Hi my loves. Fashion has always been a big part of my life. I’ve been dressing myself and playing around with fabric since the age of three. Second to my love for animals, of course, but even while working with my four-legged friends, I enjoy looking good and wearing what I love. My style ranges from Bohemian to Sporty (occasionally) to Classic Elegance. When I was younger and bullied consistently by mean and insanely insecure girls, my clothes were my weapon. I didn’t have much to look forward to when going to school, besides my outfit. Finding the perfect outfit and feeling comfortable in my own skin was my only defense against the mean girls. A little word of advice to anyone dealing with bullies or just classic assholes in general, kill them with kindness…and your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to wear what you love (no matter how crazy and out there your outfit may seem to the basic eye). You don’t need to be like every other girl on the face of the earth and wear Victoria’s Secret Pink every day. Mix it up a little, please (and Pink is overpriced and frankly, boring). What’s inside my closet? Here’s a little peak inside my beautiful kingdom of fabric:
Welcome to Lizzie’s closet! Half of my walk-in closet is filled with shoes, clothes, and handbags, of course. The other half is a tiny library of my favorite books and a playroom for my kitties, Bacardi & Bagira (I’m a confessed crazy cat lady because of those two, lol).
It took me YEARS to decide how to organize my closet; by season, event, style? This year I decided to color coordinate my entire closet; starting with black and ending with purples and blues. I’m more of a shades of grey kinda girl, than an all black kinda girl, but I do believe that black is a great every day color. I don’t think every item you own should be black (very dull), but it goes with everything, and I mean everything (other colors and accessories, ANY event, all four seasons). Black is a must have color in your closet. When in doubt, go black! But, again I really love grey. Grey is actually one of my favorite colors to wear throughout the year, because it’s not as simple as black, but it still allows unlimited options. Pink and grey, adorable. White and grey, perfectly simple.
Inspiration is big when it comes to fashion and designing your closet. Sometimes you just get inspired by the little things; a beautiful winter morning, a colorful hummingbird buzzing outside your window, or a storm cloud. But, what do you do on the days where you find yourself uninspired? Or, female issues are getting you down and making you uncomfortable. Well, it’s always good to have a few “go to” outfits for the days that lack any form of inspiration or creativity (believe me, it happens). I have a few outfits that I can always count on to get me through the day, look great, and allow me to do little to no thinking in the morning when getting ready. Another easy way to find inspiration on the sucky days is to explore online fashion blogs. There are also some great apps for your smartphone or tablet (21st Century girl) which can inspire you! I love Pinterest, We Heart It, and Closet Space (they send you daily outfit ideas via email, by the way).
Clothes can be expensive and so can upgrading your wardrobe! I have so many clothes, it’s an illness at this point, lol (and some of my accessories and clothing I spent way too much money on). You don’t need to spend loads of money on clothes and accessories constantly, to have a great closet. I splurge on expensive designer items occasionally, but I buy most of my every day clothing at either Marshalls or Forever 21. I’ll online shop on my F21 app, from the comfort of my bed! I’ve never had my clothes from F21 rip or fall apart, despite their relatively low prices. You can find great quality clothing there that’s fun and pretty. Be smart about shopping. I raised myself on Gossip Girl, but no one can afford to shop at Bloomies & Saks, every weekend. Thank you Blair and Serena for the fashion envy. Also, Marshalls has amazing designer buys, and the more you go, the more you find. I buy super cute and unique Home Decor there, as well. Fashion is art and you create your own, beautiful canvas.
Jewelry…I love adding a necklace or loads of bracelets to an outfit! If I’m wearing lounge clothes, or dressing super casual, I always wear my favorite pieces of jewelry to add a little something. In my closet I have a vintage chest filled with jewelry, but I like to keep my go to pieces on my dresser, ready to pair with an outfit. Also, displaying jewelry is a cute and decorative way to enhance a dresser or desk.
I tend to get inspired by the environment and where I’m going. I am perfectly split down the middle as a city and “country” girl. When I say country, I mean rustic, & being inspired by nature; the beach and waves, a sunset behind my horses and field, and driving in my car down my rural roads, listening to music. There are some mornings when I feel like a complete and total city girl though, and that’s when I allow my love for the city that never sleeps to inspire me and my head to toe outfit.
A girl needs at least a couple favorite items. I have a pair of Valentino heels (electric blue) that were insanely expensive (ah, a huge moment of weakness in Nordstrom…) and they’re one of my favorite fashion items. I’ll only wear them occasionally, and to very important events! I’m always obsessed with new handbags, too. Whenever I buy a new handbag, I am one happy girl. Fashion is more than just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. You either love fashion or you don’t, because it takes commitment and lots of agonizing.
I’d like to end my post about pretty clothes with one of my favorite quotes, by one of my favorite people (my MCM always), “You never move forward if you play it safe,” Alexander McQueen. So, take his advice! Have fun with yourself and your clothes. Being boring and never living on the edge, gets you nowhere…same goes with fashion and what you choose to wear.
I actually named my dog, McQueen after Alexander McQueen. The man left half of his fortune upon his death, to his dogs…what a man! He’s a true visionary and I’ll always find it incredibly sad that he’s gone, because the beautiful people in this world deserve much more. Thank you for the words of inspiration McQueen, and for your beautiful pieces of wearable art.