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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Red Carpet Fashion: The 2013 Met Gala Red Carpet

Punk: Chaos to Couture
Each year the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC kicks off a new exhibit with the annual Met Gala. If you don't follow it closely, it's the red carpet with the endless steps and crazy fashion. Understandably so are the eccentric dresses and hairdos, because if there was ever a time to celebrate fashion as art, it's at the Met Gala. The 2013 Costume Institute exhibit "Chaos to Couture" (sponsored by Moda Operandi, VOGUE and Samsung) examines punk's influence on high fashion. You can see images from the exhibit here.

Met Gala 2013
Co-chairs for the Met Gala: VOGUE Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and Actress/Model Rooney Mara
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Due to the punk influence in the Costume Institute exhibit, fashion at The Met Gala this year was also influenced by the punk aesthetic; hence the spikes, crazy hair, and abundance of black. Sheer fabric and cut-outs were also a huge trend on The Met Gala red carpet.

Hairstyles at the Met Gala
Miley  Cyrus's spiked do got some negative attention, but it was quite fitting with the punk theme. Nichole Richie's silvery-grey hair also got a lot of attention. I still haven't decided if I love it or hate it. Anne Hathaway made a drastic change from her brown locks with a bleach blond hairdo.

Side Swept Hair at the Mat Gala 2013
Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev took a departure from her Hollywood waves for a punk-inspired side swept style and dark eye makeup. Had she worn a black skirt over those pants and paired it with a studded clutch, I would've liked the rest of her look much more. The queen of punk herself, Gwen Stefani, also had a punk-inspired hairdo for The Met Gala. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin had the most dramatic dark eye makeup.

Best Clutches at The Met Gala 2013
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My most favorite accessory of the night was the Christian Louboutin spiked clutch, worn by both Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba. Singer Katy Perry wore Dolce & Gabbana, accompanied by one of the gilded crowns seen on the runway in Milan earlier this year. She referred to her look as inspired by the original punk Joan of Arc. Actress Jaime King, who bravely wore a sleek pant suit, accessorized with a spiked metallic head band. Another favorite accessory is the pair of fringed heels worn by Elizabeth Banks.

Best Accessories at The Met Gala 2013
Best Dressed at The Met Gala 2013

Best Dressed Met Gala
My picks for best dressed aren't necessarily the prettiest of the night, but those who I thought both looked good while embodying punk-inspired couture. There is always one dress of the Met Gala which trails beautifully down the steps of The Met. At the 2013 Met Gala, my favorite trailing gown was Calvin Klein, worn by Katie Holmes. English model Cara Delvingne wore a plunging spiked Burberry gown, while Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba were twinsies in black cutout gowns with those glorious Christian Louboutin spiked clutches. My other two favorites were Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung and Dakota Fanning in Rodarte, who also wore black cut-out dresses. There were some traditional beauties at The Met Gala who I have to give credit to, like Jennifer Lawrence in Couture Dior and Kerry Washington in Vera Wang.

SJP at The Met Gala 2013
The queen of the Met Gala was fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker. I'm not saying I think she looks pretty in this look, but who else would think to wear a couture mohalk headpiece? Okay, other than Lady Gaga. People sure are talking about her at any rate.

You can view all of the looks from the 2013 Met Gala and an exclusive red carpet video on 

More Red Carpet Fashion Reports from 2013


  1. I must have mo fashion sense at all. I wouldn't be caught dead in any of them!

    Well, maybe dead....

    1. No, that's a good thing.(Not the dead part, but not wearing them!) It's The Met Gala...they're supposed to look crazy for that.

  2. True story: I was working at Mademoiselle Magazine in 1979 and, as part of my duties, had to meet with Diane Vreeland- at the Met- because she was creating this space- and she needed help putting clothing on display for the FIRST show! I was a part of THAT! What a trip!!!

  3. Is Anna Wintour the sociopath I've heard of?

    1. Lol. She does have a reputation for being cold. I wish I could answer from experience, but having seen a documentary on her, I think she's just a tough, hard working women with a lot of success. She isn't insanely cheery or bubbly...must be the only thing critics can make fun of I suppose.


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