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You Don't Need A Hammer and Nails To Build An Outfit All You Need Is Imagination
Being Your Own Fashion Coordinator Can Be Fun
You Can Be Your Own Personal Stylist
I have a lot of clothes but sometimes I can't find anything to wear. It's not a matter of what to wear but what do I want to say with my clothes today. That's right clothes talk. They tell the world if you want to play, be serious or could care less. I don't mind that, I just want to make sure my style reflects me at this moment, so I take my time while "building an outfit". The best part about it is that I don't have to buy anything new to do it just rearrange what I already have. Okay, it's not that simple, but the steps it takes to learn it are, and can be perfected by anyone.
First you have to start with the basics: a black dress, a black skirt, a pair of dressy black pants, a white button-down shirt, a white t-shirt, a pair of jeans, a pair of khaki's, a nice coat, a two-piece suit and a pair of black shoes. The majority of these garments have always been in my closet at one time or another because they're my rock. They all automatically go well together and lend themselves easily to coordination with vintage, second-hand, ethnic and designer finds.
Now comes the fun part-getting inspired! Inspiration can come from flipping through your favorite fashion magazines, window shopping at the mall, observing how others dress on the street or even a movie. After I saw Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" I became intrigued with the pink, black, gray and white palette used in the movie to help portray her ballet world. Then when I saw her in all of those lovely light-colored evening dresses in the January 2011 issue of "Vogue" I was hooked.
Working with my own clothes, if I wanted to recreate her look in my own way, I'd pair my pink button-down tuxedo shirt with my white cotton vintage skirt, brown WWII combat boots and my pink tweed fedora.
Sometimes the type of day you're dressing for will dictate how you build your outfit. Let's say the weather's nice now, but might get cool later, and you're going to the movies and out to dinner with a friend. A pair of jeans or khaki's with a white shirt would be perfectly fine, but if you wanted to jazz it up , you could cuff the pants legs at the bottom, put on a vintage beaded cardigan or Chanel-esque blazer, a pair of pretty socks and a pair of oxfords. To give it more of a feminine twist you could also thread a floral scarf through your belt loops and attach a flower pin to your cardigan.
Once you've selected your basic pieces you should try them on to see what else needs to be added. To contrast or complement that's the question. If your outfit is ultra-girly try adding a structured men's blazer or Levi jacket and if it's conservative try softening it with a luxurious cardigan or shawl. Faux fur was a big trend for Fall 2010 and gray coats and plaid coats were equally big for Winter 2011 making these viable choices too.
As you stand in front of the mirror to examine your outfit see what's missing. Do you need a rhinestone pin on your blazer lapel, a black crocheted beret and pearls or a boldly patterned scarf? Play around with what you own and decide what works. Since accessories are quite personal I wouldn't presume to tell you what to select. I will,however, mention a few you should try if you haven't before-cuff bracelets, gloves, decorative headbands and clutch bags. By experiementing with different combinations and "designing your own look" you'll always be in style and in a class by yourself.