Fall is officially only a week away (even though it still feels like summer here in LA). With every new season we have new trends. In this four part series on the blog, we will dive into some of the Fall trends we expect to see this year. First up we have, Moody Florals.
With the cold and gloomy weather approaching we tend to start seeing an absence of color. But we don't have to completely throw color out the window because the sun is not as bright. Store those bright printed tops and dresses for darker, bold, and moody florals. Dark bold florals is definitely a trend we saw all over the runways. I saw a nice mix of rich floral hues, very decorative tops and skirts, and designers really pushing the envelope on vibrant yet muted prints.
Here are some quick tips to help you incorporate moody florals into your wardrobe:
Rules are meant to be broken - especially when it comes to fashion. You can absolutely wear florals in the fall, you should definitely wear white after Labor Day, and you rock those mom jeans!
If you are going to rock moody florals this Fall, leave a comment or send me a DM. Would love to hear about how you are wearing this trend for Fall. Until next time...
We can truly become our own worst enemy when it comes to our style. The #1 thing that destroys a women’s sense of style are her own mental roadblocks. These mental roadblocks make us second guess every decision we make. When working with clients to develop their personal style, here are some key mental roadblocks I run into and help my clients overcome.
I just want to lose a few more pounds…
I’ve touched on this before, but it is very common and normal to feel like you don’t want to spend money towards developing your style and wardrobe when you feel you’re not at your desired weight. No more excuses or wasted time. No matter your size, shape, income, or lifestyle; you are beautiful and deserve to look and feel your best right now.
I don’t have the money…
Having all the money in the world cannot bring you style. You can get your entire outfit from Salvation Army or Goodwill and look like a million bucks. It’s not about money, it’s all about how you put the pieces together. At the end of the day, you either have style or you don’t. Most of my wardrobe nowadays comes from thrift stores. There are many clothing options now at every price point. So stop using money as an excuse to not start developing your personal style. Some of my favorite pieces are under $10. Don’t fall asleep on thrift stores and bargain shops.
I don’t want people to stare at me…
If you’re typically a person that does not care for attention then having people stare is an understandable fear. I’ve had clients say “If I start dressing better, people are going to stare and think I’m trying too hard”. I hear you and I get it, but isn’t that putting someone else’s needs over your own? Change is hard, but it will be even harder if you’re always worried about what others think. Your happiness should be first and foremost, period. Don’t let this mental roadblock stop you from having impeccable style.
I don’t know what looks good together…
Style can be taught. To some it may come easier than others, but overall you can teach yourself how to build stylish outfits. Pinterest has been such a game changer for me when it comes to developing my personal style. It’s even a tool that I use when working with my clients. I create a Pinterest mood board for each client that we review together and they must approve the board before I start shopping. Compiling a collection of outfit inspiration can easily be recreated. Once you start to get the hang of putting outfits together you can even put your own unique spin on it.
There are many things that can keep you from starting your personal style journey and all of these fears or concerns are valid. But what is important is how you react to those fears. It’s a mental game and sometimes you just have to tell your internal thoughts to shut the hell up and just go for it. In the end you will be happier that you did.
What are some other mental roadblocks that stopped you from starting your personal style journey? Leave a comment or send me a DM via Instagram. Until next time…
Style doesn’t come easy for everyone, but everyone does have their unique personal style. Defining your look can be intimidating, but does not have to be difficult. It’s all about taking baby steps and I’m here to guide you along the way. Here are some easy steps you can follow, so you will be styling and strutting in no time.
Start with the Basics
A good foundation is the key to building a strong wardrobe. You must start with your basics. I talked about some good quality basics in last week’s post, but when building your new stylish wardrobe your basics have to extend into investment pieces. So your basics are jeans, t-shirts, and tank tops but your investment pieces are skirts, slacks, blazers, and blouses. When you are looking to add new pieces to your wardrobe your basics and investment pieces will be the perfect starting point.
When trying to develop your personal style try to pay special attention to what the women or men around you are wearing. And ask yourself what is it about their outfit that drew your attention? What do you dislike? When you see someone walking down the street and you can imagine yourself in the same outfit you’re heading in the right direction. These are key style indicators that you should pay attention to.
Remembering what you see while you’re observing can be difficult especially if you are always on the go. I suggest to open up a quick note page on your phone to keep track of the outfits you liked while out and about. Also, since style is so visual utilize Pinterest. I swear I’m probably on Pinterest more than I’m on any other social media platform. Creating style mood boards are not only fun, but extremely helpful for me when I get dressed in the morning. You might not have the exact same pieces in the Pinterest photos, but I’m sure you can get creative and find something similar. That’s why personal style is fun!
