This idea of conversation starters first popped into my world in facebook groups. One day I noticed this little icon next to my name and I had no idea what it meant. After a little digging it became clear that my posts in that group were creating engagement.
As a stylist, I love this idea of a fashion conversation starter. Unlike the final touch to complete your look, or a signature piece which defines your style as uniquely yours, a fashion conversation starter is something you wear that gets people talking.
Another bonus of wearing this kind of item is it connects you to people. Initially, your piece may serve as an ice breaker, but eventually it can lead to a deeper conversation where a true connection is made.
Click play to watch the video where I share why a fashion conversation starter is a good idea, and I give a few examples for you to try.
When you’re in a situation with new people, wearing something that gets people talking is an easy way to break the ice. I’m always noticing what women wear when I’m out. I’m not shy about asking people where they found an item, and I’ll always give a compliment when I see something I like.
Here’s a few ideas for your fashion conversation starters!
Just as light catches your eye, so will a shiny shoe. At an event the other day, there was a woman wearing head to toe black, but peeking out from her wide leg pants was a pair of pointy toe metallic flats. It was pouring rain outside so of course I took notice of her brilliant shoes, along with the effort she put into brightening up the gray day.
In her Netflix special, Brene Brown opted for a fashion conversation starter with her earrings. While I wasn’t in love with the earrings themselves, I liked the confidence that she wore them with. She had to be aware that millions of eyeballs would be watching her so it was like – hey, I know my message is solid so let’s get them talking about these big ole earrings. And she did.
My Radiohead tee always gets people talking to me. At the show itself, people were asking which concert I’d gotten it at. And on the street people give me their nod of approval when they’re also a fan. By wearing something that literally tells people about you, they’re more apt to connect and keep the conversation going.
What’s your favorite fashion conversation starter?