“I have nothing to wear”
“This skirt makes me look fat” –
let’s be honest, every now and then every girl has these thoughts rushing through her mind. Fortunately, there are some simple tips that can help solve the outfit crisis and take you up on the style meter.
14. Only buy things you’ll actually wear It sounds easier said than done because every now and then we all buy things that we never put on later. It mostly happens when you see an on sale item or something that’s priced ridiculously low. Stop right there – it’s a catch.When you fall for fast fashion and shop impulsively you are basically stocking up your wardrobe with low quality things you’re unlikely to wear. And if you do, you’ll wear them out pretty soon or make up not so perfect ensembles because you weren’t planning to buy those leopard pants and have nothing to match them with. Build a chart indicating how much of your time you spend working, going out, travelling, and just staying at home. It will help you understand what type of clothing you need to have more of in your wardrobe. For example, you’re unlikely going to need6 red cocktail dresses if you mostly work from home in your PJs, right?
13. Build your own capsule wardrobe It might sound like something fancy and not for everyone, but in fact a capsule wardrobe is something that will save you both time and money. Timeless classics like a trench, some leather, denim jackets, good quality jeans, white button-down shirts and a pencil skirt are some of the items that will work for anyone and can be combined with other garments. In fact, you only need 28 to 37 items in your closet to be prepared for just about any occasion. Go through your wardrobe and see if there are things you can’t combine with others or can’t wear to at least two different places. These items have to go since they are just occupying place in your closet. Mark everything you have with yes, no, and maybe stickers. Items you absolutely love and can combine with others obviously get a yes and stay with you. You can move your maybes to long-term storage somewhere in the basement. Your no’s, and you’ll likely notice most of them still have price tags on because you never wore them, can be donated to charity.
12. Watch out for makeup & deodorant stains White stains on a black shirt or your favourite lipstick and eye shadow on a cashmere won’t exactly add you any points on the luxury meter. If you just got one of those annoying beauty footprints on an expensive fabric wash it with warm water and if the stain is still there try dampening the item in water with some detergent. Baby wipes on oil base work miracles if you use them on a new stain.
11. Be prepared for accidents Anything can happen, and it might not even be your fault that someone spilled wine on your new dress or your new shoes give you blisters. So, keep a spare clothing item at the office to avoid having to walk around in a stained dress. Opt for something classic, such as a white button-down shirt and a pencil skirt. And, keep a 911 carryall with band-aids, sewing kit and other style essentials you might need in case of emergency.
10. You can’t have too many accessories A handbag can spice up any outfit and make your look complete. It’s cool to have as many as you can afford for all sort of occasions, but don’t just buy them irrationally. There should be at least three bags in different sizes: small, medium, and large in your wardrobe. You can pick the right size depending on the occasion. And, once you understand which size you personally wear the most, you can get more bags in this size so that you don’t wear your favourite out really quick. Another accessory you can’t have too manyof is a scarf. Those are real life-savers when it comes to otherwise monotonous fall and winter looks. So stock up on scarves in different colours, shapes and materials to always stay classy.
9. Get yourself a “wow” piece It’s good to have a practical capsule wardrobe and everything, but it won’t exactly hurt getting a conversation piece. It can be a pair of vintage leopard shoes ,a clock-shaped handbag – or anything else that would be a signature of your style and make you a topic for conversations at parties or other social events.
8. Make sure your metals match True style is all about details many people oversee. Details like the color of metal zippers on your shoes, bags and you jewellery. If they are bronze, silver, and gold correspondingly, it’s a mismatch. So decide which hardware item is the baseline and pick all others to go well with it.
7. Learn to work with the color wheel Sir Isaac Newton himself invented the color wheel back in the 18th century. There are primary colors that become the base for all other colors: red, yellow and blue. When primary colors are combined, you get secondary colors. Warm colors, such as orange, yellow and brown make things look smaller, cool colors such as blue, purple and green have a soothing effect. Subdued colors such as black, grey, and white sare neutral. There are a few ways to combine color using the color wheel. If you choose the complementary option, you should pick exact opposite on the color wheel. Red and green, blue and orange, violet and yellow are all rather bold combinations but they look just awesome together. Analogous matching is about using two or three continuous shades from the color wheel. It’s great if you like to play with colors but don’t go too far with matching and limit them to 3 colors per outfit. And if you have any doubts, just wear black on black – it never goes out of style.
6. Your underwear really matters You can ruin even the most luxurious outfit with VPL. That stands for visible panty lines). Opt for shape wear that makes you look slimmer or try lace longs that aren’t officially shape wear but look smooth underneath any clothing item. Always make sure to check for any VPLs in natural lights before going out. The right bra isn’t any less important. Before you go shopping for one, measure your bra size. Even if you think you know it, it can change as your body changes. Try it on with a thin t-shirt to see what it’s going to look like underneath this type of clothing. If you can’t fasten the bra on the second or third hook it’s too small for you. If you feel gaping in the cups it’s too big. Straps shouldn’t slide down and there should be no rolls of skin beyond the edge.
5. Be careful with prints and structures Mix bright floral patterns with plain bottoms or complement printed dresses with plain accessories and shoes. Remember a print is already a statement and if you want true style you can’t be too loud or unclear with what you’re trying to say. The same is true for structures – opt for a fitted top and a loose bottom or a fitted bottom and a loose top, but don’t have both your tops and bottoms fitted or loose.
4. Experiment with tucking might sound like something little and insignificant but it can actually transform your look completely and there’s a whole science behind it. Popular bloggers and style icons all play with it for a reason: it adds a certain mood to your style – from playful street look to official office style. For a while, everyone just went after half-tuck, but there’s currently so many varieties to choose from: mullet tuck, double tuck, smug tuck, hoodie tuck, navel tuck, mushroom tuck, and what not.
03. Vertical stripes are your new best friend If you feel like wearing some stripes, remember horizontal ones are unlikely to flatter anyone – opt for vertical instead. They make petite women look taller and plus sized ladies – slimmer.
02. Don’t show too much skin A little bit of mystery is always sign of good style. So don’t try to show off your attractive body by stripping a good portion of it. One naked body part at a time will do. So don’t wear a miniskirt and a top that reveals your cleavage.
01. Take the most out of your jeans Jeans look great on just about everyone and can be proudly worn on any occasion. However, it’s important to choose the right pair just for you. Make sure you go with one size smaller than you need – they have the superpower of stretching after just two washes. If your jeans are great in the waist but too long for you take them to the tailor’s but wash them twice before you do so. Hems of your favourite denim pair must reach the tops of your shoes.
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