Fashion vs. Style

This is an important topic! As a personal stylist, I take style very seriously. I say it all the time; “Style is for everyone!”. Fashion, however, not so much. These words have become synonymous with one another and interchangeable, but they’re totally different. It’s in mixing these two concepts that we find our trouble begins. Style is for everyone, fashion isn’t necessarily.

There are a lot of “fashion-y” words out there that people use interchangeably, but have very different meanings. Today I’m focusing on fashion vs. style. So, what’s the difference you ask? It’s simple:

Fashion is dictated by the world and the times, in other words it’s dictated by what’s outwardly around you

Style, however, is the opposite. Style is dictated by you, and your preferences.

Do you see the difference? Fashion is about the times, the trends, all the stuff you see on the runways, THAT is fashion. Fashion is being told to us, it’s being dictated to us - and it’s the same with trends. As the times change, fashion changes and what’s trendy and “in” changes. Sometimes fashion is God awful. You know what I’m talking about as you look around and see that “biker shorts” are making a come back (BUT, WHY?!). That, my friends, is fashion. It’s cyclical, it’s ever-changing, and it’s dictated by someone (often times several people) that are not you and me. If you find yourself out of sync with the times, feeling like you’re not understanding the trends, that’s not because you don’t get it, it’s because that’s fashion and it’s not meant for everyone.

Style, on the other hand, is all about you (and me). Style is who we are, our preferences, our day to day lives, our personalities. We dictate style, regardless of fashion. No one can tell you or me about our style. They can tell us about fashion all day long, and what’s “on trend” but the only person who can tell me about my style is me, and the only person who can tell you about your style is you.

Why does this matter? Because you need to own your style. Forget fashion, forget trends, forget trying to fit in with what you see on the street. Stop giving yourself an out with “I don’t understand fashion” because guess what, none of us do! And you don’t need to understand fashion or trend, you need to understand you. You need to understand the concept of style. You need to understand your own personal style, and that will unlock so many doors.

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It's All About Body Type!
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All have my clients have heard me say this a million times, forget about your size, it’s all about body type! You may be rolling your eyes at me, but let me ask you this: When was the last time someone came up to you and asked how much you weighed, or to see the size on the tag of your clothes? I’m hoping never, otherwise, you need new friends (but that’s a different chat for a different day). My point in asking this question is to be clear that your size doesn’t matter, your body type and shape do!

If you want to lose more weight (or gain more weight) that is totally your prerogative, and I’m certainly not telling you to throw your fitness goals out the window. I am, however, telling you that your actual weight doesn’t matter when it comes to looking like a million bucks. The idea is to focus on your shape and body type. What do I mean? I mean focus on your proportions, where you carry your weight, and let’s focus on how to create our ideal shape instead of trying to force our bodies into a place they’ll never be.

For example, my shoulders are more narrow than my hips. Try as I might, I’l never be able to widen my shoulders, no matter how thin I become! That’s just a fact of my life, my bones are where they are. So, do I just give up on ever trying to have hourglass proportions? Of course not! By understanding my body type, I can understand where I need to create more volume, where I want to draw the eye, and where I want to direct attention. And just as a side note, only about 8% of women have the “ideal” hourglass figure, which means 92% of us need a little help getting there.

Many of us don’t know what our body type is, because we’ve never been taught, but I’ve got you covered! Click HERE to download your copy of my Free Body Type Guide. Every day this week I’ll be posting videos in my FB Group The Anti-Stylist going through the details of every body type, so be sure to join the group! Trust me, once you figure out and understand your body type, buying clothes and getting dressed will be a breeze!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to candace@stylebycandace.com

Want to have a chat? Feel free to schedule some time here!

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Capsule Wardrobe Series Week 4 - Start Building
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This is it!  It’s week 4 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series, the homestretch!  We’ve discussed what exactly a capsule wardrobe is and whether or not it’s right for you, we talked about the importance of understanding your personal style, and we’ve walked through the process of editing your closet and understanding why it’s so important.  Now, last, and certainly not least, is the actual building process.  You’ve got your style down, you’ve edited your closet and you’re starting with a clean canvas.  All that’s left now is to start filling your closet with the pieces that will best serve you.  This week is going to be fun!

 If you’ve been following me, you know that I love basics.  They are the foundation of a wardrobe, they’re timeless, and they’re certainly interchangeable.  For these reasons, I believe that the basics should be the first piece of building your capsule wardrobe.  You may be thinking; “But, what are the basics?”  Fear not! Click HERE to download my free Basics on Basics Guide - The 10 Pieces Every Woman Needs. The basics are a really good place to start building. Basics are year-round, interchangeable pieces that are the building blocks of your wardrobe. Basics can either start your look, or finish it off. With the 10 pieces in my guide, I’m able to build 10 different looks (get on my email list to see those). The point is, basics are like a mini little capsule within our capsule and they work in the same ways.

