What I learned about fashion this weekend

Backstory - I am a lover of fashion and would be lying if I didn't say that I am a sucker for behind the scene videos of photo shoots, playing dress up, wearing heels, and having my hair and makeup done.  Sadly, along the way - I transitioned to the athleisure movement and this weekend I had a wake-up call that I needed a makeover.  I couldn't handle another day of running errands in my workout gear.

The lessons learned this weekend are so timely and perfect for those planning an upcoming photo shoot, attending events, or simply wanting to update their daily wardrobe. 

#1 THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP

 DITCH THE SWEATPANTS (aka - athleisure)

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If you aren't familiar with Uncle Karl (Karl Lagerfeld)- allow me to introduce to you one of the greatest designers, photographers, and voices in the fashion world.

He said it best - "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat."

I couldn't agree more - unless you are a personal trainer, yoga instructor, or athlete - leave the sweats at home even if you are running errands.  Tell me this hasn't happened to you... you are out running errands in your baggy sweats when you run into a client, old boyfriend, co-worker, or boss.  Ugh.. it happened to all of us at one point in time.   

Here are my personal exceptions to this rule - if you are covered in dirt / mud from doing yard work and you need to run to a home improvement store - other than that... ditch the athleisure.

 

#2 WEAR CLOTHES THAT FIT YOU

If you can't move, breathe, or are self-conscious about an article of clothing do not buy it, keep it or attempt to make it work - especially for a photo shoot.  Remember, you aren't a paid model and required to dress a specific way.  Should you find a skirt, dress, pants, or top that you love, but needs to be altered find a tailor and have your clothes altered.  You'll be amazed at how the clothes look and fit you once altered. 

Tip: rather than throw away good quality clothing that you no longer like - host a clothing swap with your girlfriends, take your clothing to a consignment shop or donate.  

 

#3 AVOID TRENDY CLOTHES THAT DON'T SUIT YOUR STYLE OR PERSONALITY

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Admittedly, I have visions of wearing flowy, floral boho styled clothing with Birkenstocks looking like I stepped out of Coachella, but that isn't me.  I am not a bright color, loud print, or flowy floral girl.   Just because magazines and Instagram are flooding your mind with these trends doesn't mean they are right for you.  Stick with pieces that you like, work with your body, and can become an extension of you rather than saying later: "What in the hell was I thinking?"

 

 

 

source: https://fashiontrendguide.blogspot.nl/  pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/150237337548644590/

 

#4 MIX & MATCH YOUR PIECES

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I love wearing black - it's slimming, timeless, and can be paired with so many pieces.  One of my goals is to create a minimalistic closet with pieces that can easily transition to make multiple looks.  I took a page from Parisian fashion on this one.  Black is my primary color and I'll mix grey, white, and olive green to add variations to my outfits.  

source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/172192385737441976/

 

 

#5 IRON YOUR CLOTHES

Okay... I hate doing laundry and the thought of using an iron makes me want to cry - but to pull off a polished look - you need to have pressed clothing.  The wrinkled shirt from the corner of your bedroom isn't going to work - especially for a job interview or your first day at your internship.  

A tip I recently learned: Fold and/or iron while watching your favorite binge-worthy Netflix's or Amazon show.  It might make the process a little less dreadful. 

#6 ADD COLOR WITH ACCESSORIES

If you are opting for a monochromatic style - add pops of color with your accessories; scarves, hats, earrings, necklace, or a large cuff bracelet. 

 

#7 FRENCH FASHION RULES TO APPLY

  1. Your shoes and purse should match

  2. Minimal makeup is key - add a bright red lip for a pop of color

  3. Pick and choose which accessories you wear - less is more

  4. Always wear heels with jeans

  5. Manicured nails are key - avoid neon colors - red is always a winner