Fashion Portfolio: How to Achieve California Style
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: How to Achieve California Style
California is strongly influenced by Spanish culture, modernism, and beach life. Casual reigns in the state from the beach to the desert to the mountains and the valleys. Pull away the layers of California dreaming to see more than casual living. Lightweight hiking boots by day give way to celebrity-laden and corporate dinners at night.
The state of sunshine, snow, vineyards, and political messes is mythologized in music, movies, media, travel sites, and by those seeking to escape their own troubled homelands. The New West is a land of contradictions and that is embodied in California apparel. The vast territory and diverse biomes within the 31st state of the union necessitates an overall lightweight wardrobe. Yet, individualized for home, work, and play life. Along the coast in Southern California there is rare opportunity to wear heavy winter outerwear. San Diego temperatures range from 53-66° Fahrenheit in March and 67-77° Fahrenheit in August. While in the capital, Sacramento, temperature averages range from 44-64° Fahrenheit in March and 58-91° Fahrenheit in August. In California, climate is king of the closet.
Create the Look for Yourself
Suits, Tuxedos, Ties, and Blazers
Left Jacket: Nautica Men's 2 Button Center Vent Classic Seersucker Suit Separate Jacket, Blue, 50 Regular
Center Left Tuxedo: Ike Behar Black Slim Fit Tuxedo with Peak Lapel
Center Right Tie: Original Penguin Men's Beach Floral 2 Tie, Blue, One Size
Coats and Jackets
Center Left Jacket: Lucky Brand Men's Bonneville Jacket, Black, Large
Center Right Puffer: Perry Ellis Men's 28 1/2 Inch Poly Zip Front with Bib Insert, Black, Medium
T-Shirts and Shirts
Center Left Shirt: Theory Men's Rylee T-Shirt Stripe Short Sleeve Crew, White/Multi, X-Large
Center Right Shirt: Jack Spade Men's Short Sleeve Striped Tee Red Orange T-Shirt
Right Shirt: Barney Cools Men's Cabin Ls, Navy Plaid, Medium
Pants and Jeans
Shorts and Swim Trunks
Left Short: Hollister Men's Fleece Shorts (M, Navy 788)
Center Swim Short: Zanerobe Men's Laguna Swim Short, Navy/White, 29
Right Swim Short: BOSS Hugo Boss Swim Short Snapper in Navy M
Top Shoe: Converse Jack Purcell Signature Ox 149913C Navy/White Canvas Ortholite Unisex Shoes (11 B(M) US Women / 9.5 D(M) US Men)
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Credit: alanflusser. com, pexels .com, Amazon. com, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "Surf Bathing, Long Beach, Calif." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931. http:// digitalcollections .nypl. org/items/510d47d9-a588-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99