Now, we want to refer back to your closet edit. Remember the notes I had you take? I had you break your pieces up into categories, list what works in those categories and what was missing? Remember that? It’s time to whip that out. We want to determine a few things:

1) How many categories we want in our capsule

2) How many pieces we want/need in each category

After your closet edit, you should have a pretty solid outline of your categories, the pieces that satisfy each category, and the pieces that still need to be purchased. If not, this is the time to flesh it out. This is the time to narrow in and get specific with your categories as well as the number of pieces you want to include in each category.

Next, we want to decide on our color palette.  Remember, a capsule wardrobe is all about pieces that are interchangeable, so we’re going to have to think about our colors when we build.  Many will say that a neutral color palette is going to be your best option, and I would tend to agree just for versatility sake. However, we can do neutrals with a twist.  But before I get into neutrals with a twist, I want to be clear that you certainly do not have to choose neutrals.  You can choose whatever colors you like.  Just remember, the more colors you choose, and the bolder the colors, the trickier it gets to mix and match, that’s not to say it cannot be done, I just want to be clear on what will be the easiest to work with. I’ve included an image of neutral colors below.

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This is my personal list of neutrals, but all of these colors in their various shades (darker and lighter) would all be considered neutrals - so feel free to play around. You’ll notice that I have 3 animal prints included as they are NEUTRALS too! Animal prints are a great way to add a little spice into a neutral color palette, and you’ll find that they also go with most (if not all) colors. If you’re feeling like a neutral color palette is a little more safe or simple than you’d like to play it, mix it up with some animal prints! So, maybe you’ve decided on neutrals, but you really love the color red (which is not neutral), there is no reason you should miss out on a color you love and love to wear just because it’s not the most interchangeable. Granted, we can’t do this with all the colors, but if there is a color you love to wear and feel your best in, let’s include it! We want to be sure that we’re including this color in a meaningful way. If you’re going to include an “off” color, be sure to really include it. I don’t mean 1 piece or 1 accessory, be sure to include this color in every category. For example if you have tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories as your categories, be sure to include a red piece in each category. One red blouse in a capsule of 40 pieces is not meaningful, and you won’t feel like that color is represented. However, 4 or 8 red pieces in a capsule of 40 is meaningful. It doesn’t “mess up” your capsule, and at the same time it allows for a color you love.

Last, but most certainly not least, we need to set our budget. Remember, we’re looking to have fewer pieces last us longer, so be prepared to invest a bit more in your capsule. These pieces should be of a high quality with the intention of lasting you through multiple seasons and multiple wears. The idea is not to go crazy, but the idea is to invest a bit more in something that will last you longer, and be able to handle multiple wears. There are 2 ways to set a budget; tops down, or bottoms up.

The tops down approach is to set a budget for your entire capsule, and then divvy out that budget by category accordingly. The bottoms up approach is to assign a budget to each individual piece, then by category, then total it all up to see where you land. How you decide to set your budget is entirely up to you, but it is necessary to set a reasonable budget, and work accordingly. My personal recommendation would be a mix of both. It can be pricey to set a budget for individual pieces, and it can be a tad limiting to set a total budget. My personal recommendation (feel free to take it or leave it) would be to set a tops down budget per category, and then assign a bottoms up budget within each category. For example, maybe I have 4 categories: Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Outerwear I would do the following (ignore the numbers, just an example of breakdown):

Tops Budget: $500 - At an average $75 per piece

Bottoms Budget: $600 - At an average $95 per piece

Dresses Budget: $300 - At an average $150 per piece

Outerwear Budget: $500 - At an average $185 per piece

Of course, these are arbitrary figures, but once you set your category budget, you can go back and see how this budget aligns to your pieces per category, etc. Again, this is just a recommendation, feel free to play around with different budget scenarios to see which will get you to a budget you’re comfortable with.

Again, the most important thing to remember is that there are no rules in building your capsule! This is all about you, your budget, your comfort, your preferences, etc. This process is about building a wardrobe that will best serve you and your wardrobe needs. Be prepared for lots of trial and error, be prepared to have some fun with it, and be prepared to learn a LOT. You’ll build your capsule, and in a few months time, you’ll learn even more. You’ll learn what worked, what didn’t, and you’ll probably be surprised by a lot of it. Remember, the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to increase wear and decrease stress! Be sure it’s not causing more of a headache for you, and have FUN with it. Still want to chat a bit more about a capsule wardrobe? Click HERE to schedule your call with me.

