What is your style?

Introduction to Finding your own style. First step on finding your style.

I wear a lot of hats!!  I absolutely love hats, from fur to casual to fishing to glam! Yes, Marie Kondo I feel ‘joy’ for all of them and that is why I keep them.  They are organized and serve a purpose to keep the sun out of my face and help me achieve my complete daily ‘look’.  I do care how they look because I love my own style.

With my own style it’s a balance between function and fashion.  With most objects I own I ask myself, why do I need this object and do I love it?  There are several reasons I would love it, mostly because of where I picked it up, how it makes me feel or simply because it enhances my style.

When I buy a new object, it first needs to serve a function and secondly, it must be attractive.  I will admit, I’m like most people and am attracted to beautiful things.  Now remember, first lesson to finding your own style is, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Once I learned this lesson, I was empowered to become my true self. I started to accept my inner voice and listen to what I liked. I was able to find power in my own clothing choices. I stopped looking at what others were wearing and didn’t try to conform myself to fit into mainstream fashion. It was like I broke loose from my attachment of trying to fit in. I didn’t have to wear cookie cutter outfits anymore and was able to created my own outfits from objects I loved.

If you wear what ‘you’ love, then you will have an attitude of, ‘I’m owning what I wear’.  Meaning you don’t care what others are thinking or saying about your clothing. This new freedom will empower you to ‘find your style’.

If you hope to ‘find your style’ I’d love to share with you how I found mine.  Finding your own style is a process of realizations, reflections, surrenders and empowerment.  Over the next couple of posts I will walk you through ‘finding your own style’.

Yes, start purging your closet because it does start with feeling ‘joy’ for each object in your closet.  If you’re overwhelmed by this idea, start by watching Marie Kondo’s inspiring Netflix series ‘Tiding Up’!  Remember, it’s one step at a time!  Not only will you find your style, you might just find yourself!

Spring Layers

Spring has arrived and I love the lighter layers paired with open toed shoes and light colors.  It’s all so refreshing, careless and cool.  Stripes never looked so good with this seasons hottest shoe, a sporty sneaker.  Matchy matchy is out- add a shoe with color for that added interest.  Dig out those shorts as they go with everything from dressy to tomboy casual.  The key is the balance of the outfit.  If you have baggy shorts then wear a tighter tank with a loose white blouse button up and eye catching sandals.  We all know spring temps are unpredictable so go with lighter layers that you can wrap around your waist or shoulders.  Don’t forget to lighten your make up and hair can be more casual and fun!

Now this is a garden display like none other!
christies closet
Spring Outfits 2015: 50 Flawless Looks to Copy Now | StyleCaster
effortless color..
Oh dear spring, please come fast. I have an adorable hat that is getting bored on my dresser...
oversized flannel with gladiator sandals, so cute for summer or early fall
We have been waiting for you, Spring, with open arms. Welcome. Please stay as long as you’d like. I can’t wait until you’ve decorated #CentralPark to look like this picture. Ah…..the beauty.

Working your clothing into Fall

If you’re like me then your addicted to your summer fav’s, but as the weather gets cooler you can still wear some items.  Just edit your looks by adding and layering clothing to your summer outfits.

Shorts~ keep wearing them.  Instead of a tank, wear a T and add a sweater or blazer.

Hipsters Shoes vest cardigan white t shorts jeans streetstyle fashion tumblr girl women #fashion #summer
Fall fashion. Normally I don't like tights with shorts, but this is too cute!


Green shorts outfit. I like the big necklace and the jacket paired with basics I already have.
Sundresses~ ditch the sandals and add boots and layer with a blouse, jacket or sweater.
#shopwhiskeyandlace
i could totally rock this.. with tall brown boots or flats for the pontoon boat. Get here now summer!
Make a pretty sundress a casual staple with a denim jacket and a pair of perfect Summer sandals.
Crop tops- For those of us who wouldn’t dare try this trend, now it’s our time! As we can layer and cover up but still make that statement!

Kat Graham, love her outfit
22 Beautiful Girls in Their Favorite Crop Tops - Fashion Diva Design
Skirts- stockings and socks with boots or pumps!
Classic black skirt outfit idea for spring 2014, loose sweater with little flared black skirt
i really like this skirt. i would prefer it to be a little longer so i could wear it to school( i of course would wear it with tights or leggings. i don't like the top. i like the shoes
boots + skirt
Denim~ if you love wearing your jeans with tanks and sandals or flip flops, just switch out the shoes for loafers or ankle boots and layer up your tops.

GAH. Cool sungalsses just need$24.99!!! website for you : www.glasses-max.com
I love her outfit ---White sweater, ripped jeans, boots, chunky-knit taupe infinity scarf
Fall Fashion | Sun Burst | Love
White T-shirt~ keep wearing them!  There’s nothing more effortless than a white T!
Printed jeans & boho hat black white brown fall fashion style
Dottie Couture Boutique - Flannel Infinity- Navy , $18.00 (http://www.dottiecouture.com/flannel-infinity-navy/)
I like the jacket she's holding.  Fall fashion | Glamrous fashion
So long Summer, hello Fall.<3 Can't wait for them long cold nights, sweater days, playing with leaves, the beautiful scenery of the leaves changing color, hot chocolate and spending it all with the ones you love(:!!
Photo credit~ Pinterest

Evening Shorts

I’m surprised at how much I am loving shorts in the evening.  I find they can be so much fun and then if it gets cooler in the evening, add a shirt on top.  The best way for my body type is to keep the shorts on the short side and wear a tank top and layer over~my body type broader shoulders, smaller chested, a bum, long legs and more on the slender side but I’ve had two children, so I do have extra to hide in the lower belly.

