Martha Note: Jesse and Joe are not only great at what they do – teaching people how to dress to fit their personalities as well as their bodies – they’re also good at making everyone feel like it’s easy, affordable and best of all possible. Fashion is the first impression and says a lot about how we feel about ourselves. Their guidelines have some of the best tips for figuring out how to dress that I’ve ever come across. Enjoy!
Guest Blog by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo at Visual Therapy
“I have nothing to wear!” How often do you stand in front of your closet and have that thought? Whether dressing for a date, for work or to take your kids to the park – every woman knows that feeling. However much or little you spend on your clothes and accessories, you always end up wearing the same four things despite the fact that your closet is bursting with clothes.
The fact is that the answer doesn’t just lie in your closet. It’s about the connectedness between your image and your identity instead of trying to mold yourself into someone you’re not. It’s about identifying and embracing who you are now (this also means being realistic about what you have to work with physically, financially, logistically). Feeling comfortable in your own body and learning how to express yourself through clothes requires a systematic approach, which we use both when working with clients and when creating our collections for QVC (watch out for the new VT Luxe line this Fall). The good news is that aligning your own style can be FUN!
Here are some tips that will help you gain a better understanding of how to develop your style and feel fabulous wherever you go.
Create a style file. Look through fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Elle, Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue, W and Marie Claire and cut out images that inspire you. Put the pictures in a folder and visualize yourself wearing clothes that makes you feel like a star. The idea is to translate what you see in these magazines into looks that are appropriate for you. There are some great digital tools that allow you to explore different styles and get inspired. Such are Polyvore, Looklet and Pinterest.
Take our Style Type Quiz to understand which direction you should be moving in with your style.
Go through your wardrobe and try things on, asking yourself the three golden questions:
1. Do I love it?
2. Is it flattering?
3. Does it represent me? (Is this the image I want to portray?)
If you answer “yes” to all three questions, this item is a “keeper.” If you answer “no” to any of the three questions, this item has to go. A garment that gets a “maybe” is one that you may have to come back to again at some point in the editing process because you can’t make up your mind about it. When you return to it later, ask yourself the three Qs again.
Make sure that you have the basics for your wardrobe. Before you can build a house, you need a solid foundation. It is the same with your wardrobe. You need reliable basics–the cake–upon which to construct your desired look. That means beginning with flattering pieces in neutral colors and a pair of modern jeans. To this, you will apply the frosting–the key pieces that express your defined style and complete your look.
Remember, you should always align your wardrobe choices with your life and your “fashion personality” so that you can best express yourself. You can read more about our approach in our books: Nothing to Wear, Life in Color and Work It.