Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself.  Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude.  You have to believe in yourself and be strong.

Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, actress (1981-present)

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Trendy is the last stage before tacky.

– Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

Image Credit: PETRie

I realized long ago that skirts are hopeless.  Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, “Try one.  Try a skirt.”

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, American actress; leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years (1907-2003)

IMAGE CREDIT: The Independent

 

Mel: What the hell is that?
Cher: A dress.
Mel: Says who?
Cher: Calvin Klein.

Melvin (Mel) Horowitz, played by Dan Hedaya, and Cherilyn (Cher) Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (1995)

IMAGE CREDIT: Glamour

Walk like you have three men walking behind you.

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, professionally known as Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer (1932-2014)

IMAGE CREDIT: The Apricity Forum

Oh yes, I love to do shoes.  I’m not a fetishist but I love to do shoes.

– Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

IMAGE CREDIT: BLEND\BUREAUX

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You either know fashion or you don’t.

Anna Wintour, British-American journalist, editor; editor-in-chief of Vogue, artistic director of Condé Nast (1949-present)

Everyone wants to be rich.

Even if we say otherwise, money has become synonymous to simple bodily functions like breathing and sleeping.  Without it, we cannot eat, drink, etc.  Though, drinking’s trickier because we should all have access to clean water, yet cases like Flint, MI say otherwise.

Removing such functions to money, money itself is important in letting people know that you have money.  We always see articles with the “fake it ’til you make it” mentality, so clearly there’s a standard to what a rich person supposedly looks like.

But the question is – how does a rich person look like?

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Appearance = Wealth ?

In Logan Sykes’ article for Town and Country Magazine, “How to Dress Like You’re a Millionaire,” Sykes compiles a list of things we should do to give the impression that we’re richer than we actually are.

Her article caricatures herself and the older generations for their outdated methods, saying that millionaire attire is synonymous to country club attire.  Many of her tips echo the 50s, a failed decade of conformity.  This makes me question whether the author is fixated on keeping the fantastical American dream alive more than she is trying to help readers identify key attributes that can give them a rich person’s vibe.

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A Millennial’s Guide to Dressing Like a [Fashionable] Millionaire

Many fashion designers, which coincidentally (!) rich people love to wear, generally all agree that you should be classy, but to also test the boundaries of what is appropriate.  Said designers all agree that boring is never acceptable because apparel and accessories are so malleable.

  1. The Basics: LBDs. You have no excuse not to own one.
  2. Priorities: You can buy a lookalike shirt at a lesser known place, but shoes and bags are not a commodity. Investing in a good pair of sneakers is always a plus in our athelesiure culture.
  3. Fakes: Fake anything is never acceptable. If you can’t afford it, get a vintage designer piece at a thrift shop instead.  No one think’s your Gucci belt’s real when it has two C’s instead of G’s.
  4. Logos: YES to obnoxious logos. If you’re going to wear them, make sure it screams at you, but if not, make sure to keep it completely understated.
  5. Sweaters: Be chic and wear your cardigans, blazers on your shoulders. Unless you live in a country club, don’t drape them on your shoulders.  Bonus points if you hang a blazer on top of the blazer you’re already wearing.
  6. Reform: Anything you wear must be in good condition, unless you bought it like that. Random scratches on your leather goods just make you look sad.
  7. Sunglasses: Wear Jackie O’s tortoiseshells, or John Lennon’s circular eyepieces. Regardless of what you decide, be aware of what works well with your face and/or outfit.
  8. Nails: Make them cohesive with your appearance. For a crazy look, your clothes should be just as crazy as your nails.  If you want to make your nails to make a statement, wear something unobtrusive.
  9. Denim: Own denim in different colors, but have a couple of dark washed ones too.  Obviously, a dark washed jean jacket isn’t appropriate for the summer like a lighter one is.
  10. Vintage: Take advantage of your family’s old wardrobe. You mom’s vintage Max Mara velvet shirt from the 80s?  It’s perfect for today.
  11. Perfume: Unless you’re Grace Kelly and received a custom fragrance, don’t limit yourself to one signature scent. Your scent should reflect your mood, and should be purchased from an accredited place, not like CVS, unless you like to douse yourself to smell a hint of perfume and to wear alcohol stained clothes.
  12. Jewelry: Go crazy as you want, showing off your diamonds and pearls. Extravagance is celebrated, but don’t do paste jewels – you aren’t five anymore.
  13. More Basics: Turtlenecks and long coat. Nothing screams chic like a black turtleneck and a long coat.  If you don’t own at least five, you’re doing something wrong.
  14. Tailors: Clothing should always be structured towards your body shape. That being said, don’t compromise the look of a designer piece either.
  15. Monochrome: Stick to one color or one outfit to let people know that you’re a serious businessperson. Nothing screams power like a go-to uniform.
  16. Time Pieces: A good watch oozes confidence. Let people know that you have good time management.
  17. Animals: Don’t look like a safari exhibit. If you wear animal patterns/fur, don’t try to go for a caveman look.
  18. Hair: Just make sure that it’s clean. Dry shampoo isn’t meant to be swapped out with your shampoo, so don’t abuse it, and wash accordingly.  Most of all, cut off those split ends.
  19. Be a Trendsetter: Don’t try to follow trends – create them.  By the time you follow them, it’ll either be going out of style or you’ll be swept in the bandwagon.  Explore your creativity and make something cool for yourself.

