Pick the Shoes First…

‘A woman with good shoes is never ugly.’ – Coco Chanel 

Like I have mentioned before, for me, picking the right pair of shoes is where it all starts.  There are a few things about a pair of shoes that you need to consider before taking this step.

  1. Does the style of shoes I am picking out go with my style of outfit? For example, if you are picking out flats to go with a pair of pants you may want to steer away from pants that are too tight. Heels would be a better choice here because they tend to elongate your legs and are more flattering.
  2. Am I going to be able to wear these shoes all day? This is common sense, but strangely something that is very often overlooked.   Don’t pick out a pair of heels or flats that are not comfortable (no matter how nice) if you don’t feel like you have the stamina to wear them all day without limping around.  There is nothing worse than seeing someone wearing a pair of shoes that is causing them to limp and hobble everywhere.
  3. What is more important to me, to be noticed or to be practical?   If you want to be noticed, then be bold and try new styles, colors and even add in some patterns.  If you are more of a practical kind of girl, that’s OK too.  There are definitely choices out there that can be both practical and fun, it may just require a little more effort to find them.

 I have never been one to be conservative with any of my shoes, I see them, I like them and I buy them. There are so many famous women that consider shoes to be the most important part of any outfit and I tend to agree. 

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

Women should mean Business

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

I very often see that when dressing for the office or for a professional work environment, a lot of Women don’t pay as much attention to what they are wearing as they probably should.

It is easy to stick to what you have done in the past and not try new things. Don’t fall into the rut of shopping at the same stores or the picking the same styles. Try something that is a little outside of your comfort zone – which could even be as simple as adding a pair of patterned tights along with a plain skirt.

We as women need to present ourselves as professional and confident. To do this, we need to modify what we are wearing when we are in different environments. What works in one situation or office culture may not be ideal in another…so you should get to know your audience.

Make sure you pay attention to how your clothes fit – don’t wear something that is too tight or short, or conversely pick something that makes you look frumpy because it is too baggy.

When you wear an outfit that fits you well, compliments your natural assets and makes you like what you see when you look in the mirror, you will walk with more confidence and make others notice you.

One final trap that you should try to avoid is getting too carried away following the fashion magazines or trends, because very often something they are saying is “in” would not be appropriate to wear to work.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have the latest trends, it just means that again you should know your audience and present yourself in a way that you will be taken seriously.

 

 

 

Casually done…

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

There are times when dressing up is not something you want to do…

We all have days when a baggy T-shirt and pair of sweats is reality…but, if you are looking for different ideas of the casual look here are some suggestions:

  1. Pick out a statement piece – you can always dress up an outfit with a cool jacket or top to go along with your casual pants.

  2. Let your hair be a little messy – these are the days that windswept and messy buns are perfect.

  3. Walk with confidence – this is the most important point. Whatever casual style you have chosen you need to “own it”…

 

For my outfit I chose to wear:   a pair of flat boots (I know, I hardly ever wear flats but I loved this funky pewter pair), with a statement top that had leather accents along with a cool jacket.

 

