One of my clients said to me that she wished there was a place or blog online where she could find out everything (beauty + style). She continues to say that she just wanted a place that said, this is what’s in, this is whats not and please wear this…thank you.
When my clients speak I listen. I help women with their style needs everyday, either with my services or my blog. Aliza Licht (a mentor to me in my head) talks about the importance of developing and having personal style in her book Make Your Mark. She helps stylist like me foster the styles most of the celebrities we love as the @DKNY (PRGIRL).
“ Your style needs to empower you to take on the engery of your world each day. That’s what it does for me. It gives me the engery and confidence to tackle whatever comes my way.” ~ Aliza Licht, Make Your Mark
Have no style or need a refresher course, here are 9 ways to building, changing or creating YOUR personal style…
KNOW YOUR BODY: I preach the gospel of making your body look its best. That starts with knowing your body.
- Are you hourglass (your waist is 5+ inches smaller than your hips)
- Are you athletic or apple ( and don’t have a defined waist but your shoulders are boarder than your hips)
- Are you pear or triangle (smaller bust with fuller hips)
GET INSPIRED: When I have consultations with my clients I always ask them what celebrities style do they admire. We all are inspired by something. How do you think designers and retail stores create their lines and collections? Find your inspiration and look to recreate it, with your body shape and lifestyle in mind.
TAKE A SELFIE: When you finally put together an outfit that you love, take a selfie. That way you don’t forget the how amazing you looked. And no worries about repeating, just change the shoe or add a necklace or scarf if you need too.
ORGANIZE: I know personally and from working with my clients that nothing makes getting dressed easier than an organized closet. By color, season, style, it doesn’t matter just as long as you know where everything is and you can see it.
UNIFORM: Come up with a uniform that works best for you. An outfit that you can wear, anywhere. For me its something black and white. Pick whatever colors you want just make sure you look is always appropriate, comfortable and chic.
INVEST: Always invest (pay a little extra) in the pieces that people remember most, accessories, handbags, shoes and coats.
PLAY INSIDE THE BOX: Don’t try to be someone else, stay in your lane. Yes, you should be inspired but, don’t be fake. Be you, be the best version of yourself always. As Aliza said “if you can’t walk in heels, don’t walk in them, there’s nothing worst than a girl who wobbles.”
REPETITION IS REPUTATION: I love blazers and I wear them most of the time, unless I’m in my other staple, a dress. They have become a signature of mine. For you it could be a piece of clothing, jewelry, a hairstyle, nail color anything really. Oprah’s hair became her thing, Beyonce now as the body suit, and Aliza has her red lip…what will your thing be?
FOUNDATION: I don’t believe in waist training but, I do believe in Spanx. The best outfits start with a great bra. Embrace it ladies, accept it. ALL WOMEN SHOULD OWN A FEW (ACUTALLY 7) GOOD BRAS. Your shape wear is not a miracle worker, it can’t make a size 18 and 8. Nor should it. If your foundation isn’t sturdy your outfit is sure to #fail.