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Finding my Fashionista

Posted: Monday, May. 13, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

When it comes to my style, I’m usually the comfy type. You know, jeans, converses, a graphic-tee and a sweater. There’s nothing wrong with that style but, sometimes, I want to feel a bit more fashionable. I have all of these fantastic ideas in my head but don’t have the eye to pull an outfit together. So the question is, what can a fashionably challenged woman like me do? If you’re feeling the same way, here are a few tips I’ve pulled together for finding my own Fashionista.

- Try something completely different

I feel particularly awkward when it comes to weddings or parties. Dressing up makes me feel even more fashionably challenged, but when it came to my friend’s wedding last weekend, I finally felt comfortable. The secret was that I went for a dress I wouldn’t usually pick. I loved the colour, and although I wasn’t sure I could wear the style, I tried it on anyway and loved it. I’ve done this with floral details, lace shirts, hats, and coloured jeans as well, and now, I’m really comfortable trying something different.

- Browse Pinterest

Even though I can’t put the look together on my own, the outfits on Pinterest do change my approach to fashion. I see colour combinations that I wouldn’t have imagined before and the selections have expanded my knowledge of what is out there.

- Break from your traditional stores

My two stores are American Eagle and Express. Lately, I’ve been branching out and visiting Forever 21, Old Navy and Mod Cloth. A fresh selection of clothes can led to a new outlook on a style or outfit choice.

- Remember to accessorize

This can be hard for me, particularly if budget is a factor. But a funky necklace or a unique set of earrings can jazz up an ordinary outfit. Plus, Claire’s Accessories are always offering great deals on their jewelry. If you’re not a fan of Claire’s, Forever 21 has a mass collection of jewelry at affordable prices.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still fashionably challenged. But by following the steps above I’ve found new ways of approaching fashion and I’m gradually developing my own style. There are still days that I head out in my sweater and converses, but I’m not as intimidated by parties or special events anymore either.

Anybody else feel fashionably challenged like me? How do you find your Fashionista?

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