How To Begin

I’ve been talking with men & women lately about their experiences with personal style & what it means to them; how do they define it, where do they find inspiration & how do they select items that relate to them. But my overall finding is this: they don’t. They either don’t know how, don’t know why, or just simply don’t even know where to begin. & it’s incredibly sad & frustrating to me that we’ve created a society that throws clothes over their body, without regard, because the tools haven’t been [either] taught or made available.

Thus. Today, I’m helping these deserving humans out.

In five simple steps, I’ve broken down the easiest ways to just get started; help find what pieces work for you & your body, how to find inspiration without simply mimicking others, & generate a wardrobe that speaks volumes for who you are.

Here goes…

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Step 1: get inspired. Think about what genre you tend to feel most comfortable in; rocker, prep, beach, etc. What are your best outfits? What shapes & colors make you feel sexiest? What are you drawn to while shopping? List them & store this list somewhere safe, for those tantrums moments where you just can’t find anything to wear.

street style

Step 2: quit posing. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Frankly, I just think it’s annoying. However, no one said finding inspiration by another’s wardrobe & style is the same thing. Take notes on what outfits stand out to you on the street & why you’re drawn towards particular men//women’s style. Record each piece you like [whether mentally or physically] & re-create these looks with your own personal pieces & color palette.

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Step 3: know your staples. These are the items in your wardrobe that you simply can’t live without & wear to death. & keep at it. Not all the time & not all at once, but once you identify why you love these wardrobe workhorses, find similar cuts, colors, patterns [whatever it is that draws you to them over & over again] on your next shopping spree.

new things

Step #4: get uncomfortable. I know I habitually preach comfort over everything, but this is the one space in which discomfort will actually grow you. Try new patterns & shapes & cuts & genres. Throw those leather pants on, try the high-waisted denim, purchase the crop top…whatever you typically steer away from. You’re bound to strike out from time to time, but keep trying. The only way to truly identify what your wardrobe says about you is to specifically know what you love & hate. You think Olivia Palermo just stumbled into her perfect style? Me thinks not.

vanity

Step #5: take the acclaim. As someone who gets incredibly awkward & weird everytime I get a compliment, I know first hand that it can feel strange, but take them & mentally note each one. This validation is the entire reason you spend money on these items in the first place, & will help you know which pieces are working flawlessly on your body & not.

Style is earned; it’s something that is constantly evolving & changing. Sometimes you’ll feel inclined to work at it & other times you’ll just want to sustain, & each of these feelings is fine. So long as there is an underlying goal & understanding that all of this work is helping to create a better you. That’s always worth working for.

Here’s to new beginnings, babes.

Xx.

 

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Let’s Get Real

Here It Is...

So I have been running this blog site for about a month now [give or take] & wanted to better explain what the heck I’m even doing here…

I started my image consulting brand, better known as Lyric, as a way to reach out to men & women through fashion. My vision is to provide an honest & attainable interpretation of the fashion industry as a whole, while educating those with questions about their own personal style & wardrobe. I want to be a medium for people that find shopping, styling & clothing overwhelming & help them make smarter wardrobe investments.

I have seven years of experience with personal styling & nearly nine years of experience in personal shopping. I just teamed up with Keaton Row, as well, to continue to grow my craft & passion for styling & am expanding my client book daily with much help from social media & the internet [amen].

Let’s be real for a minute; my style is unlike your style, unlike his style & unlike hers. We aren’t meant to be carbon copies of one another. Clothing is the tangible expression of who we are inside & it speaks for us when verbal cues are unavailable. Personal style isn’t about materialism & superficiality, it’s not about how thin we are or how badly we want to look like a Victoria’s Secret model. Personal style is about being realistic with ourselves; admitting that our bodies aren’t perfect, but we will dress them accordingly & respect ourselves enough to feel beautiful & sexy every damn day.

To keep it’s promise & give Lyric’s vision life, I offer three major services: personal shopping, wardrobe editing & event styling [day-of]. I provide consultations [via Skype, as well] to help better identify with my clients what their wardrobe says of them & how to foster the best pieces for their lifestyle, personality & spirit. I want to dramatically change the way fashion blogging is done & turn the focus away from the blogger & onto the readers. I am completely guilty when it comes to spending countless hours online, floating from fashion blog to fashion blog & am a MAJOR fan of the incredibly talented men & women around the world, rocking the fashion scene. However, my goal is to empower other people through their own style, not mine.

The purpose of this website & the Instagram account [@styledbylyric] is to help my clients & potential clients better understand who Lyric is & reach people all around the world in hopes to change their perspective on a seemingly intense industry. These two social media mediums are just two parts of the entire brand [Lyric], the rest is under construction & will be launching in the next few months.

All I really want to do is inspire men & women; to provide a safe place where they can be their true self & not feel compromised; a place where their identity shines through the pieces in their wardrobe; a community of people who are passionate about art & creativity & are never afraid to be bold. If I only inspire one or two people throughout this process, then as far as I’m concerned…I’ve achieved my goal.

Here’s to us, our empowerment & our own personal style. Xx.

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