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New England Vintage Chic: Taking Fashion Risks With Confidence

Friday, January 04, 2013

 

Pairing risk and confidence is like putting together the perfect fashion ensemble--the outcome s fabulous!

No matter the size of your risk, it is essential to wear it with confidence. However, like any perfect accessory, it takes time to find. For many people, taking a risk with confidence is hard to do. Finding true confidence and appreciation for yourself, comes with taking risks and remaining true to yourself.

Here's how to take a risk with confidence.

Know Your Style

Have you found your style yet? Do you know what makes you glow? If you’re answer is no, then it’s time to find out. You can do this by playing with different types of looks.

For example: Look through your wardrobe, does everything resemble the same look? If so, try adding something new. If you have all black clothing, try adding in a bright pink sweater or yellow scarf. By experimenting, you will learn something new about yourself.

No need to break the bank to experiment. Pick-up a bright accessory or sweater at your local SAVERS.

Implement a Current Trend

Don’t be afraid to try the latest fashion trend. Just don’t go overboard and push yourself to a point of complete discomfort. I assure you, you will not appear confident if you hate your outfit. But, what you should do is mix something new into your style.

For example: Take one of the latest fall trends, the Baroque Period (think dramatic pieces, such as heavy materials and artistic designs). I would not advise that you buy a full velvet jump-suit and try to rock it. Talk about uncomfortable! However, I do think you could wear a velvet blazer with jeans. Hence, adding a trend into your current style and not masking your own. You’re taking a risk, but not at the expense of losing yourself. If you lose yourself, you cannot be your most confident self.

Look at your local consignment stores for the latest trendy looks. Visit www.secondtimearound.net to find a location near you.

Fake it 'Til You Make It

Even if you’re not 100% sure, no one needs to know that. Fake your confidence and you will soon be wearing it with ease.

For example: You’re taking a risk and wearing tight black leather pants. You paired it with a simple top, so you are not going overboard with the leather look. Even if your only feeling 59% sure about your leather pants, no one needs to know that. Walk around with an attitude to match those exhilarating pants of yours.

Not sure where to find leather pants or accessories? You can find them at most second-hand stores for a reasonable price. Search my blog at www.Newenglandvintagechic.com for the nearest second-hand store location.

Dress For You and Only You

A confident person doesn’t need approval from others. They wear what they want and don’t apologize for it.

For example: You’re at a holiday party and chose to wear a fancy black dress, while everyone else wore jeans, don’t apologize. A confident girl would never go around explaining how she should have worn jeans. Remember, you put the dress on, be proud of your choice.

Own It

You took a risk, now own it. You have your new velvet blazer on and are ready to show it off. Stop over analyzing every detail. Walk away from the mirror and remember “confidence is your best accessory.” I promise you - if you wear something as if you own it, no one will second-guess you.

For example: I own a pair of cowboy boots, and I love them. Most recently I wore them to a baby shower with a black dress and polka dot shirt. Not your normal baby shower attire. However, I love those cowboy boots and why not pair them with something dressy. This outfit was designed by me, for me and I owned it. Period.

Taylor Kloss lives for the hunt—to find that one-of-a-kind piece that no one else has and to put amazing outfits together on a tight budget. To share her passion with the world and encourage shopping at vintage, thrift and consignment stores, she blogs on New England Vintage Chic, a journey of her adventures, advice, styles, and reviews of local second-hand stores throughout New England.

 

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