Hello Lovelies, OfficalDylanMarvil here today!
First off, I’m sorry for posting 3 days late. I got confused and thought that the 27th wasn’t my posting day. I’m sorry! But I’m making it up to you by giving you all a fabulous post. 🙂 So sit right down and enjoy.
I’m sure you’ve all wanted a mirror on the wall sometime in your life. Not to tell you that you are the fairest of them all (please, I’m not that vain!) but to let you know if your outfit looks great on you. Or maybe a little pug named Bean, who just happens to have a way of helping you dress fantastically. Or maybe a little guide to help you know just what pieces you need, places to shop, what to buy when…it is an endless list. Unfortunately, there is no perfect list that can help you with everything. But, maybe this can help.
You see guides all the time on current fashion, but no one guide that can help you with all seasons AND be tailored to your style. But I thought I would take the challenge of creating a guide for you all on how to have a near-perfect wardrobe, how to pair things, and in the end realize how beautiful you truly are, and maybe that will give you enough confidence to smile at someone you don’t know, just to brighten their day.
So, here we go. 🙂
First off, that quote is pretty funny. 😀
Second, here is the first step: determine your own style.
Some people think that you can only fit into one category in the fashion world. But that isn’t true. Fashion is always changing, just as you are. Admit it, we’re all a little fickle. So what you do first is grab a piece of paper, and write down words that describe your fashion sense, that describe the type of clothes you like, words that describe you. Trendy, girly, sweet, edgy, might be among some of the words you think of. Take your time, this step is important.
Go through the clothes you have, and pick out the ones that you like. Ones that don’t fit, put in one pile. Ones you don’t like, put in another. Ones that you do like, put in the final pile.
With the clothes that don’t fit, ask yourself these questions: Can I alter it to fit? If not, does a friend or sibling want it? Should I donate it? If you can alter it, go ahead. Their are numerous online tutorials, and your mom or a friend is bound to know something about altering. If you can’t alter it to fit, see if a sibling or friend wants it. If the answer is no, then it is time to donate. Pick a charity. Before you go straight to Goodwill, look around at other charities. Some charities take donated clothes in good condition to other countries for people that can’t afford them.
Now with the second pile of clothes that do fit, but you don’t like them. Is there a way you could change them that you could like them? Using craft glue to apply rhinestones or pearls? Iron-on studs? Cut-outs? Glitter and modge podge? You can even look up some online tutorials on YouTube or Pinterest.
Clothes that did not pass this last step, you can again see if a sibling or friend wants them. And clothes that don’t pass that step, can go into the new charity pile.
Now, for your last pile. Clothes you like, that fit. Divide these into piles of Tops, Jeans, Shorts, Other Bottoms, Dresses, and Miscellaneous.
You now have a charity pile, a pile of clothes to alter or change in other ways, and piles of clothes you do like. Set aside the first two piles and lets work on the last pile.
Now, with the piles of clothes you do like. Put them in your closet neatly, this is a neat-freak time. Here are some organization tips to help you through this step:
- Fold your jeans, then put them on a shelf above where your clothes are hanging. Sort of like the way they do it at stores. You can divide them by wash, color, pattern, style…which ever way you like. Like THIS.
- ALWAYS fold sweaters. Hanging them will destroy the shape. I’ve learned this the hard way.
- A fun way to hang your skirts is from shortest to longest. It looks nice and pretty. Very organized.
- One way I like to organize my tops is this: I start by hanging all my tank tops, categorizing by color. Like a rainbow. Then I move on to wide-strap and muscle tees, again categorizing by color. Then T-Shirts. Then other short-sleeve tops, then quarter-sleeve tops, all the way to long sleeve. In each section, I continue the categorizing by color.
- Some stores such as Target sell these sweater box things, which hang in your closet. Anything you can’t or don’t want to hang can be put in here. They look like THIS. PBTeen sells some cute ones for dorms, which of course can also be used in your room.
Now, What Do I Need?
Okay, so you’ve learned to organize and sort your clothes. But what about all that stuff earlier about fashion needs? What exactly should be in my closet?
Well, this is really up to you. Use the words you wrote down at the beginning when you go shopping, to help you decide on pieces you aren’t sure about. Make sure it is a piece you actually like, not something you want because everyone else is wearing it. Be a trendsetter, not follow. You know, unless that trend is bows. Then it is time to follow. 🙂
But if you’re like me, that might not be enough. You want a cute little typed-up list giving you examples.
When it comes to jeans, there are four styles: Flare, bootcut, skinny, and jeggings. Those are the four main styles you need to know about. If you don’t like flare, you don’t have to get them. I personally don’t own any because they look odd on me, but some of you might be able to find a way to make them work for you.
Bootcut is nice, and work best with tighter tops. You should own at least one pair of bootcut, more if you really like them.
Of skinny jeans, you can never have too many. I suggest one dark wash, one light wash, and one medium wash at least to start with. Add to your collection as you want. For example, you could have a pair of light wash and then another pair of light wash with studded pockets. Just try to make you items different, this will give you more variety and more to work with when picking an outfit.
Patterned and colored jeans are also very cute, and take your time finding the perfect prints and shades. Forever21 and Delia’s, along with WetSeal and Charlotte Russe, have wide selections with very unique jeans.
Tops. Tops, Tops, Tops. So many different styles! Make sure you have a few T-Shirts, for those casual or sick days. You can choose from different patterns, colors, styles and cuts for different tops. Look for styles and colors that look good on you, then try to build variety.
There are three different lengths of leggings: Knee-length (less common, but I’ve seen them at Forever21 and Target before), crops, and ankle length. It is useful to have these to wear under shorter leggings or skirts, and with long tunics.
As with tops, there are many different styles and prints and colors and fabrics, so experiment a bit here.
In fashion, there are a lot of classics. There are the things you should spend more on, because you can wear them for longer amounts of time. When it comes to trends, buy them at cheaper prices since chances are you won’t wear them for more than about 3 years.
Also, if you’re still growing you can take those classics after you’ve out-grown them and you can consign them–then you have money for more clothes! The better the quality, the more you’ll get.
The best way to know what stores are near you is to Google your nearest mall, and a list of stores will pop up. That way you’ll have a general idea of what is and isn’t at your mall.
If you prefer designer brands, but can’t afford them, definitely check out the upper scale consignment shops in your area. They’ll be full of designer clothes at much, much cheaper prices. Or even if you do have a larger budget, you may prefer to go to consignment shops because then you can buy more. This can all depend on your style, taste, and budget. You don’t necessarily have to plan it all out bit by bit. Just go with the flow, and eventually you’ll know exactly which stores fit your style and budget.
The Do’s and The Don’ts
DO wear what you want.
DON’T follow trends just because your friends are. Listen to Do#1.
DO take chances. You never know, you might just create something wonderful.
DON’T feel pressured to look perfect. Be perfectly imperfect.
DO try to find colors that coordinate well together, and look great on you.
DON’T wear something that looks bad on you, just because it looks great on the hanger or model. Your body will look good in all sorts of clothes, but there will be pieces that aren’t flattering on you. It’s okay.
DO cut pictures out of magazines to help you think of outfit ideas. Sometimes a simple picture can make things easier.
DON’T feel like you have to spend more to fit in. Is that really how you want to live? Thinking that wearing more expensive clothes makes you better? Clothing is clothing no matter where it is from.
DO try out different looks. There might be something you think you hate, but take a second look. It might become your new favorite thing.
DON’T give up on an outfit just because you can’t match things perfectly. It’s like writers block. Take a quick break and come back to finish the outfit.
I hope you all have an amazing day!
I love you all to Pluto and back!