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Dear Fashion Girl:

I've had a sewing machine for about 4 years and it was only this year that I started to use it. I thought I'd start out with an apron, which is what I'm currently working on.

This summer I decided that I was going to do a fashion show. I have plenty of help and support from my mom. I would like to do the show in June of 2014. I have about two full outfits to make, but I have not completed a single garment yet.

I wanted to know if I should keep that show at the current date or postpone it until I have all of my outfits made and all of my participants. I really hope you can help.

Sincerely,

Fashion Flower

Dear Fashion Flower:

Keep the date! You can totally do this by June. I have so much confidence in you. You have the desire and the ideas. All you have to do is work on the clothes.

Making an apron as your first project is a great idea. Why not also make some drawstring shorts and a simple sundress. I've recently started sewing, too, and once you get started you just can't stop. It's so fun! Have you thought about making any accessories? Maybe a tote bag would be fun. Do a google search for free sewing patterns and start brainstorming.

Please let me know your progress in the first part of the new year. I'll be your cheerleader!

Stylishly Yours,

Fashion Girl

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Dear Fashion Girl:

What is your idea of fashion?

—Momo

Dear Momo:

Fashion is one way in which a person can choose to express themself. Fashion can be everything. It can be nothing. It can be art. It can be purely functional. It can be very fresh and exciting. One thing is sure, fashion is a multi-million dollar industry and it's filled with brilliantly creative, fun individuals!

But, the best way in which I can answer your question is to turn it back to you. What is your idea of fashion, Momo? That's what matters.

—Fashion Girl

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Hey Fashion Girl,

I am having professional headshots taken soon and I'm not sure what to wear. I'm 16 years old, and while I like to claim that I have no clothes, I realistically do. Anyway, I was told by the photographer not to wear black, white, or patterns, so what do I wear? 

—Carrie

Dear Carrie,

The photographer gave you some great advice. Camera lights can sometimes just soak right into black clothing instead of reflecting from it, making it difficult to see the shape of clothing or any fabric texture. Plus, other colors will look overexposed to make up for it. And white? If the sensor in the camera is flooded with white, then it will force all other colors to be underexposed. Also avoid wearing really bright neon colors and anything that's really shiny.

The best colors to wear when you're being photographed are blues and natural tones. Some patterns are probably OK to wear, but you must be careful when it comes to stripes, houndstooth prints, and chevron stripes. They look good in person, but they can look really weird on camera. Plus, patterns can be trendy and you wouldn't want something to look outdated in a short amount of time.

Have fun at the shoot. And, remember that more than the clothes you wear, it's your beautiful spirit that will really come through on camera!

—Fashion Girl

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Dear Fashion Girl:

I am a sophomore at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, and I'm interested in attending FIDM after I graduate. I would ultimately like to have a career as a fashion stylist. Do you know what I should major in for college? I would deeply appreciate it if I can receive a reply back from you. Thank you for taking your time out to read my message. 

—Monéy

Hi Monéy,

That's exciting! If you're interested in attending FIDM, the major that prepares students for careers in fashion styling is Visual Communications. Check out the curriculum to give you an idea of what you'd be studying.

One of the FIDM Students enrolled in the Visual Communications program recently interned for FIDM Grad Mandi Line, the costume designer for Pretty Little Liars. You may want to read her interview for inspiration.

If you'd like more information on the Visual Communications program, I recommend making an appointment with an Admissions Advisor at FIDM (800.624.1200). They are super knowledgeable and will definitely be able to answer all of your questions.

Hope this is helpful, Monéy!

Sincerely,
Fashion Girl

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Dear Fashion Girl:

I need some serious tips on how to update my wardrobe to look nice, but not too nice—just in the middle. Please keep in mind I just turned 12. I like stores such as Old Navy, American Eagle, and Gap. I just don't know how to put pieces together to get the look I am going for. Please help!

—Kelly

Dear Kelly:

It sounds like you're going for a casual chic look, right? Something that shows you have a lot of style, while at the same time, comfortable. The way to achieve this is by combining styles—think 'hybrid outfit!' Basically, just style a casual outfit, then swap one piece out for something a little more elegant.

Try pairing a dressy skirt with sneakers, or a dressy jacket with cotton shorts. Check out the American Eagle outfit pictured below. It's all about that lace skirt and shiny bag. The t-shirt and sneakers keep it sporty, but the overall look is completely chic.

