“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe
I’m not a fan of rules. Especially not when it comes to fashion. Fashion should be fun. It should show your personality and your uniqueness. The most stylish people, are usually the ones who are rocking their own unique look. To find this look may involve some trials and errors, but in my experience, the more you know yourself, the more you’ll know your style. However learning a few basic rules on dressing will make it easier to get creative with your look whilst still looking chic. Below I will share some of my personal tips with you.
First of all, wear clothes that fit you. You will never look chic in ill fitting clothes. I find dressing for my body type can sometimes be a bit challenging since I’m short and kind of curvy, and all clothes seem to be made for tall, thin people today. Fortunately, we live in the era of stretchy fabrics, and it’s actually a lot easier to find clothes that fit now than it was a few decades ago. Keep in mind that you want a balanced look. A loose fitting top looks best paired with tight jeans, and vice versa. It’s also good to know that light colors enhance and dark colors conceal. If you want to look taller and slimmer wear monochromatic outfits in dark colors.
I also try not to wear more than three colors (including black and white) in one outfit. There are some people that are able to pull off crazy colors, but unless you’re an expert in how colors work together, or one of those people who make anything look good, I would recommend to just keep it simple. If you love colors and want to know how to dress colorfully, yet chic, try learning about primary, secondary and tertiary colors and the color wheel. However sticking to few colors makes dressing a lot easier. Which brings me to my next point.
Stick to a color scheme. If you don’t have the largest clothing budget this is even more important. I love that beige, soft, neutral, summery look so much, on others. Every time I buy a beige piece of clothing it just stays in my closet forever because it doesn’t go with anything I own. I am a black and white kind of girl, and no matter how cute that beige bag is it will never be worn because everything in my closet is built around a black/ white/grey look. So picking a color palette and sticking to it makes dressing so much easier. I differentiate between a cool color palette (blue, grey, black, crisp whites, dark greens and bold reds) and a warm color palette (brown, beige, lighter greens, oranges and creamier whites).
Don’t forget the basics. If you don’t have the basics it’s harder to put together outfits. Good basics makes it easier to dress in the morning and they can be worn with almost anything. Buy classic pieces in the color palette of your choice. You can invest a little when buying the basics, but the most important factor is that they are made of a good fabric, and fit you well. Some must haves are a white shirt, a blazer, a leather jacket, a trench coat, a pea coat, dressy pants, a pair of dark wash jeans that fit perfectly, classic pumps, a little black dress, heeled or flat boots, a cashmere v-neck, a polo neck, a woolen knit, leather pants and a denim jacket. Having these wardrobe staples makes dressing so much easier, and if you invest a little in quality pieces, you can wear them for years. These things are classic and they rarely go out of style. I have items in my closet that I bought ten years ago which I still wear. You can mix up your quality pieces like a white shirt and a blazer with trendier pieces like a pair of ripped jeans.
Last but not least you must never forget to accessorize. Good accessories often make the whole outfit. A boring outfit is suddenly so much more interesting if you add a cute hat, a scarf, some gloves, a belt and/or some jewelry. I personally don’t like to over accessorize, and I try not to wear more than three accessories at a time (not including bag and shoes). If you feel like it’s too much it probably is, in that case just remove the last piece. Less is often more. This is particularly true when it comes to jewelry. Do not wear big hoop earrings, a statement necklace, lots of rings and other bling all at once, unless you’re trying to look like P. Diddy back when he was Puff Daddy. Don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver though. Some rules are made to be broken.
Once you get these few basic tips, you are more free to play around with your look. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing and show off your personality. There is however one more thing, and I think it just might be the most important. Be comfortable in your own skin! If you feel uncomfortable in your clothes it will show, trust me. True style is all about attitude. This is why some people can pull off the strangest looks. Don’t wear clothes just because they are trendy or because they look good on others. Your style is all about you. If you don’t like to wear heels, wear stylish flats instead. How you feel will always show on the outside, so make sure you feel good.
Once you get the basics, style is mostly about attitude and self expression.