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Mix & Match (IX) plus Styling & Shopping Tips

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Today, I will sharing a few of my personal styling & shopping tips.  Running a personal style blog means being under a public scrutiny and detailing every single item you decide to wear. However, if you are smart and efficient about your purchases you can definitely get bang for your buck. 

Closet Rules
via We Heart It
First, clean out of your closet. Anything you haven’t worn even once in the past year needs to go [except for your wedding dress, of course!]. This is the biggest hindrance in your path of becoming the next fashion icon. Trust me! 

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Organize your closest according to the space and utility. For example, I hang all the tops/blouses/dresses which I wish to wear in the season within my immediate reach. Then I organize types of clothing together (t-shirts, tanks, etc.)

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Once I have worn an outfit I stack it at the bottom of the pile or hang it right at the end. Then I use my ‘other’ clothes and make an effort to style things differently. 

Styling Rules
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Keep it minimal. I often find people getting their outfit right but going over board with their accessories. Ideally wear accessories according to the occasion and your outfit. 

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Keep in mind the neckline of the top/dress, the hairdo, color palette of the outfit and shoes! 

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99% of the people get their shoes wrong. They should complement the outfit, but not stand out or distract from the overall look.

Shopping Rules 
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I always, always only buy things if they meet all the following criteria:

·       It fits you perfectly today [not tomorrow, not in future but TODAY!]
·       You absolutely love it! Have no doubt in your heart about it
·       You can see yourself wearing it at least 3 times at 3 different occasions [or what I do is divide the cost of the item by the number of times “I think” I will wear it, e.g. Jeans $100 and I will wear it at least 10 times = $10 per wear = Worth it!]

And just to prove my point below are two collages - 
1. Top - Urban Outfitters
Bought in September 2009
$26.00 (already worn at least 6 times)
$26 ÷ 6 = $4.33 = Worth it!
2. Trousers - BCBG
Bought in May 2010
$100.00 (...so far worn 3 times)
$100 ÷ 3 = $33.33 = Kinda worth it! [Don’t you think?]

P.S. This post was written in Sept 2010. I have worn both these items several more times since then! 

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