Styling 101

Style 101- Casey Lum

OK, dear friends… lets take a step back, start at square one and talk fashion and style… STYLE 101:

Consider this your first day introduction to this mysterious thing called fashion.  I know fashion/style can be scary and intimidating and you wish you knew how to wear stuff that “isn’t you.”  Well, let me let you in on a little secret: “It will never be you if you NEVER wear it!” People think I can just wear anything…but to be honest, I wasn’t always that way, I made it that way.  I know it’s hard to let go and not care about what you’re wearing but you have to.  You have to be brave enough to experiment.  People almost never care about WHAT you’re wearing but HOW you wear it!  If you are rockin’ some outfit that your not sure of but you wear it with confidence, people love it!  CONFIDENCE is your best accessory!  No joke.

My styling adventures started when I was in college.  I had no more money on my credit cards, I was over my adolescent days of stealing, and I still needed that hot outfit for the party on friday night or to impress that oh-so-handsome boy who was in my ECON 101 class.  I started mixing and matching, layering, accessorizing, anything I could to make the most of my closet and it worked!  To this day I still will challenge myself to create new outfits out of my already existing clothes. Sometimes I will choose one thing from my closest (ex: shoes, a top, a purse, anything…) and be so determined to wear it I will make myself create a new outfit incorporating that one piece.  Too often we get stuck wearing the same pieces together  wearing an outfit over and over until we get bored with it.  You HAVE TO challenge yourself and make the most out of your closet.

You might say, “Well, it just comes natural to you..” and I’m going to say, “No, it doesn’t.” I totally had to work on it.  Lord knows the days I used to live in my Gap khakis and plain basic T’s.  I’m telling you, I was the ultimate Gap girl.  Not saying that there is anything wrong with that, but we all know they don’t have the most exciting clothes.  It took work.

Anything that you want to be good at you have to practice.  As our parents would say, “Practice makes perfect” and that rings true in this situation as well.  Don’t think you are going to wake up one morning and all a sudden fashion is going to make sense to you.  I would love to be a singer but I also know that a fabulous voice is not just going to appear one day.  You have to start training your mind that way  and each day will get easier and easier. I PROMISE.

So I challenge you: at least twice a week take a piece from your closet, new or old, and create a new outfit out of it.  A combination you’ve never worn before.  Really think about it, put some effort into it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and wear things with confidence.

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