You see a dress on a woman in the grocery store. She looks SO cute. You want to ask her where she got it from, but you know you won't be able to pull it off the way she does. She's funky, chic and has loads of personal style. You think "I could never wear that dress as cool as she does!"
I have a news flash for you. You CAN pull it off. There are tons of ways to take an item of clothing and make it your own. Due to different body shapes and accessories the same dress can look totally different depending on who is wearing it. Zoe and I took the time to give you a perfect example of the same dress styled in two different ways.
Look One - Mama Style
The above scenario actually happened to me. I was at Cooking Club (yes, I go to a cooking club and it's the most delicious thing ever) and a friend was wearing the Anthropologie dress you see in these pictures. She had it on with a cute pair of leggings and looked ADORBS. I instantly knew I needed that dress and I needed it fast.
This Anthropolgie stunner is a real versatile winner. It can be dressed up with heels and a statement necklace or dressed down like I did here. I decided to keep it classic since I knew I'd be hangin with a really cute side kick. By keeping my accessories neutral I let the baby and the dress be the statement. Even though I didn't want the accessories to be the main focus, it's still important to wear them. Accessories are the golden ticket to completing any look. The key here is to find neutral pieces you love, so they can seamlessly elevate your overall appearance. I love my new Aldo sandals because they go with everything and make every outfit have a timeless and stylish feel.
Look Two - Baby Style
Hey guys, Zoe here to explain my outfit. I'm a risk taker. I'm not afraid to mix prints and show a little skin. That's what I did with this look. By wearing a bold headband, having my dress hemmed pretty short and rocking a black shoe I made the look my own. There is no WAY mom can show off this Honest Company strawberry diaper and Zara dress combo the way I can. And that's what makes my style unique to me. Well, I know other babies wear cool diapers.. but do they pair it with a Little Hip Squeaks Headband and adorable chubby baby thighs? Mayyyyybe not. Like I said, I LIVE ON THE EDGE. I decided to go with a slightly more dressed up shoe to show off my legs. These Baby Gap patent leather mary janes did just the trick. One day I'll be walking and they won't be functional so I wanted to get in one last good outfit with them. I'll miss ya little guys... chewing on your velcro has been divine.
A note from Melanie- This is the perfect baby item. It's not too girly but is still an adorable dress that has everything I look for in baby clothes. It's comfortable and quirky and I happen to love baby clothes that look like adult clothes. I would much rather have Zoe in clothes that make her look like an actual person than a weird doll covered in multi colored ruffles. It also isn't cinched in at the waist or too tight in the arms. Which means she can grow into it have it for a very long time.
Here is what we can learn from this stripe extravaganza. There are LOADS of ways to add personal style to an outfit. Someone who has a preppy sense of style can wear the same dress as someone who has a boho chic sensibility. The styling will change it all. That speaks true not only for accessories, but for the clothing as well. This striped dress may seem nautical by nature (that was an intentional "Naughty by Nature" pun), but it can be transformed depending on who's wearing it. So the next time you are accessorizing a look I'd like you to ask yourself three questions.
1) What is going to be my statement piece? This is a crucial part of the way I dress, as well as how I tell my clients to dress. Pick a statement and work around it. By asking yourself this question you will ensure that you won't end up wearing too many details. It's important to let the statements shine and not to overwhelm a look. That being said, statements come in all different shapes and sizes. It can be a big detail like a multi colored scarf or pink jumpsuit or something small like a bold earring. It can also be out of the box such as big hair, a bright lip or even a fun manicure. No matter what, you want to make sure that everything else compliments that item to give the look focus and clarity.
2) What accessories will I wear for function and what will I wear for fun? There are certain items like sunglasses and a watch that you wear for function. Those items tend to be signature pieces since you wear them every day. For example, if you wear your Warby Parker glasses every day, you are already adding personal style to your outfit without even thinking! Way to go! Then you can add the fun accessories in after to make sure you've covered your functional bases first.
3) What is my color scheme going to be for the day? This may be a very "designy" question to ask, but it will really help. If you decide on a color scheme before you get dressed you will have a clearer focus when adding jewelry and accessories. It feels less overwhelming and gives you a goal that you can realistically achieve. Also, an easy way to add more personal style into each look is color. If you wear lots of jewel tones, people will start associating that with your style. That doesn't mean you can't branch out, but it's fun to have something that feels unique to you and also makes shopping a breeze. By thinking about color in your closet, you are instantly making it easier for you to mix and match pieces since they will be in the same "fashion world". Way to go! You just got one step ahead of the game!
So, now that you have been given these questions to ask yourself, it's time to take action and show me your looks! Using the hashtag #confidencewithmelanie style an outfit using the above questions. Zoe and I are dying to see what you come up with. Oh and in case you were wondering, yes we wore the same dress all day, yes we looked adorable and yes people thought we were slightly cray cray. I blame my friends Sarah and Dani for giving me the permission to buy the same dress as a baby. They told me it was cute and not creepy and I ran with it. Even made this here blog post about it. Insert Amy Poehler from Mean Girls saying "I'm not a regular mom. I'm a cool mom!" here.