As mentioned briefly in Part I - once you assess your current wardrobe and get an idea of the look you want to cultivate into your own, the next step is to build that look!
Otherwise known as: The Fun Part!
Let's keep a few very important things in mind throughout this process: First and Foremost; Style is what you do with the current fashion trends. It is easy to confuse buying all the trends with having style, but this just isn't the case! Not to mention the amount of money you are wasting when you buy into every little craze. Splurge on Basics. Save on Trends. I will show you how to marry the two! Secondly; Your Style is ever-evolving! However, knowing what cuts, shapes, colors, and styles look best on your body is what Personal Style is all about! This knowledge is the foundation that you build your fabulous Style Castle upon! For example, let me give you two of my staples and how and why I have cultivated them:
1.) The Ankle Pant - I own a vast array of ankle-length pants, I love them not only because they are very vintage-inspired (which you will find I take a lot of inspiration from), but they show off your entire shoe! Yes, that sounds frivolous (but we've already agreed that this entire blog thingy will be, haven't we?!) but shoes are my First Love when it comes to Accessories, and I want to see 'em! Now the Why: For my body shape (AKA: a Barrel! Meaning, I only carry weight in my torso, not my arms, legs, or even my ass! UGH! It could really use some jelly!), a skinny/cigarette leg works to my advantage.
You must play to your strengths! ACCENTUATE!
If your legs are your problem area, spend time trying on different styles: skinny, bootcut, wide-legged to really see what enhances your natural beauty! Keep in mind when selecting trousers and jeans that they are THE best way to create an optical illusion for the viewer. Most notable: If you, like myself, were not blessed with height then you need to create that height. If you have a full-length trouser make certain that the shoe you pair that with allows the leg to be a half-centimeter (or, you know, NOT
touching and dragging the ground...put away your ruler!) from the ground, not only does this prolong the hem of the pant, you no longer have that "puddled" effect that makes women look like they are oozing into the floor.ESPECIALLY if you are already of shorter-stature! Also, never wear a full-length trouser with a round-toed shoe! Please! They are called round-toed for a reason: they make you look round! If you are a shorty - Keep your round-toed shoes to a minimum, and remember to only wear them with ankle-length pants or above-the-knee skirts. Enhance and elongate! Accentuate!
If you were blessed with height, I obviously don't know your fabulous long-legged life, but as an outsider looking in, I will say to watch your lengths. Whether this be a skirt hem that is a bit too revealing, or a pant leg that isn't quite hitting the right mark and appearing to be too short.
2.) Scarves - Y'all! I love me a good scarf!! Scarves are the most perfect accessory! Not only can they be your pop of color to a monochromatic look - Which who doesn't LOVE!? - but they can also serve so many purposes, specifically in regards to accentuating (this blog post is brought to you by the letter 'A' as in: 'Accentuate'!) your figure and shape! Since I am not a tiny little curvy thing, I use scarves to create long lines or to hide some of what I don't want the viewer focusing on. Again, it is all about creating that optical illusion, girlfrand!
Enough about my shape and how I dress for it, let's talk about YOU! You want to avoid looking like a triangle as much as possible!
You want to look proportional and streamline!!
-If you are small framed, don't go super baggy on top or on bottom, try and reign in the clothing closest to your frame as you are comfortable, and then play with bold and fun accessories to add dimension and texture! Also, if you are petite, go for prints! Create an hourglass figure, and add height by cinching in your waistline! Strappy heels are your BFF!
-If you have a longer torso, you can get away with more cropped items, like a fabulous denim jacket or leather moto! Also, play around with waist styles! If you have a longer, lean torso, you can totally rock a high-waisted jean or skirt! Complete this look with a bold bag and funky platform and you are Good To Go!
-If you are larger framed you probably aren't super comfortable with tight-fitting items, and that is a good thing! But you, again, don't want to go so baggy that you lose your gorgeous shape! Stay away from super skinny jeans/pants as this does create that dreaded inverted-triangle look,. Instead, opt for a wider-legged trouser with a longer top, that way you don't have a break in your long lines! Continue this look with a great pump and once you've added height, you appear more lean and put together! We don't want Circles, and we don't want Triangles!
Go out and try clothes on! Spend the time with different cuts and really hone in on what makes you feel the most beautiful, confident, and gives that perfect optical illusion!