There is nothing wrong with the basics.
They are the lynchpin of life. Get the essential elements right and the rest will follow.
Especially when it comes to personal /signature style.
It’s a minefield of information out there and everyone seems to know everything about style. How to wear, what to wear, when to wear and who should wear is in nearly every email we receive, every magazine we open, not to mention us “know everything” influencers who have an opinion on much ;)
Me, I am guilty as charged. I have strong opinions on many questions and in particular style.
My opinion is nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. What we can benefit from are the questions and conversations to encourage the discovery and implementation of our unique style signatures. It is easier for some than it is for others. I’m blessed in knowing what I like and what works in my world. Put me in a shop or plug me in online and in 30 seconds I can “see” what should be mine. I know, lucky, right?
Helping others define their style and find shopping solutions has always been something I do.
My first foray into business was a fashion boutique and it was the relationships I built with clients and the way we streamlined their personal style I enjoyed the most. Nothing much has changed; fashion is my true love and making it easy for others is what I love to do here at VA.
That brings me to this new series of features, Master Class.
I want to explore all the facets of personal style, of finding and refining our signatures. Let’s break it down and discuss the complexities of being and looking our best selves.
There is nothing so clever as getting the basics right. Trying too hard can be the kiss of death. We have all fallen into this trap, I still do and when I over analyse I make the worst style faux pas.
Have you thought about your personal style from this point of view?
The way you see yourself, does it reflect the practicalities of your daily life? A successful style is a 50/50 split between looks and function.
Note to self: You have enough velvet blazers for this season; you work at home and wear a blouse or a sweater 90% of the time.
Are you dressing for you? This is a biggie because until we have the self-confidence to please us, a signature style is a way off.
Note to Self: Just because he doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s not fabulous. We must have the courage of our convictions.
Do you know your body type? Are you comfortable in your own skin and accepting of what suits and what doesn’t? Are you realistic?
Not to self: Stop trying to wear nipped in dresses that are too voluminous. They haven’t worked for some time and aren’t going to.
Acceptance is everything and there are plenty of other cuts, which are far more flattering.
How long does it take to get dressed each day? Yes, back to basics, but much indecision means we lack clarity about our “look”.
Note to self: Think it through before flinging a multitude of options on the bed. The first thought is most often the right one.
This is our Master Class. Any ideas you would like to discuss as we refine and define our signature styles, let me know, I am all in. xv
Note To Self: Trying To Resist
how’s that going for me? not well ;)
images, patrick demarchelier