Style Tips 101
"Fashions fade, style is eternal" is perhaps one of the most famous quotes in the fashion world. And Yves Saint Laurent was right. Fashions fade and what's in for the season fade but your personal style will last you. This is one of the things I try to keep in mind when I'm shopping or buying trendy pieces that I won't like in a few months. Here are some of my personal style tips, not just for shopping but in general:
1. Style is Subjective
Whether it's chic, boho, hipster, preppy or southern preppy, find what really speaks to you. Style is truly in the eye of the beholder. While you should find what works for you and what doesn't you shouldn't let that define you. Take inspiration from everywhere and let that influence your outfits. If you typically dress classy don't be discouraged if you want to dress boho sometimes. Life is all about variety.
2. Quality Over Quantity
Probably one of the most cliché quotes of all time, but very much so true. My mom has instilled quite a few style tips in me and one of them was that quality goes a long way. The three things I always buy quality versions of are perfume, purses, and shoes. Alas, those three things are also the things I have the least of in my closet. My junior year of high school I was gifted with Chanel perfume and a Dooney and Burke wallet. I still have both to this day and the wallet is practically in excellent condition and the perfume is almost gone but has lasted me awhile. Quality products will always last longer but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank, which leads me to my next tip.
3. Quality ≠ Expensive
Okay, this is coming from a girl whose kryptonite is anything designer. If my closet could be filled with Opening Ceremony and Rodarte, trust me it would be. Generally the quality things I buy are designer but that's not always the case. Don't get hung up on the brand name or where it came from. I've seen things that are quality from Express, Topshop, ASOS, Zara, Nastygal etc. Sometimes it's not the store it came from but rather the quality of the garment.
4. Get Creative!
There's no need to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe if you want to change up your style. Go to your closet and think of new ways to wear your clothes. If you normally only wear button ups as buttons ups, try to wear it as outwear or belt it and wear it as a dress if it's long enough. Most times I find that it's not that I don't have anything to wear but I'm just lacking creativity.
5. Be Different
Here's a little Story time with Syd Syd: I really found my love for fashion and decided that was what I wanted to do when I was in my junior year of high school. I wanted a new purse but I had no money so my mom gave me her gently used two toned mustard yellow purse from Aldo (another example of how quality does not mean expensive). It had a shoulder strap so I could carry it that way, cross body, or as an actual handbag. When I carried it to school my friends laughed at me as they said it was weird, too big, this and that and it made me a little self conscious when I carried it. We went on a school band trip and a bunch of moms on the trip stopped me and asked where I got my purse from because they loved it. Some of them being the moms of my friends who laughed at me. True story. I realized that the reason my friends laughed at me wasn't because my purse was ugly or anything, but because it was different. The moral here is to not let what others think of you and your decisions influence what you do. Someone wise once said "We don't need no hateration, holleration in this dancerie". Do you boo.
What are your favorite style tips?
Ciao for now!