Your style says everything about how you perceive yourself and how the world sees you. Taking time to evaluate and revamp your wardrobe can pay dividends in your overall confidence and well-being. If you’ve always desired to look and feel chicer, here are 7 style tips you should know.
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1. Invest in quality basic pieces
Stock up on basic items for a capsule wardrobe, then mix and match with your accessories.
While trends come and go, the staple wardrobe items will always be in fashion. The essential pieces every woman should have include:
- A white button-down shirt
- Black pants
- Leather bag
- Metallic evening clutch
- Blazers in navy and black
- Trench coat
- Wool coat
- Leather belts in black and brown
Assess your wardrobe every season and discard any pieces that are worn out, stained, or no longer fit.
Basic Wardrobe Style Tips: Keep your closet organized. How many times have you ever thought, “I have nothing to wear?” Chances are you do, you just can’t find it. Sort your closet by item, color, and occasion so you can always find what you need in a flash.
2. Dress for the occasion
Have you ever attended an event and noticed one woman in the room who just has “it”? Every occasion requires a dress code, and the women who get it right look polished and chic.
If you’re invited to a formal event, leave the club clothes behind. Keep a floor-length dress and a little black dress in your wardrobe for dinners and other occasions where you’re required to dress up.
When in doubt, always dress up more than you should.
Special Occasion Style Tips: If you’re attending an annual event, visit the website or social media of the host to view the photos of last year’s event. This should give you a general idea of appropriate attire.
3. Dress for your body shape
Dressing for your body shape will not only make you look effortlessly fashionable, but you’ll feel better too.
Get to know your body and what works well for your shape. The best fashion accessory is confidence. It’s difficult to feel assured when you’re spending the day adjusting clothes that are too short or too tight.
If you do a lot of online shopping, invest in an inexpensive tape measure. This way you’ll get a better sense of the fit of any garment.
Never be afraid to go up a size. Remember, sizes vary by designer and unless you wear your garments with the size tag out, no one will ever know.
Body Shape Style Tips: Invest in a full-length mirror. When trying on a potential outfit, view your body from the front, back, and sides. Never use your bathroom vanity. You’ll only get a view of your top half, which doesn’t tell the whole story. Save that mirror for your makeup routine.
4. Don’t be afraid to accessorize
Accessories can elevate your look. Fun earrings, a statement necklace, a vintage brooch, or a colorful silk scarf tied to your handbag can take make even the most basic outfit look chicer.
You can show off your personality with accessories. Hats, jewelry, and scarves can make your outfit look more effortless and put together.
Fashion Accessory Style Tips: Less is more. Use a limited amount of accessory pieces at a time. Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory. Stick to no more than 2 pieces of jewelry and one larger accessory such as a hat and scarf.
5. Wear the right shoes
Your shoes say a lot about your style. Invest in the best quality and comfortable shoes you can afford.
Footwear carries but the body, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and fashionable. Invest in some quality flats and heels in a multitude and colors. You can easily liven up your outfit with a bright pair of flats.
The types of shoes you should have are:
- Black and nude stilettos
- Black and nude pumps
- Ankle boots
- Knee boots
- Sandals in various colors
- Strappy heels
Shoe Style Tips: There is nothing worse than shoes that are too tight or heels that are too high. Hobbling around in uncomfortable shoes alters your posture and can cause back pain and foot issues. Unless you want to look like a newborn baby deer, ditch any heels you can’t walk in properly.
6. Mix and match affordable and high-end
Style is not all about wearing the most expensive garments. If you mix and match high-end and low-end garments you can still look stylish and put together.
Let’s face it. Not every woman has the budget to shop all the luxury fashion houses. Several fast fashion brands offer well-made basics such as blazers, jeans, and button-down shirts.
Pay close attention to materials and garment construction. Dresses with paper-thin fabrics look incredibly cheap and should be avoided altogether. It’s worth spending a little more to get better fabrics to achieve the effortless style you’re after.
Shop secondhand. High-quality pieces can be found at thrift stores for rock bottom prices. Look for thrift stores and consignment stores in the more upscale parts of town for designer pieces.
Shopping Style Tips: When clothes shopping, avoid buying an entire outfit in one trip unless necessary. Instead, try to find pieces that fit and flatter you well, then mix and match. This helps you avoid purchasing unflattering pieces on impulse just to complete any outfit.
7. Wear the correct undergarments
We’ve touched on this in a previous post, but it’s worth repeating. The foundation of any stylish look is the right underwear.
Bras that are too small or too big can downgrade your look and silhouette. Exposed bra straps are also a fashion faux pas. Every woman needs a good nude bra, black bra, strapless bra, and convertible bra in her wardrobe.
Lingerie Style Tips: Most women are wearing the incorrect bra size. Go to a department store or lingerie boutique and ask a salesperson to take your current measurements.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.