Open the Internet and the first thing you see on Yahoo are the celebrity stories of the day. Pick up a magazine or newspaper or read them online and you get a good dose of celebrities dressed up or down. Then there are the TV female newsreaders and weather reporters looking glamorous.
Are celebrities good dressing role models? Do you want to dress like Kim Kardishian, Cate Blanchett, Paris Hilton, Judi Dench or would you rather be yourself?
Being a celebrity is a part of being an actress or presenter or like Kim Kardishian, it is a multi-million dollar business. Can you learn anything of value from them?
Here are my views on celebrities as dressing role models for professional and business women over 40.
Fashion Parade Clothing
Be a celebrity star or a TV personality and you are given clothes to wear for special occasions. The bigger the star, the more choice they have. Even weeknight TV presenters are offered outfits for the week and they choose what they will wear each night. After one wear, they are handed back. It is a massive wardrobe which comes at no cost to them. Price is not a consideration and neither is upkeep. Wouldn’t that be delightful! On the down side you may have to wear clothes that are not who you really are or put on double the shapewear to fit into them.
Celebrities are unpaid models on a public fashion parade for TV, magazines and the Internet. Lovely but only relevant to a tiny part of our lives.
Dressed by Stylists
Personal stylists are an essential part of the celebrity world. It is their job to put the whole look together so that the clothes, colours and accessories create a modern coordinated look. Mismatching is for those who cannot afford a personal stylist or who ignore their advice. It is the celebrity’s job to wear the look confidently whether it is their style or not.
You can hire a stylist. I can do it for you or you can pay shopping centre stylists to take you shopping to create your look. You must feel comfortable that the person you choose spends some time finding out who you really are. You want to be the best you shining confidently not a Kim or Cate or other celebrity clone.
When stars and celebrities are out and about dressed casually or going to private functions, they are often as confused about how to dress as the rest of women are (Fashion Translator eZine readers and my clients excepted).
Playing a Part
Lots of women dress to represent people’s perceptions of their job and celebrities are no different. Celebrities dress to promote their movies, their TV shows or their celebrity brand. It is about visibility and getting a flattering picture on the cover or a fashion article in the print media to balance all the ‘maybe true’ gossip articles. Stars want to impress those who may employ then and companies who will pay them to promote their products as well as the general public.
Then there are celebrities like the Kardishians who wear their own products for promotion and sales.
Who Shall I Be – Kim, Cate or Me?
Celebrities can be great ‘hair role models’. Currently many women over 40 are wanting a ‘Judi Dench’ modern hairstyle.
When it comes to clothing, dress to reveal your own personality. The real Kim and Cate may be nothing like their celebrity dressing personality.
(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 17 May 2012. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)