Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4 Steps To Dressing Smarter

We live in a crazy age where there are so many brands, styles, trends, and blogs foisted upon us that it is difficult to figure out what to wear. Sometimes I realize that what I’m wearing isn’t MY style, it is a chaotic amalgamation of trends that don’t really express who I am.

While following along with trends may seem like the “easy” way to dress, it actually makes getting dressed in the morning incredibly difficult. How amazing would it be to actually like what you put on every morning? I have been putting the 4 steps below into practice this past year, and I can assure you that I am no longer afraid of my closet!

1. Inspiration not Imitation

It is so easy to spot a look in a magazine and say, “I want to look like that!” So you go out and buy that shirt or pair of pants, only to realize that the new piece you purchased does not coordinate with anything in your closet. It is good to look at brands you like for inspiration, but make sure that the piece you are investing in fits with what is currently in your wardrobe.

2. Ignore the Labels

It doesn’t matter what store a shirt is from. Decide how much you are willing to spend on an item and look for it at multiple stores. Some people can be snobby about only shopping at certain stores, but the wise shopper can look beyond the label. You don’t need to wear one brand head-to-toe to be stylish.

3. Forget the Trends

That is okay if you like a certain trend, but as the great Karl Lagerfeld put it, “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” Don’t fill your closet with the latest fad, because pretty soon the trend will be over and you will have a patchwork suede and faux fur jacket in your closet that you will never wear again (that might just be a true story). For a closet that will last longer than a few months, the majority of your wardrobe should be pieces that you don’t need to worry about going out of style in the near future.

4. Be You

Everyone is unique. It is okay if you have a different style or way of expressing yourself than others. What is important is if you feel confident in what you are wearing. Wear what you like and don’t lose track of who you are in the quest to be fashionable. There is nothing better than getting dressed in the morning and knowing that what you are wearing is an external expression of who you are on the inside.

Do you have any other tips for dressing smarter?