7 Ways to Use Fashion to Express Your Best Self ...

By Alexandra

7 Ways to Use Fashion to Express Your Best Self ...

Stop looking at picking out your daily attire as a chore and learn how to have fun with fashion. Guest contributor Alexandra Suriano shares a few tips on how to do just that!

Ever wonder what your clothes and what you wear say about you? I had the opportunity to interview Jamie Chung, mostly known for her acting in Hangover II and Sucker Punch, amongst other films. Jamie is also a fashion enthusiast like myself, and together we want to give you tips on how to use fashion to express your best self!

Table of contents:

  1. be creative
  2. be yourself
  3. make it comfortable
  4. go for quality
  5. make it transformational
  6. use accessories and shoes
  7. follow your favorite brands for inspiration

1 Be Creative

Did you know most of us use 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time? Be inventive in how you use your wardrobe. Look around for that patterned item you bought a few months (years?) ago and dare to wear it out! Also, fashion is fun so have fun with it: "Don’t be afraid to try new trends and styles – you never know until you try it!", Jamie recommends.

2 Be Yourself

Fashion is about personal expression, thus it is important to be yourself. Add your personal touch and dress it up or down depending on the occasion.

3 Make It Comfortable

Whatever you wear, you need to be comfortable with it. Your assertiveness and personality will shine through when you truly own your outfit!

4 Go for Quality

As Jamie suggests, it is worth investing in quality and versatile pieces such as that perfect Italian leather handbag or those form-fitting designer jeans. These are basic staples in your wardrobe that can be used for a long time to come. "Places like T.J.Maxx carry quality pieces at incredible prices so you don’t have to break the bank to look like a million bucks" says Jamie.

5 Make It Transformational

Feeling dreary? Bad weather outside? Use bold colors and pieces to transform your day from dreary to fabulous! A white plain t-shirt and jeans can be transformed into a great outfit by adding heels and a bold, colorful blazer! You can also tie up a maxi jersey dress at the bottom on one of the sides to add some edge to one of this spring's must-have items!

6 Use Accessories and Shoes

Statement necklaces and bold, bright colored shoes can change a simple outfit into something extraordinary and let your best self shine through. Jamie agrees, "Polished and classy with a little bit of spice!". Not a fan of large jewelry and colorful shoes? You can keep it classy by adding a subtle necklace and clean shoes.

7 Follow Your Favorite Brands for Inspiration

Finding and following a handful of your favorite brands allows you to stay on top of fashion trends. Jamie had a period where she was even inspired by the tomboy look (ok, who hasn't been through that stage?!) and now she's in love with Isabel Marant, Cameo the Label, Rebecca Minkoff, Chanel, Stuart Weitzman, For Love and Lemons, Lovers and Friends, etc. "Isabel Marant and Chanel because they make my staple investment pieces. I love the other labels because they make the best of top trends. But they always add a unique personal touch. They all have a laid back California vibe, and that’s my thing."

Whether you are a newbie to fashion and follow brands for inspiration or are a serious fashionista and prefer edgier ensembles, how you dress reflects a lot about you and your personality. So remember to apply these tips and use fashion to reveal your best self. What are some of your favorite fashion tips? Do share!

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