One of my loyal readers ChiChi asked me to explain how I shop. I am in no way, shape form or fashion a professional shopper but I will just explain how I build my wardrobe and my thoughts when I am purchasing items.
Does It Look Good (On You)
When picking out items for your wardrobe not only must they look hot but they need to look hot ON YOU. Part of learning to pick out things that make you look and feel more confident is being brutally honest with yourself about the way things really look. Some curvy women get confidence and delusion confused. Me for instance, my problem area is my tummy so I try to pick out items that flatter that area in the best light. I stray away from fabrics that stick to my stomach and make me look and feel uncomfortable. I do wear form fitted clothing but the fabric is the biggest factor in whether I will rock a certain item or not. I have some major work to do on my legs so shorts is not something I feel comfortable rocking. There is no use in having a closet full of amazing items that look great but not on you. Find out what your body type is and learn how to dress your body to showcase the best parts and conceal our "opportunity areas".
Putting Together Outfits
I hate hate hate shopping for entire outfits at one time. It is too stressful for me so I prefer to mix and match old and new things to come up with fresh new looks. When I am thinking of buying a new item I only buy it if I think it will be versatile and able to be re-styled. Once upon a time, I used to buy so many outfits and most were for club looks only and I had trouble styling casual looks. Now, I buy items that can go from day to night and able to be restyled. The only times I will buy non versatile items now are for Birthdays or extremely upscale events. Another thing I don't do is shop straight off the mannequin. For the people who don't want to think too hard it's a great option but getting dressed everyday is a challenge for me to reinvent myself and continue to make my personal style evolve. I love putting together new prints and colors based on my Mood, that's why planning outfits never work out for me. You can get inspiration from polyvore, magazine, other bloggers whatever gets your creative juices flowing!!!! My biggest inspiration is my Mother. She is in her fifties and literally everyday she looks amazing!!!
Accessorize.Lastly, great accessories can make or break an outfit. Be careful not to over-accessorize though because you can cheapen your look. If you have on a statement necklace wear no earrings or studs to let the necklace shine. If you have on huge earrings ( I ADORE gigantic earrings) keep any other accessorizing to a minimum. I have noticed that since I started wearing more colors and prints, I wear less of my gaudy jewelry. However, nothing spices up a basic look more than great noticeable accessories so build up your jewelry with statement pieces!
Until Next Time,