We recently connected with style guru and author of fun, Jodie. A resident of Denver, she shares her fashion inspiration with countless individuals through her blog, Jodie’s Touch of Style.
The National team immediately fell in love with Jodie and her fashionista counterparts, mother Charlotte and stepmother Nancy. We caught up with her last week to learn about her love of fashion and tips for styling with ease.
Q: What first inspired your love of fashion?
A: My first inspiration for my love of fashion had to come from my mother. That’s exactly why I include her in my blog.
My mom, Charlotte, who is the 80+ model on the blog, started off as a home economics teacher (back when that was a thing) and absolutely loved to make and create clothing. As a kid, she was constantly making us matching mother/daughter outfits. Which was cute, but then when I became a teenager, that went out the window. I went through a phase of hating anything hand sewn. You know? At that age you wanted to be like everyone else and blend in.
Luckily, I came to my senses in college when I had no money, and would send her photos of clothing items that I would ask for her to make me. I remember having this green and white striped mini skirt that I would wear every Christmas that she had sewn for me. And no one had one just like it!! I think that’s when I realized the advantage of having custom made pieces and how fashion could make you feel so wonderful.
Q: When looking for staple pieces, what qualities do you seek in your garment? (fit, comfort, fabrication, use/purpose, etc)?
A: When I’m considering staple pieces, I feel like the fit is one of the most important aspects of a piece. Yet experience has taught me that a truly wonderful fit, almost always includes some alterations. I know many women consider that too much work, but it really takes an item from being ho-hum, to being fabulous!
The other aspect I really take into account is if a piece makes me feel good about myself. Now in saying that, many times that’s due to the great fit. But it can also be due to the uniqueness or interest that the piece brings to any outfit. Even though most people consider staple pieces as the basic pieces, I think they are the items you reach for time after time. And for me at this stage in my life, it tends to be the clothing that shows off my personality. Bold, colorful and fun pieces.
Q: What are your must-have pieces, and how do you style them?
A: I would have to say that my must haves are a couple of things. First is a wonderful pair of white jeans. I’m one of those who believes we can and should wear our white jeans all months of the year. So I depend on a couple of different pairs for different weather. Yet my white jeans need to be somewhat opaque and not see through. Most women depend on black pants, yet I think white ones pop other colors so much nicer. The lightness is part of my personality, since I am more of an optimist.
Another item I consider a MUST have is fabulous footwear. To me, shoes are a girls best friend because you can gain 5 pounds and they still fit. Okay, so that may seem a little silly to some people, yet great shoes never disappoint in boosting my mood. Truthfully, I rationalize that you notice your shoes quite a bit, since they are what you see when you look down. You can’t really see your necklace and earrings as easily (yet I don’t discount those pieces either, LOL). The best thing about living in modern society right now is that many shoe manufacturers have combined both comfort and style. I’ve worked with a couple of brands that make me realize it’s not worth putting up with uncomfortable footwear. Yet they are stylish to boot.
My latest must have is a trendy piece. The faux fur vest. I feel like it adds a some youthfulness to my look while keeping me warm. It also amuses my love of texture. The fact, that I call it trendy could be argued. I bought my first faux fur vest over 6 years ago, and they are still quite popular. I never think it’s bad to incorporate a little bit of trendiness into my looks. I’ll tend to buy the trendy pieces when they are on sale, but I will wear them with joy.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can offer someone looking to jazz up their daily wardrobe routine?
A: Anyone wanting to jazz up their daily routine has only to add in a scarf statement necklace, or fun pair of earrings. The magic of accessories is they become the focal point of your outfit. They are there to pull in someone’s gaze and create interest in even the most mundane outfit.
Thank you for taking time to meet Jodie and peruse her fashion tips! What questions do you have for her and her fellow fashionistas? Leave some notes in the comment section below, and we will follow up with Jodie’s insights – sent directly to your email!
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