19 April 2011

Don't Believe The Hype


     I recently had the pleasure of hearing Alyce Parsons, a certified Image Consultant and author in the Bay Area speak to my class this past Monday. She brought to our attention this news article that was featured in the Mercury News about 7 wardrobe musts (go ahead and read it, and come back!).
     Let's start by saying the "essentials" the article named were completely ridiculous as they weren't essentials at all. They didn't work for all body types and were definitely fashion fads that we probably wouldn't be talking about a year from now. This brought up the discussion about how we have to be careful what fashion advice we choose to follow. Sure someone may say coral is the hottest new color for spring, but you have to know yourself well enough to know if coral is a color that works for you or not. Just because everyone is wearing skinny jeans, if they don't work for you, don't wear them. Let's all remember the famous quote by Yves Saint Laurent: "Fashions fade, style is eternal". He couldn't have been more right. Don't get caught up in all the trends and fads if it doesn't fit in with your lifestyle and personal style. You really shouldn't be investing in pieces that are only going to be in for just a season. Those are times when you head out to a fast fashion retailer and try it out at a cheaper price.
     Another thing that bothered me about the article were the price points. Maybe it's just me because I'm a super frugal fashionista, but I'm pretty sure you shouldn't have to spend $45-60 on a tunic jersey dress or upwards to $25 on a pair of leggings.

Your wardrobe essentials should be:

1. Versatile: You can wear them casual, for work and even glammed up for the evening. They can be paired with a variety of other items in your wardrobe.

2. Classic: Trendproof. Clean and classic lines with stand the test of time.

3. Flattering: They should make you feel good and reflect your personality and style. No use splurging on a trend you won't be comfortable wearing or don't look good in.

Don't believe every self made fashion guru's word is gold. Make sure you check the badges of these fashion police who are setting laws and handing out tickets!
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