Our friend co-authored a book! Naturally, we have to applaud her and share the amazing work she has done with you! Lena Piskorowski is a wardrobe stylist, founder of Dress, a fashion consulting company, frequent fashion columnist and style contributor, and most importantly, a total doll of a person! Fashion is our love, and we love being able to share in this amazing journey with some incredible friends!
“Your style and your image create the message you send to everyone when you walk into a room, a restaurant or an office. The way you present yourself when you speak and act reflects your unique personality. My Style, My Way, co-authored by Lena Piskorowski, gives you what you need to present the perfect image every time, everywhere.”
“Travel and the adventure of experiencing other lifestyles is an excellent opportunity to add to your look and to create a style that is uniquely yours and not easily copied. Training your eye to know what to look for and where ensures you will buy quality pieces that can last a lifetime,” writes the co-author.
Lena’s chapter of the book is titled “International Departures – Domestic Arrivals. Shopping the World for Your Unique Look.” In this chapter, Lena shares tips on how to achieve a unique look and build a wardrobe that is uniquely yours through travel. She states, “another way to set yourself apart and really make an outfit feel special to you is to buy while traveling. This ensures that your wardrobe is truly a “collection” of your life instead of a vault of a few specific brands.”
We were lucky enough to get to pick Lena's brain, here's what she had to say!
As an image consultant, what is the mistake you see people make over and over when it comes to their wardrobe?
Wearing clothes that don't fit. For guys, a lot of it has to do with laziest and for ladies, many don't see themselves as they really are (wearing clothes that hide their body).
In your own wardrobe, what is your favorite article of clothing or accessory and where did it come from?Tough one! Hmm. Probably my Mink & leather coat. It was my aunt's, so it's vintage and no one else has it. I feel like a total diva in it...I actually wore it as I wrote my chapter in My Style, My Way. You know how certain clothes put you in a certain mood?
In all your travels, what city impressed you or surprised you the most with their fashion?I am most impressed by cities all throughout Italy. That may sound cliché to say, but the women there are put together, in an un-stuffy way. I've never seen high heels on cobblestone streets look so effortless anywhere else!
The biggest surprise I've seen is in Michigan. The Midwest in general, gets a bad rap, it isn't all farm girls and manufacturing! Since fashion isn't as in-your-face there as it is on the East and West coats, ladies really put in effort and seek out a style all their own.
What is one trend you wish would die right now? Which trends are you most excited about for Spring?I'm actually not too angry about any one thing this season. I'd be OK if fruit patterns and flatforms were no longer. My excitement level is pretty high for several things, however! I'll take all of the '70s glam vibe—flare jeans, floppy hats, maxi skirts, crop tops and so on. I've also been on a hunt for a sailor-type hat (inspired by Christian Dior's show). I may look ridiculous in it, but...any suggestions on where to find one?!
What is the best advice you have ever received? Fashion or otherwise?There are quotes (famous and from people I know) posted all over my office; I'm sort of a quote maniac.
“Attitude is everything.”
“Do your best. Not because your work is worth it, but because you are.”
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” — John Wooden
“If you don't bet on yourself, no one else will.”
“The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give to others.”
“ The oldest, shortest words, “yes” and “no” are those that require the most thought.” —Pythagoras
“Life is all about ass; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, or behaving like one.”
We know Wardrobe Wire readers love to travel, and Lena will teach you the basics in training your eye to find those special one of a kind pieces to last a lifetime (and maybe longer!). Her chapter is truly enjoyable to read and we highly recommend you BUY! http://dresslp.com/book/