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Shopping Phobia

I know plenty of people that HATE to shop. Here are a few tips for handling this problem:
1. Don’t go to stores that have so many clothes crammed onto the racks that you can’t really see what they are selling.
2. Make sure that you choose times to shop when it is not busy (for example, stay away from Saturday afternoons, and definitely avoid shopping when it is “Back to School” time).
3. Take a friend with you that is an “efficient” shopper rather than someone that likes to browse. This can certainly limit the time you have to be in a store.
4. Don’t try and take your kids if you are wanting to pick something out for yourself – you will just end up not getting what you want and think you were right about hating shopping.
5. Before you go shopping, look on a store website to have an idea if they may have something that you are looking for, so that when you get there all you really need to do is find the items and try them on.
6. Ask for help…don’t be afraid to befriend a stylist that you can talk to and ask questions. This could a friend or acquaintance or something more formal like a personal shopper.
7. Don’t try and follow fashion trends, remember your own style. A great way to do that is by using Pinterest…create a board that you can pin things that are appealing to you and then when you go shopping you can pull it up to remind yourself what you like. Its easy to get overwhelmed in a store, so looking as what you know you like should help you refocus.
8. Recognize that is something that you don’t like and that you have to do…so just surrender to it. That doesn’t mean do it all the time, but don’t fight it when you have to do it!
9. So now, if you are someone that just doesn’t have time…well that’s a whole other problem. First thing to do is plan in advance for any event or special occasion that you have coming up and decide if you have something appropriate to wear or if you need to shop to buy something. – if you don’t have something already, then here are a few options:
a. Talk to a friend that is a similar size and see if they have something you could “borrow”.
b. Decide the look you are going for…if you want formal, then search some store websites and see which stores have things that you like so you don’t have to shop around when you do venture out – you can go directly to the stores that have what you like.
c. Schedule yourself some time to visit the stores that you have explored online, and take a friend to be “honest” with you about which item looks best.
d. If you just don’t have time to shop for yourself in general and it isn’t for anything specific, then the best solution is again decide what you need EXACTLY and go directly to the stores that have the things that you want – but schedule yourself some time. If it means that you have to have takeout for dinner one night instead of making a meal, then do that. You deserve to be able to take care of yourself as well as everyone else.

Be Unique…

 

There are so many magazines, websites, blogs and other fashion sources that TELL you how you can look like celebrities, models or Fashion icons…

Well, here is what I am here to tell you – that isn’t going to work.  The only way you can be unique and find your style is by being authentic to yourself.  You can look at other sources to get ideas, however, don’t use those sources entirely.  I very often look in magazines, on websites and on Pinterest to come up with ideas.  I don’t look at something and say “I have to go and buy that whole outfit”…

If I see a model wearing some really cool shoes or boots, I then like to incorporate that into my style and create my own adaptation.

It is definitely worthwhile looking at what is and isn’t in style, but bear in mind that you still need to find the styles that are flattering to you.

Here’s how I like to dress in the morning:

I pick out a pair of shoes/boots that I want to wear and then decide what they would look good with.  I piece items of clothing together until I find the perfect combination. This is something that you can do with shoes/boots or you can even pick out a shirt, pair of pants, skirt or any other item you are “in the mood for” and put together an outfit with that as the centerpiece!

For this outfit, I knew that I wanted to wear the black dress…I paired with a blouse that had full sleeves and then added a pair of accent shoes that pulled the whole thing together!

Accessorize

Choosing the right accessories is just as important as picking out the clothes you wear….

It is really easy to make the mistake of picking out something that is over-stated or too busy so that it detracts from what you are wearing…

Another trap that is easy to fall into is when your outfit is just lacking something! That is something you can resolve by picking out a necklace or scarf, or just by choosing a really cool purse that accents the outfit that you have chosen.

When you have a V-neck shirt that is plain, it is best to wear something simple and delicate rather than a bulky or heavy necklace. A scarf can also work really well here, but don’t fall into the trap of getting too carried away with the accessories. The goal is to give the appearance of confidence and class.

It is OK to mix and match colors, especially when you are adding an accent. A purse that is a different color, or a necklace that just adds a pop is a great way to brighten an outfit. It is not necessary to “match” everything you wear, in fact, sometimes it is better to not have everything match.

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“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure!”

I grabbed a pair of amazing leggings that I recently purchased because they fit both criteria.  Leggings are a perfect wardrobe addition (if you pick the right pair) because they are comfortable, they can be flattering and of course don’t forget, you want to find a pair that is stylish.  I have seen lots of people walking around in leggings that are either worn out, the wrong color or fabric for someone’s body type (they show off ever bump and curve) and finally the worst thing I think I have ever seen is a pair of “flesh” colored leggings that looks like someone isn’t wearing any pants at all…definitely not the impression you want to make EVER!

The booties have a perfect heel height for lots of walking, shopping and errand running – which is essential for weekends and holidays.  As I have mentioned before, I like to wear shoes with heels a lot more than not, so when I find a pair of boots or shoes that have heels but are still comfortable, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!!

