June 15, 2012 at 9:20 am #30131
I’m 24 and I’ve been trying to get myself to dress more fashion-y for the past couple years and it’s just been a fail. I still primarily do the t-shirts and jeans or gym clothes even when I know it’d be just as easy to throw on a skirt or a dress. I hang out with people a few years older most of the time and very few of them still dress like I do. Anything that’s helped anyone here change it up?June 15, 2012 at 9:35 am #30143
Oh I like this one. I too was a tshirt and jeans person. When I started having to dress for work, it was really difficult and I felt very awkward. I still do sometimes in dresses. Anyway, magazines and blogs are my advice. There are so many blogs I go on that post an outfit daily on someone who has my body type and taste. Try to find one where you love the outfits the girl wears and pull some inspiration from there. Lucky’s magazine this month has a ‘make 75 outfits from essentials you already have.’ Maybe get that. Also, I LOVE polyvore.com. Or pinterest for inspiration. Or even oldnavy.com has a whole page of premade outfits. A couple of my favorite blogs are: collegefashion.net, kendieveryday, life’s-a-journal, could i have that.June 15, 2012 at 9:47 am #30146
I second lets be honest. There are a million fashion blogs out there, I like to browse and get some inspiration. I can’t remember any right now, but when I do I will post them. And yes polyvore/pinterest! They are so fun and inspiring.
A simple way to dress up the t-shirt and jeans is to get statement jewelry. Get big, chunky necklaces, earrings, even scarves. You can instantly look a little bit more put together! And just get some comfy flats from Target or Old Navy. So simple and cute!June 15, 2012 at 9:57 am #30151
Yes to both of the above, do pinterest and polyvore. Especially pinterest! There’s also a book called “what to wear, where” that gives tips for what outfits work best for different situations, like a bridal shower, or a work cocktail party. It really covered a lot of stuff!June 15, 2012 at 10:08 am #30157
Oh yes Roxy, I loved that book! Very helpful. Basically any situation, they showed you a few outfits to wear. Good for indecisive people like meJune 15, 2012 at 10:20 am #30165
I’ve never heard of that book. I’ll have to check it out.
Also, the statement necklace and flats were great suggestions. Also, throw a black cotton blazer on. Never fails and its good for work, grocery shopping, over dresses, anything.June 15, 2012 at 11:08 am #30196
Nice! I don’t know why I didn’t think blogs. There’s a blog for everything, but this is better than getting lost in them. Polyvore, Pinterest, What to Wear, Where. I’m getting excited to jump in even though this is one area I jump in but only for a little while. Baby steps I think.June 15, 2012 at 11:14 am #30197
Yes babysteps! At least Polyvore/Pinterest can give you a wider range of styles and people’s body types. So definitely start there. It’s easy to get lost in the black hole of fashion on the internet!June 15, 2012 at 11:23 am #30199
I´m incredibly fashion-challenged, so I just make friends who have good taste and whos style I like go shopping with me. One of my best guy friends works for Louis Vuitton, and he usually takes one look at me and tells me that we have to go shopping.
That works for me.June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am #30201
Ask your friends to nominate you for What Not to Wear! I’m not a terribly fashionable person myself but I love to watch that show and would love to be nominated for it myself. They put together great outfits, but I could never afford the kind of stuff they buy. One shirt can cost $150!June 15, 2012 at 11:35 am #30207
lets_be_honest, I was going to mention that article as well. Not all the styles were to my taste but the article itself was a great visual on how to mix and match pieces. Also, it’s a little dated but the advice is still sound, but “The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece” really helped me move beyond t-shirts and jeans.June 15, 2012 at 11:40 am #30211
Yes brenda! Some were odd looking, but I found the majority to be normal enough and at least give you ideas.June 15, 2012 at 11:42 am #30213
1. Learn what works for your body. Personally, I am an “apple,” so I tend to stick to a-line dresses, for example. I know what flatters my body, which makes shopping easier.
2. Go shopping with fashionable friends. Trust their judgment.
3. Find a person whose style you like and ask where they shop. Try shopping there, if only to get certain “looks”–know what works for you/on you.
4. If you go into a Banana Republic or comparable store, the workers will help you put together outfits and will help you while you try things on–bring you other sizes, give you suggestions, etc.
5. Blazers almost always help.June 15, 2012 at 11:51 am #30217
And fwiw, I hate basically all of the Lucky outfits. So if you do too, don’t feel bad about it.June 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm #30223
There’s another Lucky book I like called Lucky’s Guide to Mastering any Style. Or something like that. It’s a little cliché, but they have all types of styles, from preppy to boho to artsy chic. It helps pinpoint your style a little more.
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