Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nifty Thrifty Style

My 2016 word of the year is Nifty:  "fashionable, stylish"

Fashionable and stylish isn't quite the word to describe the items I have hanging in my closet.  Comfortable and warm would be.  I also have love sweaters, the uglier the better. 

It has become apparent to me, thanks to my daughter, Anna, that style and fashion are actually important to the success of my business.  I didn't believe her, as I don't look at who is selling items - rather, what items they are selling.  However, this younger group of customers are very image inspired.  They can't help it, our world - their world - is so defined by social media.  She recently said to me..."mom, you would sell so much more stuff, if you looked cute like those girls over there."  "You have way better stuff and it is cheaper."   It wasn't meant to be hurtful...but, helpful and that is how I took it....once we laughed about it for a bit.  

Truth is, when one is making a decision to add an item to their home decor, they want to know that the person they are buying from knows what is "in," what is "hot."  You may have the best items at a show, but if you look like you just came in from cleaning the barn....they will pass over your booth.  Now, I never look like that, however, I could take more of an interest in how I look - my image.  I do have some personal convictions about my wardrobe and style that need to be considered, but it shouldn't be an excuse for not trying.     

I have been looking at other well dressed full figured women and taking notes.  Trying to figure out what might look good on my body shape, sticking to my convictions and dressing age appropriately.  It all just seems too hard!!

I will still dress comfortable and warm as I do live on a farm in Wisconsin, but I plan to step it up at my shows and events.

These pictures pretty much sum up my style....oh boy, do I have some work to do!  I plan to write posts under "Nifty Thrifty Style" that will show my progress in updating my image.  I would like to add, that it's what's on the inside that counts!     

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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