This Halloween turn yourself into a piece of living art. Your head and torso become the portrait inside a frame. Dress up in your Sunday best or in period clothing from your favorite time in history. Just don't stay in one place for too long or someone will try to sell your masterpiece to a museum!
I spend a lot of time here on the blog talking about the importance of having clothes for all occasions in your closet and not waiting until you need something to shop for it. But since an example is always more powerful than a simple statement, I am going to tell you about my weekend. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I was going to a wedding (and while bored on my travels, I think I tweeted more in one day than ever before). You might also have noticed the tweet I have re-posted below regarding the forecasted weather:
I didn't try to salvage the first outfit once it became obvious that the temperatures were quickly dropping because I knew that I would have another opportunity sometime in the future to wear it when it was better suited. However, if I didn't have other options in my closet, my choices would have been between buying something new and freezing in the original look. This does not necessarily mean that you need a large wardrobe. Rather you need a well thought out wardrobe. Having 20 pairs of jeans and 40 t-shirts creates a large wardrobe, but there aren't many occasions you can dress for with those pieces. I will be discussing this in more detail in next week's Guide to Elegance post about budget.
Today is the second birthday of practically stylish! It has grown more than I ever expected and I am incredibly grateful that each of you take the time to visit this site. I know that there is no shortage of content for you to read, so your support inspires me to work hard to continue to make this blog worth your time.
As some of you know, I started practically stylish after my sister got a compliment on her outfit at work. At that time I had been shopping for her, and the week before the compliment I had attached style guides to each the new piece of clothing that I picked up for her. The style guides had three outfit ideas--work, casual, and dressy-- as well as color pairing suggestions. If you browse through my blog archives, you will notice that my early posts follow that same format. The first outfit that my sister tried from the style guides included a very bright citrine top paired with a navy and white polka dot scarf. It was a bolder and brighter combination than she was used to, but that morning a female colleague stopped her, exclaimed how great my sister looked, and wished that she could also have someone help to dress her. And the idea for practically stylish was born.
I never expected that my readership would grow beyond a handful of people. Now one of my favorite things is running into old friends and hearing that they love the blog and passed it on to their friends and coworkers. A practical approach to style may not create the most glamorous posts, but you lovely readers have shown me that it is appreciated. Thank you very much for all your support.
I have exciting plans for the third year of practically stylish so I hope you will stick around. As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or suggestions. I want to make this blog a helpful resource to those who read it and your feedback makes that possible. I'm available by email, on social media, and in the comment section of my posts. I can't wait to hear from you and to start another year on this project!