Rue de Tres Chic is another blog we love to read. Ivana is a Fashion Stylist and Creative Consultant with an amazing eye for colors. She combines prints and colors in a very creative way. We talked to her about fashion, personal style and how to achieve confidence through fashion.
How and why did you decide to launch your blog, Rue de Tres Chic?
I decided to start my blog as a way of expressing my creativity through two things I love the most: fashion and photography.
How would you describe your style?
My style has changed over the years, and it can still be different from day to day, but no matter what I wear I stay true to myself and how I feel. I always make sure I am well groomed and stylish.
Do you have rules you always respect when it comes to fashion?
Fashion is all about expression and creativity, so rules aren’t always your friend. They can limit you in creating something original and cool. However, every outfit should be done with a dose of good taste, but that’s as far as I would go with rules.
How do you mix and match prints and colors?
I have a good eye for colors, and that’s something you are born with. I don’t believe it can be learned. And it is hard to speak of color mixing in general because for me, it is all about a specific color hue. A color you would not normally pair up with another can really look good if you find the right shade to complement it.
What advice would you give to women that want to find their style but don’t know where to start?
I would say forget rules, forget your body type, and forget trends.
Start collecting outfit pictures or clothing pictures from the internet (Lookbook is a great place to start), and only choose those you truly love. Choose those that best represent who you are. Then, when you go shopping, make sure you focus on the pieces from your images, and test them. See how they feel when you wear them. What colors you like better on you. What cut feels more comfortable. Play with your clothes.
Another piece of advice I would like to share is that every woman should invest in basics (white shirt, black pants, pencil skirts, blazer, simple white tee, etc). I can’t emphasize enough how much they make creating outfits easier.
It’s hard to leave our comfort zone and to embrace new challenges. Have you ever met women who were surprised to realize that an outfit they would never consider buying looked very good on them?
Yes, very often. I have worked with many women as a stylist and also creative consultant. The problem is that most of women have a wrong self image. They also limit themselves following some silly rules that are imposed on us by magazines. We have age rules, body type rules, fashion rules, celebrity rules… the list is endless! Once we let go of all these, and embrace who we are, dressing up becomes so much more fun.
When it comes to choosing work outfits, what advice would you give to women? How should they pick their outfit?
Stick to basics, and as I mentioned invest in pieces that you can mix and match with different outfits. You can always add a signature touch with accessories (a colorful scarf, necklace, etc)
Many women struggle with self-confidence. What advice would you give to someone in order to obtain confidence in their bodies through fashion?
The core of the problem starts at a young age. Again, I would put the blame on media, that indisputably shapes the minds of young people. And if a girl is constanly shown a certain type of woman in magazines, she will start feeling insecure because she sees something different in the mirror. And that feeling might stick around even when they grow older. This is one of the reasons why fashion blogs are so popular, because fashion and style is shown through real people of different ages and sizes.
Self-confidence comes from self love. And self loves comes from accepting who we are, while at the same time we grow and improve ourselves. Clothes can just make us feel a bit better, but they can’t fix the problem.
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