Written by Tara Patrice: @TheMagicHeartist
Your style is apart of what makes you, you. It’s the magic within that’s shown on the outside for all to see and you deserve to be seen. When I was younger I found it hard to fully express who I was. I was the awkward, artsy girl who kept to herself most of the time. As I got older I found my love for fashion. It amazed me how designers would emote a mood or a feeling through their creations. I would think is it really possible that a few pieces of fabric can alter emotions or cause a commotion in a quiet room. I began to use clothing as a way to show my true self and showed my true self I did. From wearing my jeans inside out, to layering 3 different shirts on top of each other, to rocking high heels with every possible outfit combination.
I tried so many different styles until I started finding the ones I loved best. And my advice would be for you to do the same. No matter what your age, career, interests, you should play around with different looks. Keep trying new things until you find one or two or possibly five styles that you really love and make you feel good. Now some of you might be saying, Tara I love the clothes I have I just need a little change, or I want to update my wardrobe but I have no idea where to start. In the past I’ve helped some friends and clients with their wardrobe and my 5 main tips for updating you look or wardrobe are:
Reuse - Recycle
Whether its cutting an old hoodie to make it cropped or getting a skirt taken in because your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, getting pieces altered is a great way to make the most out of what you have.
Find Your Color
You ever look at someone at think wow that color looks like it was made from them? That’s because it is. There reason for the color wheel, is to show what colors are meant for each other and we should think about that same relationship when it come to the colors we put against our skin. Think about the way a color makes your eyes, compliments your hair color, or above how it makes you feel when you see it.
Back to Basics
Most stylists will tell you that if you have the 10 wardrobe basics you can then start to build up closet from there. Some of those basics being a your favorite pair of jeans, a white button down, dress pants, and blazer. Those basics tend to shift all the time but its essentially pieces that can be transformed and used multiple times without you having to buy more. What I like to tell people is find 10-15 pieces that you wear constantly, that you can make multiple outfits out of and that make you happy. Then build your wardrobe from there by adding in prints, graphic tees, layers, etc. until you feel a vibe happening.
Find Your Inspo
You never know what could influence your personal style. Sometimes watching Netflix, looking through style magazines, or walking around the mall, can inspire your next wardrobe decision. For me it’s Clueless that influenced how I dress most of the time. Along with celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Lisa Bonet, and Zendaya. Start to look closely at what interests you and use it to influence a change to your look.
Joyful Clothes Only
If it doesn’t bring you joy when you look at it, feel it, wear it, then let it go! A lot times we hold on to things because we think eventually we’ll wear it, or it was a gift so I have to keep it. Don’t! Pass it on to someone who will wear it or give it to good will. You should only hold on to things that bring you absolutely joy so you know you’ll actually wear it.
Your Wardrobe - Your World
At the end of the day your wardrobe is all your own. Confidence is key, The more confident you feel, the better the outfit looks. No one can steal your shine unless you let them. If you feel good in what you wear that’s all that matters. Looking back I realized that how I dressed was the one thing I could control despite anything that was happening around me. It was a way for me to express angst, to feel better about my appearance, a way to make me stand out even if I felt invisible on the inside. I get to express all of me through what I wear and that, to me, is magic.
So let your magic shine through!