A few months ago, one of my best friends took a step back, looked me up and down and declared you DO know you have on pink stockings right? What my friend was referring to was a day like many others when I simply couldn’t find what I was looking for and ended up making a “statement”. You see it’s simple, it was cold on this particular day, and I needed to wear stockings and all I could find was my lipstick colored spanx. I put them on and considered the look color blocking. Of course my friends query was because I had on absolutely NOTHING else pink; so I really am more like an accidental fashionista- sure I love fashion, but I like classics and my interpretation of trends is limited to small exclamation points versus full-on, head to toe trends. So, I thought other people may find themselves in my shoes, accidental fashionistas, rocking trends and making statements simply because you were making DO….
YOU might be a fashionista if:
- You routinely mix that $3 dollar dress you found on sale from Target, K-Mart or Wal-Mart with designer shoes. I promise you I have a Merona dress from Target that people always think is DVF. Because I paid less than the taxes on a DVF dress for it, this clearly makes me clap my hands with delight. Style is not purchased, or dictated by labels it simply is something you have or you don’t and no amount of designer labels is going to make you stylish.
- You very rarely shop at the mail – people are surprised to find that I truly dislike going to the mall. There is very little inspiration there and I get little to no pleasure out of walking from store to store where the windows and the selection look mostly the same. I prefer boutiques or more often then not- shopping online.
- You thrift- I get the greatest sense of pleasure when I find something truly fabulous at a vintage or thrift shop. Just about every winter coat I own is probably 30 years old purchased at a thrift shop.
- People mimic your style. If people frequently ask you where you got something and then you see them a few days later loosely wearing something similar, you have provided inspiration. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so embrace it and keep walking to the beat of your own fashionable drum.
- You have the ability to shop your closet. I firmly believe the chicest of them all understand the importance of having certain basic items- the perfectly cut pair of jeans, the hautest little black dress you know what to buy so when the time comes you don’t find yourself in a frenzy trying to purchase something new- the perfect item, for any event is likely already in your closet.
I believe it bears repeating- style is NOT dictated by labels. So embrace the walk to the stylish beat of your own drum and revel in being a style maven!