You are an original.
A work of art.
A fresh face in a world of strangers.
For some reason I have always enjoyed fashion and encouraging others in their fantastic journeys. I think it is because I have been creative since I was little. Whether it was making mud sculptures, towers of bricks, or coloring my heart out, being artistic runs in my blood. Maybe genetics has something to do with it, as my family is related to Benjamin Champney who painted the following picture (see here for more about him including and autobiography! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Champney ).
But enough about me, let's talk about fashion! Some of my greatest influences come from those who came before and it is fun to spice things up with a bit of vintage! Local thrift stores, vintage shops, estate sales and even friends can be a great source of vintage (or at least inspiration). One of my closet loves is this piece, which I acquired from Concetta's Closet which sells amazing finds on Etsy (an online artisian/handmade/vintage community store).
Let's talk about cost. Good fashion can sometimes be expensive (which for me means anything over about 50-100 bucks depending on what type of clothing it is). Save up for more staple pieces in your wardrobe especially a good LBD (Little Blue Dress for me) or that tailored pair of grey dress slacks. My rule is two fold, if you don't have the money, don't buy it, and if you don't LOVE it, don't buy it. Spend less money on accessories and things that may go out of style (like that pair of really amazing pair of hot pink shoes that you may not wear more than twice). Oh and when I talk about style it is about your own taste and NOT what the market dictates.What about a piece that can do a million things or maybe roughly 30?
Uniqueness and confidence is important when hunting for grand fashion. Take a shopping buddy. What type of person should go with me, you might ask. Take someone who respects your taste, but will tell you when something doesn't FIT correctly. As a shopping buddy, it is important to be honest about if something bunches, makes you look "poochy" (i.e. has bubbling in non flattering areas) or is pulling at the seams. If something doesn't fit - TELL that person! They are a lot less likely to wear something if it doesn't fit correctly! Remember you are not a mannequin (and shouldn't be - they are stiff and tend to be boring conversationalists)! Also, shop in colors you love, but don't be afraid to stretch your palette once in a while - shop in a friend's closet if they have a colored shirt you adore to decide if you like it enough to hunt one down on your own. Also reference blogs and other friend's ideas! This is the Pantone color of the year by the way!
Oh and you are awesome, even in your sweats and pony tail! Rock what you got!