First Rule in FashionTuesday, May 18, 2010
I'm sure you're all wondering why I've been posting more on style and fashion than anything else as of late. Yes, I am an interior designer by trade. Yes, I do spend as much time researching interior trends as I do fashion trends. And yes, I do believe that the same principals exist in designing interiors as they do in styling editorials. (For the record I've been asking myself that same question)
I've alluded to the fact that I am as much inspired by the fleeting existence of fashion as I am by the lasting experience of interiors. It is this duality that I find best sculpts my vision to see, think, create, and enhance. After all, style is evident, no matter what the medium.
But how many of us actually have the finances to update our living room every season or every five years in any case? I know I don't. I'm here to tell you that interior styling can be just as financially accessible as purchasing new clothes. You just have to know what it takes to transform an entire look without breaking the bank. My first rule in fashion (and interiors): Buy ONLY what you lovelovelove and build the look from there (ok, so more like the first two rules).
If you make purchases based only on pieces that you absolutely cannot bear to live without, you'll be more inspired to make them work regardless of trends or practicality. Your style will undoubtedly evolve, but your prized possessions will still have a place in your home and heart because of your connection to that piece.
Don't buy the boring beige rug because you think it'll go with everything. Invest in that bold graphic zebra one because it's your favorite pattern! Just as you can dress your favorite Chanel flap bag down with jeans or up with a sexy LBD, you can fashion that zebra rug in your traditional eclectic living room or your modern minimalist office.
It's only as versatile as you make it. So go ahead, live out loud, and make that daring purchase you've been dying to make. Just make sure it reflects your personal taste and style and you'll most certainly still love that piece 20 years down the road.
Who knows, by then your (now) vintage piece will be back in style and no one will ever be the wiser.
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