Is that leopard print, or an actual leopard?

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how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

how to wear polka dots chicago fashion

I don’t really know anyone that doesn’t love a little leopard print from time to time (hello most perfect little shoes on planet earth!). Granted, there is a fine line to wearing any type of animal print and too much of a good thing can come across cheap and tacky. I know myself well enough to know that I can take things to the extreme – often. Especially when it comes to dressing and accessorizing. Over the past few years (and countless episodes of Project Runway & the wise words of Nina Garcia), I have finally started to learn moderation and dialing things down when it comes to outfits and styling.

From time to time, I still struggle with the fact that I want to add every single item in my closet into one outfit (could you imagine?!), so I keep a mental checklist to help limit the costume effect of my outfits. I can’t be the only one who struggles with this issue, so if you’re anything like me, then below are my tips that help:

Tip #1: Look at yourself in the mirror – if you passed this person walking down the street, what would you think? If there is even a second guess of any aspect of the outfit, dial it back. No you don’t need to impress anyone else, but if you second guess yourself, you’ve already lost the most important aspect of the outfit – your confidence.

Tip #2: Dare I even say this, but not every outfit needs to be accessorized. Some outfits look better without the loads of jewelry, the statement shoes, the one-of-a-kind handbag and that staple red lip. I know it’s tragic, but it’s necessary. You want your outfit to look effortless, not strained and confused.

Tip #3: Ask a male companion…granted he might not understand women’s fashion to the fullest extent, but if you look like a circus clown, your guy friend/boyfriend/husband will have no problem calling you out. There have been plenty of times when Joe has challenged an outfit of mine, and almost always (let’s not forget, I said ALMOST), Joe has a valid point.

I’ve used each of these tips time and time again to make sure my looks stay simple, yet stylish, and casual, yet chic. If you have any other go-to tips for dressing yourself, feel free to share them below! 



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