Things A Woman Should Know about Style by Karen Homer

Revisiting the world of clothing style may not be the first association anyone can have with me. But I did this starting last year, and I believe that it’s high time to write about it.

Last year was a bit of a year of awakening for me in many ways. One of the things I got increased interest in is the world of fashion. No, I am not about to join the league of extraordinary fashion bloggers. But maybe this blog can have a thing or two about style and dressing up, whatever little I can contribute to this very elusive category. (But despite the disclaimer, I am a freak for skin care and I ALWAYS splurge on skin products even when I don’t buy as much clothes or shoes.)

I have to thank my good friend, who likes to be called JC, for sending me a pink parcel with a book entitled “Things a Woman Should Know about Style”. It was written by Karen Homer, a contemporary and famous journalist who likes writing about food and fashion. She swears by the classic fashion icons for style advice, such as the ethereal Grace Kelly and the magnanimously classy Audrey Hepburn.

audrey hepburn

grace kelly2

I am not an overly fashion conscious woman, and if given a chance to buy a book or a piece of clothing, I am always inclined to buy the book. But somehow the girl gene has been turned on sometime last year, and has been constantly in my head since then. Perhaps, I was enamored further by the fact that I am in the quest for the perfect wedding gown to give me a graceful pizzazz next year.

grace kelly

That being said, I was still caught last year checking out picture after picture of one of my style idols, Kate Middleton. She just dresses so well and it’s so pleasing to the eye:

kate middleton scarf photo by Lea Ann Belter

I tried experimenting with a sarong the other day before a private alumni meeting in UP and this is what I came up with:


I know it does not have the fashion seal of royalty emblazoned on it. It might not even pass the standards of using classic colors like what Miss Homer suggested in her book. But it’s nice to experiment and find one’s own voice, style-wise. I am starting to like clothes more these days, because like expressing myself with words, I likewise can express who I am with what I wear, although that is just a tiny fraction of who I really am.


The book made no mention of Kate Middleton, but it was very informative and sophisticated. Homer had this surprising bite of sarcasm and humor that made reading very pleasurable for me.

I thought I would not enjoy it or would not be able to relate to it because of the author’s expensive taste in clothing. But I surprised myself because I could not stop reading it when I began. I don’t have a Prada bag or all of those nice things she mentioned, but somehow, I found things I can use without having to spend too much. Since 2013 is a year for discovering myself, I decided to challenge my self-notion that I am not a fashionable person. I may not be a ramp model, but I can at least try to improve the way I present myself. 🙂 Appearance is not everything but I have to live in and hide under a rock to assert that it does not really matter.

There are some things I cannot apply to my personal situation but a lot of the things made sense to me after, style-wise. If there is a basic guide for non-fashionistas to follow, Homer’s advice in her book can prove to be a very good mentor to get your feet wet in the world of fashion.

That, and watching reruns of America’s Next Top Model, for that matter.