“Maybe it’s my fault… Maybe I led you to believe it was easy…” opens one of the best adverts of all time. But what does an advertisement for the Jordan brand have to do with style? A lot. The principles are the same, whether you apply it to style, sport, blogging or life. Success isn’t achieved over night, luck isn’t some mysterious force that magically bestows itself on select individuals, you create your own. But we live in a world where pop stars go from dreaming wannabes to national celebrities on shows like The X-Factor. Creating a facade that success is instantaneous rather than something you have to work at.
One of the joys of my job is I get to help people really find their themselves through their clothes. I’m always thrilled when I see someone I’ve worked with a year later and they’ve really taken on the advice I’ve given them. But on occasion I’ll bump into someone that hasn’t and they’ve fallen back into their old ways. They’ve not kept up to the task of working on their own image.
Great style, like anything, has to be something you work on. We know fashion is ever changing, but so is your lifestyle and your body. Even if you’ve never been one to ‘follow fashion‘ you may have lost weight, put on weight, had children, started working less or working more… the possibilities are endless. All these changes influence your style.
You can keep your pills!
Wondering how to work on your style?
- Seasonal wardrobe edits. Check what fits, what doesn’t and whether your clothes still flatter your body shape and suit your lifestyle.
- Read this blog and use other online resources such as Pinterest, style forums and fashion websites to keep you up to date with how to work on your style, find inspiration and keep up to date with trends.
- Don’t forget books! There are hundreds of books on how to dress better, flatter you body shape and improve your style. If you’re the digital type just download the ebook versions.
- Hire a professional! Yup that’s me . Book a personal stylist to help you with your wardrobe every season or once a year. But be prepared to work on the advice you’re given.
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For the bloggers reading this the same principles apply. Creating a blog, buying a DLSR and knocking out a few posts won’t have Gucci bombarding your inbox. If you really want to reach ‘super blogger’ (whatever that maybe) heights then you have to put in the hard work. There’s a reason that so many full time bloggers are quoted stating they run their blogs as they would a business.
Attending a few blog conferences won’t instantly transform your blog. It WILL point you in the right direction, but you still have to take action. There’s a difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. I’m always surprised at how long some of my favourite bloggers have been writing for. So those bloggers that look like they’ve come from no where and risen to the top of the blogosphere, probably have actually been going unnoticed for a few years before all the glitz and glamour.
I love reading and replying to all my comments and will click through to say ‘hello’ and visit you on your site. I usually end up working with those of you that do comment in some capacity, whether it be a guest post or Google hangout.
Are still searching for a magic pill?
So leave a comment below letting me know …
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