“The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani
Dressing rich on a limited budget and feeling great in whatever you wear, requires planning. Start by concentrating on the classics. These are fashions that have been around a long time and include straight pencil skirts, or A-line dresses that you dress up or down. Others include: blazers, silk blouses, pumps and pearls.
In planning what to wear, always know that clothes are more than protection from exposure to the wind, sun and rain, or a covering for public decency. Your clothing can be imaginative. Certain designs can entertain, attract, and tease the senses of the observer.
Think of your clothing not as lifeless textiles draped on lifeless figures, but as living, vital, fashion voices that reveal your own personality and individuality. These inventive and sometimes absurdly expensive yards of silk, wool, cotton, and man-made blends you have hanging in your closet, are not clothes until you put them on, move, and live in them. Clothes are designed to enhance a living, breathing, moving body.
Imagine your garment as a decorative extension of your body. Now, create a mix of styles and ideas that describe unlimited statements. For example, when wearing a favorite outfit, you create an attractive statement by highlighting your best features. Another statement may be to hide figure “flaws” at the waist, hips, or bust line with unusual belts, sassy scarves, or eye-catching jewelry.
Your body language can be dramatic, professional, or athletic. When you see fashions displayed on a runway model, the effect is more exaggerated. Yet, this picture-view of a garment gives you a key in selecting modern, wearable fashions, and gives you suggestions on how to create your own taste and style.
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TASTE
Taste may be discovered in any simple, well-designed garment. No garment can reveal its shape while hanging in a closet, or displayed on a rack in the department store. Taste is not limited to expensive, exclusive creations.
So, with each garment you purchase, it is up to you to create the finishing touch in a way that reveals what you want to say about your image.
For a true fashion statement, ask yourself these questions: Are the majority of your garments professional, glamorous, casual, classic, or sporty? Which part of your body do you emphasize or hide the most? What area can the garment be made more appealing with a touch of your own individuality or creativity?
The results can only be disastrous if you try to make tailored clothing look glamorous, and elegant clothing look severe or sporty. Sometimes your own individual tastes can create different styles. For example, wearing an oversized scarf across the shoulder or hip; pairing a maxi dress or skirt that has a deep center split over jeans or slacks.
THE PHYSICAL ELEMENTS OF FASHION
The physical concept of fashion then, may be the continuing process of change in styles that are accepted and followed by a substantial number of people in modern society. To succeed, these physical changes to fashions must take place many times during a fashion season.
What is it about fashions and their effectiveness, uniqueness, and creativity that can make you stand out among others? Is it the shape or the way the garment fits, hangs or falls naturally on your body? Is it the color and texture of the fabric? Or, is it the design and the way the garment is constructed?
It is the combination of all these elements that give your fashions their usefulness. Each element lends support in creating the means by which you develop your own individuality. And all of these elements should be used to help you create your complete fashion statement.
When making your fashion statement, remember that whatever fashion you choose to wear, be confident and wear it well! And always consider the effort and cost that go into the physical creation of your garment. Whether you are working with a limited budget, or have excess funds to shop, stay true to yourself.