What is your ideal street style?  Do you look for comfort first?  Style first?  Or do you just throw on whatever is closest.  The great thing about style and fashion is that it is ever-changing so you don’t ever have to stick with what you have always done, you can change at any time.

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Find Your Personal Style

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as WE are!”

What is your personal style definition? There are many different types of personal style how do you identify your fashion style? We have many personal style examples here at Style Queenie!

Don’t get caught up in wearing things that you think you should wear or what you think others might like, dress for yourself, be yourself, love yourself…let that confidence and certainty in yourself shine through in everything that you do.  Which means picking out your outfit is only a small part of that, but it is something that will set the tone for your entire day.  I know for a fact, when I feel like I look amazing, I am going to perform and react a lot better than if I feel uncertain about my outfit or even my hair.

We all have bad hair days, we all have not so great outfit days, that’s why I always have a few outfits that are back-ups, which means that I can fall back on these outfits on days where I know I need to look my best.  It is something that isn’t thought about much, but it is always a great idea to have a few outfits ready to go in your closet just in case you need them!  Choose things that flatter your body, your coloring and boost your confidence.  I have talked in previous posts how certain colors can evoke certain feelings…there are always colors that you are more in tune with than others, I am drawn to Red and when I want to feel really sassy, powerful and confident, that is always the color I am drawn to first.  Do you have a color that makes you feel most confident?  If you do, make sure you have something in that color that is a standby just in case you need it.

Johnny Cash was always known for wearing all Black – during his era people thought it a little strange.  These days it is not so unusual, but still not something that everyone likes to do, and that is totally fine.  Outfits that incorporate all of the same colors, or closely similar colors are becoming more and more popular – I love the idea of wearing all Beige or all White, to me that is classy.

This is just one more way for you to put your unique personal style stamp on what you wear and how you present yourself…have fun on your personal style journey and don’t be afraid to try new things!

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Don’t underestimate yourself by comparing yourself to others.  It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful.”

What if I told you that you need to forget everything you already know about style and fashion inspiration.  Not because you are doing anything wrong, but because no matter how great you are at putting together outfits and fashion, it is always fun to “clean house” and go back to basics.  We are your fashion inspiration blog with fashion inspiration themes we are not here to tell you who you are but help you find your own fashion inspiration and personal style.

If you truly want to be different, unique, or stand out, the only way you can do that is by taking risks – and the most important thing to remember is that you will probably have people that don’t like what you are wearing BUT if you feel good, then you have accomplished what you set out to do.  Are you confident enough to create your own unique style.  It is easy to see what someone else is wearing and copy it or try to be just like them – but what takes real confidence is to be you…and not care what anyone else says about it.  Now that doesn’t mean you can’t try to recreate outfits that you see in magazines or see a pair of shoes and want to buy them – because magazines and blogs (just like this one) are there to give you ideas and inspire you!

I honestly believe that we were all created to be unique and that our style has the opportunity to show the world just how unique without us having to do or say anything.  As you go out in your own outfit creation, don’t forget to smile and have fun…the more happy and confident you feel, the more others will feel it too!

“Fashion inspiration should be a form of escapism not a form of imprisonment.”

Have you ever wondered which colors suit you best?  Do you sometimes hesitate to wear certain colors because you think they are too bold?

“If you want to have something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done!”

Wearing a tight skirt with a tunic or dress over the top is actually a really flattering look and appropriate for most occasions. I feel that it looks professional, especially because I didn’t have to worry about pulling down a shorter dress all day long (especially when sitting down).

Wearing short dresses in the summer can be really tempting but beware of wearing something too short for work – it not only conveys the wrong message to people you are meeting, but it also means you are going to be trying to adjust your hem all day long. Even if when you are standing and it’s not too short, it is a good idea to do the sit test and see how the dress or skirt fits you when you are sitting down.

Doing something unexpected is definitely going to be different for everyone – I tend to try things that can be unusual, but that doesn’t mean that you have to. The key is to make sure you don’t come outside your comfort zone, but you can definitely stretch it!

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