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Living With Style

Discover Your Signature Look To Dazzle This Holiday Season

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  • "Dress the many women inside of you but never, ever make the mistake of dressing like someone else!" –Mikki Taylor

    Courtesy of Mikki Taylor

    As we approach the season of sizzle, everyone has something to say about what's "in" and what's "out" for the holidays. You may feel pressure to make yourself over into someone you don't recognize—even if only for a night—with the promise that it'll be such fun. I say, spare yourself the antics! The real way to look chic and fabulous this season is to be your best self. My tried and tested advice? Dress the many women inside of you but never, ever make the mistake of dressing like someone else! Here's how to do it.

    Find Your Style ID

    Fashion is simply another form of self-expression—it really comes down to what you want to communicate from within. To hone in on your personal style, get still and ask yourself: What predominant style sensibility am I most comfortable with? Classic, glamorous, elegant, bohemian, sexy, romantic, edgy, minimalist or sophisticated.

    Your style ID may be a blend of one or more of the above. But your predominant ID is what will inform the way you dress, allowing you to speak to the many women inside of you without being thrown off your style kilter.

    For example, the concept of "sexy" is different for everyone. I once worked with a real woman for an Oprah TV segment on finding your inner sexpot. I knew immediately that hers was one that aspired to wear a cashmere robe and silk chemise as opposed to a red lace nightie. (Although red lace is quite sexy, the woman who embraces it did not exist inside of her!) Her predominant style ID was "classic," so for those times when she wanted to dress sexy, it was about staying in her lane to do so—not becoming someone else in the process.

Living With Style
Discover Your Signature Look To Dazzle This Holiday Season
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