Dressing up your Dressed Down
Staying stylish isn’t necessarily about carrying around that latest Marc Jacobs handbag (mmmm pretty) or knowing exactly what’s on trend. At a recent party, I was talking to a francophone friend of mine who mentioned my Style and the Sartorialist article. She pointed out how inspiring French ladies are with their limited means, even on their day off – because they know, almost innately, how to add a dash of flair to an otherwise every-day outfit. I thought about it a bit and it dawned on me that anyone can be that stylish by just adding a bit of their personality and quirks into their every-day look. You could be tomboy chic, and girl next door glam – as long as you add a touch of your personality to your style, you’re instantly more mesmerizing.
This unexpected touch of personality gets a lot of reactions – for example, I love turbans for their classic (40′s) style and because they’re more quirky than throwing a hat on, or tying all my hair up in a twist. The thing is – the turban is such a classic piece, but nobody would expect it with, say, denim and a silk vest thrown over a long, floaty tee. The vintage touch adds a lot of me into an otherwise every-day outfit. People are instantly drawn to and amazed by it. For me, it’s a good way to cover up bad hair.
Often, throwing the unexpected into an outfit creates a lasting impression. And just like with your personality, the more unique and expressive, the more intriguing and magnetic your style will be. Love shiny things? Add rhinestones to an otherwise boring outfit. Love the beauty counter at your local department store? Do yourself up while dressing down. Love the comfort of yoga pants? Wear them under a long, floating top with fun sandals for a lazy day outfit. Want the ease of that 70′s boho style? Wear a long printed dress under a motorcycle jacket, or pair it with a giant floppy sun hat while lazing about. Need to add some brights to your blackblackblack wardrobe? Try bright bags, or colorful print shoes. Whatever trend you embrace, often the simplest way to make an outfit shine is to play off your own quirky personality.
How do you add a touch of your personality to your day-to-day style?