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New Year, New You! (part 2)

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To go from Hit Or Miss to Glamazon, you gotta love just about everything in your closet.  May sound strange, but it’s true.  To get to this point, you’ve go to figure out what your personal style is, plain and simple.  Here’s the thing about personal style – it’s just that, personal.  To get to the point where you love everything in your closet and the way it looks on you, you’ve got to do some work.  It’s worth the time and effort, but it will take some time and effort.

Elevate Your Style Quotient – Morphing Into A Glamazon

The first step is to figure out which styles and shapes are most flattering to your shape.

  • For example, if you have a bit of a pouch, form-fitting dresses, tops and sweaters while definitely in this season (and most if we’re perfectly honest) are not necessarily going to be your go-to items.  Shapewear can help you minimize a pouch no doubt, but shapewear may not be something you want to wear on a daily basis.  More flattering cuts would be A-line dresses, kimono-like blouses and tops or possibly even a wrap dress depending on the cut of the dress.
  • What’s tricky about this first step is two-fold:  (1) Sometimes it’s hard to be honest with yourself and (2) Figuring out what looks good is more than a notion.  Ask a trusted friend to come over and try on a few outfits to get his or her honest opinion.  Or, go to a department store and enlist the help of a salesperson as you try on some of the latest trends.  IGIGI has a great shape calculator that can help you determine the best styles for your figure.
  • As you try to determine what shapes are most flattering, remember that very few of us have the bodies clothing manufacturers are cutting for.  Don’t despair, just make your tailor your new BFF and have your clothes altered to a perfect fit.  Small waist and a bit of junk in your trunk?  Buy slacks and jeans to accomodate your junk and then have the waist taken in.  Volia! A perfect fit in no time.

A great wardrobe is made up of quality classic pieces.

  • You’ve got a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.  You must be crazy, right? No.  Most of us make the mistake of buying what’s “IN” rather than building a wardrobe of classics that can transcend trends or incorporate trends.  Integrate trends into your wardrobe by buying one “IN” item or a few accessories each season as you grow or re-vamp your wardrobe.
  • Make sure your closet is stocked with The Classic 8:  (1) A dark suit; (2) A crisp white shirt; (3) A black wool or cashmere turtleneck; (4) A LBD; (5) A pair of dark jeans; (6) A trench coat; (7) A good pair of classic black heels; and (8) One item that makes your heart leap – an amazing coat like the woman pictured above, a FAB purse, or possibly a beautiful watch. Believe it or not, you have at least 2 weeks worth of outfits if you have just these 8 items.
  • Find designers and stores in your price range who make clothes that fit you well.

Morphing into A Glamour Goddess

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Glamour Goddesses come in all shapes and sizes.  Sara Jessica Parker is Glamazon, but dont get it twisted, so is your colleague who is always well-put together and polished or the mom at drop-off who looks like she stepped out of a JCrew catalogue or right off of the page of the NYTimes SundayStyles.  A Glamour Goddess isn’t defined as someone whose exploits are chronicled on Page 6 (although, she may very well be); she’s simply someone who wears her clothes confidently.  This is easy for her to do because she loves everything in her closet; now getting dressed in the mornings or for an evening out on the town is easy.  She injects her personal style by choosing jewelry, handbags, scarves, totebags, shoes and belts that take her basic underlying wardrobe from classic to chic.

The Glamour Goddess in you is dying to come out, take the time this year to help her emerge!  I know Jada would . . .

[image from The Sartorialist]

New Year, New You!

My niece turned 3 last week and like any budding fashionista, she squealed with delight when she opened her birthday gifts and found the latest playground styles in the heavy gift boxes.  When I asked her if she was going to wear her “I Am 3″ t-shirt to school the next day, she looked me in the eye and said, “No, I’m going to wear one of the gifts my family gave me.”  I kid you not.  The next morning, she negotiated her outfit with her mother with a level of skill that I haven’t seen since my high school days when my mother and I tap danced around what I wanted to wear and what she thought was appropriate.  It was so refreshing to watch this little person assert her style preferences without regard for rules, fashion edicts or fear of breaking some esoteric fashion rule (granted she has people with pretty good tasting buying her clothes, but so does Suri Cruise and I’d bet good money she’s got something to say about what she puts on daily too).  The lesson to be learned here is to trust your gut.  Jada’s exuberance over her new clothes and her confidence in her clothing choices are a reminder to us all that clothes are supposed to be a fun expression of one’s self.

Think back to the days when the hardest thing you had to do on a weekly basis was to climb the rope in gym class or possibly get hit during dodge ball.  You definitely had a favorite outfit, pair of shoes or an accessory that you were fiercely proud of – it made you feel invincible.  Channel the confidence of your inner child as you re-assess your wardrobe and think about the new you for the new year.  Answer the following questions with child-like honesty as you go through your drawers and closets:

  1. How many outfits or items do I have that I love?  Overall, do I like my clothes?
  2. Do I feel confident when I leave the house?
  3. Do my clothes make me look polished and professional or do they say “I don’t care?”
  4. Is getting dressed in the morning an anxiety-ridden process?
  5. Do you ask yourself  ’Why do I have a closet full of clothes, but I never have anything to wear?’
  6. Do I have a good sense of what I look good in?
  7. Do I have a signature look or do I wear variations of a uniform every day?

These questions are intended to help you take stock as the new year begins.  If you love your clothes; you’re a Glamour Goddess and we’re all trying to be like you!  If you’re a bit Hit Or Miss, vacillating between good outfit days and bad, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.  What will help you ascend the style ladder from Hit Or Miss to Glamour Goddess is taking the time to figure out what your personal style is and then doing what needs to be done to get to that next level.  More on this next week for those of you who are feeling a bit Hit Or Miss (post comments if you have questions and I will do my best to address them in next week’s posting).  And if you answered “NO” to more than 5 of the questions above, consider hiring someone to help you take things up a notch.  There should be no shame in your game – when you look good, you feel good, you’ll walk taller, smile more and have greater confidence whether you are out for a night on the town or going to work.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your wardrobe won’t be either, but with patience, some great sales and me by your side you will be dressing like a Glamazon in no time!

[image from blogs.smarter.com/babieskids]