Style Tips From Chelsey Ewen, The Girl In The Yellow Skirt

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A Storyteller For The Arts

Chelsey Ewen

If you're from the Fargo-Moorhead area, The name Chelsey Ewen may be familiar to you. It's probably because she works as the communication coordinator with the Arts Parterhship, which is an umbrella arts organization of the Fargo-Moorhead area. 

Chelsey, with a background in communication, wears many hats in the Arts Partnership including writing to communicate for the arts, and along with President Dayna Del Val, weekly writings in The Forum every Monday in the life and entertainment section. She also creates the weekly newsletter and manages both the Twitter and Instagram feed while sharing the Facebook account with Dayna. 

Chelsey Ewen Minnesota Newspaper Association Award

The Arts Partnership focuses on communicating about the arts, advocating for the arts, creating networking opportunities for local artists and provides grant opportunites for artists. With that they provide programming such as community supported art programs, Chalk Fest and APT the Artist Incubator (which is the home of Dak & Co's studio.) in downtown Fargo. They also coordinate Art Works, which brings art exhibits into the pubic realm, such as the exhibition at the Fargo airport. 

"I see myself as a storyteller for the arts."
- Chelsey Ewen


Personal Style as a Tool for Communication

"Clothing and the decisions that you make in what you wear every day really communications who you are and how you see yourself."
- Chelsey Ewen 

Chelsey started to develop her sense of style in high school. I was that person who would be asked the question, "Why are you so dressed up today?"

Chelsey's response is:

"It takes just as much energy to put on a nice pair of pants or a dress as it does to put on sweatpants. It's a form of self respect when you look nice. I sit a little taller and I feel better about myself and feel more confident when I'm wearing something I feel good in and I feel I look good in."
- Chelsey Ewen
Chelsey Ewen

Tips To Be Wiser With Your Wardrobe

Chelsey says she owes a lot of what she knows to the show What Not To Wear on TLC. She swears by Stacy London's 4 rules to a successful outfit: Color, texture, pattern and shine. She tries to include all of these elements when putting together an outfit.

"If I had to pick one word to talk about my style I would say "classic" is definitely it."
- Chelsey Ewen 

When shopping, Chelsey is selective about the clothes she buys. When Chelsey shops she finds pieces that she can immediately sums up multiple ways it can work into different outfits in her existing wardrobe before buying it. She also likes to play up basic pieces by adding in a few visually interesting pieces while keeping her style classic and timeless.

"I do try to be cognizant of what I spend. As I've gotten older I go toward quality over quantity and spend a little bit more money on fewer items that I know will last."
- Chelsey Ewen


Quick, Eazy Go To Style Tips

When you're stumped on what to wear, Chelsey reminds us of these key words to remember when choosing your look and style: Who, What & How.

Try not to over think it, you can always go back to these basics to land the perfect outfit. 

Winter Style

What's stylish yet practical for the season?

The season has a huge influcen on our style, especially in the cold northern states like Minnesota and North Dakota. With the current turn of season, a key tip is to focus on winterizing while still maintaining a sense of style. There are a few key elements to create a functional wardrobe with a sense of style. Jewel tones are a great way to celebrate the season within your wardrobe. They compliment many people and are always a classic go-to element. 

When it comes to wearability and sustainability, focus on materials that can endure heavy snow, especially when it comes to footwear. Classic weatherproof low-maintenance boots and booties are key to keep you feeling stylish and warm. Stick to leather or other materials that can withstand the weather. 

Sorel Booties

These booties by Sorel are the perfect combination of Practical + Stylish. Grab em' at West Acres Mall at one of many locations. Also check out their article on Stylish Winter Boots here!

Professional Style

Who will I be interacting with, and who am I representing?

When thinking of an outfit, think of who you will be interacting with that day. If you have a lot of meetings, be sure to accommodate for that. If you have to do a quick change after a workout, think of how you can create a functional outfit while layering pieces over your athleasure wear. If you have to travel, make sure you're in something comfortable yet put-together. 

Also think about who you are representing when you walk outside your door. In Chelsey's case, she works a lot with the local leaders. She wants to put her best foot forward when representing her organization out in public. 

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How am I feeling

"An outfit really has a lot of power to change your mood."
- Chelsey Ewen

How am I feeling, or better yet, how do I want to feel? This question is a great one to ask yourself before choosing an outfit. Remember, an outfit has the ability to make or break your confidence. Choose clothes that you feel good in rather than focusing on what trends are in. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to experiment with trends, but always know you can go back to classic go-to looks which help you look and feel your best. 

Want More?

Check out my full conversation with Chelsey on this episode of Find Your Style!



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