Style means never wearing head to toe of any one label.
Obvious, yes. It can be easier said than done.
Designer or otherwise, it is the eclectic mix that gives a unique and personal approach to fashion.
We have all seen the look.
Someone who feels that wearing only the same designer from head to toe is the way to look their best. It’s not.
Great style, style that we admire, is never about the cost of the individual garment or an overload at any one time. Enduring style, style to love is a co-ordination of pieces that work and tell a story together.
Otherwise we would wear a uniform every day. Life would be easier but very dull.
Fashion designers work very hard to entice us each season and they do. I have favourites that I return to time and time again. Labels that I know work for me and that will suit my lifestyle. I may buy several pieces to invigorate my wardrobe from one particular collection but I will add them to the mix and see what I come up with.
As I get older I am less likely to care if something is of this season or from the last. What a relief to let that particular demon go.
Style is a tricky beast.
Sometimes it is easy and willing and at other times most petulant. It can take a firm hand to bring style under control.
So, so much easier to buy the whole kit and wear it together.
Think about it,we are not wearing the clothes, the clothes are wearing us and anyone could be hiding inside.
We can’t have that and we know better. Our “style” personalities deserve to be expressed.
How do we blend our style and find that unique mix that says this is me?
Studying the trends, watching the fashion shows and looking at street style prompts great ideas about what to wear with what. Thoughts are triggered and I find ways to adapt them to my age and aesthetic.
The sneaker trend is an example. The last year I have worn my Stan Smith sneakers with everything from silk and satin to denim and tulle. The more I wear them the more I like them and the more outfits I add them to. I would never have thought to mix an army jacket, a tulle skirt and a pair of sneakers. I have, I do and I think it works.
Taking inspiration from other women is all-important.
I don’t see this as copying; I see it as flattery. Women are our greatest allies and they should motivate us on so many levels. Style is only one of them. Every woman has a way of expressing herself when she dresses, we can learn from that and no two women will ever look the same.
Knowing what you like and what suits is half the battle when it comes to putting together an outfit and finding personal style. Indecision is the killer. Invest in yourself; learn what works and the confidence will flow.
The beauty of our personal style is that it can be forever changing.
It is for us to choose, to decide and to decipher the trends. Input from our designer gurus, tastemakers and influencers is illuminating and galvanizing but ultimately, we want style to be our own.
Fashion is way too much fun to wear the same from top to toe, xv.
To Make It Your Own
i wear opaque and patterned tights when i wear a dress or skirt. as much as i like opaques and i do, there is nothing like a lace or a fishnet to up the style game. a small investment with a hint of pattern can make all the difference to a simple lbd or a-line skirt.
images dolce&gabbana autumn winter 2013