|Wow! Look at him!
(Gratuitous George Clooney Photo)
When I was 20, I lived and died through my hair........it's cut, color, perm, and 'do were all important. And that was me, then. I discovered my passion for shoes in my thirties, but it wasn't until I truly understood my mother that I began to absorb the essence of style and discover my own. My mother was a true stylista - she discovered new designers but refused to wear them if they weren't flattering to her, she adored makeup but only wore what enhanced her looks. She made a point of wearing her "good" jewelry whenever it made her feel good and gave herself regular mani-pedis because they made her feel feminine. I never saw my mother blindly follow a trend or wear anything that didn't fit........and fit well. In short, my mom knew that true style means wearing and having pieces that make the "YOU-ness" of you come out and she taught me ( when I became willing to learn ) that being stylish would always come from my understanding and accepting my looks and my personality.
I see many women and men today who are fashionable, trendy and of-the-moment but it's more rare to see those who are truly stylish - who have that ability to dress their bodies and personalities in truly authentic ways. You can always tell who they are because they make you pause and say, "wow-look at her/him". You don't say " look at her sweater", you say "look at her". Because the outfit and accessories of a real stylista reflect her inner self to a point where SHE shines, not her clothes. And that's what Mom tried to teach me all those years ago.......that "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!!!!!!