You can also pair with a jacket as I did in the second photo.  The matching print top is a bit too much for my liking, but if it’s that fabulous, then go with it.  Mix up your outfit with prints, textures, jewelry and color.  Also make sure your legs are perfectly shaved, lotion applied and I even put a little oil on mine to add sheen.

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Shorts by J. Crew

Lace blouse by Ralph Lauren

Tank from Target

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Shorts by BASIX Black Label

Blazer by INC

Shoes by Vince Camuto

Trina Turk 'Santiago' Cotton Blend Shorts

Trina Turk Santiago

Valentino Embroidered Lace

On the Edge faux leather

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Moonglow paisley short

J. Crew paisley

Dash Shorts

Great December Street Style

The key to great style is: Layering + Editing should = a well Balanced outfit
Street Style: Altyn in Chelsea
RED Plaid, black leggings and western boots~ perfect for the Holiday’s!
Andrea Kerbuski from Amy Creyer with a Michael Kors bag. Chicago, December 2011

Fur, Black biker jacket and flair jeans are the perfect

Emily Weiss Street Style

Classic stiletto black knee high boots~ how slimming with skinny jeans, a furry coat and chunky scarf ties this hot look together.

Giovanna Battaglia street style

When you wear a statement coat like this Leopard one, why wear anything but black underneath it!

street style...
Jeans, a sweater and army coat is dressed up high black knee high boots and fur.
WINTER STYLE inspiration: street style at NYFW F/W13'
You can wear your lighter weight clothing, just pair with black tights, booties, and layer on your puffer or wool coat and hat.  Pastels are huge this season.

Black and white balanced by the blue skinny jeans.  I love the over sized knit hat and wedge sneakers!

*Street style from the streets of NYC & Chicago. Pinterest photo credit

Wardrobe Essentials this Fall into Winter

Every closet should be stocked with clothing staples and a few trendy items to ensure getting ready “made easy”, yet right.  You don’t have to be a hot mess and throw on those yoga pants, jeans, or slacks with whatever top you have.  If you have the right wardrobe essentials your outfits will look polished, sharp, smart and envy worthy.  If you follow these clothing tips with your wardrobe then getting dressed will be fun and easy.

Fall into Winter clothing & accessories to have in your wardrobe:

Staples: Long sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Black leggings, Skinny Jeans, Skinny gold or silver belt, Black printed or solid scarf, Tall leather boots, Trench coat, Wool coat, White button down, LBD, Black skirt, Tights & Undergarments (thongs & push ups), Sweater vest, Black blazer, Basic sweaters in cream, black or gray, Denim shirt and make sure you have different socks (thick, wool, thin, high, ankle).

Trends: Leather Biker Jacket, Shoe booties, Black & white striped clothing, Floral on black, Plaid anything, Metallic finishes, Leopard or Animal prints, Pastel jackets & sweaters, Studs & Spikes, Leather or Pleather pants, Leather details on shirts, Pencil skirts, Faux or Fur coats, Chain link jewelry, Cutout clothing, Army clothing, Lace pieces, Heel booties, Over the knee boots, Velvet clothing.

Clothing Tip:  Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week and make sure you have plenty of clean undergarments and socks/tights on hand.  Keep your handbags and footwear wiped down and clean.  Jewelry should be organized and accessible to pile on.

How to wear your Basics and add your Trends:  Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two.  Layering is the key to stylish dressing.  Decide if you’re in the mood to wear pencil skirt, black leggings or skinny jeans then decide what to wear on the top.  For example, if you go with a pencil skirt to be dressy, then go for a trendy blouse and decide if you’re going to layer your sweater vest, biker jacket, trench coat or black blazer on top.  Now figure out your shoes…try on your options in front of a long mirror.  Try the shoe booties, tall leather boots and heals to figure out which ones make the best looking outfit for the day.  Lastly, spice up your look with accessories and trends…scarfs, jewelry, belts and handbags.

Remember getting dressed is all about layering.  If your outfit isn’t right, then go back to your basic items and swap something out, for example if you’re wearing that pencil skirt and you like what it looks like, but is too dressy for the event your attending, then replace it for the back leggings or if really casual then put on your jeans.  Or if you just have to wear the pencil skirt but need a more casual look, wear a long sleeve basic shirt then either add a sweater or skip the sweater and layer your sweater vest, biker jacket or trench coat with your scarf.  If you have the right staples then making outfits is so easy.

My final advice on polishing your outfit for the day is to make sure your hair style and make up reflect and enhance your look.  You don’t have to have the perfect face, but if you’re going for a natural look make sure you have the right make up to correctly achieve this look.  With make up it all starts with the basics as well and layer to add different colors and make up trends to your look.  Really it’s the same concept!

If you’re closet is organized by color then getting dressed can be a breeze!

If you don’t have the time to make your closet work for you, I have a service that may work for you.

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