Essential Information To Make Your Wardrobe Styling Easier
Many women have an understanding of their body shape, colours and what core pieces suit them – but how do you develop your “style”?
Your interpretation of the core pieces in your wardrobe and what you do with them, and especially what you add to them, culminates into your style. Yet the best outfits look fabulous without anyone being able to pinpoint precisely why.
How do you achieve this? Start out by tweaking safe looks you are comfortable wearing with a fashion-forward edge, be it a strong shoulder, asymmetrical lines or layering, whatever you love for that season. Don’t be afraid to take risks but keep it wearable – with the right clothing foundations you are sure to land on your stylish feet.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Contrast is Key
Spice up your look using contrasts that appeal to different parts of your personality. Though classic looks never fail, show a little character by adding something unexpected that reflects something about you, whether it be a vintage scarf, a sparkling necklace or a crazy pair of shoes. Tap into different moods or interests of your distinct personality and work them into your look. Each element tells a story that is uniquely yours. (But beware of combining too many influences at once, as you could end up looking confused or merely messy!)
Look at the following examples of simple contrasts and how to mix them.
Relaxed vs Tailored
Pair a relaxed and effortless loose-fit piece with a structured piece – an eternally cool mix.
Androgynous vs Glamour
Vamp up a suit with a feminine blouse, silky camisole or nothing at all underneath.
Prints vs Blocks
When wearing clashing stripes and prints stick to primary colours and punch it up with a bright block jacket or knit. For example, use only black and white prints with a hot pink statement piece. Otherwise, pair your busy print with a sharp blazer or cropped biker jacket. In each case, the blend takes on an entirely different mood.
Worn vs New
A new piece doesn’t mean a whole new outfit. The best way to ease into a new item is to pair it with a favourite old item first. It updates the past and gives your new items instant credibility.
Lady-like vs Pink
When a look seems a little too polished, throw in a punk twist – a studded cuff, a tartan skirt or even some pink hair!
Avant-garde vs Minimalism
Complicated shapes often look best in primary colours and simple pieces become slick in luxe fabrics.
Feed your fashion habit
The great thing about fashion is that it forces you to try new things, evolving your taste and your look. When you find a shape that works for your body, stick to it and update with colours and textures. Be fascinated by the trends but don’t feel pressured to buy in. Work on developing your signature look and use fashion as a tool to craft that look. Make resolutions to try something entirely new and out of character each season. You may make a discovery, or at least be in tune with of-the-moment fashion.
And remember, less is more. Buy mix and match stylish pieces in quality fabrics over cheap items on sale. Remember, your goal is always to shop, not restock.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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