Guest Post by, Crystal Russell
There is no beauty in the finest clothes if it makes hunger and unhappiness. – Gandhi
The last time I was with you I shared how to style your family photos. Some of those tips apply not just to dressing for family photos but also to your everyday wardrobe. Two that I live by are “it doesn’t have to match, it just needs to make sense” and “Don’t strive for perfection, go for balance.”
I have always loved fashion. As early as I could walk I loved dressing up. I loved the way it made me feel and this was such a creative outlet for me. But, when I got married and started working outside the home as a nanny, I got lost in the world of trying to balance everything. I started to look like a hot mess and lost my sense of fashion. This amazing creative outlet for me was gone. This really hit me one day when I was at a sing-song class with the little boy that I nannied for at the time. I looked around and realized I was the only one looking a hot mess. All the other mothers, fathers, and nannies were well put together, and there I was with a sweatshirt and a full head of frizz. I don’t think I even combed my hair that day. At that point I made a resolution, I was going to do better, especially when I had my own children. I didn’t just see it as though I was representing myself when I was out, I realized that I am also representing the children who are with me. From that point on I decided I was going to make sure that when I was out with my kids, I would look presentable.
That is where it started for me. This was right after the birth of my oldest daughter when I needed to find clothes that looked good in my new postpartum bod. I used blogs, Pinterest, and even store mannequins to help me find my style. It came down to just finding something that I liked and felt comfortable in. Then, I had to adjust and make compromises to my style as time went on. I loved wearing heels, they made me feel dressed up and girly; but, as a homeschooling momma of three, they just weren’t practical anymore. So I found my “in-between.” First, I let go of my 6-inch heels (that was easy because they are from the devil) and after I found kitten heels and wedged ankle boots, then it was easy to let go of the rest of the heels. This is how I stayed true to my style and found balance with the demands of having young kiddos.
Here are a few tips I collected over the years that I love and still use today:
- Use what you have: Start with what you have. Often you can remix what you have and create completely new looks.
- Color outside the lines: Be brave, Be you. Be Different. Free yourself from other’s thoughts and opinions. If you like it and it brings you joy, go with it.
- Don’t buy what you can’t mix and match: Don’t buy something you cant at least make into five different outfits.
- Make it Last: Get at least 30 wears out of each piece.
- Choose Well: It is better to buy a few quality pieces than a bunch of cheep stuff.
- Be Confident: If you are confident in your outfit, others will be too. A little confidence can pull off just about anything.
In the outfit below I remixed one shirt four ways including the outfit from the last post.
Yellow Striped Breton Top remixed four ways:
Bracelet – Alex and Ani
Join us December 2nd as we celebrate Dressember and feature fun ways for you to style your dresses so you can join in the movement.
“Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.
In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery.”
Crystal & Savanna
Previous fashion with a purpose post:
Styling Your Fall Family Portraits – www.savannadutcher.com/?p=1295
Shedding Layers – WWW.SAVANNADUTCHER.COM/?P=1242
Fashion With a Purpose – WWW.SAVANNADUTCHER.COM/?P=1184