An impressive fashionista (aka Diana Vreeland) once said: true style means never having to reinvent yourself. Style is knowing what works best for you, not someone else. While inspiration from others is essential whether it be through magazines, television, runway images, or simply what you see on the street, it’s important to make these styles work for you. It all comes down to knowing what’s best based on your age, colouring, figure, and tastes. Understanding this information will make it that much easier to shop and create chic looks. While I can’t claim to be an expert in this area (hence why I want to become an image consultant), it is important to consider the results from a colour analysis, a traditional “what’s your body type” test, and surveys of your work and social activities. Combining this information will give you a good idea of which items you already own and what you still need to purchase.
While we all need a tweak now and then, such as a new haircut after graduating college or clothes for a promotion, this is not the same as reinventing yourself. Styles do change over time, so adding a few updates each season is essential. However, don’t give up on your core style just for the sake of fashion – don’t be a slave to trends. Be you. You’re the only one who can do that and let’s face it, you rock at it reader!
Remember what looks good on one person won’t look great on another person. For example, I personally am always drawn to colourful maxi dresses, one’s with a nautical theme, one’s with beautiful prints…..all of them (literally!). But the short 5’4″ person that I am just can’t pull it off. Seriously I look even shorter than I already am (unless worn with sky high heels which is not the point of a summer maxi dress that screams comfort!). So while every summer I dream of maxi, I stick to shorter hemlines for my dresses.
Rachel Zoe – stylist to the stars says “style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” So readers, your mission should you choose to accept is to determine what you want to say to the world, and dress in a way that your external appearance matches how you feel inside. Take some time to do a colour analysis, body type test, and find your style inspiration. An image that works for you should make you feel confident, attractive, and work for your body type, budget, and activities. This is not a painless process but I hope it is fun! Just know, I’ll be here every step of the way to chat, commiserate, and cheer you on.