Express Yourself: Using Clothing to Showcase your Unique Characteristics.

Since the earliest centuries, clothing has been used by people to characterize themselves. Textiles have represented our development as a society, reflecting which materials were available and the technologies mastered in each decade. This is as true today as it was in the past. Clothing even has a social significance suggesting characteristics of an individual’s lifestyle before ever starting a conversation.  For example, some occupations can be identified by their uniforms, celebrations by a guest’s attire, or ambitions by an employee’s chosen garments.

Moral of the story?

Express yourself. Who do you want to be? What do you want to become?

We are all individuals with unique facial features, body shapes, and lifestyles. We must dress to suit our own personalities. As such, it is important to study the self. Determine what suits you and what does not; find the colors that flatter and emphasize your uniqueness; and, when shopping, pay particular attention to the fit of your garments.

According to Christian Dior, “simplicity, good taste, and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing and these do not cost money.” It is possible to be elegant without spending a fortune on clothes if you choose items that suit your personality. The rules of fashion? There are no rules, only guidelines that aim to flatter your singularity.

So take charge lovelies. Wear what complements you. And do not be afraid to mix your mall finds with those pieces that are completely individual.

You have a story to tell. Share it with the world.

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The Relationship Between Designers, Celebrities and Trends.

For centuries we’ve been intrigued and influenced by the “who’s who” of society, taking our cues from the rich and fancy-free. Before there were television and movie stars, individuals emulated the looks worn by royalty and ladies of high society. Even in the early years of Vogue’s publication, it focused on telling its readers what was going on, who was going where, and who was wearing what. Fashion movements did not start from shows, but were publicized at prestigious French racecourses.

With shifting times and increased technology, how trends start and spread has changed. With the rise of the silver screen in the 1930’s, film began to sway fashion. Until that point, it was Paris that directed fashion movements. Film however was fashion in motion. Celebrities were captivating.

Today, both designers and celebrities play a role in directing future trends. Designers create collections based on certain themes, moods, and inspirations which are watched and worn by celebrities. With our increased interest in street styling, celebrities are now frequently photographed wearing designer duds when “off-duty”. Whether it be the latest Birkin Bag, a Prada gown, or a Cartier watch, celebrities make runway looks completely wearable. What trends celebrities choose to wear influences their popularity and our purchasing decisions. Celebrities help drive sales for fashion houses by increasing our awareness of their pieces.

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Dakota Johnson and Julianne Moore at the Boss Woman Show – New York Fashion Week. Photo from PopSugar.

While it appears designers influence celebrities, who in turn influence us, the path is not always clear. Designers are not removed from the happenings in popular culture and sometimes take a muse, creating a collection inspired by their personal style or characteristics. Fashion houses will even gift key celebrities representative of their brand items to wear each season. Fashion is big business and while I love to celebrity watch as much as the next girl, it’s important to not get too carried away pursuing the latest trends.

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Blake Lively at the Gabriela Cadena presentation – New York Fashion Week. Photo by PopSugar.

Fashion has always been cyclical to a certain degree. Major trends tend to come back into style at least every 15 to 20 years. While it is important to mix in one or two current pieces to keep your looks modern, your focus should be on finding a style that reflects you. As Yves Saint Laurent once said “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Spend your time curating a wardrobe with pieces you love, regardless of their current “cool” factor.

For photos from the Fall 2015 runway shows, visit Style.com