Keys to Keeping your Style Timeless & Unique
We are so excited to have Alice Marie, blogger, stylist and fashion designer, of Alice Marie, featured on our Many Faces Blog! She gives tips on keeping your wardrobe updated and on trend, while also letting your personality shine through!
As a designer, I know that fashion is always changing, and the need to keep updating your look is important. There are lots of key elements of style that are classics and the key to keeping your look modern is to keep re-inventing the classics with new trends. The saying “The world is my Runway” is a good way to look at your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should be a direct reflection of your personality and style. Today I’m going to share a few tips that I use to keep my style timeless and infused with my personality.
Create a Capsule Wardrobe
I recently created a capsule wardrobe for myself that consists of classic pieces that can be combined with statement accessories to make new outfits daily. My capsule wardrobe consists of about 15 classic pieces, 3 pants (different styles), 3 skirts (different styles), 3 blouses (different styles), 2 blazers, 2 dresses, 2 classic pumps (nude & black leather). The main pieces in a capsule wardrobe are your foundation and they should be good quality. Colors, prints and textures you based on your personal style. To complete your capsule wardrobe, each season you should purchase statement pieces based on current trends to mix with your classics. Your statement pieces are the key to make your look unique.
Night Before Styling
One of the best ways to have amazing looks every day is to plan what you wear the night before. This may sound tedious, but if you try it for one week you will see what a difference it makes in your day. There are many benefits to night-before planning. You have more time in the morning to eat breakfast, read the paper, 30-min workout, etc. Also, choosing pieces from your capsule wardrobe to mix-n-match can make picking outfits much easier. I find that I also have a clearer mind to make new combinations and mix different styles when I have more time to do it. In the morning, you are always in a rush to get out the door so it’s always good to have everything in place the night before.
Think Before You Wear
This year I committed to putting more effort and thought into my outfits. When it comes to work, I have to think about functionality. I’m an administrator, but I am constantly moving and I need pieces that will move with me. I have had many days where I find myself wearing an impractical shoe when I suddenly need to move boxes or rearrange our storage room. There’s nothing worse than sweating in heels and a pantsuit or a dress. I started incorporating more modern pieces like jogger pants, brogues and bombers into my wardrobe to keep my look modern and comfortable throughout the day. These Items can also be combined with classics like pencil skirts, blazers and heels for days when you have meetings and such.
Purchase a Classic Timepiece
I wasn’t a big fan of watches until I became a manager and I realized that it wasn’t a good idea to take my phone everywhere with me to tell time. It took me a while to find a watch I liked and, that I wanted to wear all day. I am very particular when it comes to watches, I don’t like anything big and bulky. My style of watch is something light that like my clothes can go with me anywhere. One of the reasons I love my Armitron watch so much is that its light and small for enough for my wrist and its classic style can be paired with so much of my arm candy. Plus, I get way more compliments on my watch, than my phone.
Perfect your Skincare & Beauty Routine
A big part of my style is my skincare & beauty routine. I think this is one of the biggest parts of keeping you looking timeless. It’s not all about the clothes, you need to also care for your skin & use beauty products that compliment your natural beauty. For both men and women, skincare is very important. You should always use sunscreen for protection, and have a morning and nighttime skincare routine that best fits your needs or problem areas. When it comes to beauty, the main thing I have learned is, don’t switch from one brand to another a lot. It’s good to stick to beauty brands that are good on your skin and that you can trust to always work for you. A consistent skincare routine and trusted beauty products will keep you looking fresh every season.
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