After popular demand, I’ve decided to add a Behind the Blog series to my site to answer any blog or style questions you guys have! As long as you all keep asking me questions (in the comment section below) then I will continue doing these posts so make sure to stay involved and ask! I promise I read every single one of your comments! Today I am excited because I have partnered with Target to bring you all a special Readers Q&A. If you remember a week ago I took to Instagram to ask you one thing you loved about style and one thing you hated. Surprisingly, there were a lot of similar things you all “hated” about style so today I’m going to open up and share my honest opinion about each of them and also share how I have overcome struggles of my own as well!
There are always new trends and it can be difficult to keep up sometimes. Some people are extremely into trends and some are just not and let me tell you — that’s OK! It’s important to be who YOU are and the great thing about fashion is you can wear and be whoever the heck YOU want! Don’t worry so much about the trends — to be honest, I don’t. I wear what makes me feel comfortable and most importantly what makes me feel confident. Of course, there are those times I definitely do go for some trendier pieces but its not what I strive for always. My style has definitely evolved throughout the years and I’ve found what works and what doesn’t. If there is that hot trend at the moment but it just looks plain ugly on me, I won’t wear it. Period. It’s important to be who you are and at the end of the day people will notice that and be envious of your confidence.
Knowing which items to match with what can sometimes be challenging. So here is a little advice:
1. Any three colors adjacent to each other go well together. For example: Olive, navy & denim.
2. Balance a loud piece with neutrals like black, brown, white or grey.
3. Light belts with light shoes. Dark belts with dark shoes.
4. Red, blue & yellow are primary colors. Pick one and it can work great for a monochrome look. This seems basic but when done correctly it appears modern and chic as well as lengthens and streamlines the body.
I have to admit — I’m guilty of this one too but let’s be real, what woman doesn’t think this?! Ladies, as hard as it is to see I promise you — you have plenty to wear! Sometimes it’s just a matter of seeing certain pieces in a different light. For example, a dress can be worn as is or you can throw on a top or sweater over it to instantly turn it into a different outfit. A blazer can be dressed up but it can also be thrown over a white tee & boyfriend jeans for an effortless look. What I’m saying is try to find key pieces like a blazer, white button down, LBD and think outside the box when it comes to styling them. It’s just a matter of getting a bit creative and switching things up to create new and exciting looks from what you already have. See this post on how I took 1 classic item & styled it 3 different ways for a little inspiration.
No matter what your body type we all have to dress accordingly. I also have certain styles that fit me better than others and I always make sure to play those up. The hardest part for me was coming to terms with the fact that I can’t wear all those styles that the tall, stick thin girls could wear. But then again, those girls have certain styles they can’t wear either, so in that case — I learned to embrace it.
Curvy: All eyes on the waist. Wear items that nip in at the waist, hug the hips and fall loosely over the thighs. Your waist should always be well defined, so wear a belt or choose pieces with details like beading or ruching at the waist.
Fuller Figured: Try draping. Pliable fabrics like jersey can be your best friend. You can wrap, twist and gather a soft, stretchy fabric around your body so it highlights some parts and hides others. Also try to stick to solid colors as they are more slimming than prints. Play it up by just adding jewelry!
Boyish: Add feminine flourishes. Pieces with pleats, poufs and peplums add ladylike definition. Also, don’t shy away from intricate patterns as they can add to your silhouette.
Petites. Solids for day. Try to stick to solids for the day since you don’t want to get lost in the clothes. You can mix different solids just stay away from anything that would detract from your figure
The key to all of this? Embrace your body – it’s beautiful! Once you begin to love it you will feel confident in anything you’re wearing.
Listen, as much as I believe in expressing yourself and feeling good I feel there is a fine line between what we should and should not wear as we get older. And I’m not even talking older as in 40’s and up, I’m saying I’m 27 and there are definitely things I shouldn’t be wearing that I used to at 17– just sayin. Here are a few things we sadly must kiss goodbye when 40+ ….
go-go boots, newsboy hats, t-shirts with funny sayings, anything tie-dyed, micro-mini dresses & skirts (I can’t even wear these anymore without feeling uncomfortable!), flip flops to a special event, boy shorts (ok really, this is like underwear!), multiple ear piercings, overalls and toe rings
Keeping that in mind, there are things we need to be careful that we also don’t wear to appear too old. Those are…..matchy matchy outfits (although I still love them), holiday sweaters, baggy sweats, shoulder pads, acid wash jeans, oversized blazers.
Sorry ladies… If it makes you feel better — I already feel like I’ve crossed many of these off my list and I’m not even 30!!
Hope you guys enjoyed today’s post! Now it’s up to you to leave me any questions you guys want me to answer in a future Q&A in the comment section below! It can be about style, blogging, life or anything!
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