I spent most of my 20s on the fast fashion hamster wheel. Buying a new party dress every weekend and a new work wardrobe practically every month. And I was never happy. And I was often broke!
You see, we are conditioned by the media to think that in order to look fantastic and be stylish, we have to look different every day. A new outfit – paparazzi ready!
Well, firstly, 99.9999% of us will never be “papped” and, secondly, isn’t it just wasteful and exhausting to try to look different all the time? Not to mention, a little schizophrenic?!
One of the many pleasing attributes of Kate Middleton is her insistence on wearing the same item on more than one occasion (do I hear gasps of shock?!). But who could accuse her of not looking stylish – ever?
A year or so ago, I had a friend come to stay for 5 days and noted that she wore pretty much the same look the whole time, day and night. She mixed and matched a few pieces and looked her tidy, smart and stylish self the whole time, with just a few subtle changes to the looks. And although at first I found it a bit odd, in the end I admired her for it, how wonderful to travel and pack so simply, and to be so sure of your look as to wear it daily with ease?
SO, LESSON 3 IS:
AIM TO LOOK STYLISH EVERY DAY, NOT DIFFERENT EVERY DAY.
And don’t hesitate to repeat looks regularly or to work your own “uniform”. This doesn’t mean you have to look boring or that your look can never change, just that you have a fixed set of basics that you know work for you, for every occasion.
For adding personality to your look, tune in to Lesson 5…