Fashion is one of the best ways to display your personal sense of uniqueness. The most stylish individuals have a natural knack for combining colors, textures, and fabrics to create outfits that make them stand out in a crowd. There is no right or wrong in terms of personal style, as your individual look is about the very essence of who you are and how you carry yourself. After working side-by-side with a professional wardrobe stylist, I've learned what it means to accurately reflect what you're all about by the garments you wear. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you express your inner style.
Color Color Color!
Think about it; what is the first thing you notice when you see someone, even from afar? Color. Dark colors can seem dull and drab, while brighter shades are often cheerful and exude optimism. Too much of either can be a complete disaster, so the key is to create balance between the two opposites. Pantone, the official "word" on color, develops a fashion color report each season, detailing how new colors change current fashions and designer outlooks. You can utilize these trendy color choices and incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Go for the Bold
What woman doesn't love accessories? Your accessories can ultimately make or break your outfit. If you're more laid-back chic, opt for accessories that portray your conservative side, such as thin gold bracelets or basic silver studs. Women who are more dramatic and bold should express their style with accessories that better suit their personality. Think big with chunky bangles, oversized hoops, and statement-making necklaces that pull the look together.
Always Take Risks
In the words of Marilyn Monroe, "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." Keep that in mind when putting together outfits. In fashion, you need to take risks. Use your inner creativity to choose and customize your clothing. Dye them, add gems, or go crazy with fabric paints. Ditch the name brands and wear what you find cute and comfortable; labels don't define you. Katherine Bass, a wardrobe consultant, explains that expressing yourself doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. You can look great no matter your age, job, income, or size.
Tips and Tricks for Fashion Success
- Think of the "ideal you" when searching for your personal fashion style. Consider your desires, interests, lifestyle, tastes, history, and aspirations.
- Ask yourself: "Do you feel comfortable in your current style?" "Do the colors express the way you look at life?" "Do the clothes you wear reflect your personality?"
- Write down words that describe you and what you would like to express about yourself. Make an effort to incorporate these keywords into your shopping habits.
Pantone: Fashion Color Report 2013
Katherine Bass: Wardrobe Consultant