Can Fashion Be Compared to Real Estate?

Things Women Want | Contributor | Mia Villari

Mia Villari

Can fashion be compared to real estate? Hey, what is the mantra of real estate?  It is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. That is a very good philosophy and can be used in a variety of areas —– where you work, your favorite restaurant, shopping, sex and, oh yes, fashion!!! Hmmm you say but think about it. Where you put what you wear can make or break your appearance.  Let’s talk about this . . . . . .

Location is of the utmost importance for most of us. Now if you are a tall, lanky, perfectly aligned model type, you probably don’t have great concerns. But how many of us are that? There is a saying, “The Lord giveth and taketh away.” Well, the right item in the right LOCATION can give attention to one area while taking it away from another area. Let’s use a scarf as an example. Most scarves are worn in the neck and shoulder area.  Regardless of the color, the length or how it is worn, it is drawing attention to the upper body. And if you are focusing on the upper half, you are reducing your attention to the lower half. Okay ladies, let’s admit that the lower half is a real pain in the %&# and that is an area of concern to over 90% of women.  So let’s do everything we can to take away from the Terrible Threes —- tummy, butt & thighs and bring the eyes up to focus on that great scarf, those cool earrings and that fantastic hair. See how this works?

Another part about LOCATION that is important is color.  There are so many factors that go into this —– skin color, hair color, length & style of hair, body size (small/large breasts, wide/narrow shoulders, mid-driff bulge, etc.). Some colors draw attention to that LOCATION and some diminish the attention. A great example is black pants. OMG — what would we do without them? Life would be so incomplete! There are so many places we could not go and things we could not do without our beloved black pants. So why do we wear black or at least dark pants 95% of the time rather than white, beige, khaki or a bright color —– red, hot orange, canary yellow, wild lime green? Not only because dark colors diffuse that area of concern (as previously mentioned ——- The Terrible Threes) but you then can put your color (hot pink top) and accessories (print scarf and big earrings) on the top half and draw attention to that LOCATION. Remember we “giveth” to one area in order to “taketh away” from another area.  Get the picture?

LOCATION can have other magnets (those things that attract to one area in order to distract from another area). A beautifully decorated purse carried on your arm or on your shoulder as well as a super pair of leopard shoes or boots are examples of great magnets in just the right LOCATION.

Don’t forget two very important fashion rules:

  1. The mirror has to be your best friend.
  2. What you see is what they see.

Once you get the “package” all put together, take a good look in the mirror and make sure you like what you see.  What you see is what everybody else sees. Make sure you like the LOCATION of everything ——- start at the top and work your way down. The big question is “Are all my magnets in the right LOCATION?”  If so, those compliments will be flowing!!!!

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