Style Wise Trend Foolish

Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Working the trends: choker and brocade

 

Dear Readers:

This January is the 5th Anniversary of my blog launch.  Time does fly when you’re having fun! Since it’s the start of a fresh new year (THANKFULLY), let’s do a recap of My Top 10 Style Tips. 

Cristina’s Top 10 Style Tips

  1. Tailor Clothing: Because when something does not fit properly, it won’t matter that you spent your savings on it. Proper fit makes all the difference.

  1. Steam or Iron Clothing: Because wrinkled clothing is not flattering. Ironing the simplest blouse or pant will bring it back to life.

  1. Dry Clean with caution: Because, over time, the harsh chemicals ruin clothing.

  1. Hand Wash Delicates: Because only soap and water gets most things clean.

  1. Polish Shoes: Because a scuffed up shoe, even if you splurged on it, can ruin an outfit.

  1. Use the Mirror: Because it’s best to face the world looking great… from all angles.

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Dress from Paris Marche aux Puces (Flea Market), channeling Prada 

  1. Shop for Quality vs. Quantity: Because when you buy cheap, you buy twice.

  1. Accessorize: Because it’s those finishing touches that can complete a look and give life to a simple outfit.

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Accessories can make a simple blouse shine

Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

Beautiful bracelets

  1. Proportion is King: Because how an outfit fits YOU can make the difference between a ‘Fashion Do’ or a “Fashion Dont.’ If something does not flatter your body type, no matter how elegant or expensive, it won’t make you shine.

    Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish
    My favorite dress purchase of 2016, from Cartagena, Colombia

  1. Be Trend Selective: Because style is timeless, while most trends are fleeting. If you do go for a trend, make sure it flatters your body type and makes you look and feel fabulous.

    Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

    Happily working the seldom worn cowboy boots in Colorado

    Cristina’s Dos and Don’ts when Shopping:

    Fabric:
          Cheap Fabric: Can ruin great design. If it looks and feels cheap, don’t buy it.
          Embellished T-Shirts: Are not easy to clean. Though they can be very pretty, cleaning an embellished t-shirt means frequent trips to the dry cleaners, i.e. Expensive and Impractical.
          Bright and Light Colors: Can look cheap if the fabric is of poor quality. So if you’re on a budget, buy darker fabrics.

     Hardware on bags:
          Cheap Hardware: Can ruin the look of an otherwise pretty bag.
          Minimal Hardware: Works best when you’re on a budget: less is more.

    Leather vs Suede:
          Opt for Suede: If you’re on a budget. Though it requires more care, inexpensive suede looks much better than inexpensive leather, which can look like plastic.

    Reinvention:
          Rework unused clothing: Before giving up on an unworn or out of style garment, take it to the tailor for a makeover.

    In Store vs On-line shopping:
          Educate yourself:  On the look and feel of top quality clothing and shoes by going to a brick and mortar store.
          Get up close and personal: Touch it, feel the fabric, the leather. Get a sense of texture, cut, quality, fit, etc.
          You are not a model: Just because an outfit looks great on the on-line model does not mean it will flatter your body type and height. Check it out in person!

     

    Being stylish and fashionable isn’t about wearing expensive items or living beyond your means.  My style tips are about figuring out what works for you and what simply doesn’t. It’s about making smart choices and taking care of what you own (ironing, tailoring, cleaning) so it always looks and feels stylish ON YOU! It’s about being Style Wise and not Trend Foolish!

    Here’s to a stylish 2017!


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