If you dream of being able to throw on an outfit and look stylish in an instant, you’re not alone. Dressing well can be a tricky skill to master, but it’s not impossible. In fact, anyone can enhance their style and embrace the latest trends, providing you know the tricks of the trade. To release your inner style goddess, take a look at these nine fashion tips every woman should know:
Know Your Body Shape
First and foremost, it’s vital to know your body shape if you want to dress well. Although your weight may fluctuate over time, your body shape tends to stay the same. Figuring out whether you’re a pear, apple, rectangular, diamond, or hourglass shape will make it easy to identify the styles and cuts that suit you. Additionally, knowing your shape gives you the opportunity to cover the parts of your body you’d rather keep under wraps and show off your best assets.
Invest in Underwear
Your underwear has a major impact on how your clothes look, so it’s well worth investing in pieces that fit you well and enhance your shape. When you’re wearing form-fitting clothes, no-seam underwear will banish VPL and streamline your silhouette. However, even when you’re wearing a casual outfit or workout out at the gym, well-fitting, good-quality underwear will always elevate your outfit.
Overhaul Your Wardrobe
If your closet’s disorganized or full to the brim, it’s going to be hard to put together a great outfit. Instead of experimenting with different styles, you’ll end up wearing the same few pieces over and over again, simply because it’s so hard to remember what’s you’ve got in your wardrobe!
To ensure you can dress well every day, without spending hours putting an outfit together, take the time to overhaul your wardrobe. Try on every piece to decide what you want to donate, discard or sell. From there, you can re-organize the items you’re going to keep and streamline your closet. Grouping clothes based on color or fit can be a good way to keep things neat, and it will make it easier for you to mix and match different pieces to put together a fabulous look.
Don’t Overlook Accessories
Accessories can make an outfit, which means they should be a staple part of your wardrobe. From hats and sunnies to gloves, scarves, and purses, you can transform the way you look with a few savvy additions. What’s more – having a wide range of accessories allows you to customize outfits in different ways and increase the number of looks you can achieve with the same core pieces. If you want to maintain a capsule wardrobe, for example, having the right accessories will ensure you always look on-trend and fashionable.
Strike the Right Balance
When you’re getting dressed, aim to balance your outfit from top to toe. If you’re wearing figure-hugging pants or a form-fitting skirt, for example, you can balance the look with a looser blouse or top. Conversely, a fuller skirt or wide-leg trousers can be balanced by wearing a tighter or more structured top. This approach ensures the top and bottom half of your outfits complement one another and also allows one element to act as the ‘statement feature’ of your outfit.
Find Your Colors
When you’re self-conscious about your style, it’s tempting to stick to block colors and neutral palettes, such as blacks, grays, and whites. Although these colors can look great, your wardrobe is going to look a little drab if these are the only shades you wear. By injecting a little color into your style, you can elevate your look and add an interesting twist to your outfits.
If you’re not sure what colors work for you, take the time to find out. Hold different colored fabrics up to your face and see which ones make your features pop. Some people look better in warm tones, whereas others are better suited to cool shades. Once you know what colors work for you, it’s easy to fill your wardrobe with patterns and colors that you know make you look your best.
Work with a Tailor
When clothes are fitted to your shape, they can transform a run-of-the-mill outfit into something really special. However, you don’t need to wait for a major event or special occasion to visit a tailor. In fact, having your wardrobe tailored can transform your everyday style and unleash your inner fashionista. What’s more – finding a great tailor and having your clothes modified is a budget-friendly alternative to buying high-end haute couture!
Find a Classic Coat
Whether it’s snowing outside or there’s a slight chill in the air on a Spring evening, you’re going to need a coat or jacket to complete your outfit. Seeing as you’ll need outerwear throughout much of the year, it makes sense to focus heavily on coats and jackets.
Classic choices – like trench coats, bomber jackets, and leather jackets – can look great, providing they’re right for your shape. Before investing in expensive outerwear, take the time to find what works for you. A short-cut bomber jacket might not be ideal for apple shapes, for example, but a loosely tied trench coat could be fabulous.
Practice Your Style
When you’re experimenting with new pieces of trying out new trends, it can take a while for you to get used to a new look. If you’re feeling a little self-conscious, practice your style at home before unveiling it to the world. Take a few selfies and adjust your outfit based on how you look and before you know it, you’ll be feeling more confident than ever.
Find Your Signature Style
If it takes you a while to find a style that works for you, don’t panic. Not every trend will be perfectly suited to your shape or your personality, so don’t force something that’s never going to work for you. Instead, invest your time in finding your signature style, so that you feel fabulous every time you walk out of the door.