No CopyCat

2 Aug

Hi Beauties…Today I would like to talk about “PERSONAL STYLE”.  Your style is something that is unique to your own personal taste. I run across a lot of people who have no idea what their personal style is so the run out and buy things that look good on other people, what ever the trend is, or they don’t care at all.

You can find inspiration in so many different places. The key part of exploration when  defying your style, is looking for things that are appealing to you. I keep a “Diva Book”. This book has things that I picked out that fit my personal style, where to purchase it, and the price. I also bookmark looks that I run across online. Grab a cute book and go to work. Don’t worry about writing anything too formal. This book is for your eyes only…look at it as a fashion diary. Once you get the hang of writing in it on the regular basis you may want to break your thoughts up into categories such as: Shoes, Denim, Skirts, Work, Date Night’s, etc. Just make it fun!

 Find inspiration

  • Magazines

Flip through magazines and mark “ANYTHING” that catches your eye. Write down what in particular you liked about these items, and what you could see yourself pairing them with.

  • The Mall

Try going out to the mall and studying the mannequin displays. Keep in mind that these looks will be over stated, and over accessorized for retail purposes. If you go on the weekend you can literally sit back and enjoy the runway as hundreds of people prowl in their favorite shops. You are sure to find an eclectic blend of styles…some good, some not so much.

Grow From Those Around You

This one is sticky because it includes people you may know on a more personal level such as: fashion forward friends, family members, or even co-workers. Write down what you like about their style. What ever you do, DON’T STYLE JACK!  In other words don’t try to duplicate their style. You will be noticeably  uncomfortable when you try to be someone or something that you are not. You should be able to grow around the company you keep, but there is a very thin line between learning from them and trying to become them! Find a way to take inspiration from these people and put your own personal spin on it. NOTHING is worse than a CopyCat in my opinion. Some will say it is a form of flattery…I say it’s copyright infringement, displays a lack of creativity, self-awareness, and self-confidence. Pick things out because YOU like them, NOT because someone you admire or hang around would buy it.”Do you…because that’s what you will learn to do best in the end!”

Style Etiquette

There are a few exceptions to the rules, there will be a time that someone (that you hang with or see a lot) may wear something that catches your eye. What do you do? Well let’s start with what Not to do…Do not stare them down as you take mental notes about what they are wearing, don’t tell them you like what ever it is that they have on, then run out and buy the same thing. That’s a HUGE NO NO! Give them a compliment instead, and if you know it’s something you want to purchase just say something. Avoid asking where they got it from, or how much they paid for it especially around other people. Now unless you are rich and can afford to have everything custom-made or shop at one of a kind boutiques, the occasional “I have that” will happen. That’s life…chances are if you like something and picked it out someone else with similar taste will too. Retailers and buyers depend on this market trend. My fam came into town and one of our favorite stores was having a sale so we all ended up with a lot of the same items and who cared? Nobody, because that’s just how we roll. We all have our own unique style so no two people will wear it the same. We even picked out stuff for each other…I ♥ my fam! These rules don’t apply when shopping a celeb look or people you don’t know (even then I would suggest taking inspiration)  At the end of the day it’s a free world so if you want it…cop it!

SHOP 2 Ya Drop

You will need the following to complete this task:

  1. Your Fashion Diary
  2. Someone from your list of “people to grow from”
  3. Digital Camera
  4. Comfortable Shoes
  5. An open mind

Okay Beauties time for the test of time. Put your research to work…pull out your fashion diary and shop. If you see something that you are on the fence about it GRAB it, because those are the items that are usually over looked on the hanger but look great on. Ask your shopping buddy to take pics of all your different looks and see which one’s photograph the best. BUY THEM… If you are afraid of having buyers remorse find out what the return policy is and shop accordingly.

Did you find this article helpful?

Until next time Beauties…MUAH

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