Excitement galore! This is my very first fashion blog which also happens to be Fall oriented!
Sometimes style can be a form of self expression for me. I am also a mood dresser. My colors and style vary with the day depending on if I’m feeling excited, brave, sexy, tired or solemn- just the truth.
For my introductory Fall fashion blog I want to share some of my basic ideas about style.
First, confidence can make or break most looks. Secondly, I think it’s really cool to pair old items with new ones. Tying in older clothing pieces with new ones can turn a trendy looking outfit into a creative looking one! I begin to see the older piece of clothing/jewelry in a new light. Shopping vintage, goodwill and going through my older items I find treasures to pair with newer fashion items to help create my personal style. Lastly, in general I’m very attracted to clothing that looks like a piece of art work. When I find a piece that looks like art or that i find very unique, it will stay close to my heart, be re-used for many years to come, and I may invest (out of my budget) if I can.
In my opinion, artful pieces are not trendy so they never go out of style. In addition, Apache has been very helpful over the years sometimes finding amazing items for me that I may overlook initially. We make a great team!
All that being said, it’s been a long and lovely summer and I am super ready to rock some Fall fashion! One of my favorite Fall colors is ochre, it’s so rich and I think it looks really great on all skin tones! This color does something for picking me up and making me feel beautiful.
Confidence is all in our heads
Looking good on the outside is an inside job.
Some people dress down because that’s how they feel about themselves or they are just not confident enough to wear what they truly like. Others just enjoy dressing down which is cool as well- i do too sometimes. Confidence or lack thereof is what could make a very casual outfit look like more than it is or not. Really it’s not about the outfit but more about what a person feels about themselves that others will see.
Nobody knows what’s going on inside of your head. Although, we can give away clues by our posture, the projection of our voices and also facial expressions. All of this begins with what’s going on inside of our heads. Check your thoughts.
The insecurities that we may choose to believe in is not who we are. The negative self talk does not make those thoughts factual. Negative self talk is just something we decide to take on as a self defeating belief system. Although this will take practice, guess what, we are allowed to change our minds!
At times i have to work on changing my mind. I have been guilty of this type of self abuse and therefore spent many years preventing myself from enjoying great experiences and joy. If you start changing the words you tell yourself, you will begin to project out more good feeling and self confidence. Try it out! Walk tall, know you are God’s beautiful, unique creation and tell yourself that your awesome just the way you are. I guarantee that whatever you wear will look a lot better when you embrace self love.
Fall Fashion- Pairing the New with the Old
Shopping for new Fall fashion items
Obviously the color attracted me first but upon laying my hands on the stretchy fabric of this dress I knew we would be one!
The stretch in this dress is crazy ladies; and as much as my weight has fluctuated since I bought it a year ago from Urban Outfitters, it’s been a great gift. When I bought this dress in Urban Outfitters I was just happy it stretched nicely across my then wide muscular back and today I am happy it flows loosely around the waistline- no bulge showing here! As women our bodies tend to go through so many changes so i love an outfit that can adjust accordingly. When I turn this baby around there is this plunging crisscross back- a unique twist, yes it’s one of my fall favorites!
The burnt sienna color opaque tights I got from Target. There is a special place in my heart for Fall colors! I have quite a few pieces that I can pair these tights up with for a cozy feeling so they made a perfect purchase.
I couldn’t say too much about my new favorite footwear brand Pikolinos – LOVE! They save my feet with ultimate comfort and style. I can rock these leather boots and walk all day long like I did in Asheville, NC boutique and gallery crawling without a problem. At 41, I am so over being uncomfortable in an effort to look cute. The outfit must be functional or i can’t be bothered.
I wish I had learned the lesson in my thirties that being uncomfortable aint cute! My fellow sisters, we need the full package so we can feel our best. I love these brown ankle boots because I can wear them with a dress or jeans and Fall thru Spring easily! Pikolinos produce quality leather shoe craftsmanship. So although these boots are expensive they were worth every dime for me. Also, I purchased another pair when they were on sale in Delaware for 50% off so keep an eye out for those deals and save.
Shopping for something old
Now, on to my oldest piece- I found this vintage men’s blazer in a thrift shop probably 8 years ago. It’s a timeless piece that adds class, a pinch of androgyny (which I love) and angle to an otherwise very girly look. I knew I could wear this jacket every year because it was classic as opposed to trendy. I also noticed this gem was 100% pure wool- another investment. This blazer kept me oh so warm in my ochre colored dress – jackpot!!! Make sure to raid the vintage and thrift shops, I didn’t pay more than $8 for this jacket.
Fall Fashion Colors -adding artful accessories
The earrings I bought at the LEAF festival up in Black Mountain from a Native American craft maker. They were $35 but I felt they were so beautiful and could dress up most outfits. They paired well with this outfit because the colors were in the same family as my outfit including yellow and orange. The color of rust is a mix of red-orange-brown and so I pulled in the same colors with this blazer. The pop of blue in the earring and in my hair was minimal enough to just add a spark of surprise to the color scheme. The other statement piece of jewelry worn is my wide gem bracelet which was a gift from my other Mom. This bracelet speaks for itself as far as color choice.
I would say don’t be afraid to try adding a bold statement piece to your outfit if it makes you feel great. Your outfit should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Create how you always wanted to see yourself. Make sure to have fun experimenting with looks you want to wear but are just doubtful to rock- you may get a pleasant surprise.
Congratulations to me on my very first Fall fashion blog!!! This was fun! Please let me know if you enjoy this type of blog and wanna see more!
By Nikia Knapp
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