I wanted to publish a post addressing my fashion and style philosophy so you, my ones of twos of fans, can know a little more this blog.
First things first, I am not a fashion-ista. I am not constantly dressed to the nines in the hottest designer labels and the hottest trends. I do not spend inordinate amounts of money on clothing and accessories.
What I am is a real woman, with a real woman’s body, making a real person’s salary and shopping in real stores. I read the fashion magazines, websites, and watch fashion television shows. (I have a subscription to In Style and I die for Rachel Zoe.) I know what the trends are and what designers are vogue, but I do not generally wear any of their clothing. Why? I can’t afford it…and even if I could I’m not sure I would. I was raised in the Midwest with Midwest values and spending $2,000.00 on a dress just does not seem logical to me in real life. In my fantasies, yes. For a very special occasion, maybe. But for everyday life in Chicago, no.
What I do believe in (and what I hope to get across with my blog) is looking put together stylish. I believe in appearing polished, poised and as if you put some thought into your outfit.
I believe in good quality clothing. This means linings, quality fabrics and quality cuts. I believe in finding clothing that will flatter your body type.
I believe in thinking of what you wear as an “outfit” from head to toe. This goes from not only thinking about what pants to wear, but what top, jacket, shoes, accessories, hair-do, make-up, purse etc. This may sound like a daunting task, but once you get the hang of it – it’s not difficult.
I believe in wearing clothing based on what activities you are engaged in that day or night. This means wearing an outfit that is appropriate for the occasion – no matter the occasion. If you are going to appear in court – wear a suit and heels with an appropriate bag. If you are going to the beach – wear a bathing suit, cover-up and flip-flops with no make-up. If you are going to the bar after work with friends – wear jeans and fun top with bold accessories. You get the point.
I believe in finding stores, cuts of clothing and colors that work for you. I believe in a wardrobe of classic staples with splashes of trends. I believe in knowing what the trends are and how to make them work (or not work) for you.
I believe in feeling confident in what you are wearing. If you put on an outfit and you don’t feel secure, polished and poised – my advice would be to take it off and try again. You will not feel more confident as the day goes on, you will actually feel worse.
I shop at real stores that real women can afford and are located on the streets and in the malls where real women shop. My current wardrobe consist of pieces mainly from J.Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, Ann Taylor Loft, Urban Outfitters, Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales, Club Monaco, Nine West, Anthropologie, BCBG, Target and even Forever 21.
I believe that it does not matter the designer name or the size on the label, but how the clothing makes you look and feel.
In conclusion, I hope that I can help real women find real clothes in real stores they really can afford and love to wear. I hope I can give advice on how to put complete outfits together from your current wardrobe and how to integrate trends into your look. And most of all, I hope that I can help to make you feel polished, poised and put-together.
I trust this has helped to explain my style philosophy and to explain my blog a bit more to (both of) my readers. J
Til next time,