For our first installment of Style Stories we spoke with Dani Shapiro, creator of The Daily Dani about her personal style, some do and don'ts and where she finds inspiration (Pinterest!). For more from Dani check her out on Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram
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1) How would you describe your personal style in three words?
Comfortable and trendy, with a touch of preppy.
2) When did you realize you loved fashion and wanted to do a blog?
I think I have really loved fashion ever since I got my first box of dress-up clothes for the holidays when I was 4 years old. I put on those plastic heels and itchy tutu and have been hooked ever since.
I've always considered fashion and personal style as a form of artistic expression, and have enjoyed experimenting with different looks through my teen years and into adulthood.
After I graduated college and started working, I started to have the underwhelming feeling that I was wearing cute outfits but had no one around to notice them - so I started my blog. By sharing my style with other women who were having the same experience, I not only found an outlet for my own creativity, but gained a great breadth of sources of inspiration as well!
3) What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to hone their own style?
I think the BIGGEST mistake anyone can make when trying to hone their own style is to completely copy someone else's style when it might not be right for them.
Sure, you might love Jennifer Aniston's laid-back casual looks, but if you work a job that is more professional, you probably don't want to emulate those tank tops and boyfriend jeans. You might love Taylor Swift's vintage-inspired looks, but if you aren't stick-thin and 5'11", boxy button-downs and high-waisted shorts probably won't work for your body. Christina Hendrick's cleavage-baring, corseted gowns might make you swoon, but if you have a more boyish body type or live a life that requires a bit more modesty, you just have to leave it at that!
Take inspiration from your favorite celebrities, websites, magazines, and bloggers, but don't go crazy trying to perfect it down to a T! Take the style elements that are right for you, and leave behind the ones that aren't! It's so much more personal and fun to create a style that is uniquely your own, anyway!
4) What are some of your favorite places for inspiration?
I am a major blog junkie. When I have the time, I can spend hours reading through my reader feed and pinning inspiration from my fellow bloggers. Speaking of pinning, Pinterest is a major source of inspiration. Not only do I file my own favorites there, but it is so easy to search for exactly what you're looking for - there are always so many options right at your fingertips! Looking for a way to style your a polka dot blouse? Do a Pinterest search and you will find hundreds of ideas! You can find my boards at www.pinterest.com/dailydaniblog.
Plus, it may be old-fashioned, but I am still a big fan of print magazines! I subscribe to many (InStyle, Lucky, Glamour... the list goes on) and enjoy reading through them, tearing and cutting out pictures, and pinning them on my real-life inspiration board to turn to whenever I need help out of a style rut!
5) What is your biggest “do” style wise, and what is your biggest “don’t”?
My biggest "do" is related to what I mentioned before - be yourself! Sure, camo print may be in style right now, but if you absolutely loathe camo print - DON'T WEAR IT!
No one will notice that you aren't head-over-heels for a particular trend, but they will definitely notice if you feel uncomfortable in your skin. My biggest "don't" - aside from exposed bra straps and velour sweatsuits - is along the same lines - DON'T try to be something you're not. Don't wear anything that's not right for your body type, don't wear anything that you don't like (or love!), and don't wear anything that isn't 100% you.
Be yourself, let yourself gravitate towards the pieces and styles that make you feel happy, and the rest will follow!