American Eagle

Accessories can also make a huge difference when you're trying to dress something up (or down). A statement necklace with large stones and sparkle can really dress up a cotton tank and jeans. In the AE outfit above, the model is wearing a pile of blingy bangles, totally amping up the snazz factor.

Write back and let me know your favorite casual outfit and I'll give you some specifics on how to dress it up, OK?

Stylishly Yours,

—Fashion Girl

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Job Ready Dress

Dear Fashion Girl,
 
I'm applying at a very chic and hip shoe store when I turn 17 (in less than a month). What should I do and/or wear to hopefully get the job?
 
—Truly Me

Dear Truly,

Good for you! A summer job in retail is great experience for a career in fashion. Over the next few weeks, drop in at the shoe store and make a mental note of how the employees dress. This will give you an idea for what to wear on the interview. Of course, always dress more conservatively for the interview than you would dress if you were working there.

Take a look at the article "Job Ready Dress" on FashionClub.com. It gives great tips on how to dress for an interview. Keep in mind that you want to show that you have a great sense of style, but that you also have great respect for the formality of interviews and that you take the process seriously. Err on the side of dressing conservatively—nothing too sheer, short or tight, or too skin-baring. If it looks like something you could wear to the beach, better to avoid it on an interview. Go chic and go strong!

Good luck to you! Let me know how it goes.

—Fashion Girl

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Marc Jacobs Helmut Lang
Dear Fashion Girl,
 
Sometimes when I'm shopping with my friends, I want to try something new but they think it looks weird or ugly. What should I do?
 
—Originality is Success

Dear Original:

Personal style is just that—it's personal. If you think you'd like to wear something that's different from what your friends would wear, that's OK. As long as you like it, and it fits the way it should then go for it.

The words "weird" and "ugly" are subjective. What one person thinks is amazing, someone else may choose not to wear. That's why there are so many brands and so many different looks. For example, a Marc Jacobs design (the one on the left in the image above) will never look like a Helmut Lang design (the one on the right), and that's just fine. One, both, or neither may appeal to you, but it doesn't mean they're not attractive styles.

Know what I mean?

Maybe tell your friends that they're entitled to their opinions, and you are entitled to yours.

Stylishly Yours,

Fashion Girl

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Coco Chanel

Dear Fashion Girl:

I'm doing a project for class on fashion designers throughout history. Do you have any advice?

Sincerely,

Sanai W.

Dear Sanai:

How exciting! I think it would be great to write a report on at least three designers who have changed the course of fashion in the last one hundred years.

You might consider featuring any of the following famous fashion designers:

Coco Chanel (her comfortable clothes for women), Madeleine Vionnet (her bias cut), Christian Dior (his "the new look"—tiny waist and voluminous skirt), Yves Saint Laurent (stunning couture design and women's tuxedo jackets), Ralph Lauren (his signature polo shirt), Elsa Schiaparelli (her "shocking pink" hue), and Valentino (his celebrity clients and "Valentino red").

Good luck with your project!

Stylishly Yours,

Fashion Girl

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Dear Fashion Girl:

I recently joined Fashion Club and I've got a question for you guys about what to wear to the senior party in May. They've invited the freshmen, so I'll be attending. The dresscode is casual, but we've been told we can't wear mini-skirts, dresses, shorts, or anything sleeveless. I'm stuck because I had been planning to wear a dress. So, now I'm considering wearing a shirt with jeans—but it just seems so ordinary. Do you have any suggestions on what to wear? Thank you!

-Adelia

Dear Adelia:

Sounds like fun! Think about wearing printed pants. There are some super great styles out there right now, and they are so fresh and new for spring. Plus, you can dress them up or down, with heels or sneakers.
Zara
Straight-cut Printed Pants, $59.90, zara.com

F21
Rose Print Skinny Jeans, $19.80, forever21.com

Urban Outfitters
BDG Twig High-Rise Floral Print Jeans, $39, urbanoutfitters.com

Have fun at the party, Adelia!

Stylishly Yours,

-Fashion Girl

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Urban Outfitters chambray top

Dear Fashion Girl:

I have a tummy that I don't like to show, but I like my thighs. What would be the best style of shirt to wear?

-Katherine

Dear Katherine:

Good news—loose-fitting tops are in, especially when paired with something form-fitting. Try wearing an untucked oversized blouse with slim shorts or leggings.

Stylishly Yours,

Fashion Girl

BB Dakota Geona Blouse

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