Monday, April 16, 2018

Five Faux Pas of the Fashion Forward


My very first post on this blog was written exactly a year ago (YAY! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY "Get eLevated by Michele") and was all about how to find your own personal style. Personal style is a topic that I really love to get on my soapbox about, because it is something that should come so easy but many of us make it unnecessarily hard. I won't rehash my recipe for style success (you can refresh your memory by reading it here) but read below for a few reminders to help you stay fashion forward.

  • Don't forget about the basics. My grandmother used to always say "Don't ever leave the house with poor underwear" because should you be hit by a bus or some other terrible accident befall you, you don't want to be in the Emergency Room with torn-up, holey panties. I'm sure some of your grandmothers, mothers and aunties had a similar saying as well. I used to think it was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard until in a freak accident at age 14, I was thrown from a swing and my shorts were ripped from my body revealing my laced-edged, 100% cotton Sunday, Monday, Tuesday underwear (completely true story, I believe this happened on a Friday and I had on the Monday underwear). thank God, I listened to Katherine Anderson, as I was transported to Children's Hospital's ER half naked and embarrassed as hell but with clean and decent drawers. The moral of this story? Take pride in what is underneath your clothes - panty lines, ripped bra straps, stockings/tights with the crotch hanging to the knee - none of that is acceptable no matter how fly your outfit is.

  • Speaking of fly outfits, don't think that an outfit comprised entirely of expensive designer clothes will automatically make you stylish. Remember that too much of anything is a bad idea, and too much high-end designer clothes at one time is, IMHO, overkill. Unless you are Beyonce/Rihanna/Nicki Minaj, a rapper, or modeling for Vogue, just don't do it.  A corollary to this is that you don't have to try every single new trend just because it's new and featured in the latest fashion magazine. Everything ain't for everybody. Better to add one high-end piece to your runway inspired outfit from Zara, or purchase the latest fashion craze from h&m and keep your hard-earned coins in your purse to put toward a classic and timeless couture item.

  • Don't wear shoes you cannot walk in. Yes those Christian Louboutin "So Kate" stilettos are bad ass and sexy as hell. But there is nothing sexy about walking around looking like a newborn foal. I recently visited my GGF who is a manager at Neiman Marcus and I spied these incredible, fabulous Ombre "So Kate" heels. They were beautiful, I had to try them on and I could not have cared less that I needed to go up a full size just to get my foot in the shoe. So what - I will look like a Bigfoot, a Bigfoot wearing a bad ass shoe. But when I put them on, stood up and my Achilles whispered in full petty mode "Ma'am, I don't really stretch like that" I sadly sat down and put those gorgeous shoes back in the box. Because what is really the end goal - wear shoes to look good for 5 minutes as I tip from the car to my (hopefully close by) destination or end up in an orthopedic boot with tendon surgery and months of physical therapy in my future? Yeah, no thanks, I will pass.
  • Don't forget about accessories. Adding accessories to your outfit finishes your look and gives your outfit that extra something to show off your personality. Also a well placed accessory can draw away from what you may think of as your problem areas. Want to pull focus away from a bigger lower body? Add an eye-catching statement necklace. Want to appear slimmer? Add a wide belt around your natural waist. Accessories are a great way to make the same wardrobe item look totally different. Invest in a few good accessories and you've just given yourself a few new style looks for way less money than buying a new outfit.

And last but definitely not least...

  • Don't copy someone else's style. This is a huge no no but so many people make the mistake of doing it.  Style Inspiration, YES. Style Clone, NO. Not even identical twins want to be carbon copies. Just like you can't wear someone else's skin, you shouldn't be trying to wear their style. Whatever you put on, you have to be able to own it with confidence.  If you are looking for a new style or ready to step out of the box, go for it, just make sure it rings true to your spirit or it will never look right. That's the key difference between being fashionable and being stylish. Don't be afraid to take a risk, experiment with looks that you like, mix and match, make your own rules, but always make sure you are confident in whatever you step out wearing. 

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