In an earlier blog post, I discussed why ignoring trends is useful and developing a style uniform is the way to go. But for the purpose of this guide, I think people often combine fashion with style. Not realizing they are two separate things. Following all the latest fashion trends by constantly rotating your wardrobe does not mean you have defined your personal style. The issue is that people think that style is materialistic, but it has nothing to do with the quantity of trends you have in your wardrobe. Then end goal should always be to create a unique style that represents you and should not be influenced by what’s “hot” and “trendy” right now.
Try Something New and Copy Till You Nail It
When you first embark on your personal style journey, don’t be afraid or ashamed that you copied someone else’s look. How else are you going to learn right? The world of fashion was built on taking inspiration from somewhere to create something beautiful. You are essentially doing the same thing when you take inspiration from someone’s personal style.
You should feel good about what you’re wearing. I don’t know how many times I have heard people buying things because it was in season or on trend, but they have no idea how to style it. Therefore, they never wear it. Money down the drain. Trying something new and changing your look can be intimidating or even scary for some. These feelings are 100% normal because you’re putting pressure on yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. All I ask is this, give yourself the freedom to explore and try something new. That’s truly when you will start to jump into a personal style that speaks to you.
I really hope you enjoyed this guide to personal style. If you have some other tips or tricks that you’ve used to develop your personal style leave a comment below or send me a DM via Instagram. I love keeping the conversation going about fashion and style. Also, you have any other guide topics in mind let me know. Until next time…
Personal style is a form of self-expression and I’m all about supporting self-expression through style. Keep in mind, this is strictly my personal opinion and not meant to be harsh or hurt anyone. So what fashion trends need to go away?
All I have to say is “Damn the Kardashians!” haha. I honestly don’t understand how these are fashionable. I feel like all the Kardashians were sporting biker shorts with no intention of actually being active while wearing them. They showed of their “bottom” figure very well. That’s about it. I get that their comfy, but ladies we can do better. Cycling shorts were definitely more prevalent last year, but this trend still seems to be riding into this year. It’s time to let it go
Now don’t get me wrong. I love color and I love neon, but you should not be able to stop traffic in your outfit. If you are head-to-toe in neon and I need sunglasses to look at you it’s a little too much. You can playfully add pops of neon to your outfit if you want the color. Honestly, neon is a great fashion trend when styled responsibly.
Super Distressed Jeans
I love me a good distressed boyfriend jean. I actually have two pairs in my wardrobe right now. But the distressing has gotten really intense and in my opinion it’s a waste of money to buy a denim pant with barely any fabric. You have holes going all the way down the leg in the front, some are all cut up in the back, fabric is hanging everywhere, or a whole panel is missing. For me it’s all about balance and I appreciate the push towards an edgier design. I just prefer a happy medium when it comes to denim distressing.
Leggings as Pants
This is not only one of the worst fashion trends out there, but it’s one of my ultimate style no-no’s when I’m working with clients. This has been an issue debated over and over for many years. Now I’m okay if you wear a legging underneath a long tunic style top. But let’s avoid wear leggings as an actual pant. A lot of regular leggings are just not thick enough and I’ve seen way too many undergarments. Just wear an actual pant or a top long enough to cover the bum.
All Over Logos
The all over logo trend blew up originally in the 90’s, but has come back with a vengeance. Being plastered head to toe with logos was very edgy and cool, but in my opinion it’s one of those fashion fads I didn’t think would ever become popular again. It’s okay to love your logos and designer labels. I mean who doesn’t if you’re a true fashion enthusiast, but is it really necessary to wear the logo all over your body? In my opinion it’s a little ridiculous, but has continued to perform well in street fashion. Only time will tell how long this trend will be around.
Thoughts? Feelings? Anything you want to add to the list? Leave a comment. Let’s chat!
If you follow me on my social media pages I asked last week what are three words you would use to describe your personal style? My three words are casual, comfortable, and carefree. I’m usually a blue jean, graphic tee, and sandal type of girl. Which in hindsight isn’t really anything special, but a tee and jeans will not always fit for every occasion. Here are some quick tips that can really elevate your casual look.
Accessorizing is Key!
