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THE IMAGE MAKER

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

THE IMAGE MAKER by Amie DiCarlo

PLUS THE TOP WINTER MUST HAVES

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered how they just have that je

ne sais quoi, an effortless style that is striking, yet looks so easy?




“FASHION CAN BE BOUGHT. STYLE ONE MUST POSSESS”

- Edna Woolman Chase

STYLE VERSUS FASHION

We all have access to fashion. Fashion is about trends, wardrobe, and

accessories, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Style goes much deeper.

It’s a creative process that begins with you, a blank canvas that ends with

an expression of who you are, or who you want to be.

The creative process, a.k.a “styling”, can be learned. At first, like any skill, it

may feel forced, but in time, it will feel like a natural instinct.




HOW TO STYLE YOURSELF LIKE A PRO

ELEMENTS OF STYLE

Putting together one’s own look requires certain elements, all of which are

undividedly important. These elements include:

1. Knowledge of Current Trends

2. Introspection & Extrospection

3. Quality Matters

4. Visualization & The Mirror Test

5. Self-Care




1.KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT TRENDS

Just because a fashionable item is trending, that doesn’t necessarily mean

it’s the right look for you. However, it is important to know what’s hot for the

season so that you can choose what to adopt and what to exclude.

TOP WINTER MUST HAVES:

SOMETHING PINK

Whether it’s a flamboyant head-to-toe outfit or a stand-out accessory,

be sure to pick up something shocking pink this season.

COLOURED SUITS

Vibrant, electric colors take a front seat with full blown coloured

power suits juxtaposed with simple silhouettes.

DISCO VIBES

Short, sexy and covered in sequins, this trend is about celebrating the

good times and not being afraid to shine.


WINTER PUFFS

Puffer coats mixed with barely-there pieces will put you on the

forefront of fashion-forward this season.

ANIMAL PRINTS

Take a walk on the wild side with an array of animal prints that bring

you back to nature.

BLACK ON BLACK

Goth inspired, vampish looks, interesting cuts and lustrous fabrics

resonate with the truth of the saying: women who wear black live

colourful lives.

SHEER FABRICS

See-through fabrics and chards of lace blow an air of the whimsical

with a certain sex appeal.

FASHION AS ART

Surrealist forms and illusive images are here to push you outside of

your comfort zone and explore new dimensions.

MAXIMALIST COATS

The ultimate staple piece this season is a long overcoat that can

easily go over any outfit. Any shade will do, from neutrals to

exuberant pops of color.

PREPPY

Back-to-school inspired looks are on the scene with pleated plaid

skirts, neckties and the infamous peter pan collars.

FAUX FUR

Messy shags adding texture with furry coats in fun colors is the way

to go this season.

2. INTROSPECTION & EXTROSPECTION

Introspection: it’s important to dig deep and ask yourself what kind of image

you want to portray. Do you want to convey class, professionalism or

rebellion? Extrospection: different occasions call for different looks so it’s

wise to pay attention to context when you’re dressing. Whether it’s for work,

leisure, or holiday, the key to style is dressing for the part.

3. QUALITY MATTERS

Having an eye for style when shopping for fashion items means looking out

for craftsmanship details like stitching grade, tailoring, material integrity,

and overall aesthetic. After all, the items in your closet are the tools you

use to create a stylized look. If you begin with wardrobe and accessories

that have merit, then you’re already starting off on the right foot.

4. VISUALIZATION & THE MIRROR TEST

When outfit-shopping for the season, or when preparing for a particular

event, I suggest photographing items you’re planning to put together and

keeping them in a digital album. This will give you a bird’s eye view of the

whole picture to ensure your look has a synchronicity and balance of color,

proportion and texture.

Finally, put your outfit to The Mirror Test. Get fully dressed from top to

bottom, take an honest look at yourself, and ensure that you love what you

see. Analyze the details and ask yourself if they flow. Add, remove, or

change items until you’re completely satisfied with the overall look.

Dressing with purpose means you’ve taken the time to make choices.

5. SELF-CARE

Self care plays a significant role in the art of style. Things as simple as

nicely manicured nails, or picking a lip colour that’s trending for the season

make a difference. Where possible, I truly recommend consulting with

fitness coaches, beauty care professionals such as hair stylists,

aestheticians, and make-up artists. Doing so will create a stream of

confidence from the inside out.

STYLE IS AN ATTITUDE

Your body language determines how others perceive you. If you practice

these steps to styling like a pro, you will gain an increasing

self-assuredness which will change your overall demeanor in a positive

way. Dressing with purpose, backed with a knowledge and in-depth effort to

create a look that works for you. is the key to exuding your own personal

style.








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