Fashionista or Fashion Victim?

17Apr10

The Naughty Gypsy’s top five tips for getting – and staying – stylish.

Do you run out to buy the latest it bag, skirt, or shirt? If so, you may not be as fashion forward as you think. There’s more to being stylish than sporting the latest trend. Much more. Consider the following:

1. Love it or Leave it

Do you like what you’re buying? If you’re just buying something because it’s the latest to hit the cover of Vogue, chances are you won’t love the item a few years down the road. Instead, buy a piece because you truly love it, and because it fits in with your own personal style. It then becomes a treasured piece you will wear for years to come.

2. Longevity

Does the latest style, colour, or print have staying power? If your closet is a historical timeline of fashion, it’s time to ship it to the museum and start fresh. Being stylish means having a wardrobe that will last for years. It’s made of quality pieces that make a statment about who you are, not about what the media is pushing in any given decade. Keep those timeless pieces that you love, and throw the rest in a box marked Halloween Costumes.

3. Quality not Quantity

A good wardrobe is on the smaller side, and contains quality pieces, each of which you love.  If your closet is overflowing with items that don’t fit, are last year’s trend, or you simply hate, then it’s time to start donating. Fill your closet with fewer, higher quality pieces. Ensure the fit is right, and that you love each piece. By doing this, you will wake-up every morning to a closet that is a joy to choose outfits from.

4. Designer or Not

Don’t turn your nose up at what the other guys have to offer. Classic, quality pieces come from everywhere, from second hand shops right on up to designer stores. Keep your eyes, and mind open wherever you go, and you’ll find fabulous pieces in surprising places. A closet that contains only designer labels is a status symbol, not a symbol of good taste.

5. Take care of your clothes.

Spending the time to properly take care of your garments ensures they will last a lifetime. Here’s a few quick tips for proper clothing care:

  • Despite popular opinion, garment care labels are not there to irritate the back of your neck. Read them, and follow the directions. The garment maker knows the best way to take care of what s/he has made.
  • If you’re going to wear something twice (with the exception of underwear, it’s OK to wear clothes a few times) let them hang outside of your closet overnight. This airs them out and will save on washing time and costs.
  • Buy a clothing brush. Brushing clothes off before putting them back in the closet stops dirt from settling in.
  • Don’t skimp on hangers. Unless you’re going for a Ziggy Stardust look, the last thing you want is shoulders that take on the shape of wire hangers. They support your clothes most of the time, so go for quality covered, or wooden hangers, even plastic hangers are fine.
  • Invest in a good iron, or steamer, and use it.  Wrinkled clothes look sloppy and tell the world you don’t care about how you look.

6. Bonus Tip: If You Must Have it

Trends have a purpose. They are that bit of flair to add to your already fabulous wardrobe. The key to including trends is to feature little pieces here and there. Don’t dress head to toe in the lastest trend. That’s a sure fire way to become a fashion victim. The point of fashion is to not look like everyone else. There’s nothing worse than walking down the street and seeing twenty girls all wearing the same clothes. We’re individuals. Go with it.

Putting it Together

True style is about dressing the way you want, with class and integrity. It’s about following your own fashion sense, and wearing clothes that fit your body type, in a way that is unique from anyone else’s.

Follow these simple tips and you will have a wardrobe that you will love – and that will love you – for years to come.

Twenty, fifty, sixty years from now, you’ll be able to look back at pictures showing a stylish person, not someone who fell victim to the lastest trend. The choice is yours. Happy shopping!

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2 Responses to “Fashionista or Fashion Victim?”

  1. 1 Sherry

    Very well-written article! While I’m not making any plans in the next few months to expand my wardrobe on account of my expanding baby bump, I will keep some of these tips in mind for when I’m ready to do just that. I never thought of using my steamer to keep clothes fresh and wrinkle free…and for someone who doesn’t like ironing, it’s great advice!

    • Thanks for your comment Sherry!

      Don’t let that expanding baby bump stop you from being stylish! All the tips still apply. Also, think about investing in a few basic pieces that will expand with you. Get neutral colours/prints. By adding colourful accessories, you can dress up the basic pieces without spending a fortune on a whole new wardrobe. And show off that gorgeous bump! Gone are the days of frumpy maternity clothes. It’s hip to show off your motherhood, so don’t be shy!

      I’ve got to ask… if you’re not using the steamer to freshen up clothes, what are you using it for????


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