I’m a firm believer that accessories can make or break an outfit. I like to keep my accessories simple which matches my preferred casual style. Out of all the accessories your earrings and your shoes are fundamental. Earrings are usually one of the first things others notice besides the outfit itself. And shoes are important because it completes the overall look.
There was a time that I used to just wear hoop earrings. And back in the day the bigger the better! Now with my earrings I like to play with shapes, different colors, and textures to bring interest to my outfit. I also go with a closed toe shoe or heel if I want to elevate my casual look. As I said, I’m a sandal girl which isn’t always workable depending on where I am. My new favorite shoes are these black oxfords with the gold chain link detail. They are simple yet have a little something extra. Win-win!
Master the Art of Layering
I love layering because you can really go through a creative process while dressing up. Most importantly layering can help turn something casual or plain into a well rounded look. Take my outfit for example, I’m wearing a regular cuffed hem jean with a leopard printed button down tied at the waist. I wanted to elevate the look a bit so I layered with a blazer. Instantly chic
It’s Okay to Experiment
Experimenting with your wardrobe is all about creating variety so you can mix up your look. You should be able to go from day to night or go from a casual look to business casual look with very little effort. If you have a closet filled with a bunch of sweaters or cardigans try to substitute those by adding blazer style jackets or a stylish moto jacket.
In addition, don’t be afraid to try different stores you never thought about shopping at. Try on styles that look nothing like your typical day-to-day wear. You might surprise yourself with what you look good in when you thought it wouldn’t work. With that being said, this is still a sustainable platform. Don’t go crazy! haha Shop responsibly, but go out there and experiment with different garments that elevate your casual look.
There are various reasons someone may decide to hire a personal stylist. It’s not just a luxury for rich people. Anyone can hire a personal stylist and if you are on the fence. Then this article is perfect for you.
A Major Life Shift
As we move along this crazy roller coaster called life we will experience many changes. For example, you could experience a change in your weight/size and none of your clothes fit the way they should anymore. Having to rebuild your wardrobe could be overwhelming and frustrating for some. Hiring a stylist definitely can help with any pain points you may be experiencing.
Maybe you are new to the dating scene. You were in a long relationship and that ended so now you want to give dating a go again. You will be amazed how much your wardrobe changes when you haven’t dated in a while. Not that you’ve let yourself go, but you tend to feel no pressure when you’re in a relationship versus trying to meet someone new. Hiring a stylist can help you alter you current wardrobe to include some key date night tops and dresses.
You Don't Like to Shop
If you are the type of person that would rather do anything else in the world than shop for yourself then hiring a personal stylist is definitely for you. There is nothing wrong if you truly do not like shopping. It’s not for everyone and shopping is time consuming. No one wants to spend their time doing something they don’t like. However, you can’t walk around without any clothes so hire out the help.
Updating Your Image
Maybe you’ve gone through life in just jeans and a t-shirt, but now you have a corporate job with a professional dress code. Or maybe you’ve left your corporate lifestyle and are looking to transition into something more casual.
Everyone’s situation will be different, but a stylist can help ease you into these wardrobe transitions and advise the best items that work for your new lifestyle.
Your desire to change your wardrobe isn’t always career based. It is possible that you’ve never changed your wardrobe as you’ve gotten older and some items are no longer age appropriate. And don’t take this statement the wrong way. It’s no one’s business to tell you what’s right for your age, but with that being said we do tend to have that feeling when something we used to love in our wardrobe 5 years ago doesn’t feel right anymore. This is a clear indication that it’s time for a change. It doesn’t have to be your entire wardrobe, but adjusting small areas can give you an overall new look.
You're On A Budget
When you have no self control and tend to go on shopping sprees to figure out how you will put gas in your car later. You should consider hiring s stylist. A personal stylist will help weed out items you don’t really need and will stay within your given budget so you’re not blowing your bank account. Your stylist understands that it’s all about quality and the value each piece brings, not quantity.
At the end of the day, only you can decide if hiring a personal stylist is right for you. Remember hiring a personal stylist is an investment, but it’s also a trade off. A stylist can help you build up confidence when you walk in that board room, help you get the man or woman of your dreams, and move you in the right direction for your life.
As a personal stylist I am fulfilled simply by being able to give back, help, and teach my clients about style. In return, I receive the greatest gift of all which is seeing my clients blossom and kick ass at life. I’m glad I can help during their personal journey. Until next time. Peace, Love, and Style!
Mynka is a personal wardrobe stylist sharing some style tips, outfit inspiration, and using this blog as a platform to continue the important discussions surrounding sustainable fashion.