I have never even come close to being a fashionista. I have a definite style, but I have never been particularly stylish. Somehow, though, my daughter is a little fashionista in the making. My three-year-old, Miriam, loves fashion, and has a far better wardrobe than I am. She is not a kid content to just wear whatever you pull out of the closet for her. She directs her wardrobe choices the way that dictators direct governments or conductors lead orchestras. On Sunday, for example, she told me that she wanted to wear her stripey dress with her kitty cat tights and sparkly shoes, and then picked out her jewelery and told me how she wanted to wear her hair. The end result: she always looks amazingly adorable. So, rather than using my own (limited) fashion knowledge, I’ve consulted with a young fashionista.
Here are beauty tips from a child fashionista.
Shoes do not just cover your feet. Shoes can make an otherwise mediocre outfit stand out, or instantly transform an outfit. Miriam’s current favourite shoes are a pair of pink ballet flats with embroidered flowers and sequins. Worn with jeans, they add a girly and fancy touch. This translates well for grown-ups, too. Ballet flats are not just for dancers or little girls, they are a comfortable way to add a little glamour to every day. Similarly, don’t just go for standard black pumps when you wear heels. Consider wearing bright red shoes with that black dress instead. Click here to see some shoes that will add instant interest to your outfits.
Mix and Match
Yes, it’s important to match. However, you may be surprised at what things to actually match. Don’t be afraid to try unexpected combinations, like combining stripes and florals, for example. As a child, Miriam knows that her pink, ivory, and chocolate striped princess style dress looks great with her pink tights with an off-white design of hello kitty and polka dots printed on it. As adults, we tend to lose that confidence and stick to more boring combinations.
The musical Annie says that, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile,” and a sure-fire way to put a big smile on any fashionista’s face is to accessorize well. Don’t just think about clothes; think about how your clothes will look with jewelery, handbag, etc. This morning Miriam said simply, “I like to wear my necklace because I love it.” At her age, she may be wearing a sparkly Barbie bracelet and a bead necklace, but she appreciates that they make her feel “fancy” and confident. You can enjoy that feeling too.
Miriam describes herself by saying, “I’m a fancy girl.” I know that I would be better dressed if I always listened to her advice. These three simple fashion principles from a budding fashionista can help us all to improve our look.