When it comes to fashion, we all love a good trend. It’s nice to have something fresh and exciting to spice up the wardrobe from time to time. But nothing beats timeless style. Your outfit is not simply a thing with a certain aesthetic appeal; it’s a form of self-expression.
Your clothing says something to those around you, whether you intend it to or not, so it’s best to approach dressing with some form of intention. These easy-to-keep-in-mind tips will have you looking more stylish in no time.
Make A List
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 (or remind you that you never actually wear big floral prints).
Accessorize With Brights
If you’ve got a closet full of neutrals-be they navy, black, camel, or gray-add energy with boldly hued shoes and bags. Not only is a ruby red satchel more lively than ho-hum black, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Feeling really brave? Wear a neutral base with shoes and a bag in two different complementary colors.
Round Down In Denim
When in doubt, go with the smaller size in jeans. They always stretch, and nothing’s more unflattering than the unintentionally baggy derrière.
Know Your Stretch
The secret formula for a soft but formfitting T? 95% cotton, 5% Lycra spandex. For jeans to hold their shape, they need at least 2% Lycra.
Layer Your Necklaces
Coco Chanel’s more-is-more approach still makes a statement today. You can do multiples of the same material, or better yet, go for contrast: Try a femme piece with edgy chains, feathers with beads, or pearls with diamantés.
When In Doubt, Wear Nude Pumps
Matched to your skin tone, they’re a pretty safe bet. (And they make your legs look longer)
Mix Your Prints
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. What’s even easier is to use the second motif as an accent.
Conquer Your Fear Of Color
To play it safe, combine a neutral, like flax, with something bolder, like yellow. But think twice about pairing intense hues with black. For something punchier, try two colors that are beside each other on the color wheel, such as coral and orange. Not sure where to begin? “Notice what colors you love and respond to in your decor,” says Benz’
Create Your Own Lookbook
Got compliments on your outfit today? Snap a photo of it with your phone. You’ll have a quick reminder of what to wear the next time you’re in a rush.
Dress For Your Body, Not Age
Arms svelte enough for a sleeveless sheath? Legs toned enough for shorts? show off what you’ve got-while you’ve still got it.
Above all, no matter what else is true of your personal style, it’s very important to have a signature. Whether it’s a gold bangle you always wear or the fact that you always choose boyfriend jeans over skinnies, figure out what one thing that defines your own personal style, and stick with it—until you want to change it, and then feel free to do so.