A Walking Theme

patternsGraphic prints, floral, animal, ladybugs, a cool print can make an ordinary piece of clothing become a conversational piece. It can also change your mood. A little leopard can make your inner temptress come out, pinstripes can make you feel powerful, and floral will make you feel happy.

The saying: “You are what you wear” has so much truth. In addition to what you wear, your clothes reflect your attitude. You don’t think so? Wear a sweatshirt and then try on a sequin top. The difference is obvious, in two ways:  How you face the world and of course how the world perceives you.

When talking to youth or people returning to the workforce, I always mention that what you wear should coincide with where you want to go. I will wear animal print or sequin for a night out with my friends, but something more subtle to interview for a front desk position sends the message that you are there for business and to be thought of as an authority figure in your position.

Whether it is the street, the office, or a temple of worship, we are all dressed for the occasion. Being aware of the themes for each occasion shows you are mature, focused and socially conscious.

What theme is the hardest for you to pull off?

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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