I’ve had more than my share of creative jobs: fashion designer, product manager, invitation designer, and marketing manager. Today, I’m adding fashion blogger to the list, knowing full well that there may be as many as 2 million of us, already.
Why? Well, I’ve been reading fashion blogs daily for about several years now, and as much as I enjoy a glimpse into the New York Fashion Week runway shows, or the celebrity style shots, or blogger posts from beautiful sun-kissed cities, I can’t relate.
Here in the suburbs of the Northeast, we have ice storms in the spring, gravel driveways that shred our shoes, and a constant need to be in two places at once. It’s a challenge to find the right blend of practical and stylish fashion.
My Style Philosophy
For many years, I gave up on style. I filled my closet with black uniforms, literally, while I taught martial arts and wore a black “gi” almost every day. When I left that job, I remembered how much I missed fashion. I also realized that there were many other women in my life who had given up their style while they raised kids and built careers. They, too, missed looking (and feeling) stylish. With them in mind, I’ve started building this style philosophy:
Lasting Style. Not Fashion Fads.
Though I occasionally recommend fast (cheap, trendy) fashion, my main goal is to find investment pieces; the handbag that you’ll use over the next decade or the pants that are priceless because they fit you just right.
More Than A Capsule Closet
While I try to minimize clutter, shop sustainably and make style simple, I find capsule wardrobes to be too limiting. If you love that odd print that doesn’t match anything or those high heeled shoes you only wear once a year, keep them.
Affordable But Not Cheap
I keep my recommendations under $500, and mostly under $250. People always asked me whether it is worth spending more money for fashion when there are so many cheap versions of the same style. My answer is almost always “yes”. Those versions are usually made from lower quality materials, fit poorly and sometimes use unethical practices. I’d rather buy a wool coat for $300 and keep it for the next five years, than five coats for $60 that fall apart at the end of each year.
What Are Your Style Challenges?
Hope to connect soon,