Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What to wear when...

Okay, so you have a boyfriend/girlfriend. Even if you don't, you will eventually. And it's getting a little serious. His/her parents are coming to town. You'll be meeting them for the first time.

Now is the time to panic, right? WRONG!

While meeting there parents of your significant other is important, there's good news. What you wear matters. First impressions matter. Wear something feminine. It's non-threatening. Skirts, dresses, cigarette pants. Nothing that words like "Mini" or "plunging" could describe. Sweater sets are always good. Look polite. Smile. Don't wear too much make up. Smile.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The importance of knowing your body...

Today I played in a golf tournament, and it made me think about the importance of knowing your body for whatever situation you're in.

What made me think about this is the fact that when I golf my breasts get in the way if I don't wear a tight sports bra. Now, most people don't think about golf as a sport where you need that sort of thing, but, for me, it's important to my success at the sport to bind myself down.

So, I'm going to use this week to talk about using fashion to make yourself as successful as possible. Let's start with something near and dear to my heart right now: applying for a job. The thing is, you never know who you're giving your application to. You don't want to be too dressy, but at the same time, you want to look professional. Skirts for women are good. Look clean, crisp. Do your hair and make-up. Wear shoes that you would wear while working there. Don't look like you're there to work, but look like you're someone who could work there.

I love a good a-line or pencil skirt that is an appropriate length. Dress pants are also acceptable. A collared shirt, like a polo or dress shirt, or a nice sweater or cardigan over an appropriate shirt always looks clean. for shoes I like sensible heels, ballet flats, or dressy sandals looks great.

Don't wear shorts, especially hot pants or short-shorts, tank tops, skirts that are too short or anything with holes in it.

And most importantly... BE CONFIDENT! That's what wins you the job!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The moment of truth

I've been out putting out applications to move forward with my life, hence the lack of blog in the last week.

However, I didn't miss out on some serious shopping moments. So stay tuned this week for some amazing observations... or something like that.

However, I will leave you with this: Congrats to Graeme McDowell! Check out what he wore during the U.S. Open! He looked amazing

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Andre Leon Talley...

Someone asked me why Andre Leon Talley was so influential in fashion. I started to answer, but then I realized I didn't have a good answer beyond, "Because he's amazing and knows what he's talking about." I didn't find that to be a valid answer, so I decided to tackle it.

Why is Andre Leon Talley is influential because he gets that fashion is not just what you're wearing. It's about what's going on around you. If it was only about clothes, Ralph Lauren would not be opening restaurants in Paris, Marc Jacobs wouldn't be using his fashion shows to make social commentary on recycling, and Karl Lagerfeld and Claudia Schiffer would not be in such hot water for the black-face ads. Andre Leon Talley understands why all of these events are part of the fashion world.

Fashion has been around for centuries. Andre Leon Talley understands that fashion is a commentary of the time, and the time is influenced by fashion. He knows the history, and he is a part of pushing the limits in the future. If he mentions you in Vogue just assume you've hit it big in the fashion world.

He seems to be able to tell a story and report, as he writes. If you read his column (yes, I do. Every month.) you understand that he seems to embody the fashion industry by being able to report on what event was so hot at that moment, what everyone who was anyone was wearing, but then he can make it relevant to the over-all landscape of the U.S. and the world.

He understands that American fashion is different than French, and he may belong in the French world with his clothes. He is the man that worked very hard to get to where he is today, and he is very passionate because he is doing what he loves.

Andre Leon Talley, Living Legend.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The best thing I've found

Okay so, the thing is that I really hate promoting stuff, but this site http://www.chictopia.com is probably the best thing I've ever encountered.

That being said, I need to update.

So, alice + olivia is also my new favorite thing to check out. I like the whole classy grunge thing. It's got this whole, I'm young and can get away with this at a point where I don't know that we really have that. I mean, I want to own my look, but the thing I'm seeing is that most of my generation doesn't take risks with fashion. What is fashion without risk? I think that's why Alexander McQueen was so influential to me. He was a risk taker. He loved risks, and was never afraid to commit to something shocking.

We should all be taking risks. Why must everything be black and blue and gray? Where's color and pattern, trying length or volume? Texture, people! I think that's what the average woman is missing in fashion. I say bring it on.