“It can be difficult to fake confidence, but self-respect is a basic ingredient that we can all live up to, and from there, confidence is born.”–Isabel Toledo
“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.” — Karl Lagerfeld
Whether you like him or not, Karl is hands down a controversial fellow. Always armed with dark shades, high collars, and verbal venom, the designer extraordinaire is a favorite of mine. What can I say? We share a love for black and white with a badass edge. And as for his quote? It’s kinda true…one’s own vanity will keep them from over-indulging on food and/or alcohol and stay “looking good.” Vanity may keep your waistline in check, but your bank account will hate you.
“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”
No person is a simple individual—we are all complex beings who are complicated beyond our own explanation. Your style is an expression of self. Though you may keep it simple, it speaks volumes about you. Maybe you favor colors, patterns, and patent accents. Maybe you prefer femininity, maybe an androgynous look. Maybe you prefer simplicity in neutrals to keep your mind clear. Maybe you’re a bit like me: simplicity in colors, but heavy metal accents with grunge appeal.
What complicated things does your style say about you?
*Jean Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, designer, artist, filmmaker, and playwright whose friends included Pablo Picasso, Jean Hugo, and Coco Chanel among many other creatives.
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada
As I walk across the stage today, I thought this quote was perfect for this time of year—a nice little something to keep in mind for upcoming interviews and networking events for this year’s graduating class.
“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.”
If you ladies love Sex & the City, this infamous quote may resonate with you. If not, then you’ve realized that this is the unfortunate truth that I live by. I love fashion, it is my favorite art form. While some people may collect modern art or antique tea pots, I curate my closet with the clothing, shoes, and accessories because I thoroughly believe that first impressions are everything, and we should dress as the people we want to be and the positions we want to hold, not the people we are now—unless you’re loving where you are now in life, then congrats!! But this may apply more to fellow undergrads and young working professionals.
In the words of Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” I spend money on quality clothing to convey my personal style, to convey how I feel that day, and to increase my wardrobe’s life span. I walk into my closet and love what I see…most days
I spend money on clothes, what are some of your splurges?