When people ask me how they can dress more stylishly or decorate with more flair or entertain with more pzazz, the first thing I do is ask them to think back and describe how their mom or dad (or another person important to them,) dressed/decorated/entertained. Why? Because those early, subtle messages have a loooong life. Like it or not. I have shared some early recollections in previous blogs and I could come up with more, but mine aren’t the point.
Step One: Think about your past and how you felt when certain clothes were worn-what did it say to you about the situation? What made an event special? The clothes? The family pictures on the wall? The china? Are you doing things out of habit without even realizing it? If your mom believed every shade of green went together, are you avoiding green altogether? Are you wearing your hair the same way you did when you were 25? I am sure it was flattering then-but what about now? Is there a new version of that style that you could try? Check out social media sites, YOUTUBE.com, magazines, etc. and see what you like/don’t like. This means committing to being more CURIOUS. Poke around Pinterest or Instagram. Look through magazines you are unfamiliar with. Shop in some local boutiques instead of national brands. Step outside your comfort zone. Don’t buy yet. Just look. Consider. And look some more.
After doing this a few times, do you see things differently? Can you change up what is already in your closet and refresh your style? What about using what you already have to create a different table setting? I bet you can.
Let me know what you figure out, where you got stuck, and we can sort it out together.
Remember-the only style that matters is YOURS!