Many requested that I pass along some of the tips from the J.Crew stylist, Marina Dobreva, who taught a class in Brooklyn. This woman is so talented. I'm happy to pass along what she shared. For starters, here are her overall fashion philosophies to get us started.... (more tips & pictures will be coming!)
"CONVENTIONAL IS NOT FASHIONABLE."
-The best fashion ideas are non-conventional.
-If you're wearing the "it" color or trying to fit in with everyone else wearing the current "trend", then it won't be unique or interesting or creative.
-Don't get stuck always trying to wear what everyone else is wearing. [This is why I love living in New York. You'd think this place would look like one big fashion week spread....but....most people do their own unique thing & don't want to look like the masses.]
"MISTAKES & LACK OF FINANCES OFTEN MAKE FOR THE BEST STYLE IDEAS!"
-If you are traveling and you forget something, you have to make do with what you have. You are FORCED to get creative.
-If you now or previously had a lack of funds, maybe you need to get extra creative. These are the times that great ideas are often born.
-Force yourself to try new things with your wardrobe. Take some items from your own closet that you never thought you'd wear together and try new ways to put together an outfit.
-Don't get stuck in a gray world.
-Nothing great will happen with a black sweater and blue jeans.
-It's OK to mix colors your mom told you not to wear.
-It's OK to mix two different patterns in an outfit.
-Mix textures (lace, plaid, floral, checkered).
************************Anybody want to pull out some stuff from the closet and lay out some new outfits on the bed? I do that every once in a while. This weekend will be rainy in New York. Maybe I'll do some "shopping" in my own closet and see what I can come up with..... :)
Have a great afternoon!
P.S. Marina works at the Rockefeller J.Crew (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-765-4227). I would not buy ANYTHING from J.Crew without visiting her (services in the store are free!) She also does freelance on the side & is available for home visits - her philosophy is to help you create as many "new" outfits as you can from items you already own...she wants to help women to be wise with their pocketbooks & creative with their wardrobes.