Next Level Styling is...
...adding your own creative expression to your style and fine-tuning yourself to the best possible you. It could be how you put together elements of an outfit or customizing a piece to put your own personal stamp on it. It celebrates and reflects your unique individuality.
I like to use the marketing acronym USP (Unique Selling Position) ...It's a term for what qualities or features make you stand apart from others.
Trends or what's in style are not part of the equation. It's about what you like, what flatters and works for you to help you be your best, most confident you.
About My Deconstructed & Reworked Projects
My rework projects started in college. I would jazz up my jeans with ink drawings (a habit that initially began when I got bored in a class) or use splashes of bleach to create other effects.
I developed a love for deconstructing and reworking pieces that I purchased but rarely (or never) wore. I like to call them my Bermuda Triangle Pieces (the items that were forgotten and lost in the back of the closet/drawer).
I initially explored reworking styles with a desire for a flattering fit. Although the majority of my purchases fit fine, they were originally designed to flatter the designer's muse (usually a model or model-sized celebrity). I wanted to improve the fit to flatter my curves (size 12/14 (US)). An example: The average sleeveless polo or button-down shirt is not cut to accommodate my "girls" ... I'm talking gaping spaces between the buttons or side boob exposure. I learned to go up a size and then make minor alterations to improve the fit.
I soon started experimenting; adding inserts, combining the unique details/elements that I loved in each piece and basically trying to add my own flavor to these Bermuda items ... It quickly grew from projects to get the most wearability out of my purchases (I often call it the reach factor) into projects that allowed me to express my creativity.
I experimented often, using my creative vision (a skill I tapped into often for marketing projects) and trial & error ... My approach is that I already had bought the pieces. Why not add my own "flavor" so I can get my money's worth out of them?