Stick to Basics
When it comes to your wardrobe, stick to neutrals as much as possible. If you have a cupboard full of black, grey, white, tan, beige and cream it’s very easy to mix and match your clothes and it’s also easy to accessorise. That’s not to say you must never wear colour – you should certainly add a few coloured and printed items each season that will compliment your existing neutrals. And one of the best ways to add colour is with accessories – shoes, necklaces, scarves, belts etc. Think of a pair of black pants, a grey top with a pair of leopard print pumps and a bright red belt. Perfection! Always add accessories – you don’t have to be blinged out, but a scarf or a nice necklace or a big cocktail ring can finish off the plainest of outfits. And when in doubt, dress your look up rather than down – rather be a little overdressed than under-dressed and looking like you couldn’t be bothered.
Make It Fit
One of the easiest ways to look good in your clothes is to make sure they fit properly. Make sure your clothes aren’t too baggy or too tight, that the hems are at the correct length and that they flatter your body shape. A lot of heavier women (particularly post-baby moms) make the mistake of wearing big baggy clothing to hide the extra weight but this only serves to make you look larger. Wear your pants to fit you – no saggy-butt – and wear a top that is fitted across your bust to give you shape, but that that skims across your tummy. Baggy clothes add volume, can look unkempt and dishevelled and are certainly not flattering. On the other end of the spectrum, however, is the muffin top and we all know that too tight is not a pretty sight! Wear jeans that fit across your hips comfortably and that don’t reveal your butt when you squat onto your haunches or that squeeze an unsightly roll over the waistband.
Face The Day
There are very few people over the age of 30 that can get away with not a stitch of makeup, but having said that, it really doesn’t take much to make your face light up. The very bare minimum if you’re leaving the house should be concealer to cover those dark under-eye circles and other blemishes such as the odd pimple, spider vein, pigmentation etc. This should be followed by a slick of mascara, some blusher to make sure you look alive and some lipgloss. That should take you all of 5 minutes and requires zero skill.
Fake It Till You Make It
If you’re not confident as to how to put a look together, simply fake it. Look in the fashion magazines or go onto Pinterest and pick out outfits that appeal to you. You can simply copy those or tweak them slightly to suit your taste and body-type. Just bear in mind that the 5ft11 supermodel is going to look a whole lot better in skinny leather pants than the rest of us normal folk, so be realistic about your body-type, your taste, your daily activities, your colouring etc. And when in doubt, don’t ask your husband what he thinks, ask a really good, HONEST friend what she thinks would look best on you.
Pay Your Way
If you’re really at a loss and simply don’t think you can put together a look that works for you, there are clothing and wardrobe stylists who can help you sort out your wardrobe, identify what looks good on you and even help you shop for what you might need. A consultation with a stylist makes a great birthday gift – why not ask a few friends to club together for your next birthday? It’s a lifelong investment that will make dressing easier and less stressful and give you immeasurable confidence.
Perhaps the most important rule when dressing is to feel comfortable in what you wear. We’re not referring to slouchy-tracksuit comfy, it’s about feeling confident and enjoying your own personal style. Whether it’s a pair of leggings or a designer suit, if you’re not feeling positive and confident about what you’re wearing, you won’t look good. Fashion and clothing should be fun. You should enjoy experimenting and trying new looks – invite a friend over for an afternoon to unpack your wardrobe and experiment with a few looks. A new perspective often makes all the difference when looking at your same old wardrobe. You should WANT to look good and the more you enjoy your look, the better you’ll feel about getting dressed everyday.
This great advice comes from our friend Dominique at fash'nfit