WWStyle | Looking Rad and Feeling Gorgeous {GUEST POST}

photo-4_Fotor_Fotor1Today we have my stylist in Wonderland. I believe beauty is an inside job, however your outside appearance directly relates to how you feel and the better you feel the better you’ll be. With that, I’ve invited my stylist, the extremely talented Angela Harrison of AH Style to Wonderland  to give our tribe some wellness inspired style insight. Take it away Angie: 

It’s 7am on a dark, wintery morning, on the third day of my monthly gift, and all I can think about is how miserable this day will be and how troll-ish I feel.  In that moment I have managed to set a gloomy tone for my entire day – all before ever getting out of bed.  If you’re human, and a woman, you have likely had one (or many) of these moments.  You probably threw on your comfiest, most shapeless outfit, bundled up, and trudged on through your dismal day. Fortunately, there is a simple way to avoid all of that negativity and it lies within your closet.  As a wardrobe stylist, I truly believe  “what you wear affects how you feel.”

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So let’s start feeling fab.

Wardrobe styling helps breakdown the complexity of fashion into manageable and comprehensive terms.  We find what works best for you, and most importantly, we have fun doing it.  Everyday, I assist  clients in creating their  personal style, and witness fashion change their perception of themselves.  When you have a great outfit on…you feel GOOD.  The best part is that style knows neither age nor size; absolutely everyone can achieve the look they’ve always envisioned and feel fabulous doing it!

One of the simplest ways to feel amazing in what you wear is learning how to dress for your body type.  When your clothes fit properly and accentuate all the right places, it shows.  We might wear something a little too tight and subsequently feel self-conscious all day, or, wear something too oversized and look twice our size.  Knowing what works best for your body type helps cut the shopping process in half.  It’s all about knowing what to look for, and what makes you look and feel great.

The six general shapes in fashion are:

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You can be these shapes at ANY size.  Once you’ve determined your body type, the hard part is over!  One styling trick I always use when I don’t know a new client’s exact measurements, is to start from their general body type and look for clothes that match their shape.  If you’re a triangle or pear shape, try dresses that are fit n’ flare or peplum tops with a good skinny jean.  Rectangles look great in shift dresses and column maxi dresses.  If you’re a more rounded shape, A-line tunics are always a gorgeous no-brainer.

So the next time you wake up and feel nothing is going quite right, put on your fab fitting outfit and make the day yours! 

As my personal stylist you can count on Angie being back in Wonderland lots and until then leave you questions below. She will be answering all of your style questions and concerns below and I can weigh in on any body perceptions of fear around looking and feeling fab. 

PS. Hang with her on Facebook & her Instagram is RAD!  She inspires the heck out of me so give her some love. 

Be exactly who you are | “The fun of getting dressed is that it’s a creative experience & sometimes it’s better than other times.” -Iris Apfel

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Iris Apfel is one of the most amazing fashion icons on earth. Ever since I saw this photo-spread in W Magazine, (which I had hanging on the wall in my attic roomI’ve been obsessed with her. This endearing woman is the queen mother of accessories, prints, and interior design. Behind her fabulous huge glasses, she has an amazing eye for style.

Instead of writing about her background, I’ll let her speak for herself…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzf_WPqsmTM&feature=player_embedded

& if you don’t have time to watch, here’s my favorite quote from the video that sums it up nicely…

Freedom of expression is the most important thing because if you dont then you’re all bottled up and you’re just choking.” -Iris Apfel

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{photos via the dusty burrito}

If you can’t get enough of her like me, check out this book about here appropriately titled, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apsel.

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Are you a Man Repeller?

Before you answer, do you know what one is? Let me define it for you:

man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]

–noun
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. This includes but is not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see:human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
Origin: 
2009-10; < repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel– (s. of repellix) unattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel ler1

—Related forms

man·re·pell·ant, noun
further clarification: a man getter vs. repeller
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I want to bea man repeller, but I do have a soft spot for timeless classic style. Either way, I love Leandra Medine’s ground breaking blog celebrating women dressing for other women and those who appreciate fashion rather than for men. But don’t worry – even the Man Repeller herself found a man that couldn’t be repelled. She’s engaged, imagine what the wedding dress will look like!

While Medine may have coined the phrase,  Man Repelling is nothing new – here’s some examples of Man Repellers throughout history.

 

We love the Louis Soda Fountain Campaign

Half the reason I anxiously await the arrival of W Magazine each month is for the advertisements and this month the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Soda Fountain Ad campaign by Steven Meisel caught my eye.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ie_x6WOJz8&feature=player_embedded

photos via the terrier and lobster