Inspired Style

By Catherine Cassidy

Thanks to the girls of Who What Wear for sharing some shots of Blake Lively and her stunning outfits. What really stood out to me is how she really OWNS her looks. She carries herself so confidently and looks completely comfortable even in the most adventurous of outfits.

Guess what? You can too!

I know you look at the Fashion Mags and think ‘I couldn’t wear that,’ ‘that will never be me,’ ‘everything looks good on her,’ etc.

Well, I’ve got news for you. You’re wrong!

That absolutely CAN be you – especially if you’re an entrepreneur/small business owner getting more and more PR!! And if you’re not, you can still be the talk of the town!

Discovering your Inspired Style:

1) Create a Style Vision board
When you’re reading your fashion magazines, browsing people.com, and looking through your favorite stores’ catalogs, start pulling out what you like. This can be an item, a look, a feeling, a color, etc. It’s about what moves you (gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside).

Do you have a Style Icon you resonate with? Look for some great photos of them and include them. You’ll start to see that there is a trend, a common feeling/mood among the photos. This also creates a great foundation for what you’re shopping for and how you’re creating your own personal ‘looks’ from what you already have in your closet.

2) Go outside of your comfort zone
Push your boundaries. Like sports and school, you never improve unless you push yourself. This doesn’t have to be a big leap, but a step into it to start. As you continue to evolve your style, you’ll get used to that uncomfortable feeling and realize that it’s PROGRESS! You’ll also start getting more compliments quite regularly.

I recall a conversation with a new friend when a mutual friend (and a client of mine) was brought up. My new friend commented on how she thought to herself ‘wow, she’s so stylish’ regarding my client. This client is a brilliant example of creating an Inspired Style. When we first started working together she threw on clothes to get out the door (often hiding in clothes way outsized for her tiny frame) and now she still throws together clothes, but in her Style Statement because she knows what works for her, what she likes and constantly pushes herself outside of her comfort zone.

3) Add a statement
A statement will get you noticed, offer a conversation starter and just simply make you feel like the rockstar you are! This can be a statement top, statement jewelry and/or accessories or playing with mixing colors and/or textures.

Mixing bold colors and prints/textures is a key way to stand out as a Style Maven. Fashion becomes fun – a creative expression and true representation of yourself and your personality. LOVE!

Bonus Tip: When mixing prints and textures, look for one color that is in both prints/fabrics to pull them together. If you do this one thing, you will always be flawless!

Taking leave of the Corporate Fashion Industry, Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve through personal style. Her unique approach to Personal Styling and Brand Image has had her work across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.

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