From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.
Let me start off this column with a shameless plug: I am running and working at the DC Flea Month Long Extravaganza, which is currently taking place at Montserrat House (2016 9th Street NW).
A couple weeks back, we did an event with ThirstDC, a great group that “aims to create and foster thought leaders” through social events and talks. Our joint event, Style X Swag, allowed guests to come in, hear talks about fashion and then be styled themselves. One of the speakers, local fashion enthusiast and bow tie maker, Eliot Payne talked about how so many people don’t try something different in their style because they think “Oh, I couldn’t pull that off.”
He touched on one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to people and fashion. As a shop owner and person who loves helping people find cool clothes, it is really is frustrating to hear someone look at an item of clothing, love it but then refuse to try it on. All because they feel they wouldn’t be able to wear it or they would be judged for it. You will never know if you don’t try it on!
Now I’m not saying that if you are a person who wears suits or khakis and polo shirts normally, you should suddenly don a cat suit with an inflatable inner tube skirt (that is a hard look to pull off…believe me I’ve tried). I am simply suggesting that people should step out of their comfort zones with fashion. What you may think may not work for you may actually be a staple piece in your wardrobe.
So in other words:
- If you are shopping and see something you like, but aren’t really sure that it will work for you… just try it on. You don’t have to pay for a moment in the dressing room.
- Be open to suggestions. Sometimes sales people or stylists know you better than you think, so if they suggest something outside your comfort zone, be bold and try it on.
- Go through your closet and try to find new and interesting outfits you would never have thought to wear. A plaid shirt with a striped sweater can look better than you think.
If you want to come visit DC Flea, we are open Thursday-Saturday 12-8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Stop in and get styled!