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It has recently been brought to my attention that while many people wear whatever they want, others are stuck in a bit of a rut.  Part of this could be due to the fact that many have been put in a fashion box and need to break out of it!  I’ve noticed in recent fashion articles where body figures have been dubbed “names” so that you can be aware of what type of shape you are.  However, if it wasn’t already depressing enough not to have the “perfect body” being compared to a fruit has added an all new low.  Pear, apple, and even boyish are all names that have been recently used to describe how your figure looks.  I can’t speak for others but being compared to a pear or even a boy isn’t exactly how I would personally like to be described.  As long as you understand what looks best on you there is no need to call yourself an “apple” shape.  I’m here to give 4 simple tips on how to step out of the box and into your clothes without looking like a fruit.

Step 1:  First and foremost it is important to know what is in your closet (and this doesn’t mean your past).  If you have 10 items that are black, it might be time to change-up the color.  If all your jeans are one particular cut then you should start looking for another.  These are all things that everyone can change-up from time to time. Having just one idea for an outfit is like only showing one side of yourself.  We all know,women especially, have many different aspects such as being a  career woman, mom,college student, or athlete.  There is not one particular thing that can define us,  so why let one outfit define who you are! 

Step 2:  Don’t be afraid to look HOT!  As cheesy as this sounds, there are so many women that need to pump up the volume while there are many others that need to tone it down.  You don’t have to be a hooch (you all know what I mean) to pull off this look.  There are many ways to look modest yet still have a little spice.  A great way of doing this is adding an animal print to a shoe or cardigan; however, this doesn’t mean dressing head to toe in animal print.  Although the term “Cougar” and “Puma” are currently in, it doesn’t mean you should mimic one.  Another subtle way to add a little flavor would be a sequined vest paired with a solid color top or a sequined top paired with a solid color jacket.  All of these things can be done with a small touch.  Just remember you want to look hot, not a hot mess!

Step 3:  Invest in some good sweatpants!  If you don’t enjoy wearing sweatpants, I’m probably not the blogger for you.  They are only the most comfortable pant ever made, great when eating too much, and ideal for working out in, but this is no excuse to have lousy ones.  If you are going to be seen (meaning out of the house unless you’re in college) I suggest investing in well-made sweatpants.  Not only will they last longer, but you can also wear them to run errands in without being stared at.  And who said style couldn’t be comfortable?!

Step 4:  Don’t fool yourself!  Like I said earlier many are afraid to step out of the comfort box.  Just because you don’t think you can wear something shouldn’t prohibit you from at least trying it on.  Jeans are a good example of this.  The most unflattering jeans often are with bulging pockets, super low or high cuts, and baggy fittings.  The basic styles like boot cut, straight, curvy, skinny, or boyfriend are open to most sizes.  So rather than being concerned with the style, look first at the detail and shape.  It’s a matter of finding the look you are going for and then trying the on the jean.  Knowing you don’t have curves should eliminate all curvy styles due to the fact you won’t fill them out.  If you are curvy but still want the skinny jean, look for the curvy fit.  There are many options and this is part of the reason why jeans are so complicated.  Keep an open-mind and you’ll be destined to find the right fit for you!

These 4 steps will open the box and hopefully allow you to step out.  Finding your own style and fit is a matter of playing around with what you already know you like and adding some new elements.  If you are willing to change one thing, why not go even farther?  So rather than just stepping out of the box, why not jump?!

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There are certain fashion items that should be locked in the vault and never allowed to come back out! Clearly we all had a good time in the 80s and 90s; however, let’s not try to recreate them. I understand that styles often try to make a come back, but for the sake of us all looking back and thinking we were once cool and actually in style, let’s just leave the past in the past people!

Items that should never return or be caught in your closet: hammer time pants (maybe the song was hip for a quick second but it’s one item we definitely don’t need to see), little sun glasses (colored glasses only covering your eyeball isn’t helping out your eyes or your style), leggings (leggings are great but leggings are called leggings for a reason. They are not to be worn as pants.), knee-length skorts or culottes (do i need to explain?), and leotard onesies/body suit (uncomfortable, tight-fitting, and have you tried to go to the bathroom with one of those things on? Not so glamorous.)

If you have any of these items this is a perfect opportunity to break free of the glory days also known as your past and look to the future! You also may want to reconsider letting your bangs grow out. Don’t be discouraged!

There are 5 quick, comfortable outfits that can replace all of your previous ones. Hammer time pants can easily be replaced with the new boyfriend jean. They are comfortable and will bring you back to the future in a flash. There are multiple inexpensive stores that will replace little sunglasses with a style that actually might fit your eye! Check out ALDO, mall kiosks, and almost any department store to find medium to large size bargain glasses! Leggings can still be worn when paired with a long shirt or skirts. For a more updated classic look stick with the colors black and brown. Skorts and culottes must be thrown away! This does not mean give them away (just because you’re not wearing them doesn’t mean someone else should). Replace this look with a mid-length capri or a long jean short. It will allow you to be modest while keeping your look new and fresh. The leotard onesie/body suit should be substituted for a long fitted top. Needless to say, the only thing that should be fitted in your pants… is your underwear! All of these looks that I just provided you with are reasonably priced at any department store, and it can update your look in a heartbeat. So please do me a favor… Stop reading this and GO SHOP!

~Consulted with Michella Marino~

“The Fashion World” is the only place where a size 4 becomes plus size, a decision about shoes can make or break your career, and dressing in velvet leggings is socially acceptable! However, this global industry is far from just having a silent effect. The effect is blatantly shown by the media and in the popularity of current magazines. I can’t say I’ve never read one or haven’t flipped through them while standing in the grocery line. In fact, I love them! This brings me to the realization that the world of fashion and its followers might be in need of a reality check even if it is only for myself. If we all just took a moment to collect the $4.50 spent consistently on our obsession with fashion and celebrities we’d probably save a lot money over a lifetime and a lot of wasted time analyzing if the one shoulder dress is the way to go or maybe just the strapless with the sweetheart neck. Either way we buy into it, and we probably aren’t going to stop anytime soon! So why is it that this cultural phenomenon has become the obsession of so many teens and adults around the world? Good question, and I don’t know the exact answer. However, rather than answering the question, it might be best to figure out how to engage in a possible proper healthy relationship with this so-called media frenzy. I believe it is best to give myself and fellow fashion followers a needed reality check or should I say chic(okay, so it’s a bad a joke).

Anyhow, clothes were originally worn to bring covering to the body and for warmth, but I haven’t read anything that states that clothes were originally only for high-class fashionistas or the 10 best and worst dressed list.  Also, we need to remember that fashion is an expression of our personal style.  It’s not like the industry is curing cancer or solving world hunger. Of course, we all want to look our best. It’s a natural instinct; however, when we start trying to look our best just to impress others or because it’s what the “magazines” say is cool we’ve completely lost ourselves.  When all is said and done I think it’s best we step away from the magazine rack, take a deep breath in, and remember CLOTHES are really just CLOTHES!


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