As far as fashion inspiration goes, bloggers and influencers are a force to be reckoned with. We do love us those supermodel and celebrity looks, but at the end of the day, we all turn to our favorite fashion influencers. The reason: they’re real people, basically our super fashion-savvy peers, who make fashion approachable and make us believe that if they can pull a look off, so can we. So, today is all about unveiling their secrets so we can play around either emulating and copying their looks or just using them as inspiration for our own style endeavors.
Show no fear
For one reason or another, we have a tendency to shy away from too much color. Sure, we’re comfortable with combining two, but when color number three enters, we feel a tad lost and overwhelmed. Fashion Influencers like Courtney Quinn AKA Color Me Courtney is here to give us the skinny on how to dress to impress and stop traffic while doing so. This fashion blogger isn’t afraid of rocking as many saturated hues as she can find, and as you can see, she looks stunning. There are two secrets to dressing like her – follow the color-block road if you want to make a statement and always look for amazing plus size clothing pieces that do your curves justice. It’s all about vertical stripes, belts, high-rise pants and wrap dresses; all of these items create the illusion of an hourglass figure and make you look stunning no matter how many colors you put on yourself, but if you’re a neophyte in the color world, check out the color wheel for some guidelines and you’ll be golden.
Don’t get pigeonholed
When creating your signature style, you probably feel the pressure to pick a lane and stick to it. However, the plethora of trends is here for a reason – so you can pick your favorites and then mesh them together and create something brand new. Olivia Trewatha is one of the awesome ladies who has managed to reconcile the trendy and corporate world, so make sure to keep your eyes on this influencer for some serious business chic tips. You have to wear an office-appropriate power suit – no problem. Go for one in a gentle pastel pink, and you will have achieved both supreme femininity and trendiness while still looking sharp and smart.
When in doubt, go bold
Fashion is supposed to be playful and inspiring, and sometimes you have to let the creative juices flow and not let yourself get constricted by runway trends. Who would have thought that it would become not only acceptable, but highly fashionable to rock a chic and sharp blazer with bicycle shorts? Who let us in on that secret? Pernille Teisbaek. The athleisure trend is an ever-evolving one, so instead of just rocking a tracksuit and a designer bag like Bella Hadid, take an even bolder route and mix athleisure with other trends as well. As you can see, you can make almost anything work, even this combo – you just need the right belt around your waist and the right bag in your hands, so whenever in doubt, always opt for boldness instead of the safe approach.
Don’t forsake old friends
If there is one thing we can stand to learn from Tillie Adelson, the face behind My Stiletto Life, is that even though the athleisure trend has given our feet a break and enabled us to rock suits, dresses, skirts and every possible outfit with both chic and, as of recently cool, dad sneakers, a woman should never forsake her high-heels. Yes, sometimes they hurt, but they have the power to elevate our look both figuratively and literally. They are still the epitome of femininity, so don’t trade them all for sneakers just yet, as there will come a time when you’ll crave and need them again.
Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to be dressed in designer pieces from head to toe, but that’s perfectly okay. The thing is, you really don’t need a million to look like a million, you just have to know how to shop. The first rule of looking expensive is – purchase items in hues that look expensive – navy blue, black, white, burnt orange, camel and gray. When you’re rocking combos of these hues you will inevitably look luxurious. Rule number two – mix fast fashion with high-end for the ultimate luxury impact. You can get amazing dresses, sweaters, tops, pants and pretty much everything else in fast-fashion stores which follow runway trends to the letter, and then top the look off with a designer bag and you’re done. This is a little secret we’ve snagged from fashion influencers like Emma Hill, the queen of blending high-end and high-street into a single outfit, which is exactly why so many people adore her.
Final lesson: always have a great pair of sunglasses with you, and find that one thing that will be your personal signature. For some, it’s an extensive collection of hats, for others, it’s watches or shoes. It doesn’t matter what you’re drawn to, as long as you make it clear to the world that something from the clothing or accessory family is your area; once you’ve marked your territory, everyone will know and recognize you for it.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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