|Casey's Clicks: Fashion 101 for teens|
|Part Three: Developing personal style|
Sure, you may have a fabulous personality, huge intellect, or maybe a raging sense of humor. But your outward appearance will be the first thing people notice about you.
Once you get the basics of how to dress (see parts One and Two of this series), you can start to have fun with personalizing a unique look for yourself.
The key is to take some risks and stay true to yourself. Here's how:
Wear what you love
Try mixing high-end pieces with less pricey things. If you're smart about doing this, no one would ever even suspect that your outfit came from a not-so-statusy place (heaven forbid!).
Don't stay with just one look because it's a safe bet for you. Mix up different themes -- prep with glamour, surfer with urban, etc.
Take a certain piece from a vintage look and incorporate it with your wardrobe. For example, take a dirndl skirt from the '40s, then pair it with a simple fitted shell, flat slides, and jewelry and you have a great look that isn't overly retro.
When you know your designers and their signature look, it's easier to spot a good fake/knock-off. If you follow all of the fashion shows, choose several key looks and either (A) Scour thrift stores before the rest of the general public catches on to the new trend or (B) reproduce your own copy.
Play personal stylist
Never doubt yourself