In fashion there are many theories out there about the best formula for being stylish. It’s similar to the diet world- everyone wants to find that “magic pill” to make them skinny- or in this case, chic. My theory is “everything in moderation” and I try to incorporate that into everything in my life, including fashion. I love that these theories are out there to assist and inspire women, but not if they make us feel inadequate because we can’t live up to them or follow them perfectly. So I read them, I enjoy them and I take what I want from them- only what is useful and beneficial to my life. Like dieting and parenting and so many things in life, what works for me may not work for you- and that’s ok. Let’s inspire each other, support each other and encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves. That’s what fashion is all about- putting forth an image that represents your true self and that brings you confidence. And having fun with it, of course!
You remember Tim Gunn, from Project Runway fame? I love that guy and his book Tim Gunn’s Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. His 10 Essential Elements is a great guide to the basics every girl should have in her closet.
I recently saw a post on a fashion site I follow, whowhatwear.com, titled How to Create a 5-Piece French Wardrobe and Change Your Life. Let’s face it, the word "Parisian" is synonymous with chic, especially when it comes to fashion. But reading through the “Basics List” cracked me up. Leather pants and stillettos? Not in my small town and not for my lifestyle right now. So like I said, everything in moderation, and there are some great ideas here to incorporate into my wardrobe.
If you’ve read any of my posts you know a lot comes back to organization. I admit to being a type-A personality and that includes my closet. I’m working on letting go a bit. But if you are looking for a guide on how to organize your wardrobe, you should read I Have Nothing to Wear by Jill Martin and Dana Ravich. I’ve got a dog-earred and worn copy in my bookcase and it’s a great reference.
I’m loving Un-fancy.com and it’s been all over the fashion sites the past few weeks as the trendy way to get dressed. The theory is to create a Capsule Wardrobe of 37 pieces. But what I love about blogger Caroline is that she talks about what works for her and says there are no steadfast rules, just what feels right for you. On her blog she writes, “And honestly? It’s not about a number. The point is to try something new if you’re unhappy with your current closet situation. If 37 isn’t your thing, find a number that’s right for you.” She gets it.
There’s a lot of great information and inspiration out there, but it can get overwhelming. My goal on this blog is to share what works for me, and hopefully it resonates with you. And if not, that’s ok, because everyone is different. Take what you read, use what works and discard what doesn’t. Everything in moderation, even advice from The Small Town Stylist, right?
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