My Style Muse: Guidance Counselor Chic

I've always joked that my fashion muse is a 1970's art teacher in the print making department. Guidance Counselor Chic is like your cool aunt who takes you to the best flea markets (mine!) and always looks super stylish in a laid back way.  It's more relaxed than the minimalist look, with looser boxier shapes, abstract elements and clean lines.  I like modest, sophisticated silhouettes with a hint of sex appeal and a creative edge..

Simple shapes with a twist

A guidance counselor helps you edit out what doesn't fit.  Just like the minimalist fashion style, simple, clean, drapey silhouettes define this style.  Look for looser shapes with an artistic bend and avoid too many details which take away from the simplicity.  Sometimes these garments don't have hangar appeal but look amazing on - so have an open mind.

Really amazing fabrics

Less details, like in fashion and interiors, means that materials need to be on point.  High-quality natural materials look more expensive.  My go to fabrics include linen, silk, leather, hair on hide and fur.  I especially like manipulated fabrics like the shimmer linen above, along with glazed cotton (like these amazing pillows).

 
Shimmer linen one of my favorites!

Shimmer linen one of my favorites!

 

A natural color palette

The guidance counselor is not the star of the show - she helps support others to find their voice.  Neutral creamy colors, blush, white and taupe with black accents bring out your beauty in a soft way.  Those with a good eye will notice just how quietly sophisticated you are.

An Easy Going Attitude

I'm a worker and I like to be on the move. When I shop intensely for design projects I'm in an out of the car a lot, lugging furniture, moving between showrooms, dirty metal smithing workshops or thrift stores.  My go to outfit is an olive green linen overall dress and my Paul Green flat sandals.   I like it because it's comfy, efficient, a little artsy and it has big pockets for my iPhone - I take lots of pics of my finds.

 
Paul Greene Shoes, A Weird Linen Apron Dress & an Understated (French) Bag

Paul Greene Shoes, A Weird Linen Apron Dress & an Understated (French) Bag

 

Ageless & Timeless

Loose flowing garments look good on women of all ages and sizes.  My Advanced Style pinterst board houses a collection of amazing older women who totally inspire my style.  Here I styled my modest mama in a really pretty mustard yellow linen top with a neat skirt and a heavy beaded shimmery tassel necklace.  I told her no on the white shoes but who am I to argue with mom.  She felt good and looked great.  Did I mention she was an art major in the print making department in the 70's??

 
My mama styled by me sans the white shoes

My mama styled by me sans the white shoes

Seriously cool style (image 10)

Seriously cool style (image 10)

 

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