Designer Tips For Fashion Styling – Mix and Match Your Way to Chic

When people find out that I’m a fashion designer, aside from the cliche assumption that I design and make my clothes (which I don’t!), they usually presume that I have a particular clothing style and that I spend a lot of money when I shop for clothes. In reality, neither of these misconceptions is true. I don’t have a defined fashion style. The way I dress depends greatly on occasion, location, season, current trends, time of the day, and my mood. Many times, I’ll actually use fashion styling to get myself in a certain mood. When I’m asked for styling advice, I’ll reply with “How do you want to feel?” I think fashion and styling posses a power that can make you feel a certain way. In this article, I’ll share a few “Designer Tips” on fashion styling. I’ll start with some very important fashion advice- how to shop for clothes.

Since my outfits usually turn a few heads, people assume they are really expensive- yet another false impression. Not to say that I won’t occasionally splurge on something expensive; I just appreciate a good bargain when I see one. The only time I’ll overpay for an item is when I LOVE it and I know I won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Like the Diesel jacket I bought for $165. It was exactly what I was looking for and I knew that no one else would make something even remotely similar. Casual, but chic; sporty, but girly – I knew it would last for a few seasons. That’s actually one of my fashion shopping rules: if I pay more than $150 for something, it has to last for a few seasons. If I’m shopping for something very trendy that will probably be “in” for only one season, I won’t spend more than $100, better yet, no more than $50.

So how do I manage to look expensive? Designer tip number one is good fit. If something doesn’t fit right, no matter how cheap it is – I won’t buy it. Why would I wear something that pulls and gathers in the wrong places and looks awkward on me? It doesn’t matter how much salespeople try to “help”, and say it’s not noticeable. I notice, and others will too. They might not be able to pinpoint exactly what bothers them, but they’ll notice something’s off. The same concept goes for details and accents – many people think they don’t notice little details, but they do. Some details may not stand out on their own, but they definitely contribute to overall appearance.

Once I went on a blind date wearing a plain black jersey skirt slightly below the knee that I bought for $20. I paired it with a black tank that had a touch of lace ($15), and killer looking shoes. They were pointy high heels in faded metallic pink, which created a vintage look ($55, a lucky bargain buy!). Two men accused me of trying to cause a traffic accident as I crossed the street! Men and (more remarkably) women were turning their heads. Needless to say, my blind date was more then relieved! His first remark to me was that he “loved stylish women”. Bottom line: my outfit was totally chic- and all under $100.

Another shopping tip: to make an ordinary outfit look chic, I’ll throw in something expensive, such as an accessory. I went to a party wearing a black jersey dress with bishop sleeves ($25), and accented it with a hip shaped beaded belt I bought in London for almost $250. I know it sounds overpriced, but that belt breathed new life into a lot of older outdated garments that I loved dearly. I had this gorgeous chiffon dress that I bought 7 years ago. I loved the mysterious color effect created by layers of different color fabrics and the way the skirt flared. Even after the silhouette went out of style, I couldn’t bear to part with that dress! By adding my beaded belt, I successfully reshaped the dress creating a low waist retro kind of look, and wore it to my best friend’s wedding- with complements!

The truth is that I love fashion, and I love women. It makes me happy when I can make a difference in their often complicated, yet extraordinary lives. Ladies, keep in mind when it comes to fashion, nothing is written in stone. What is a fashion disaster today may be on the runway tomorrow, and vice versa.

Buy Betsey Johnson Shoes On Sale And Add Glamour And Glitter To Your Fashion Style With Comfort

You can find Betsey Johnson shoes on sale at some of the higher-end department stores and some online stores, if you know where to shop. Betsey Johnson has been designing fashion since the mid-60’s, and it’s simply impressive how she continues to design trendy, edgy high-glam styles over the past several decades.

Treat yourself to Betsey Johnson shoes if you’re looking to add some flair and panache to your fashion style! I have three (3) “glam-gorgeous” styles I recommend below that deserve a quick look.

“Ice Pumps”

You can wear these pumps for a special formal evening, or if you just want to dress up a regular day at the office! These heels are so sexy at 4 1/2 inches high, but like all B. Johnson shoes I’ve tried on, they are really comfortable. As the name suggests, they are covered with a ton of sparkle and glitter all around from top to bottom. I’ve received tons of compliments whenever I wear them. I have the black ones, which always offer more versatility, but I’m really considering picking up the gold ones too.

“Wing It Boots”

These boots are totally cute, made with beautiful Suede leather. The styling design is sincerely elegant, trimmed with buttons and scalloped-edging along the side, but there’s a zipper along the inside for easy dressing and comfort. They also have a pretty high-heel at about 4 inches. These look great, and will effortlessly glam up your favorite pair of jeans or skirt in a pinch.

“Walford Open-Toe Pumps”

You have to check out a photo of these really adorable pumps. It’s got a touch of leather, and makes a beautiful feminine statement with three rounds of crystal flower-like buttons presented down the front. The high-heel is about 4 inches high, and it delicately hides a zipper on the back, which makes it very easy to put on and take off. While it comes in black, I think you’ve got to go for the pink pumps!

Finding Betsey Johnson Shoes On Sale

If a Betsey Johnson store is not within driving distance, some of higher-end department stores, such as Nordtsrom and Lord and Taylor carry several styles. You can also find great deals online. Her shoes are very “true-to-size”, so you should have a good experience getting the best fit when you buy from an online store.

Take advantage of great promotions happening this time of year, and also carefully understand return policies. The best online stores offer FREE return shipping, which is very helpful in case your shoes are not a perfect fit.

More Fun Ways to Improve Your Fashion Style This Year

The most interesting thing about fashion is that it’s ever changing. There’s always a possibility that what’s trending yesterday will be a taboo the next. And before you know it, a style that has long been forgotten has emerged once again and starts to rule the fashion space once more. If you come to think of it, it’s the like the water snake, which the Chinese believe is quite unpredictable. 2013 is the year of the water snake, and just like this reptile, you can add more fun to your year by being more adventurous and unpredictable with your style.

Create a New Fashion Statement. Creating a new fashion statement is not as difficult as it may seem. Try buying pieces from a high-end fashion shop and buy some from a low-end store. Combine them and see what you can get. With a little bit of creativity, you can come up with a real cool style that’s unique to you.

Buy Versatile Pieces. Before purchasing anything, whether it be a dress, a t-shirt, or a pair of jeans, think first of at least three ways you can match and wear it. This way, you can be sure that nothing inside your closet will be left unworn before the year ends.

Expand Your Shoe Collection. Your footwear can make or break your outfit. Expand your collection by buying at least one pair of shoe each season. You don’t have to spend thousands of bucks on several pairs, though. If you know where to look, you can definitely find shoes to match what’s already inside your closet without having to spend too much.

Experiment with Different Styles. Who says you can only have one fashion style? Again, this is the year to be more creative, so don’t limit yourself to a style you’re used to carrying. If you’ve had the same style for the past three years, it’s definitely time for you to come out of your shell and try something new. Why not experiment by mixing basic pieces with quirky ones? Or, how about you try that style you’ve been wanting to try out, but are just afraid it wouldn’t look good on you? Take the risk and see how it goes!

Just like the water snake, fashion can be very unpredictable. What is “in” now may be out of fashion the next few days or weeks. For this reason, learn to adjust and develop your own personal style, so that whatever happens with fashion this year, you can rest assured that you will have a style you can call your own at the end of the day.