Standing in a store like Xtabay, heaped with choices from elegant alligator bags and shapely 1940s suits to chic 1980s blouses and frilly 1950s prom gowns, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. What is your style? What really suits your personality? Will you end up buying something you truly love--on your best friend? If you have a few minutes and a pen and paper, we might be able to help.
What you need is a style guidepost, a few words to summarize your style and point you to items that dovetail with your style and personality. Here is how you do it:
First, make a list of adjectives that appeal to you. Go wild and include anything vaguely interesting. To get started, you might consider: glamorous, folksy, gothic, 18th century, saucy, sensual, elegant, composed, baroque, passionate, rock 'n roll, crazy, vibrant, bohemian, film noir, and serene. Think about geography for adjectives, too: French, British, Chinese, Mexican, Moon (why not?), Russian, Rio, Transylvanian, seaside, and Hollywood. Think of more. What interests you? Where do you dream of vacationing? If you could live in any time, any culture, when or where would it be? What do you enjoy reading about?
Now come up with a list of nouns. Femme fatale, gypsy, seductress, librarian, sailor, loner, Grace Kelly, waif, Amazon, rock star, astronaut, princess, warrior, heroine--these will get you started. Keep going. List al least a dozen nouns.
Finally, combine the adjectives with the nouns and see what you come up with. I bet you'll find something that will inspire your style. Rock n' roll librarian, folksy Grace Kelly, Hollywood librarian, Bohemian femme fatale, outer space seductress, film noir gypsy. Mix it up. The possibilities stretch as far as your imagination.
Eventually you'll end up with a combination, or even a few, that intrigue you. Don't forget them--they may be the nut of your style.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Carrie is tiny. A perfect size 2. Aren't famous people always tiny? What's up with that? Anyway....
I put her in a fabulous 1950's black silk crepe cocktail dress with deep v-neck and back. Then we searched for shoes.....luckily we just happened to have the perfect size 7 black 70's italian heels with metallic red and gold ankle straps . I didn't want to complicate the neckline of the dress so I opted that she wear just a bracelet and earrings. I grabbed a chunky 50's Laguna crystal bracelet and v shaped gold tone rhinestone earrings. Ta-da! She looked like a million bucks. Thanks Carrie for choosing Xtabay as your personal stylist for the day---fortunately for me her regular stylist was hungover:)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
|Nan's closet, a small portion of the jacket section.|
The first step, then, is to take stock of the sort of clothing your life requires, and see if your existing wardrobe is thin--or overly abundant--in any of the areas. For instance, I work part time in an office. Four days a week I need to wear something suitably professional for a nonprofit organization. My solution is vintage skirts, cashmere sweaters, and 1940s jackets. I also work freelance at home. Here, too, skirts and sweaters are good, and for late night writing sessions I like dressing gowns with leggings and cardigans for warmth. My wardrobe has an o.k. selection of these.
But if you looked in my closet you'd think I was a hostess at a casino in Monte Carlo. It's chock-a-block vintage cocktail dresses in there. Same with the jewelry box. I have enough rhinestones to bedazzle an elephant. Clearly I need to put the brakes on buying cocktail dresses and think more practically. I also have way too many coats. And a few (cough, cough) purses.
The next step is to see that your wardrobe hews to a consistent style. "Wait a minute!" You may be saying. "You can't pin me down like that! I'm like Walt Whitman--I contain multitudes!" O.K., my literary friend, I don't mean that you always have to dress always in black and white or as a glamour puss or whatever. I mean that your clothing should reflect your personality.
To build a lifetime wardrobe, you also need to know what works with your body. The two largest categories of female bodies are (1) not much of a waist; and (2) a definite waist (and hips and breasts.) Often the "not much of a waist" women are long-waisted, too. These women look fabulous in 1930s and 1960s cuts with slightly higher or even empire waistlines. The "waisted" women often have shapely hips to manage and look great in 1940s and 1950s clothing. The bottomline is that you have to try a lot of different shapes and colors to find what works best on you. Come into Xtabay, and you'll get great help identifying your best skirt lengths, necklines, colors, and silhouettes.
|Nan's sweater collection.|
Monday, January 3, 2011
|1940's I.Miller platform wedding shoes. In a nice wide size 8 !|
|Luscious tissue weight silk dress by renowned 50's designer Mollie Parnes.|
|Coveted 1960's cherry cardigan.|
|amazing 1950's lucite box purse by Rialto. Perfect for a bride!|
|A Pucci jersey dress for your pleasure.|
|Perfect for the bride that want's something iconic and glamorous, the Rudi Gernreich metallic gown.|