As you go through this journal of denim styles here are some things to remember to make it pertinent to you. First of all I only buy styles that look good on me and that look like my personality. I only buy clothes that fit, if they don't I have them altered by my good friend Marina. I have a color palette that is kind to my skin tone that I stick to, a lot of khaki brown, grey, soft pinks, red, and white. I stay away from a lot of black it' does not favor my skin color. Everything in my closet for the most part goes with at least three other things . I have three summer purses and four winter purses, which is not a lot by today's standard. I do have a lot of jewelry and a small scarf collection. All my accessories look like me, tend towards fashion more than not and add that extra punch that I so love.
I made this over shirt, I love to sew although I have been making more simple things. I use to sew for the Guthrie Theatre, I would even make my own coats. I don't do that so much anymore. This shirt is great I can wear it as a top or as pictured here over a shirt, almost any shirt in my closet will work. I would put a simple two roll at the bottom of the jeans for this look, keeping it simple and classic. I can wear just about any combination of purse and shoes that I have to this outfit, because it's so simple, classic and the fabrications go with anything.
This is a great outfit for all year really. Here in the land of ice and snow I would probably wear a cotton camisole underneath, for added warmth. The top is from J. Crew a few seasons ago, but it's still very relevant very French. I have a skinny red belt with the jeans but it won't show as the top is longer. I have added one of my favorite necklaces it's a J. Crew Bubble Necklace in red. The jeans are 505 from Kohl's they are in a dark wash, which I love (I think it makes me look skinnier). The roll at the bottom of these jeans would either be the fold over twice roll with the heels and then depending on where the hem hits for the ballet flats I would do the softer, less structured roll. I would then add my red HOBO bag and either the red high heels or the black ballet flats. Tres Chic and appropriate for almost anywhere, shopping, work (if you can wear nice jeans), dining, theatre, out and about.
Of course we all know how to shop right? But do we really I am not so sure, so below are some great ideas for shopping.
1. Always spend your biggest money on the classics, in both styling and Color.
2. Define your style and stick to it. Wear what you love; what makes you comfortable, what makes you feel expresses you. Stay true to this and the wardrobe will follow. Shop with the motto, love it or leave it.
3. Understand your body type and shop accordingly, learn what looks best and never compromise.
4. Don’t go on fishing expeditions, go but don’t buy unless it’s perfect.
5. Go to the stores you know have your styles and what works for you.
6. Look for color and fabric first, then silhouette, then size.
7. Think outfit, not item. Before buying the new items think about what other items it can be worn with. If you don’t have anything don’t buy it, it needs to go with at least three other things.
8. Get help from a professional stylist.
9. Insist on fit; otherwise take it to your alterations person. So factor in that cost always. Even your jeans can be altered
10. Buy the best you can afford. You don’t need a lot of stuff when you have the right stuff.
11. Vintage** Vintage can give you a unique look, but always try everything on
Sizes were different back then. Again, make sure it fits with your style and goes with other items you already have.
12. Make your larges purchase first, in other words, buy the suit or coat first then
If you want to be fashionable do it with accessories, or just a few items to add to your already “styled” wardrobe. When I do closet clean outs I see a lot of hang tags still on clothing in closets. Buying outside the box can be very costly. Stick to what suits you best for overall look, then go crazy with the accessories, jewelry, scarves, some handbags and shoes can really bring you the fashion your looking for.
Look at these shoes, do they rock or what? Come on someone buys these and then show up dancing in them. Below that is a new way to think about pocket squares for your jacket. Love the bandanna look if they are too bulky you can always cut them down. Hey, they are not that expensive.
Want to show up for that date looking amazing. Even if you married you should raise the bar once in awhile so let's try some fun stuff with some great color to it,
I went to the Doctor yesterday. One of the questions was do your joints ache. I laughed and proceeded to tell the doctor that some mornings I don't know which joints ache more but once I am up and moving things get better. She laughed and concurred, I think she is about my age. So that lead me to think about shoes. I love shoes I have always had a red high heel as a logo, it's just changed shape with the style changes over the years. So I started looking online at shoes. Now you all know that I love TomsShoes.com as much for the style, comfort and fashion as for the reason they exist. But check this out. Remember Keds, I am pretty sure we all had a pair as a kid. Well, Keds have come a long way and are actually quite fashionable. I have chosen three pairs from the men's and women's lines that I would love to own (women's) and probably will. That should make at least some of my joints happy.
I have several pairs of Tom's shoes, the ballet flats, and the classics. Not only do they satisfy that "shoe craze" feeling but when you buy a pair a child some where in the world that would never have a pair of shoes, gets a pair. Crazy well check it out at http://www.toms.com/womens. These are my next purchase, I don't care if they are meant for a bride they are perfect for summer.