Fashion is all about personality, mood and creativity. And one of the best ways to make a look your own is with great accessorizing. Take a single-color dress, and it’s, well, simple. But accessorize it right, and you’ve got a look.
The items that quickly come to mind in turning drab into fab are a striking pair of shoes, jewelry and/or a great bag. But be creative; you can also change the look of an outfit with a scarf, headband, belt, hat, designer hose, or even sunglasses.
NEVER forget that less is more!
If there was a fabulous piece of furniture buried beneath a mountain of crap in a front yard sale, you'd likely never see it. The same concept holds true in fashion: The trick is not to over-do it. Throughout time there have been fashion icons that have created new loks and trends, and though the styles may change, many concepts stand the test of time.
For example, Audrey Hepburn dressed up a simple black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's -- using a big hat or an exaggerated necklace -- to make the little black dress a must have for every girl’s wardrobe, even today.
Forty years later the concept was used again in Pretty Woman, when Julia Robert's character wore a single-colored red gown and dressed it up with white gloves and a spectacular necklace.
And more recently The New York Times highlighted Daphne Guinness, spotted in a Breakfast At Tiffany's inspired ensemble, as one of their Ten Top Fashion Icons.
Fashions re-emerge all the time.
In 1991 Julia Roberts wore a polka-dot dress -- and a hat with a matching patterned band -- to the Polo match in Pretty Woman, and according to The New York Times, "Polka dots, a fashion perennial, attracted a new round of attention when Marc Jacobs, who played around with circles for spring, went hog-wild on his fall runway with polka-dot pillbox hats and hosiery, and everything in between. Dots continued to pop up — at Stella McCartney, Gucci and Lanvin."
Jackie Kennedy inspired millions of young girls and created trends that can still be seen in styles today. She too wore simple lines and dressed them up with dramatic accents.
Yet fashion doesn’t have to be reserved and traditional. It can be wild, provocative, colorful and urban. But in almost every case it’s the accessories that create the look. For example, look at these two chic girls dressed down in torn jeans. The girl on the left adds a low-hanging necklace, sleeveless car coat and blue bag, while the girl on the right adds only a great pair of shoes and a vest over a T-shirt.
To get inspired view photos from past Icons to get ideas that you can apply to current day trends. Bridget Bardot, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Cher. and Madonna have all been trendsetters. Lady Gaga, though quite outrageous at times, is also a trend setter.
Read the current fashion magazines to look beyond the outfit on the page, and instead see what shapes and color schemes were used; what type of eclectic pieces come together to make a look.
Don’t just watch Sex In The City and live vicariously through the characters; pay attention to how the outfits are put together and what makes seemingly offbeat items in Carrie's wardrobe work.
Challenge your inner creative spirit and find a look to make your own. And if you find it, please be sure to let me know – and send a photo, I’d love to see it. We’ve all got it in us to be fashionistas!
Sex in the City
Shop for inexpensive simple dresses that you can later dress up with accessories.
For shoes, many need women's shoes that are made for men.
If you're lucky enough to have small narrow feet, then you have some wilder options.
Of course if you're going to get your fashionista on and look pretty, then you ought to smell pretty as well, and you can buy any of the perfume brands discounted if you know where to look.
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