Do you often find yourself staring into a closet full of clothes wondering what to wear and how to create an outfit that goes beyond jeans and a t-shirt? Well, you are not alone as that's most of us. We have put together 15 fashion tips that every woman can relate to based on fashion advice from some of the best stylists, editors and our favorite fashion girls.
1. Get the Basics
These are the items you would always reach for, like your t-shirts, button down white shirts, crop tops, tanks and camis.
2. Shop for your body type
According to fashion designer Shoshanna Gruss, once you know which silhouettes flatter you, filter trends ruthlessly. For instance, if you're petite and shapely, it's best to avoid tall columns and billowy maxis even if you love them. Go for a dress with a defined waist and just-above-the-knee hem.
3. Make a list
It is important to make a list before you shop, not of what you want to buy, but of the 10 fave items in your closet. This will help you zero in on pieces that mesh with what you own as well as make informed decision.
A wardrobe of the right little extras lets you be more relaxed about the rest of your outfit. If you've got a closet full of neutrals, try bright coloured purses, you can also try wearing a neutral base with shoes and a bag in two different complementary colors.Studs, whether big or small, will go with any color, fabric, or style dress and will never compete with other jewelry.
5. Be open minded
Always take one "it's cute but so not me" thing into the fitting room. You never know if you end up loving it.
6. Own a pair of pumps
These are the ultimate go to heeled shoes. From an elegant office look to an evening out, pumps will always work. High heel pumps in a neutral color (black, nude or gray) will work well with all of your other wardrobe essentials.
7. Don't shy away from prints
Make the print a staple in your accessories wardrobe, it's timeless, racy enough, and always glamorous. Combining colors, scale, and patterns in a way that looks dynamic takes practice, but there are some basic tricks to getting it right. You can wear two prints that repeat the same colors or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one.
8. Own a Little Black Dress
The LBD is like the solution to the "I don't have anything to wear" problem as it goes with everything and it can be switched up with accessories for different events. Essentially we all need a LBD in our closet!
9. Be strategic when it comes to showing skin
Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where's the mystery? Choose only one body part and show it off, if it's cleavage, don't show your legs and if it's your legs, stay covered on top.
10. Find a good tailor
Nothing raises the quality of moderately priced clothes more than having them altered to suit your shape. Build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker who knows your body and your taste.
11. Embrace Colours
To play it safe, combine a neutral, like flax, with something bolder, like yellow. But think twice about pairing intense hues with black, which can look dated. For something punchier, try two colors that are beside each other on the color wheel, such as coral and orange.
12. Own a blazer
A blazer is always trendy, whether for work, events or even over a pair of jeans, you never go wrong with a blazer.
13. Know your stretch
When in doubt, go with the smaller size in jeans as they always stretch, and nothing's more unflattering than the unintentionally baggy backside.
14. Check for quality when shopping
A garment's lining is often a designer's calling card and a good way to judge quality. A well-crafted lining is a sign that the whole piece has been sewn with care.
15. Be prepared when you go shopping
If you're shopping for that ultra-important dress, get a true feel for the fit by bringing everything you need to put the outfit together (the right underwear, shoes and lipstick), as it will help you get a better sense of the final result.
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