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Fashionista Inspirations: Where Do I Look?


With Kori Kovacs

koriSo, after reading my post last week…. maybe you think, “Yes.  I need some help in this whole fashion image area.  But where the heck do I start??”
 A lot of women I come across feel that way.  They know their wardrobe needs some TLC, but short of stripping all the mannequins in the store…. many women don’t really know how to put together a “look”.  But before you even step foot in a store and spend your hard-earned money, you need to have a plan.  An idea.  An inspiration!

My inspirations come from several different places.  Of course, my first fashion idol was my Marmie (aka Mom).  I remember watching my mom put her outfits together, doing her hair, putting her makeup on…. and I remember how effortless it all looked!  Fast forward 20 years, and Marmie (yes I still call her that) still stays true to her image. Always looking for cool ways to wear vintage finds, reinventing last years looks, trying on a new lipstick…. I definitely had the cool mom that all my girlfriends adored and idolized.

Two very popular ladies also inspire my fashion image.  And you’re going to be a little confused when I tell them to you, because these two women are VERY different in their style aesthetic   Audrey Hepburn and Betsey Johnson. (Enter confused “Huh?” here.)  Audrey, of course, basically wrote the book on classic beauty…. with her cool crisp lines, simplistic, almost preppy, casual look (think cropped chinos, ballet flats, and striped boat neck shirt).  Of course, her on-screen characters often had a whimsical glamour to them (Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s comes to mind) which finds its way into my wardrobe more often than not.

So on the other end of the spectrum… is Betsey Johnson.  This woman is an accessory GENIUS. She embodies the word “fun”.  I mean, this woman does cartwheels at the end of her fashion shows… she gets that giddy about her designs.  And who wouldn’t?  I can’t help but smile from ear to ear when I see her necklaces and earrings in the store.  Betsey JohnsonAre her accessories “polished”?  Well, not exactly.  Do they make a statement?  Absolutely!  Not to mention, the woman herself is a walking icon…. there is no mistaking that crimped bleach blonde hair and bright red lipstick… and she usually wears more tulle than the entire Russian Ballet Company.

This may seem like a daunting task…. but you probably already have fashion idols that you are drawn to… and you don’t even realize.  Here are four tips to help you get started:

1.  Look at people you know — Is there a friend, a coworker, a family member, that you see on the regular… and every time you do, you’re like “I LOVE this woman’s style”.  Yep, she’s your idol.
2.  Look at your Pinterest board — If you are addicted to this app the way I am, you probably already have a “Style I Want” board.  If not, make one!  And pin away!
3.  Look at magazines — You see a picture you like?  Tear it out!  Remember those silly dream boards we used to make as teenagers?  Yea, instead of cutting out pictures of Leo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg… make a board of fashion ideas…. things you like!
4. Look at the clothes in the mall — Is there a particular store you always walk into?  Are you drawn to Tommy Hilfiger’s preppy style, or Express’ cool mod vibe?

After you find your inspirations…. or if you already know them, great!!!  I want to hear from you!  Who are YOUR fashion idols?  – the sophista project

About Kori Kovacs

Kori Rae Kovacs currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and daughter. She joined the Navy shortly after high school to explore the world and make better use of her time... and maybe even grow up a little. During her nine years in the military, Kori has traveled to many places in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kori is pursuing a degree in Fashion Management and Marketing at the University of the Incarnate Word and is an Image Consultant for women. She loves hiking, baking, spending time with her husband Robert and daughter Aysen, and volunteering her time to Special Olympics. Visit Kori at her Facebook page The Sophista Project.

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  1. As usual I am impressed with your wise advice about image and self-confidence. And I was totally touched by the “Marmie” comments…tear. I need to grab some of the latest fashion mags here soon…Spring is right around the corner.

    My fashion idols are a little diverse like you. I love Marc Jacobs and Betsey Johnson, as well as styles found at Gap and Banana Republic. I consider my style somewhat casual, but I try to add a piece of swank to each outfit. I know what looks good on my body because I pay attention to how things lay and fit, what colors shine on me, and what is comfortable. I don’t think something looks good if it doesn’t make you feel good wearing it. However, I didn’t always wear what flattered my body…remember the pioneer woman days?

    • Oh man yes!!! That picture of you at Paul and Donna’s house… you were younger than I am now (sheesh that’s scary!)… Twenty years later, you definitely look younger than you did at 27. And a lot of that is because you really came into your own style… and Nannie gave you good genes!

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