Do you want to be a fashionista, but you’re not sure how to get started? Fashion moves so fast that it’s hard to keep up and know what’s right. How can you make sure that your fashion and style are always on-point?
While fashion for women is personal, there are a few ways that you can modify your clothes and accessories to amp up your style. Keep reading for some of our women’s style tips so you’re ready for your next shopping trip.
1. Know Your Body Type
If you’re trying to amp up your style game but you never feel like the popular clothes are flattering on you, you might just be shopping for the wrong body type.
Keep in mind that “flattering” means different things to different people, and your body type isn’t the key factor in whether or not you’re going to like the way that something looks on you. That said, it’s a good starting point.
When you see models in the clothing that you’re looking for, do they have bodies that look like yours? If you’re like most people, the answer is no. Use a body type guide to see how your body “shapes up” and contrasts with the models.
You may discover that the common advice for your body type doesn’t work for you. For example, you may love crop tops and tight jeans even if you’re pear-shaped. As a fashion newbie, though, check it out and see if it’s helpful for you.
2. Track Trends
Do you love keeping up with and following trends? Trends move so quickly these days that it’s hard to keep up, but if you follow fashion magazines and even social media sites, you’ll have no problem grabbing a few trending pieces.
Maybe you want to be a trendsetter instead of a trend follower. By observing trends, you can see what people aren’t already doing. This gives you room to do something new and innovative that other people will love!
You might end up with a few followers of your own who love your unique fashion.
3. Accessorise (Always)
An accessory can make or break an outfit. Do you accessorize, or do you leave things plain?
Accessories will vary depending on your personal style and the outfit that you’re wearing. For example, minimalist outfits can include flashier accessories and “louder” outfits are better suited to more subtle accessories.
Try out a few things and see what works for you. Are you into piercings? Why not get some fancy pieces and match them with your outfit?
If you’re not into jewellery, there are other ways to accessorise. Hats, flashy shoes, suspenders, stockings, and even ties all make great accessories, even if some of them are unconventional.
Accessories tie an outfit together. The right accessories will make everything look cohesive and unique.
4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
We get it. You want to be comfortable with what you’re wearing. Is that comfort keeping you stuck in fashion limbo, though?
There’s a time and a place for your comfiest leggings and a baggy sweater (and even those can be fashionable if you do it right. Remember: accessories!) but consider tiptoeing out of your comfort zone and trying something new to see how it feels.
There are a few ways that you can do this.
First (and most dramatic), try getting some pieces that are more unique. They may even be on the avant-garde or high-fashion side of things. Click here for some ideas.
You don’t have to wear a full set of clothes that make you uncomfortable, but try adding a few unique pieces and see how you feel.
If going full-fashion icon isn’t your style, why not get “out there” with your accessories? Try something bold (but not too bold) like wearing a lot of stackable rings or layered necklaces. Add a large hat to a summer outfit (bonus: it protects your skin from the sun!).
You’ll discover that most people who notice you will find you interesting, but not “weird” for your fashion choices. Don’t be afraid to turn a few heads.
5. But Comfort Is Okay, Too
You don’t have to stray from your comfort zone every day, and getting out of that comfort zone doesn’t have to mean being physically uncomfortable.
Some popular fashion items will pinch, be itchy, or otherwise irritate your skin. If you’re feeling like your clothing is attacking you, you won’t look as confident in it.
When it comes to the way your body feels, comfort is crucial, even if you’re getting out of your comfort zone appearance-wise.
6. Dress for the Occasion
Not all outfits are appropriate for all occasions. You won’t wear your going-out clothing while you’re at work or school, for example (though you can still have fashionable work clothes and this will vary depending on your industry).
There’s still etiquette involved in fashion. Professional clothes can be flashy, but refined. What you wear to a nice restaurant should be different from what you wear to a dive bar.
Also, dress for the weather. This is controversial, but you won’t be happy or comfortable if you’re wearing warm-weather clothes on a snowy winter day. Form over function doesn’t apply to extreme temperatures.
7. Be Sustainable
The fast fashion industry is one of the biggest producers of waste. Fast fashion clothing is also poorly made and intended to fall apart after the trend is over.
There is a time and place for cheap clothing, and you can take care of your fast fashion pieces for years to come, but it’s best to make your stable pieces sustainable.
One great way to be sustainable on a budget is to thrift your clothing. Vintage clothes are in right now, so hit up your local thrift store and see if you can find some gems while clothes shopping. You can also use apps like Poshmark and Depop to buy pre-loved clothing.
If you have a larger budget, buy clothes that are sustainably made. They don’t use sweatshops and they’ll last longer.
Try These Fashion and Style Tips Today
Are you ready to be a fashionista? Try out one (or all) of these fashion and style tips and see which ones make you feel like the fashion goddess you’ve always wanted to be.
Whether you’re following trends or setting them, these fashion tips will amp up your style.
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