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Fashion Portfolio: Style Lessons to Learn from South America by Jesse Bluma

Fashion Portfolio:  Style Lessons to Learn from South America

In life we may not become famous, infamous, or blockbusters. We do; however, have the power to become something more than those labels.  It is our savvy and confidence that allows us to rise above and experience living life with good taste.  Our travels, life experiences, and dreams are snapshots on the runway of our lives.  There is no better place than the now to make the best strides down that runway.   This is your epic, your life, so choose the label you wear wisely.

Knowing what to wear and how to wear it is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and have a personal style.  Some will go on to experiment with clothes, trends, and brands.  While others may be too intrepid to wear anything besides t-shirts and shorts.  Once you conquer the clothing world and develop a lifelong interest in dressing right, you will feel more inspired to shop and enjoy your home, social, and business life.

Not sure?  No need to be scared of labels, black-ties, white-ties, button-downs, or bespoke clothing.  Here is where expert knowledge and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as their go-to source.  Let an enjoyable experience with these fashion recipes be your start.  If you are more advanced and comfortable with fashion items, share your ideas, purchases, and suggestions.

What we wear is powerful and attitude matters.  Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Creating a closet of items right for you, along with excellent fitness, health, and life habits, is all an expression of how you respect yourself.  Knowing what to wear and executing fashion looks can be a challenge.  The guidelines, inspirations, and ideas in this article will spark your interest and get you wearing more than the same three items over-and-over.  As the notable custom tailor Alan Flusser observed, “A necktie’s motif, or pattern, expresses the poetry, the sense of whimsy, the psychology of the individual wearer.” 
Models.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on what is the right fit, look, and use of clothes for you.  As I learned from fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, fashion is about what is trending in stores and style is more about your own personality.  Take a moment to reflect upon good fashion sense, your life, needs, and goals.  That will be the center of what gets you fashion fit.  Structure your closet and drawers with options for your various activities, career, the climate you live in, and seasons. 

The Wardrobe Essentials.  It is key to make clothing selections with a long-term frame of mind.  Quality construction and timeless pieces are sharp and financially smart choices.  Know your measurements and proportions.  Take a look in the mirror to see what cuts, colors, shapes, and lengths are best for you.  There is a learning curve for going from being dressed by mom to dressing yourself, for your current physique, current life, and adventures.  Calvin Klein, business mogul and designer, once explained to me at a fashion show that what people wear should be modern, clean, and make them look their best.  Personal responsibility is at the heart of dressing well.  Study magazines, people in the streets, in school, models, and actors in your age range.  Also, seek out knowledgeable salespeople in stores and vintage shops.

Fashion Portfolio:  Style Lessons to Learn from South America

Powerful cultures across the South American continent impact fashion, food, entertainment, and much more across the world.  The modern man is well influenced and makes his wardrobe strong by being aware of South American cultures, their fresh and bright perspectives, coastal references, ruggedness, and debonair character.  Handsome designs, stylish haircuts, and the classics reign across the continent from Peru to Brazil, Venezuela to Argentina.  The Amazon River, islands, stunning mountains, wide deserts, and adventurous cities, political, and social disquietude create vast differences, variety, and ways of living in each country.  Although, nature is a common theme throughout clothing in South America; sunsets, oceans hues, and green lands serve as inspiration

Countries within South America are blessed with sunshine, snow, agriculture, and tourism.  The cultural values, economics, arts, and other influences within each country make for a wide variety of needs in apparel.  Additionally, wardrobe is individualized for home, work, and play life.  Wool, alpaca, cotton, and denim are popular fabrics.  Throughout autumn and into spring thick, plush, coats and jackets are used to stay warm.  As spring blooms and summer approaches the warm coats give way to bright green and white shirts, pale blue suits, and tropical themes.  Also apparent is an interest in vintage clothing, as well as leather goods, bags, shoes, and boots.  

Create the Look for Yourself

Blazers, Suits, and Ties



T-Shirts and Tank Tops

Pants and Shorts 

Swim Trunks



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Credit:  alanflusser. com, pexels .com, Amazon. com, "Argentina, View of Boots in Las Rosas." AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2017.  "Argentina, Man Eating from Knife in Las Rosas." AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2017.  "Argentina, Guitar Player with Crowd after Pato Game." AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2017.  "Argentina, Workers Loading Grain in South West Buenos Aires Province." AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2017.  "Argentina, Men Examining Tobacco Plants in East Salta Province." AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2017.

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