So you know those times where you have tons of clothes in your closet? And on your corner chair, and on your bed, and um…..hopefully not your floor. But sometimes. And you ALWAYS feel like you can’t find anything to wear? I have a really strong feeling that I am not the only one. I actually didn’t have tons of clothes in high school, so I had to get creative with what I wore. My mom had a friend that was my size and she handed some really cool stuff down to me. I am so grateful that I can actually afford a decent wardrobe now, but those days still keep me from over splurging. I wasn’t awarded BEST DRESSED then, but I had my fair share of compliments on my outfits that I pulled together. As soon as I turned 16, I got a jobie job fast and I was able to save up for pieces that screamed my style. So, I want to help you actually re-gain some confidence in your outfits again, regardless of the size of your budget!
One little experiment that I did, after I cleaned, purged and organized, was style my own closet. I visited my boards on Pinterest and pinned new things that I had liked. If you have never browsed Pinterest, it is a perfect time to tell you to browse with caution! Keep an open mind with the inspiration and ALWAYS keep your spin on it. Before I headed out to shop, I shopped my own closet. If it hadn’t been worn in a year, I donated it. This is essential in making room for new things. I even did this with jewelry, accessories and shoes.
As I pinned new outfits, I kept my eyes peeled for things that had basics. Basics are solids and things you either have or could pick up anywhere, like tees, tanks, socks and cardigans. This also helps, because if you pick things that can be used with several outfits, then you get the most out of your purchase. For example, a neutral or gray chunky knit cardigan like the one in the Boho outfit below. (American Eagle Outfitters).
I recently teamed up with Lisa Tello, Stylist and owner of Refined Mode, and we brainstormed five different looks for five of the 2014 Twelfth Element Senior Models. It was important to us to make the sure that the looks could be worn everyday, but more bold choices of that of a girl in NYC. Also, Lisa styled the day of making sure that even though the looks were “styled”, that each girl still felt like themselves. The looks included a Boho, Varsity, Classic, Modern, and Urban inspired looks. Makeup by Lucy Gonzalez and Cynthia Cuellar.
I can’t tell you how much fun we have doing this and the girls look AH-MAZ-ING! I was so inspired by these looks and they really have trained my eye when I am piecing outfits together. I hope they inspire you too!
Also, if you are Class of 2016, there is a little bitty secret waiting down at the bottom. You hear it FIRST, before everyone else! For now, take a look at the type of shoot you could expect as a Twelfth Element Senior SpokesModel.
Styling Tip* Having clean laundry and PLANNING your outfits at least the day before, will not only save you time while getting dressed, but you will also wear your outfit more confidently. I’ve been that girl trying to find my favorite shirt only to discover it is at the bottom of the bin! Oy!
The Boho Girl
Britta is a Varsity Soccer Player at Clark High School and her long hair and California girl look was perfect for the boho girl. The best part about watching these girls be styled is that I could SEE the confidence they had wearing the outfits.
The most expensive piece worn here is the Urban outfitters dress at $60. The Hat is also from Urban Outfitters as well as the knee high textured socks. The look was completed with a chunky knit cardigan, belted with a skinny belt and a long boho necklace from Forever 21. Brown ankle boots with a short chunky heel were also worn.
The Cardigan and accessories can easily be worn again and again with another outfit.
The Varsity Girl
Varsity is just the trendier name for “Sporty”. Kaelin is the bubbly, yet VERY subtly sexy personality for this look. I say VERY subtly sexy, because we can all feel our inner sexy kitten begin to grow her whiskers, but in order to keep the girl next door quality, you want to not flaunt EVERYTHING you got. You Know? If you don’t, now you know.
The Johnson Jags have the beautiful brunette cheering every week at the football games and she doesn’t need a cheer uniform, when she can sport this adorably glam, yet casual look. The Victoria Secret PINK tank is what totally makes this outfit and the Converse shoes are a must. Simply tie a basic tee around your waist to have handy for chilly nights.
Style Tip* Girl next door makeup is key for the Varsity look. Balance the top and bottom to make sure that if you show more skin on top, you aim to be more modest on the bottom and vice versa.
Add an animal print bra like this one from Victoria Secret PINK.
The Classic Girl
Where all things are pretty and refined. The Classic girl keeps it just that, CLASSIC, yet still bold in her own way. She is a girly girl, who flirts with the edgier side of “clean lines”. Ciara from Clark High School proves over and over to be this girl. She is determined to meet goals and to make the world a better place, all while looking her best.
The crop top from BCBGeneration is what makes this classic outfit more bold and the statement necklace from Forever 21 is definitely making statement.
The skirt is also from BCBGeneration. Black ankle boots with a short chunky heel were worn with this outfit.
The Modern Girl
If there is a girl who lives in the present, making a list of ways that she is going to change the world in the future, it’s this girl. This is Victoria’s SPIRIT. She was actually the most worried about how this outfit would look on her, but she wore it with the MOST confidence. Sometimes, it takes trying things on for size to see if it is a fit.
This oh so cool dress is from H&M. The thumbholes are perfect for holding warm mugs filled to the rim with a foamy latte. The tights are from H&M as well and the chandelier earrings are from Forever 21. The vintage jacket, is a COVER jacket that I actually modeled for a high end boutique 10 years ago.
I think what helped Victoria feel confident and own this look, was we allowed her to be herself in it. WE even used her long locks of hair as an accessory. She couldn’t help, but to let the outfit pull something out of her that she didn’t know she had as well. Sometimes your “spirit” dresses in different attire. Especially if it is bold, daring, and craves being the difference maker.
Style Tip* When trying a new look, keep something still you. Whether it be your hair, your shoes, or accessories. If you make sure everything else is flowing, you can keep one thing still YOU.
The Urban Girl
The Urban girl doesn’t just know how to mix a mix-tape, but she knows how to mix patterns as well.
Rachael is another girl whose ‘spirit’ speaks loudly. She is caring and bold. She holds family and her roots really close to her heart.
The Urban girl LIVES for being herself and loves mixing a little bit of grunge to her girly-ness, but always keeping it still refined.
Striped dress is from H&M and only $13! Fatigued Utility Vest is from Old Navy and the flannel is from Target. Lace up boots worn are from DSW.
So my super stylish friends, or soon to be, I hope you were inspired by these five looks. Just watch, you too will be looking at clothes with a whole new perspective this fall!
But, just like all things authentically you, your style comes from that very same place so as you play around with the trends, remember to keep it still a little bit YOU.
AND NOW, Class of 2016! The Application for the 2016 Senior Model Program is HERE! If you want to have early access being the first to submitting yours as well as ALWAYS have an inside look at Twelfth Element, be sure to sign up for the VIP list here —–> VIP LIST.
So what look are you most inspired by? Let me know in the comments below! Your feedback is worth it’s weight in gold!
Until next time,