PEOPLE TODAY WANT APPROVAL FOR THE WAY THEY DRESS, WHICH IS THE KISS OF DEATH. YOU CAN’T REALLY DO YOUR OWN THING UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I THINK THERE IS A VERY DELICATE KIND OF MERGER BETWEEN YOUR CLOTHES AND YOUR PERSONALITY, A GIVE AND TAKE BETWEEN WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE WEARING.”
Eclectic women pick and choose their clothes from all different styles and mix them together in a way that is unique to them. There’s no formula I couldn’t possibly come up with a list of favorite things; it’s an invention every time. A successful eclectic look is evidence that the wearer possesses true personal style. A tried-and-true classic dresser can have her own style, too, but she relies to a certain extent on tradition; the eclectic dresser navigates the world of style with only her instincts for a compass.
Eclectic style requires a practiced editorial eye. From all the masses of merchandise out there, you must be able to cull the things that inspire you and suit you. Then you have to know how to mix them together in a way that works. It’s kind of like making a salad at a salad bar: You choose all the things you like, all the while keeping in mind how they will mix together. Just because you like both raisins and onions doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy them in the same mouthful.
The best thing about eclectic style is that it forces you to make your own rules because no else’s apply to you.
So have fun making your own rules and have fun breaking them too. Remember, style rules are made to be broken.
For this chapter, the only tools I have to offer you are the example and inspiration of myself and other women. Because eclectic style is indefinable and entirely unique to the person who creates it, you can’t tell someone else exactly how to get there. But being excited and inspired by other people is often half the battle. I hope you are as inspired by the women in this chapter as I have been.
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