“Fashion is about dressing in what is fashionable.  Style is more about being yourself.”

Oscar de la Renta

First rule of fashion: there are no rules. Go with your gut.  Play around a little and see what fits your personality and personal style.  But, most of all, make it fun!  Let your freak flags fly and let the world know who you are, without having to say a word.

I am a huge advocate of mixing high-end and low-end fashion – it’s a fashionista’s secret weapon.  This technique is where everyday classic consumer pieces are paired with a more luxury item.  It is about mixing them together in a way that looks glamorous and chic.  I am constantly reinventing my style depending on my mood or depending on daily social situations.  Some days, I feel like being edgy and glamorous whereas other days, especially if I’m going to be walking around in the city, I feel like being more classic and comfortable.  Create a style that is uniquely your own, because when you feel the most comfortable and confident, you can’t go wrong.  That is the key to a fashion win!

I love vintage!  Something about the smell & the story that they can tell – it gets me every time.  During my younger days, my mom would take me antique shopping and she would buy me one special item to add to my collection.  Thrift store shopping for me was at it’s peak when I was living in Seattle, the mecca of hipster grunge, music and some of the best thrift stores you have ever discovered.  You could find me on the Ave painstakingly skimming the racks for the most unique item I could find.  And it was gold when you found that one authentic piece that was of value in some way.  One of my most prized possessions is a black Van Halen “Tour of the World 1984” concert t-shirt that I have stored away for safe keeping.

Whenever possible, I always try to mix it up with a variety of pieces.  Be it sporty, with a cute dress/flouncy skirt and tennis shoes or by pairing a slightly worn-in, white men’s t-v-neck t-shirt with a higher end and well fitting pair of jeans. Or, with that grungy vintage rock tee you found at a local pop up shop – worn with pride – holes and all.  I am a sucker for a good blazer – one that’s crisp and structured or longer and more loose fitting.  Blazers can add an instant classic look to any outfit.  And texture – it’s all about texture and coupling a variety of textures like velvet and leather, for example.  Keeps it interesting and eye catching!  Also, one of my personal favorites, is the classic white button up blouse, a pair of your favorite denim jeans and ballet flats.  It’s the recipe for comfortable, insta-chic when you’re low on time and creativity or struggling with what to wear.  You will look like a million bucks – it works every time!  Those are some quick tips but stay tuned for more upcoming blogs for more in depth style themes and how to wear them.  

“Some may think fashion is frivolous, but the way I see it, when you dress well, you add beauty to the world.  And there’s nothing wrong with that, right?”

Laura Herring

And if you’re just starting out, a great way to begin creating your capsule wardrobe is by using a styling service, as in, the company that I work for and love, Stitch Fix! If you’re not familiar with the service, first you fill out a style profile (it’s a fun quiz) and those answers get you connected with a real, live personal stylist.  They can give you classic pieces to start a good base wardrobe.  And from there, you can choose to get fixes whenever you want – it’s not a subscription based service where you get locked in with monthly fees and all that.  It’s fun, and speaking from experience, it’s a great way to get something new to wear for any occasion!  Your stylist knows.  She knows.

“Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends.”

Kate Spade

So lastly, style is a form of communication and creativity.  Fashion is an art if you really want to get technical.  It is ever-changing and can evolve constantly as you go through life, as you see fit.  Reinvention is a part of the process, in fashion and style, by being aware of cultural shifts and societal advances in fashion, you too have the freedom to adapt by changing what you wear.  I will be doing all the ground work to always give you the latest trends and how to wear them along with various other styling advice.  If there is one message that you take away from this article it is this: just have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously, because that’s when the magic happens.  By creating a style that you love and that is uniquely your own!