The Secret Is In How You Feel...

Although I have my own style and aspire to be like no one when it comes to what I wear, I still have that subtle inspiration that comes from different folks, mainly my grandfather.  What is it that I admire about the way he dresses?  It's the class that he displays through his dress to go along with the way he carries himself.

 And while I'm at it, I must emphasize that the way you carry yourself has a lot to do with your style.  It's not all about what you wear, it has a lot to do with how you wear it.  The expression "Wear your clothes, don't let your clothes wear you" is very key to each individuals sense of personal style.  I'm a firm believer that you can almost get away with wearing anything if you carry yourself with confidence and as if you own it.

 I believe that you can only have that type of confidence in what you're wearing when you're truly tapping into your inner spirit and letting the true "YOU" pick out what you will wear for the day.  That's one of the things I admire about my grandfather.  

 3 stacks is wearing a 99 cent beanie from Menards, but wears it like it's a one hundred dollar Versace.  It's all in how you carry yourself.  

3 stacks is wearing a 99 cent beanie from Menards, but wears it like it's a one hundred dollar Versace.  It's all in how you carry yourself.  

I don't think anyone can wear a tweed blazer with notch lapels, khaki shorts, dress socks, and loafers like my grandfather can!  Now I realize upon my discription of him, many of you may be rolling your eyes and thinking that he can't possibly look that fashionable at all in that ensemble.  But I have to tell you, he most certainly does, and he constantly gets compliments everywhere he goes.  It's to the point where he seems like a psuedo celebrity in town.  

 Too many folks out there follow absurd rules about fashion and go with trends.  Restricting yourself to rules, drains all the creativity from the process of getting dressed.  Wear whatever the hell you want, the way you want to wear it.  When you do that, your true signature of self expression will show through.  

You may be surpised what you discover by the end of the week if you were to get up everyday, dress yourself without the confines of sticking to rules or trends and take a picture diary.  You may discover that you're a lot more adventurous or conservative than you once thought!  Trends, I especially have an issue with because it's a good way to ensure that you waste money.  

 To me, an orange cashmere sweater, will never go out of style...

To me, an orange cashmere sweater, will never go out of style...

When I buy clothes, I want things that are timeless, things that look good and classy the day I purchased them and I can still feel the same way about five years later.  When you go the trendy route, whatever you buy you can bet it won't be in style the next season or the next year.  This means you'll be donating those jeans you paid one-hundred dollars for or that shirt you paid eighty-five dollars for to the Goodwill in a year or so.  

 A pair of  Carerra 's over my eyes with a simple hooded t-shirt on the beach.  $15 dollar shirts go well with $300 glasses too.  Everything doesn't have to cost a ton!

A pair of Carerra's over my eyes with a simple hooded t-shirt on the beach.  $15 dollar shirts go well with $300 glasses too.  Everything doesn't have to cost a ton!

When you go with trends, you've trapped yourself in the dreadful "fashion rules" game which obligates you to spend a lot of money on something that the market is saturated with one month, only to lose that investment soon after.  Whatever I buy, I plan on wearing repeatedly until I physically can't fit it anymore or it falls apart.  So I refuse to purchase something that the "fashion police" say I should buy nor am I restricted from getting something they say I can't wear this year or the next.

 Sorry, but it just isn't happening, Lol.  I shop everywhere from the thrift store, to the mall, or online.  But no matter where I get it, you can believe that I'm going to get my money's worth.

  Stretch cotton t-shirt from H&M  and a pair of  Brentwoods  from Westbrook Frames.

Stretch cotton t-shirt from H&M and a pair of Brentwoods from Westbrook Frames.

So here's what I'm going to leave you with, before you get ready for work tomorrow or the next time you go shopping there's something that you need to bring with you that's even more important than your money, and that's your confidence.  Do yourself a favor, throw all those fashion rules you read about in your magazines out the door.  You don't need the rules, all you need to do is be able to look yourself in the mirror and feel good about who you are.  That's something that is priceless and should never go out of style no matter what season it is.