature style. You have to see yourself wearing it long after it’s trendy days are over, and not feel like a fool or outdated.

If you read my last post, I spoke about wanting to embrace the sunny yellow and pastel pink trend; because these are some of my favorite colors to see and wear. Since I already love these colors, I’ll continue to wear them. In the opposite case, such as the bohemian, “Coachella,” trend that’s been going strong for a few years now, I just can’t get into it. Trust me, I tried flowy tops and fringe-everything, and looked the part because that’s what was “in.” But I easily tire of these things instead of getting excited to wear them. Therefore, I am left with the I-have-nothing-to-wear dilemma.

So though there are countless of other colors and trends this upcoming season, these flowery shades are the ones that really speak to me. It’s important to pick and choose the trends that you like best/work best for you, if any at all! And if you can’t or don’t want to participate in a trend, that’s okay too (even preferable to the most influential tastemakers).