Ever wondered why some people seem to look like they just walked out of a fashion show all the time? Being able to look stylish every day is a skill that is learned, not something that is inherent in all of us.
We have rounded up a couple of style tips from our fashion gurus to help you attain that stylish look. Whether you are headed for work, drinks or out grocery shopping, these little nuggets of fashion tips will see you looking fabulous every time you leave home.
Dress For Your Shape
Shop strategically and invest in designs that work for your body shape. Don’t know your body shape?
Apple - Generally heavier on top, this is about 14% of women where the bust is wider than the hips. Slim arms and legs, and wide shoulders, with weight concentrated around the midsection and chest. Just below the midsection, your waistline can have little definition.
To dress the apple body, attention needs to be redirected from your midriff and towards the upper and lower third of your body. It is easy to wear shirts, blouses or dresses with slight v-necks. Choose flared pants to balance the wide shoulders or thicker upper body. Wear low-slung bottoms to draw attention away from the middle, and avoid dresses and belts that pinch at your waist.
Pear - The opposite of the apple, this is bottom-heavy with wider hips than bust. The lower body, hips, thighs and buttocks are more noticeable. Shoulders are narrower, sloping and not as broad. It is a simple one to notice if your legs are noticeably wider and fuller compared to the rest of the body.
A trick to dressing a pear body is to wear anything that adds to the shoulder and bust area, keeping the attention to the upper body and minimizing the attention given to the lower half. Balance tops out with bottoms and wear tops that accentuate the shoulders. Avoid pants or tights that narrow the legs, and try straight-leg or slightly flared pants.
Rectangular - Almost half of all women are this shape, where the waist is about the same width as hips and bust. The silhouette isn’t as curvy as pears or apples, and you’ll have flat shoulders. There will not be many significant curves around the waist area and the shape will be defined by your rib cage.
With a rectangular body type, you may have a long, thin body that lacks curves. This boyish profile should be dressed in clothes that break up the silhouette, creating curves around the waist area. Using a belt or wrap, you can create curves around the midsection, or use ruffles and frills to add texture and volume. Mini skirts and bright tights can draw attention to long, slender legs and some shapewear like padded bras can add curves to the upper body.
Hourglass - Less than 8 percent of women have the hourglass figure. The hip and bust measures are about equal with a narrow waist. It tends to be curvy both on top and the bottom.
A narrow waist is the envy of many. Draw attention to the mid-section and go for high-waisted skirts or trousers that will define the waist. Stay away from low-rise trousers that can make the hips look bigger, and try straight cut or boot cut pants.
Fitted dresses are perfect for the hourglass shape as they enhance the waist. Wrap dresses with v-neck, soft prints or solid colours will be perfect. Steer clear from loose clothing that will hide your waist.
Organizing and editing your closet regularly is essential. Start by decluttering your wardrobe and donating or selling anything you don’t wear and love. Organize your clothes neatly into categories and hang and fold everything. Use a shoe rack to easily visualize the complete outfit.
Prep The Night Before
For some people, when the alarm clock goes off, we dash off to the bathroom, throw some clothes on and we’re out the door.
Preparing your outfit the night before takes 10 minutes and ensures we are fully awake when we grab those clothes. Get a full length mirror and place it in a well-lit area of your home. Check the weather and choose an outfit accordingly. Leave nothing out, right down to accessories like belt, watch, sunglasses or hats. Hang the outfit up and in one place, so when the alarm clock starts blaring in the morning, everything is already prepared and ready for you to throw on.
Pick Your Colours For Your Skin Tone
Why do some colours work for you and others don’t? Fill your wardrobe with the colours that flatter your skin tone the most. If you have a cool and fair complexion, shop for clothes in white, black, grey, silver and blue. If you have a warm, darker complexion, use brown, yellow, gold, olive and red.
Adding accessories can be as simple as using a belt and having your whole outfit transformed. Invest in good accessories such as shoes, bags, hats, sunglasses and some jewellery.
Scarves can make any casual outfit appear more polished. The instant style upgrade is one that many have come to use.
Layer Your Clothes
During the autumn and winter months, piling on various jackets, fleeces and scarves were a means to survival in the frigid temperatures.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different layers, pairing different colour combinations and using prints. Play with different fabrics, weights, patterns and colours and the possibilities will be endless!
Dress For The Occasion
Whether it’s for the office, a casual day out or a formal evening, always dress for the occasion. There’s nothing worse than showing up for a job interview in the wrong attire, or showing up for a party in an evening gown with everyone else wearing jeans and sneakers.
When in doubt, always ask for the dress code. Here are a few common dress codes.
Casual - This can mean anything from shorts and a t-shirt to jeans.
Resort Casual - Typically comfortable shorts, slacks, or dress and sandals.
Business Casual - Neat, professional, and stylish, avoid appearing as if you just left the gym.
Business Formal - Formal business attire including pant suits, skirts and dresses.
Formal - Here’s where you break out the gowns, tuxedos and suits.
With these simple tips, you’ll look like you walked out of the pages of a fashion magazine soon enough!