We all know role models are important. Whether you it’s your grandmother, your older sister, or the #GirlBoss CEO of your company, it is great to have someone to look up to. Well, the same is true in the fashion sphere. How do you know if an outfit works? How can you decide whether to try a new trend? Simply ask yourself if your personal fashion icon would do it, and the answer will become clear.
But how do you choose such a fashion icon? It is, after all, a pretty big responsibility. Here are some things to consider:
Think Beyond the Celebs
Sure, many actresses have killer style, but there are plenty of other noteworthy individuals to consider, too. Think about artists, politicians, philanthropists, and businesswomen. If we only looked at the posts from People and TMZ, we would be leaving out amazing style contenders such as Michelle Obama and Carolina Herrera. Even Pope Francis has been noted as a fashion icon by CNN:
Go Back in Time
Style icons definitely don’t need to be chosen from the attendees at this year’s Met Ball (though those are definitely some good contenders). Look at “It Girls” of years pasts such as Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger, and Edie Sedgwick. Not every outfit will translate to today, but you can certainly put a modern spin on it.
You Might Need Two
You might think your ideal fashion “spirit animal” would have a wardrobe that would work for the office and for a night on the town, but that might not be the case. For example, you might be a Diana Von Furstenberg at your creative director job. When you go out for drinks or to the club, however, you might want to ditch the wrap-dress and go more Rihanna (who was, incidentally, named the 2014 Fashion Icon by the CDFA . That’s completely okay. Play by your own rules.
You Do You
Choosing a fashion role model does not mean you have to adopt every outfit that person wears. For example, if your muse is Audrey Hepburn, but you are five-foot-ten, not everything she wore will work for you. Choose pieces that channel your icon while still preserving your own personality.
Luckily, there are more inspiring women than ever before – women to be admired for changing the world and dressing well while doing it. Look through old photos or make a Pinterest board to see whose styles you naturally gravitate towards. When you have found that person, ask, “What would she wear?” It should make getting dressed that much easier.