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The biggest marker of a millennial is our desire to not be labeled.  Categorizing things are so 1950s.  It irks me when fashion-related job applications ask me for a label for my fashion sense because nowadays, who can actually name their style?  We all wear a variety of things, and if you don’t, then you’re clearly missing out on a whole market filled with many beautiful things.

xoxo,

the girl who is a wannabe fashion guru

IMAGE CREDIT: CNBC

What I enjoy most is doing something I’ve never done before.

Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

IMAGE CREDIT: Festival Mode & Design

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“You dress to impress,” I said approvingly.

“No, Angel.”  He leaned in, his teeth softly grazing my ear.  “I undress to impress.”

Becca Fitzpatrick, Finale (2012)

My college’s party scene is very limited.  If you don’t have a good fake, or a fake at all, then you’re probably at a frat party, dorm drinking, or staying in.  For those of age or with good fakes, we’re probably at one of the college dorms by campus.  Though, my weekend fun may disappear for my senior year, as two of them have closed this summer.

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Something that I find funny if that even though we do the same thing every weekend, generally seeing the same crowd, we still make an effort for dress up.  Of course, there are those who just wear whatever when going out.  For the most part, despite seeing the same people, we still dress to impress.  Mostly.

I feel like the desire to dress up comes from your personality or desire to appeal to the opposite gender.  Truthfully, there are times when I dress up just to hear compliments about my look 😅.  As a stereotypical New Yorker, however, I love dressing up whenever I can.

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The Pregame

My friends and I typically stick to a routine when going out.  We first pregame while getting ready at our place.  We then Uber to another friend’s place, convening with other people, and hang out, before we think it’s a good time to head out.

While socializing is always fun, going through the same motions every weekend can get monotonous at times.  Thankfully, Instagram exists, so each pregame will always be slightly different from the week before.

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On April Fool’s, my friend and I went as accidental twinsies.  We both wore high waisted jeans, a crop tank top, and sneakers, though I wore a choker, and she had braids.  The weather didn’t warrant tank tops, but given how hot it gets in the bars, it was better to be safe than sorry.

So, for anyone who follows my Instagram, they’ll notice that there’s a distinct pattern or feel.  I purposely tried to craft my brand more artsy and light related because as a décor lover, I’m obsessed with light fixtures.  With my friend as my photographer, armed with her iPhone 7’s great camera, we took many pictures, posed and candid to see which came out the best.

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 The Photoshoot Sesh

My go to candid pose.
I wish this was clearer so I could’ve posted it on Instagram.Thinking about how to pose without looking like I’m posing 🙃.
Sassy, but my head’s cut off.
Do I look presentable?And presenting – the light.
My hair looks like a mop.
Shh – I’m posing.

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While none of these pictures made the Instagram cut, I still think that they’re wonderfully taken photos.  And though the lighting in some of them can be harsh at times, oh well – you can’t always look perfect 🤷🏼‍♀️.

Also for anyone who’s wondering, my makeup is basically a variation of +pink+.

xoxo,

the girl who loves lights way too much

p.s. Here’s a list of all the places that I bought my outfit from!  There aren’t any links because brands no longer sell the stuff I own, #ripNastyGal

  • Nasty Gal – Maroon Knit Crop Tank Top
  • Abercrombie & Fitch – Black Natural Waist High Jeans
  • Grey Vans
  • Urban Outfitters – White Lace Multi-Choker