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Fashion Fridays

July 20, 2012

6th Edition, July 20, 2012

In This Edition:

~*~Maximizing the Full Use of Your Wardrobe~*~

If you’re like me and have tons of clothes in your closet and find that you are using every closet in the house; and you want to maximize the full and complete use of your entire wardrobe, I have some simple tips on just how you can do that without tipping the bank and without having the need to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe.

Accessorizing Your Wardrobe to Create Different Looks:

So, over the past few months I’ve been carousing through my wardrobe, which to me is extensive and being a tight budgets comes with knowing how to adjust my spending habits over a period of time…buying what’s needed over buying what I want — there is a huge difference. 

One of the things I have been looking at is just how to maximize the full potential use of my wardrobe, purge what is not being used, and how many of my daytime looks can be turned into nighttime looks and visa versa, just by using simple accessories and making minor changes.  However, there are those fashions that are specifically designed for evening wear so I leave those in that category. 

What I’ve determined is that so many of us get stuck in a habit of thinking if we don’t have it, we need to go out and buy it, and not realize the gold we have right at our finger tips.  With the use of hats, a variety of belts, decorative necklaces, bangle bracelets, and fashionable earrings, and the occasional blazer, which are just a handful of items, you can give your wardrobe an edge up on creative looks and styles, and make any turning any outfit into something hot and fashionable and make it look new and ready for the day or nighttime scene. 

Give an outfit a notch up with fun but not gaudy accessories.  It’s been my experience that too much accessorizing using gaudy accessories tend to take away from the value of the outfit itself [that’s just my opinion] because in this case you are creating a new and epic look that is chic, trendy, and simple, not too over the top, but enough to get heads turning.  And you’ve shopped it right out of your own closet. 

More is not always better, sometimes you can do less and get quite the bang, and not have spent a fortune.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge accessorizer, but as I get older I find that they can make a huge difference in the outfit you wear.  You have to choose accessories that compliment the outfit as well as your body type a whole.  Because let me tell you that wide belts are not for everybody, but there are belts to suit everyone’s taste.

When you think about hats and scarves you think winter wear or cooler weather, at least some do.  That’s not necessarily the case.  Fedoras and other different kinds of trendy hats, and decorative scarves have been a spring/summer fave for years.  It’s how you mix and match and how you wear them that speaks volumes.  Throw on a cute hat, with a nice scarf, get a wide pair of sunglasses, blazer, jeans, a cute top with a pair of high heels sandals or pumps, complimented with a killer hand bag, and you’re ready for a weekend out on the town.

The Wild Orchid gives up a really good example of nicely chosen accessories.  Not too gaudy, very tasteful and fun, and I think the Juicy Couture earrings are a really nice touch.  What’s missing are the sunglasses.  Oh, yes, you have to have the sunglasses.  They are the summer’s must have.

Spice Up Your Jeans:

I have heard older women complain about not knowing what to wear with their jeans.  Come on ladies!  Are you kidding me ;).  Jeans are not restricted to sneakers and flip flops, t-shirts and tank tops as many of us fashionistas know to be true.  Jeans have been a woman’s friend for as long as jeans have been on the face of the earth and they have transcended how they have revolutionized the fashion industry.

Here is another excellent example from Favim who shows us just how we can spice up our old pair of jeans with a hot fashionable look, getting away from the sneakers and flip flops, and T-shirts and tank tops, especially if you are not one who is quick to throw on a dress and high heels like I am. 

If you’re closely attached to your jeans and you are not open to the After 5 look, that’s perfectly fine because you would be surprised at what incorporating a sequin top, dress shoes and a blazer can do to a pair of jeans.

I recommend experimenting with different ideas to get the look you want that compliments you and your personality and your overall style.  Don’t over do it and don’t under achieve your fashionable ideas.

Tunics are So Much More:

Long tunics and thin or wide belts, and fedora hats go hand in hand if you ask me.  This picture of Raven from African Fashions shows us how you can accessorize while looking slim at the same time with a belted tunic and slimming leggings.

Before you get rid of the pretty tunic that you’ve had sitting in the back of your closet because you’ve had no idea on how to wear it or what to wear it with (it was one of those impulse buys), get yourself a pair of matching leggings, a nice belt, a fashionable necklace, heels, wedges or sandals, and create three kinds of looks one for the day and one for the night, and one for wearing to the office. 

The fun thing about tunics is they can be worn as a dress or with leggings depends on your individual creativity.  And depending on how they are made and the length of them, a pair of jeans, too.  There are so many ways you can dress up a tunic that you just have to be open to the many styles that are available to you.

Best Places for Accessories:

I live here in Los Angeles in the home of the famous garment district right downtown Los Angeles.  Between Los Angeles Street and Santee, you will find some of the best places to get accessories at dirt cheep prices.  Take advantage of their many sales which are daily deals, and walk away with something to dress up almost every outfit in your closet.  In my next post to come, I’ll highlight some of those places complete with addresses and phone numbers.

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