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Capsule Wardrobe Series - Closet Edit!
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Well, here we are, week 3 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series!  This week, we’re in your closet.  I know, it can be a scary place.  Your closet can be overwhelming, for so many reasons.  Whether it’s because there’s entirely too much or you feel like you don’t have anything at all, our closets can be a real source of anxiety for us.  Now that we understand what a capsule wardrobe is, we’ve decided we want to explore it further, and we have a pretty solid idea of what our personal style is, the next piece is your closet.  Yes, we’re going to edit.  But again, we’re going to EDIT.  Editing your closet doesn’t mean that you take everything in your closet, throw it out, and start over.  We’re simply editing.  Keep reading for my method on how to edit your closet, and get your capsule wardrobe started.

First things first, we have to plan this time.  If you’ve worked with me, or followed my work, you know that planning is a really key part of everything I do.  Whether you have a packed closet, or an empty one, we need to plan out this time so that we’re not rushed or overwhelmed.  When I’m working with my clients, I typically schedule a 3-hour block. You might think that’s insane, but we don’t always use that entire block of time, and it allows for a breather here and there. Before you decide how much time to schedule, I want you to quickly peruse your closet.  If you don’t want to designate 3 hours, you can try working backward.  Assess roughly how much you have, and try and assign 15-20 seconds per piece and throw in a couple of 10-minute breaks and see what kind of time block you get.  Whatever time you decide on, be sure to schedule in a couple of breaks – that is important.  You’ll be editing your closet fairly quickly, it can be too much to go straight through, so give yourself some space.

From there, we have to pull everything out of our closets.  I know, it sounds like a lot, but this is the only way we get to everything, and it’s important that we get to everything.  After we’ve pulled everything out, we have to start editing.  When it comes to the actual physical editing of your closet, there are certain questions you should be asking yourself.  I know, it can be hard to decide which questions, so I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you!  HERE you’ll find my flow chart for editing your closet.  The first question is “Do I wear it” depending on your answer, you’ll move into “Do I love it” which is far more important than whether or not you wear it…from there, I take you through the flow sheet of what to do with each piece.  You should be asking the same questions about each piece, and your responses will be different, and that’s how you weed out what to keep vs. what to let go.  This can be a difficult process, which is why it’s important to stick to the chart, not take too much time per piece, and really stay focused.  Don’t get caught up on the “what ifs” because I’ve accounted for them in the flow chart.  This will be the hardest part, but I think that if you’re through to this week, my guess is you’re ready for it, so don’t worry!  As you’re editing, I want you to make categories for the pieces that you’re deciding to keep.  For this part, I want you to be general.  For example, maybe you have 4 categories: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear.  If you want to break it down a bit more, you can, but don’t do too much at this juncture.  I want you to keep track of categories, because they’ll be useful when you start keeping notes and start actually building your capsule.  So, for the pieces you keep, assign them categories.

Next order of business, is to keep a pen and paper handy.  You’re going to want to notice a few things.  First, patterns that you’re seeing over and over again.  I don’t mean patterns like floral or stripes (although, that could be) what I mean is tendencies.  Are there certain colors you’re seeing over and over, and others you don’t see at all?  Do you only have denim and no dressy bottoms?  Is everything you have sleeveless but not long sleeve?  Are you missing dresses? Basics? Etc.  Do you only have formal wear, and no casual? I want you to take note of what you will need in your capsule, what you have that fulfills that need, and what will end up being a gaping hole in your capsule wardrobe.

 

Lastly, after you’ve edited and you’ve taken your notes and you’re looking at your categories, I want you to take another round of editing.  By category, I want you to look at what you’ve kept and assess what will work for your capsule wardrobe.  Now that you understand that a capsule wardrobe is a limited number of pieces that you love to wear that are interchangeable, consider what will work and what might be a bit more difficult.  If you’re not sure, post in the Anti-Stylist and we’ll help you out!  Maybe there’s a piece you love, but you can only figure out 1 way to wear it, post it in the group and I’d be happy to help you find another way to wear.  The idea is to get organized, pull everything out so that you can see it clearly, and then assign it a category because you might have more that works for your capsule than you realize.  You might have a whole capsule already existing in your closet.  You might, on the other hand, have a bunch of pieces that don’t work together at all (which is where your struggle began).  Either way, editing your closet is going to be the only way to figure it out.  I know it can seem like a daunting process, but if we plan our time (and breaks), if we use the flow chart that asks the right questions, don’t get too caught up on a single piece, and take notes on what we see, I promise it will give you a world of clarity.  Happy editing!

