New Year’s resolutions always seem to focus on losing weight and bad habits. It’s all about letting go of the old and working toward a new, better you. Let’s take it a step further. What about the way you look…specifically, the way you dress? I’m a firm believer if you look good, you feel good and we ALL deserve to feel good, don’t we? Where do you start? Is your style stuck in another era? Suffering a couture coma? Fear not my friends, I have three tips taken directly from my book, The Everyday Supermodel, to light your fashion fire!!
Study the Icons
Study style icons and their signature looks. Running errands? It’s your choice to be fashionable or frumpy - the effort is the SAME. You can just as easily throw on a pair of pedal pushers, ballet, flats and a striped tee (a la Brigitte Bardot!) as you can a tired workout wear. Channel Jackie O, Jane Birkin, Audrey Hepburn or contemporary fashionistas.
You like that girl’s shoes? Stop her on the street and don’t be afraid to ask where she got them. Look at body types like yours and note what looks good on them - and what doesn’t. Whenever out and about, pay attention and take fashion notes.
Globetrotting will awaken your inner fashion guru. In France, I learned that adding a scarf to any outfit ups the ante and oozes chic. The Parisian woman is the definition of effortless sophistication, confidence, and sensuality all at once. If you truly want to understand style, get yourself to Paris, people! Or even easier… check out the book Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange. In London, I learned to mix and match contemporary fashion. Don’t get out much? No worries. Style bloggers have got you covered. Fly Air Google and you can be on the fashionable streets of Stockholm, New York, or Milan in minutes. Pinterest is also a useful way to collect (and them copy!) outfits and looks you love.
Supermodel Secret: I am constantly reading magazines: British, French, and American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, People Style Watch. I even flip through every J.Crew catalog (Jenna Lyons, the creative director is a genius!) because I’m inspired not only the clothing and the color, but also the way the clothes are styled on the models. Some sites I visit are Polyvore.com (love their collaging), Style.com (for trends), and whowhatwear.com (for all the above).
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.