Classic, Chic Style w/ JD Williams
Someone recently asked me how I would define my personal style....."Classic, Chic with a Touch of Trend", I blurted out.
It didn't take long for me to conjure up an answer because as I've gotten older, my understanding of my style personality becomes more and more definite. While my style continues to evolve ever so slightly, it is my love for classic, chic, timeless style that doesn't waver. Keep reading to find out how I embraced my classic, chic style personality with JD Williams and their style tribes!
When I was in high school (and somewhat through college) I LOVED trying the latest trends. And, being plus size, it became a fun challenge to translate such trends to my personal style and everyday life (a stylist in the making, some would say!). There was something beautiful about being able to translate what I saw on the runway, in street style, or on my favorite pop artist (shout out to Lady Gaga & Beyonce who inspired a TON of my looks at one point in time) and make it work on my size 18/20 body. The here today/gone tomorrow aspect of fashion was a thrill, and it worked (or at least I thought it did) for a while... until it felt forced.
Somewhere along the way I had lost my true style DNA, and had taken to chasing the trend. Yes, trend is exciting and very much a part of some people's style DNA- but it wasn't really a part of mine- which is why it no longer felt right.
I don't know the exact moment it changed (thankfully, it was pre- Gaga meat dress), but I got back in touch with the real meaning of personal style & re-discovered my style personality. I found what fashion does for me, at the core, and built from there. It just came together so effortlessly. I built a business on knowing fashion and people (the two are not without each other) and it was important for me to fully know myself in the space before I helped others. I know, it sounds super dramatic, but it's true, no? The moment I realized my style personality was more about classic, timeless sophistication the more my fashion purpose made sense.
The clothes you wear should only enhance, not change, who YOU are......
I asked myself the questions I ask clients.....
Who are you at the core? What are your values for yourself? Who are your style icons? Where does your inspiration come from? How does that translate to fashion and style? At the end of the day, your wardrobe should reflect and enhance who you are, not change who you are- and the more organic and honest that is, the more confident you'll be. And that was it....
Classic. Chic. Timeless. Polished. Sophisticated. Effortless. Elegant. Poised.
STYLE TIP: My pull inspiration from everywhere, but always from the matriarchs of my family. Powerful, educated, poised women who command respect and attention. Polished, sophisticated, elegant women who know who they are, stand in their confidence and whose personalities shine through, whether they're in a gown or a garbage bag. Those women are the women I think of when I think of my style personality and how it influences my journey. It's important to find your inspiration & trust it.
When JD Williams asked me to join their style tribe campaign I immediately said yes. "We think you'd be perfect for the classic, chic style tribe", the email read. Um, DUH! It was a moment of validation, knowing that my personality and style were so aligned that a brand recognized it as such. I have noticed that my style only gets more refined as the years go on, so when the time came to select pieces for my look - I immediately gravitated towards items that were timeless and classic. All the pieces from my look are strong on their own, as individual items, or when paired together as a full ensemble. A classic color combination, a pop of color, a touch of print - all came together effortlessly.
It was actually narrowing down the pieces that was a challenge due to the endless options (thanks, JD Williams!). At the end of the day, I landed on a dark denim jegging (the perfect basic, and the perfect denim silhouette for my shape), a black/white windowpane print blouse and this major statement making cape! The look could have worked with a pair of sneakers, an ankle bootie, a simple flat - but I'm a sucker for a good shoe, so I decided to add an unexpected touch of polish with this block heeled, pointed toe pump with buckle adornment! Tres Chic!
"Simplicity is design", my Grandmother used to say.
I agree, Gram. I Agree.
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