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I Want To Try A Capsule Wardrobe, Now What?
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 Now you know what a capsule wardrobe is.  You’ve read all about it, you’ve downloaded your check-list and you’ve decided you want to give it a whirl.  First, good job!  Congrats to you on wanting to try something new.  So, now what?  Now, it’s time to start the process of building your capsule wardrobe.  Before you grab your purse and head out shopping, there are a few steps to take beforehand, otherwise known as weeks 2 & 3 of this series.

 Here we are in week 2.  One of the most important pieces of building a successful capsule wardrobe is going to be understanding your style.  Yep, if you don’t know what your style is, you cannot start building your capsule wardrobe.  Why is this so important? For starters, your capsule is going to be a limited number of pieces, that you love to wear.  As a result, those pieces have to speak to you and your style, and they have to be pieces you love.  How can you have pieces you love, if you haven’t yet figured out what that means?

How do we figure out our style?  The first step is going to have to do with your body type.  No, I don’t mean your size or your weight, I mean your body type.  When referring to your body type, I’m talking about your proportions and where you carry your weight.  Generally, we want to look at the relationship between our shoulders, natural waist, and hips.  The proportions between these 3 regions will help you to determine your body type, and as a result, which silhouettes are going to be the most flattering.  Does this mean there are things that you cannot and should not wear?  I’m never going to say that.  If there is something you absolutely love, and you love how you look and feel in it, but it’s not ideal for your shape, I’ll still say wear it!  The idea is to love how you feel in your clothes.  Understanding your body type is going to be a guideline for you to help you understand what will look best on you.  Remember, style is all about guidelines and principles, not rules!  Download my free Body Type Guide Here.  You’ll see there are 5 general body types that most women can identify with, but often times, we fall into or in between more than 1 body type, so don’t feel bad about that.

Next, we want to consider our preferences.  Preferences can really range anywhere from color and pattern preferences, all the way to silhouette preferences (i.e. preferring pants over skirts, etc).  Think about your preferences.  Maybe you love floral, maybe you hate bright colors, maybe you only wear dresses (but you’re not sure why), maybe you only wear sleeveless, or perhaps you never wear sleeveless.  There are a number of preferences we have, and I’m going to list out a few for you to consider, but of course, feel free to create your own list

Colors

Patterns

Neck Lines

Silhouettes

Fabrics

Consider how you feel about each (if you feel anything at all, you may not have a preference) and jot down some notes about them and what you notice.  What additional preferences do you have that you’re noticing?  Feel free to get up and walk around your closet to get a better idea.

Next up, messages!  This is a two-parter.  First, is going to be how you want to feel in your clothes…these are what I call “style words”.  For example, my style words are “Confident, Capable, Fun”.  That’s how I want to feel in my clothes.  Your style words are going to be 3-5 descriptive words of how you want to feel.  These are positive words that reflect how you’re feeling at your absolute best.  The next part of this is what is the message do you want to send to the world.  Our clothes are speaking for us, whether we like it or not.  For me, how I want to feel in my clothes and the message I want to send are the same.  For you, it might be a bit different.  Maybe you want to FEEL sexy, but you don’t necessarily want that to come across.  Think about the message you want your look to send to people upon first meeting them without having to say a word.  What message do you want to convey?  What do you want people to understand about you before you ever speak?  Maybe that you’re outgoing, maybe that you’re organized, or maybe that you’re fun.  Whatever it is, consider these messages and what you want your style and looks to reflect.

Lastly, and while it’s very important, it’s not the most important, is your day-to-day.  I want to say a few things about this.  Certainly, comfort is key.  We all want to be comfortable, however, we don’t want to sacrifice everything else for comfort.  Do me a favor, and replace the word “Comfortable” with “Practical” and that will make a world of difference.  The fact is that pajamas are comfortable, but they’re not practical for living in. We want our wardrobe to be comfortable, but not ONLY comfortable.   When we’re talking about your day-to-day, this is important.  It’s important because on the flip side, while we want our wardrobe to be fantastic, it also needs to be functional for our lives, and if we’re not considering what functionality we need out of our wardrobes, we’ll build a closet/wardrobe that looks great, but doesn’t serve us.

Take some time, sit down with these factors and really think about your current personal style, where you’d like it to be, and how you want to get it there.  Want to talk more about it?  Click here to schedule your free 30-minute consult with me! If you have’t joined my FB Group The Anti-Stylist, be sure to do so! I’ll be going live FRIDAY at 12 noon PST answering questions and going even deeper on week 2!

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