While my fashion blog is not meant to be dogmatic, I do celebrate my freedom to provide unsolicited fashion advice to those who care. I have heard from many friends and coworkers that they "hate shopping," which naturally is astounding to me, the shopping fiend. I find that women simply don't know how to shop. I follow the 3 Fs as a solid starting point:
1. FIT. Clothes simply must fit properly to accentuate your naturally amazing body (embrace that belief, no matter what size you are). Simple tailoring can work wonders for your clothes. (A tailor can also rework old clothes to fit new trends: consider hemming, elongating, adding buttons of your choosing, and pleating.)
2. FASHION. You don't have to follow trends, but a sense of fashion is a must. Choose what appeals to you not only visually, but also sensually. (Fabrics and textures can elevate your mood, as they physically touch your skin and move with your body.) Dressing according to your sense of self will enable you to express yourself artistically.
3. FUNCTIONALITY. Your clothes should correspond to your lifestyle, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't look your best (i.e. a casual lifestyle should not result in sloppy clothes). Your clothes reflect your perception of yourself and your job, and dressing well means that you take pride in what you do and who you are. And ultimately, that's what being fashionable is all about.