12-03-2012

26 Fashion Tips I’ve Learned Over the Past 26 Years!

by Erin Flynn

 

This weekend I will be turning the big two six. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. For one, 26 is one of those numbers where you have no idea what to celebrate. I now can rent a car. I can have a glass of wine. I can…well… do everything that I could pretty much do at 25. And whether that is a good thing or a bad thing I’ve yet to figure out.

Then there is the inevitable thinking back to what you thought you would be doing at 26 when you felt like 26 felt was a lifetime away. Somewhere between junior high and high school I had convinced myself I would be chatting it up with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. Ya know, after my brilliant debut on GMA (Good Morning America) in which we would clearly become friends.

I’ve heard (from Oprah) that your 20′s are for figuring it out. And if that’s the case, I believe I’m at least succeeding or attempting to do just that. The one thing I’m sure of is that I’m wiser than the year before. In which case, why not impart my wisdom (of some sort) with some of the best fashion tips I’ve learned over the past 26 years. So here it goes:

 

1. Put your nails in a bowl of ice water to dry in 60 seconds

2. Wear nude under garments under anything white

3. A dab of light eyeshadow in the corner of your eyes makes them pop

 

4. Tie a skinny belt multiple times around your wrist for a new boho chic bracelet

5. Brush a stripe of bronzer down the middle of your nose to make your nose appear slimmer (Kim K does it)

 

6. Always bring stylish flats to walk around in NYC

7. Always have a pretty umbrella handy when visiting in NYC

8. Splurge on shoes

9. Never purchase an item from Old Navy without a discount (they come almost every week)

10. Turn your scarf into a vest for double usage

11. Only buy mid-rise jeans

12. Buy one clutch that can easily be moved from purse to purse so you can wear multiple purses in one season

13. Double your long chain necklaces to make bracelets

14. Wear your favorite cropped pants in the winter by wearing long boot socks & covering them up with tall boots

15. Turn your scarf into a shawl (wear it across your back, pull over your arms to the front then go back under your arms to be tied in the back) and wear over strapless dresses in the winter

16. Tie your trench coat in the back and wear it as an inside jacket

17. If you have a passion especially for fashion, start a blog

18. If you find t-shirts you love, buy them in multiple colors

19. Wear white after labor day

20. Even if you’re tall, wear heels

21. Overpacking isn’t worth it

22. If a collared button up no longer fits, cut off the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves and still wear it under sweaters

23. Use good shampoo & conditioner… it actually makes a difference

24. Find old door knobs to use as jewelry hangers

25. Don’t hang up your sweaters, fold them and they’ll last longer

26. To move up seats at Fashion Week stand in the aisle, ask the attendant, and wait 5 minutes minutes before the show starts… second row baby!

 

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