With New York Fashion week just coming to a close, it is hard not be inspired and looking forward to the sartorial season that awaits your closet. From the Bohemian Americana looks at Ralph Lauren to the architectural looks at Marc Jacobs—there was a lot going on at the shows. Preppy florals made a strong comeback, as did the done but un-done looks seen at Monse. So many looks, so little time, right? It can get a little overwhelming. Well, thank your lucky Chanel 2.55 that I am here to help you navigate the sometimes overcrowded waters and steer you clear from a major fashion disaster. Here are my top 5 tips to help keep your look runway ready without looking like something that is going to end up in the “not” section of a fashion mag.
Stay true to your brand/Know thyself
This is quintessentially the most important rule on the books. The late, great Yves Saint Laurent once said: “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Always know your personal style and tailor the trends to you. Otherwise you just look gimmicky and will have a closet full of clothes that will just be a closet full of “no”. Trust me—I know it’s hard—I loved EVERY. SINGLE. LOOK. at Anna Sui and Monse— but being petite, too many prints or grand architectural styles can overpower my frame. Get adventurous with your choices—but know who you are first and adorn yourself accordingly.
Your face is your calling card. I cannot reiterate how important taking good care of your skin is. I mean, you take impeccable care of your clothes, so why wouldn’t you do the same to your skin? Hydration is key-and I am not just talking about Evian. In addition to water, you need to make sure you are cleansing, toning and hydrating your skin properly. Look for natural products that are cruelty free. Check out Pevonia’s Skincare Solution Kits made for a multitude of different skin types who need a simple, complete regimen that will cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin as well as balance, hydrate, refine pores and provide natural UV protection. So, place your right hand on your fashion bible and do solemnly swear to never, ever sleep in your makeup, drink plenty of water and take care of your skin as well as your care for your Jimmy Choo’s.
Donna Karan made her eponymous debut in the mid-eighties with her “Seven Easy Pieces” style of dressing that could be mixed and matched, creating a fully integrated wardrobe. Thirty plus years later–this ideal still rings true and is the foundation for ANY wardrobe. Look for classic basics that can be layered and built upon with statement jewelry and key seasonal pieces. With the core of your closet consisting of sheath dresses, blazers and expertly tailored slacks you can’t go wrong. (We will just leave Donna’s bodysuit in the eighties, shall we?) So– the next time you are shopping, think you yourself: “What would Donna do?”
Broaden Your Horizons
Staying true to yourself doesn’t mean that you can’t branch out and try new things. Go out there and be adventurous–try a new silhouette or palette (or two)! Fashion is all about expressing yourself and being confident. Being from New England, I find my wardrobe to be a sea of black and neutrals at times. I call it my body armor. I punch it up with a great jacket, a pop of color or an amazing statement piece of jewelry. Whatever you do—make it yours.
Another key. Get inspiration from everywhere. Fashion is your creative outlet to showcase your inner self and try new things. To live a beauty full life, take chances, be kind and always be true to yourself. Follow these simple rules and the world will be your runway.