Happy Tuesday Rags to Stitches readers! I’m Andrea from Four Flights of Fancy and I’m so happy Alissa asked me to guest post for her today. I always get a little nervous when preparing a guest post, but I know Alissa has lovely readers so that helps me be a little less anxious 🙂 Four Flights of Fancy is a lifestyle blog, primarily focusing on fun accessory DIY’s, easy and simple original family recipes, family life, and a lot of style.
I worked all of my professional life in the fashion industry, and now as a mother of two young children, the main thing I emphasize in my life as it comes to style is that when you look good, you feel good. Style should be above all else though, approachable, simple and fun. I spent too many years professionally obsessing over fashion, and now it’s time to enjoy just how fun it can be.
Lifestyle Dressing –
It took me a while to build a wardrobe that I truly love. A wardrobe that I can go to and always find something to wear. A wardrobe that I can feel good about and not look at items and think “why did I waste my money on that?” I think becoming a mother on a limited budget forced me to really define my style and bring only items into my closet that I truly love and that can work together seamlessly in many different facets of my life. Items I could wear to work (when I was still working), to school drop off and pick up, and even out to date night with my husband. This concept of all the items in your closet working together for you is called lifestyle dressing and it’s really how you can make the most out of your wardrobe.
Questions to Ask –
So now when I am shopping for a new piece I always ask myself a few questions before I make the purchase: Can I wear this to multiple functions? Can I mix it with other items in my wardrobe? Will I see myself wearing this in a year? Is the quality good enough that it will even last a year? Am I sacrificing quality for price and should I just wait (this is something I have to ask myself a lot when tempted with deals as good as Old Navy and Forever 21)?
This dress and sweater are a perfect example of lifestyle dressing. The babydoll dress is made up of a nice quality cotton, lending itself to a very casual vibe. I’ve worn it as a swimsuit cover up with flip flops in the summer, but I’ve also worn it with leggings, boots and a leather jacket during winter. I’ve worn it with cute wedges and a denim jacket, paired with a statement necklace for a night out with friends. The pull on sweater works over tanks, t-shirts, dresses and even workout clothes to the gym. It’s comfortable, soft, simple and casual, but interesting enough to be very versatile. The shoes are just a fun addition to give the outfit a little pop.
The start of a new year is always a good opportunity to set some time aside for yourself and think about your wardrobe goals for the year. Are you on a no-spend budget in 2012? If so really you need to do a through closet organization and inventory so you can see what you’ve got on hand and start experimenting with ways to restyle things. Maybe you feel like you’re on your way to building a closet you love, but you need some help really defining your style. I found this personal style quiz on Real Simple that I found to be fun and could be useful in helping direct your wardrobe choices going forward. Whatever your goals may be, I hope you just have fun with it and remember to keep it simple and approachable. No one should ever get a headache in the morning putting together an outfit. 🙂 Please come visit me and feel free to ask me any style related questions. It’s my favorite thing to do!
Please, please, please check out Andrea’s blog and follow along. She is my fashion guru and in 2011 encouraged me to take greater fashion risks than I ever thought I would. And she’s an amazing woman with a big heart.
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