Looking back at all the style sessions this past year, I'm struck by how every person I highlighted elevated the topic of style. Their personal style confidently embraced their identity, and their optimistic outlook on style often reflected their outlook on life, which for me became very inspiring. I’m grateful to have gotten to meet them, and it’s truly a pleasure to be able to showcase them to all of Memphis.
In the New Year, I want to build on that dialogue and connect further, so I've invited a few of Memphis' most avid style bloggers to share their advice to take into 2014.
Bloggers also share their style forecasts and tips to wearing this year's trends.
Stylist Kim Thomas of KP Fusion emphasizes using your uniqueness as a strength: "Be the best version of yourself. While trends come and go, true style lasts forever. Wear what looks and feels good to YOU; look to trends for inspiration but always find a way to rock it YOUR WAY. That being said, I personally plan to experiment with more color, texture, and prints in the upcoming seasons. Whether with accessories or with your foundation pieces, it's the easiest way to refresh your closet without buying a whole new wardrobe."
As a stylist/fashion designer, Andrea Fenise of By Andrea Fenise extends her view of style as a way of living. Her fashion pieces encourage woman to take it as their own to create their own story. ”Design a balanced and stylish life. Create what you want to see."
Laura Boswell of her personal style blog Walking in Memphis in High Heels. "Less is more. It seems so simple, and sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all the trends, but it is so easy to go overboard whether that is too much makeup, too many trends all at once. Sometimes it is best to just keep it simple and just add two pops of color or prints to make the outfit stand out. Though I'm sure everyone has heard this time and time again, I always believe in dressing for job you want to have."
Ariane Patrice of the lifestyle blog That's So Chic spreads her love for vintage. "I adore the feel and look of well-designed decor. Buying vintage and thrifted pieces is a great way to own some beautiful yet inexpensive vintage and designer pieces. Additionally, to ensure you are getting a solid quality pieces, it is important to have some basic understanding of logo, styles, and patterns of high fashion houses. Another thing to keep in mind is fabric quality and stitching. High fashion designers use the best materials and pay close attention to detail. Also knowing how labels are supposed to look is important. If you're not all that familiar with a designer, do not be afraid to Google while in the store."
Bekah McDuffie of her personal style blog Matters of Merrymaking echoes Laura's idea of simplicity "Keep it SIMPLE! Looking to spring, I am so thrilled fun prints are hanging around. I'm a huge advocate of pattern mixing and I love a good graphic pattern. I can't wait to see how the runway trends filter in to the stores and boutiques where I shop! I'm a bit weary of pastels, but they're going to be everywhere. My best advice is to try that one trend you think you cannot pull off and give it a try. Experimentation is my favorite aspect of style."
To everyone reading or who has read this blog, thank you. I invite you to take part in the dialogue. Suggestions about any features or particular topic? Send them my way.
Happy New Year.