Cultivating Personal Style
Like many of my friends I enjoy flipping through fashion magazines and wandering through beautiful boutiques and high end retailers to see what is new. It is exciting to see what designers are coming up with and add a few pieces each season. Before shopping for anything new it is a good idea to know what you have in your closet that can work as a staple as you add in new pieces to build upon what you already have. Style unlike fashion, is an extension of who we are and once we have a sense of our own style it becomes easier to cultivate our look.
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess
~ Edna Woolman Chase
Style starts by embracing all the funny, funky, unique parts of ourselves instead of seeing clothing and accessories as a means to an end or a way to cover up an unaccepted part of our bodies that might reveal some “imperfection”. For me style is not serious at all, it is a fun form of self expression that helps me create order out of the chaos of style options that surround us at retail.
In the vast ocean of brands, styles, fabrics, price points and virtually endless options how does one create their own personal style? I recently had a great conversation with Growing Bolder Radio where we began a discussion of how to go about this. I love the idea that we all can cultivate our own style by embracing what is unique and beautiful within ourselves. The first step is to recognize ( and then clear out) the old mental clutter of negative self-talk, that for many of us is decades old. Then we can get on with the adventure of uncovering what our personal style is all about. When asked about style, one of my favorite contemporary designers, Rachel Zoe stated that: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Brilliant!
Recently, I have been having fun putting together several trend boards for Fall 2015. This first one—shown above— is Dramatic Red, a collection of gorgeous looks with classic lines. Although they are on-trend for this coming season they are also timeless looks. You can click on the link above and it will take you to a shopping site to see those specific pieces or you can just look for similar items and colors when you are out shopping.
Last January Pantone© announced that Marsala was their pick for the color of the year. It seems it is also the color this fall season with a variety of reds to choose from. Click here to see the Patina & Hue article about Marsala. I have long adored red for its fun, upbeat vibe but deeper shades within the red family (burgandy, wine, marsala) are timeless and elegant. Some of the darker reds can veer toward purple so you will want to make sure to try on a few hues to see how they look against your skin color. These dramatic reds would look amazing paired with camel, tobacco, navy, denim, gray, warm whites and black. Have fun looking for a dramatic red piece for your wardrobe and let me know in the comments section below if you find something amazing!
Happy Fall and thanks for reading.