Get some fashion tips from Minneapolis fashion blogger, Lindsey Herzog

By Trillia Newbell

Can you pair pink and red clothing? Is it now okay to wear white after Labor day? I’m “pear-shaped” should I wear that? What in the world are the rules for fashion? I don’t know! But I found someone who does. Thankfully God has given us varied gifts and interests; and child social worker by day, fashionista Minneapolis blogger by night, Lindsey Herzog, will help shed some light on today’s fashion.

Lindsay HerzogGet to know Herzog and some fashion tips in this Q&A.

Q: How long have you been “into” fashion?

Herzog: As a kid, my raw fashion interest showed up in the form of notebooks full of scribbled outfit designs and admiration for Audrey Hepburn. Loved shopping and putting outfits together in high school, but when college came along and my budget shrunk, I turned to window-shopping (mostly online) and magazine reading to appreciate others’ fashion. Eventually I stumbled on a few fashion blogs and decided to start one of my own in February of 2011.

Q: Tell me more about what you do with fashion. Do you write articles, blog, design, consult?

Herzog: Ruby Girl blog has opened my eyes to the fashion community in the thriving little metropolis I’m blessed to live in. Minneapolis has many talented designers who showcase their collections in local fashion shows and at events around the city. This last year, I’ve been attending shows and covering them on my blog.

Q:  What styles can we look forward to for the spring? Any colors that are “in”?

Herzog: Spring!! My favorite subject right now. We’ve got snow & cold weather lingering so the subject feels fresh and exciting! Something that will be big this fall is mixing and matching pastels, Easter egg style. The happening silhouettes will be peplum skirts, bell-bottoms, jumpsuits & rompers. We can also expect to see florals, neon colors, color-blocking/paneling, and tribal/ikat prints. The newest era influences will be the 60’s and 20’s.

Q:  Where do you like to shop?

Herzog:  All over. Wherever I can find a fresh trend at a reasonable price. Some shops that seem to deliver this consistently are: Forever 21, H&M, Marshalls/TJMaxx. I also do some thrifting/consignment shopping. I’ve discovered a lot of online stores like Hallelu, Asos, Ruche, and Modcloth.

Q: You have a $75 monthly clothing budget. What would you say to the person who can’t afford to spend $75 every month? Any way to spruce up a style on a limited budget?

Herzog: Absolutely! Thrifting is a great way to update your wardrobe on a small budget. I wrote up a post on a few super helpful tips for tackling second-hand shopping successfully. You can find the post here. Also, this is so underrated in our busy world, but another great way to cut down on wardrobe costs is to learn to sew. Seriously. I really wanted to find a detachable Peter Pan collar that could go with tons of my tops, but couldn’t swallow paying $20 for one, I knew it could be so easy to make. So I asked my mom to help me make one, and a few bucks and hours later, voila! Clothing swaps are another great way to clean out your closet and get a lot of clothes for free. I’ve been to 3 this last year and came out with some really great pieces. Finally, sometimes you just need to re-work your existing pieces. Adding a new accessory (a chunky statement necklace, nerd glasses, a fun bag) can make all the difference.

Q: I think I read somewhere that “modesty is in”. How would you encourage women to find flattering modest clothing but still feel good and not frumpy?

Herzog: Neither modesty nor immodesty will ever go out of style. Modesty is a-fashionable, if you will, without inherent style in and of itself. If ladies want to show off their bods, they will find a way to. And if they don’t, they won’t. At any given time, there will be trends that lean towards immodesty (right now: sheer panels, cut-outs, “hot pants”) and towards modesty (right now: peter pan collars, maxi dresses). For me, modesty is not something that will fluctuate based on the trend of the moment. I don’t care how much skin some fashionistas are showing, I simply will not go there myself. Layering is a great way to keep things modest, while working within current trends. Throw a blazer on over a tank top or jewel-tone tights under a dress.  To avoid the frumpy look, one of my rules of thumb is to have one main piece be more form-fitting and one be tighter. So I’ll wear an oversized tunic with a pair of skinny jeans. Or a more fitted tee with a flowy maxi.

Q: Are there rules to your body-type when picking clothes?

Herzog: Mainly just the one I mentioned before, loose top-tight pants, tight top-loose pants/skirt.

Check out some Herzog’s fun style:

More about Lindsay

I’m Lindsey (24) and I run a fashion blog out of Minneapolis. A few things you really must know about me. I believe the show Funniest Home Videos to be hysterical. My hubby has a deviated septum and therefore can never tell if I have bad breath. I most often put my make-up on in the car. And on a more serious note, I studied Child Psychology in undergrad and Social Work in grad school. I’m currently a Mental Health Practitioner for Children & Families in my 9 to 5 life and I love my job! My fashion blog was developed as a happy alternative to HGTV addiction. My faith is very important to me. My prayer for the blog and life in general is reflected in Psalm 4:6, “Let the light of your face shine on us”. That through His gracious strength, I can reflect His heart. That as people get to know me, they start to forget about me and start to get curious about this God I adore. Find her blogging at Ruby Girl, http://www.rubygirlblog.com/.

 

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