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We don’t talk enough about the realities of fashion, do we? The difference between “them” (those gorgeous stylesetters you admire endlessly on Pinterest) and “us” (who are openly thrilled when we manage to successfully assemble an outfit with more than two components). But the chasm can feel wide. How is it that “they” make themselves look so fantastic, so often? I’ll tell you.
Surely, a budget-free existence never hurts – if I see one more image of those Valentino rockstud cage flats that I’m beyond obsessed with, but don’t come in my size and are $900 even if they did, I may hurl myself overboard. Also, a solid knowledge of how to properly layer and accessorize, which we should talk more about – it’s not as hard as it sounds, even on our most-insane, I-have-zero-interest-in-putting-in-effort-today days.
But the biggest factor? Loving what you’re wearing, and knowing it looks good on you. Truly. Think about how you feel when you put on that dress that you know flatters your curves just so, or those heels that make your legs look tall and lean. Now think about how you feel when you wear a pair of pants that doesn’t quite fit. Maybe they’re a smidge too short, or a bit too tight, and you spend the day rearranging yourself to stay comfortable. We all do it. But friends, we need to stop.
For all of the wardrobe styling consults I do, the one constant I always tell clients is this: you have to love everything in your closet, and feel good in it. If that’s something a tailor can help you accomplish, you should have one on speed dial. And don’t underestimate what’s possible: pants can be lengthened, white shirts can fit flawlessly, and blazers can make you look two sizes smaller if they’re properly nipped in at the waist. Plus, if everything in your closet makes you feel fantastic, you end up needing less to be happy. Think about that for a second. It’s true.
This weekend, try a little trick with me: Head to your closet and pick 5 things that you know don’t belong. No need to go nuts with a full-blown cleanse – this is a 15-minute exercise, I swear. Look for things you haven’t worn in a year, or that make you feel frumpy when you do wear them. And get them out! Put them in a bag, and put them in the car immediately, so the next time you drive by a thrift or consignment shop, you can drop them off.
There, doesn’t that feel better already?
Next, pick 5 things that could use a little tweaking to make them right, whether they’re from Target or Saks. If you love that sheath dress, but the armholes are too big, or that pair of jeans would be so much cuter if the hem was an inch shorter, make a pile and take yourself to a tailor! Seriously, put everything in the car right that minute. (If you don’t know a good one, call your favorite boutique in town and ask. I guarantee they’ll have a guy or gal they love.) Now, expect to spend some money. Maybe even the cost of a new dress. But you’ll get five new things that you actually love, that fit you well and that make you as carefree and kick-up-your-heels happy as those girls on Pinterest.
I’d love to hear how it goes…will you promise to report back?