"Fashion is about clothes - style is about the wearer".
So after my last blogs on finding your style and op shopping the savvy way - I decided to walk the talk on a recent road trip and follow my own rules and this is how it turned out:
My style words:
Urban, Elegant, 70's retro, Parisian vibe - (I made that one up).
Gaps in my wardrobe:
Wait for husband to go get lunch in whatever town we are in and boom! - hit the thrift shops list in hand. I realise this comes across as sexist and some partners or travel companions will be happy to join you but not mine so you have to be strategic to allow for maximum thrifting time, lunch can wait.
Pic one - The exact style and colour cardigan I was after and and an elegant skirt for work = $9
Pic two - Striped scoop neck tee, ( I got 2 actually), parisian vibe = $7 for both
Pic three - Green dress - not on list but will be perfect for work and I have been wanting to wear more pattern. Platform wedges both 70's retro. Shoes as new and a fiver, dress from Recycle Boutique Mt Maunganui and a bit dearer at $27 but still original and fun.
So there you go, armed with your personal style words a list of what you are requiring op shopping can be a fun and efficient way to fill the gaps in your wardrobe and maybe score an extra treasure or two along the way for a song. (My total spend was under $50 and I got five items that i have incorporated into my wardrobe already).
People of all shapes, sizes, styles and walks of life donate to charities and, if you have a clear picture of your personal styles and what you need to fill the gaps in your wardrobe, you can shop thoughtfully and with direction while exercising your creativity and saving money as well as the planet.
If you found this helpful - follow me on social media and look out for my next blog in late January -
"How to organise your wardrobe and wear all your clothes - all the time".
For help with your wardrobe woes call me to book a free 1/2 hour assessment.
"Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe
So, if you've read my previous blog "how to find your personal style", you'll be well on the way to figuring out what you want to project to the world and how to own your style.
However, when it comes to filling the gaps in your wardrobe, it can be difficult to find the items you have in mind to give it your personal twist as most shops stick to seasonal colours and trends. This is where op shopping or thrifting can really come into its own.
Benefits to buying second hand are:
Checklist for op shopping the savvy way:
Thrifting and the holidays:
I think op shopping and holidays go together. Generally you're in a more relaxed, inspired and creative space and you never know what you’ll find while exploring other towns. I always do a quick google search of op shops when arriving somewhere new and make an
afternoon of it.
A year ago while on a road trip I bought this perfect condition banana bag in Paeroa, something I've coveted for years after big sis had one the same in the 70's, (#childhoodfashioninfluences), and the Italian suede boots were a song in Mt Maunganui.
(As for what I found in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district - I won't even go there but I still wear them, over three years later!)
Try not to get too carried away, (as we all have at some time), with the holiday vibe! It defeats the purpose somewhat if you come home with a bag full of things you'll never wear as the climate or your lifestyle just doesn't cater to it. Three fringed kaftans and a rainbow coloured sombrero anyone?
On that note I'll leave you to ponder whether op shopping is something you love or would consider introducing into your shopping agenda in the new year for thrift, sustainability, originality and fun.
Look out for my next blog in January : "How to organise your wardrobe” - a great way to start the new year ensuring you wear everything, all the time.
If you found this article useful follow me on social media for sartorial tips and inspiration, read my monthly blogs or if you need help with anything fashion, style or wardrobe related call me to book a 1/2 hour complimentary assessment
"Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself". - Nina Garcia
We all have a unique personal style or "style personality" and defining yours has a whole load of benefits:
You're probably unclear on your personal style if:
This fun exercise will give you clarity on your style so you can wear things with confidence knowing they are an extension of your personality and therefore really work for and suit you and your lifestyle.
Here we go :
Look at the adjectives below and jot down those that resonate with you and how you want to feel from the inside out. Add your own if you like. You could create a Pinterest board or file of images you love to help, or go old school with a scissors and magazine. This is not about copying, it's a way to get inspiration and you will be doing your unique version.
Classic Natural On trend Put together Funky Sporty Bohemian
Elegant Minimalist Creative Urban Sleek Bold Colourful Earthy
Rock chic Artistic Timeless Chic Fun loving Whimsical Retro
Powerful Down to earth Avante garde Preppy Parisian Feminine
Quirky Street Tailored Relaxed Casual Polished Modern
Don't limit your aesthetic, we all have different moods and activities our style needs to cater to, but choose 4 to 6 that inspire and even excite you. These are your style words. It's time for you to embody them and wear them your way.
Now you are clear on your style aesthetics you can put together new outfits from your existing wardrobe, (I'm a big believer in this and this is how I work). You're sure to already own lots of items that reflect your style and having clarity will give you a fresh way of looking at them. Shop with your words to make better choices and avoid mistakes. Most importantly of all have fun with your clothes and see them for the form of self expression and personal empowerment that they are!
A word on trends:
Personal style is in no way built from trends, however, they are a great tool for enhancing your style by adding interest, a playful element and keeping your looks current.
Look out for my next blog in December : "How to op shop the savvy way" -
Sometimes our style personality doesn't match whats in the shops, or frankly, our budget.
Although not everyone's thing, buying second hand can be a great way of finding original items to fill the gaps while shopping sustainably, saving money and often supporting charity.
If you found this article useful follow me on social media for sartorial tips and inspiration, read my monthly blogs or if you need help with anything fashion, style or wardrobe related call me to book a 1/2 hour complimentary assessment.