How I avoid falling into a fashion slump
I am going to tell you all a secret: I don’t own a single pair of sweatpants. Or leggings. A typical “lazy day” outfit for me consists of a pair of mom jeans from Zara, a simple white scooped neck shirt, black loafers, topped off with a black beret and an old black and white polka dot ascot I found when I was going through my Nonna’s old scarves.
And believe it or not, I find this outfit to not only be chic without much effort, but it is also comfortable.
People often ask me, “how can you be so stylish all the time?” or “Don’t you ever just want to be lazy and wear sweatpants?”
Mind you, there is nothing wrong with wearing sweatpants. For me, fashion has always been about feeling good as much as it is about looking good. I do not feel good about myself when I wear sweatpants.
I use my clothes and sense of style as an expression of how I feel about myself and I want them to reflect me feeling confident. And this is a practice I carry out everyday.
I have listed a few tips that have helped me avoid falling into a fashion slump. If you have any other tips, feel free to comment!
Plan your outfit the night before
Something that motivates me to not fall into that “lazy” pattern of rolling out of bed and throwing on a pair of leggings is to have an outfit planned the night before and having it laid out. I find this helps motivate me as I wake up already knowing what I am going to wear, so I don’t have to scramble to assemble something in the morning.
Not only does this save time in your morning routine, but you can also take as much time as you want the night before to plan the outfit and coordinate the best-suited accessories for it.
Sometimes, the internet can be your friend.
Pinterest is a great way to search for different looks and see how others put them together so you can have some kind of direction into the looks you want and the looks that you like. My most recent Pinterest search engine has enlisted the style files of Carolyn Kennedy, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Palermo and Sharon Tate. They have been my sartorial inspirations as of late, and Pinterest has flooded my home page with tons of their best sartorial looks. I like that I have been able to draw ideas from these women and created looks that has my own personal flair added to it.
Pinterest is also fun because, while some see it as a total time-waster, there are also buttons where you can find DIY fashion ideas, which can motivate someone to experiment with their everyday sartorial looks.
Before I go shopping, I always refer to the Pinterest app I have in my phone. This way, I go shopping knowing exactly what I am looking for and have a clear idea of where it will fit in my wardrobe.
Borrow from your mom – seriously
I am quite proud admitting that my mom has great style and I prefer shopping with her over any of my friends. That is why I don’t have a problem borrowing some of her accessories like shoes, scarves and jewelry.
I am also of the belief that what was once fashionable always comes back in style, so I will borrow my mother’s old pieces from when she was a teenager and early twenties. My mom has vintage dresses, skirts and shirts from high-end designers and brands like Holt Renfrew, Allen Schwartz, Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY that are all my size. I love that when I wear my mom’s old clothes I know that it’s not fast fashion. None of my friends will have these pieces in their closets. I don’t dress like everyone else this way.
This is not only economical and sustainable, it also challenges you to test out different looks and find that one staple piece of your outfit.
Just have fun
Honestly, I just love the process of getting dressed. I love putting together different kinds of outfits and having the chance to go out and wear them. I see it as a fun experience where I can express how I am feeling on a particular day and just enjoy myself.
Putting an outfit together is only a daunting experience if you let it be. I encourage you to go through your closet and try experimenting with whatever you have. It is almost like doing a scavenger hunt and you will discover just how much fun it really is to put your sweatpants away for the day.