By: Guest Writer, Doris Hobbs from the blog, RichinLoveFashion.com
I am a redhead and my personal fashion style is a blend of sophisticated and casual motifs. My ideal ensemble is one that promotes a classic, feminine profile and silhouette, but creating these with fabrics, textures, and accessories that are as practical and wearable as they are lovely.
I’ve been drawn to women like Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, and Judy Garland because, like me, they each had red hair and presented themselves to their adoring public with ageless and breathtaking sophistication together with an air of casual grace. At their best, they seemed to wear their fabulous looks with studied indifference, as though they were aware of the effect that their charms were having, but were concerned about other things.
Fashion is all about finding your personal style. Here are 5 to express your individuality through fashion:
1. Do The Best With What You Have: The basic goal of any fashion is to do your best with what you have by accenting strengths and dominant features. I am not perfectly beautiful but like every woman, parts of me are excellent. I strive to create an air of elegance by choosing clothes and accessories that enhance my long legs, fair complexion, and natural red hair. People observing me on a runway or at a photo shoot might imagine me to be a fashionista. However, two minutes of conversation would reveal the fact that I’m a working girl who shops for bargains!
2. Be Bold: Excellence in fashion requires boldness. I love my red hair, for example, and regard it to be a constituent part of a redhead lifestyle. My hair is a personal feature that I embrace and deliberately use as part of my chic, attention grabbing presentation. I believe in exposing myself in sometimes-risky ways by embracing and experimenting with styles that have the potential of fulfilling my personal esthetic. I sometimes paint my nails red and will, at times, wear above-the-knee skirts to emphasize my long legs and stiletto heels to raise my 5’11” to even greater heights, plus necklaces, chains, and pendants to draw attention to my long neck.
3. Experiment & Have Fun: Achieving greatness in personal fashion does not come easy; there are real dangers involved: the goal when entering a room is to create appreciative smiles and not mocking grins. The distinction between bold and gaudy can sometimes be narrow; sensual can be perilously close to slutty; chic can be close to showy; exotic can become erotic. Failures obviously happen even on the Red Carpet at the Oscars. But that’s what makes this stuff fun. Bold wouldn’t be exciting if not for the danger. When I get it perfectly right, the result can be the greatest thing in the world!
4. Go Simple: It is always a good idea to go down the simple road if “bold” isn’t your look. Opt for silk blouses, black pencil skirts, and easy-to-mix-and-match wardrobe staples. But, if you are feeling daring one day, add in something fun to your outfit; like a black leather skirt, chic costume jewelry, knee-high boots, or a flashy gold Rachel Roy party tank.
I have learned that you must follow your heart and allow your fashion choices to express your personality. My hair is really red; the designs, fabrics, colors, and styles are all sincere expressions of my personal tastes and my fashion opinions. When you are able to love and embrace the person looking back at you, then other people will join in loving you, as well.
Rock it like a Redhead!