1. I’m actually not half bad to look at most days. Ok, that may seem corny -- or conversely, pompous, but the truth is having spent almost a decade of my life as an obese woman who felt simply awful about her appearance (to a large degree unnecessarily), the idea that at this stage of my life I could feel more than ok looking at myself in photographs…let alone that I would even dream of plastering those pix in cyberspace for anyone to see, well, it’s just pretty darn cool!
2. Style matters. It affects our mood, our sense of self and our impact on the community at large. It is a form of expression, an art if you will, and it is the best kind of art because it is accessible to all. Style is the personal art of choosing how to present yourself to the world visually, as a sign of self-respect, form of creativity, and to reflect a sense of pride.
3. Belts are my friends! Who knew, lol? I have an hourglass shape and belting – when done right – really accentuates that. Of course I knew that for other people…but now I see it for myself. No bravery need :)
4. The 3 most important items in a wardrobe? Accessories, accessories, accessories! Once you have a basic working wardrobe, even if it’s not complete, building an accessory collection is not only useful, it’s fun and relatively inexpensive. And you can TOTALLY change the look of so many outfits just by adding something simple, like a bold statement necklace, a scarf, or camisole (which I consider an accessory).
5. Taking photos of outfits is very beneficial, even if they are just for yourself. While I enjoy doing this blog it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But I do urge any woman exploring her sense of style to try taking regular photos of outfits. It’s a great way to catalog looks you like, discover ones you don’t, and it helps you develop your own tastes when you have a visual record to refer to.
6. Shapes can make or break an outfit. A top that seems too full or boxy when paired with trouser jeans can work great with skinny jeans. A shirt that’s a wee bit too long for a pencil skirt can be very flattering when belted with a longer more drapey one. The key is trying things on with a critical eye and not being afraid to experiment (even if only in the privacy of your own boudoir)
7. Size doesn’t matter. Ok now, you know what I mean :) Seriously -- it really doesn’t matter what number it says on a tag or the scale, what matters is how you dress the body you have. True, there are some general rules that seem to apply to pretty much anyone (creating the appearance of an hourglass shape, making legs look as long as possible, balancing the top & bottom, etc) and then there are some things that just seem to work better on some individuals versus others. But pretty much any trend, any look can be translated in some way to fit & flatter any body. Period. Want proof? I am 45, weigh around 170 lbs (on a good day) and am a size 12-16, depending. If *I* can wear skinny jeans, puhlease, ANYONE CAN!
8. There are other women out there that share my attitude about style. Despite differences in taste, age, size, economics, culture, or a myriad of other variations there is a common thread amongst the many wonderful women I’ve “met” since doing this blog. Wanting to make a statement thru appearance and embracing not only our own exteriors but also each other’s has been such a wonderful thing to witness. The support, acceptance, ingenuity, imagination, generosity of spirit and willingness to share has been lovely to experience and participate in. I’ve felt welcomed into a neat little community that is as big as the whole world and I am enriched by all of you every day. Thank you.
Blessings to all in this New Year, may 2009 bring you all the happiness & joy you deserve!!!