It’s not too late!
Now I know that half the year is almost gone but even if you’ve had a less-than-stylish first half, the rest of the year can still be magical! You can turn things around and improve your style just by using the simple tips I’ve put together below:
And I’m not just talking jewellery! In fact, If I were to give only one tip, this would be it. Accessories are the difference between a “drab” and a “fab” look. They have the power to breathe “you” into any basic outfit and double the size of your wardrobe and if you are still ignoring them, you’re literally cramping your own style. Accessories include but are not limited to hats, bags, sunglasses, scarves, jewellery, belts, make up (oh, yes!) and wristwatches. Sometimes all you need to take an outfit from zero to 100 is a killer hat, a tiny metallic belt or a silk scarf tied around your neck, with a pair of classic sunglasses.
Take the basic white tee and blue denim for example and all the different ways it can be accessorised to give different looks- you can throw on a raffia hat or an ankara head wrap, add a choker necklace and dark lips and some beaded bracelets to give an arty African chic vibe or you can wear a simple long necklace with a cross body bag, a pair of trendy sunglasses and thong sandals for a chilled and easy chic look perfect for the weekend. Get the gist? There’s an entire art to accessorising and it does deserve a post of it’s own but you can start here for now.
De-Clutter Your Wardrobe
Clutter is anything that’s taking space without serving any particular purpose. Know what falls in the clutter sack? Those clothes you haven’t worn in almost a year but refuse to chuck or give out because you are a clothes hoarder like me. But trust me, if I could do it, so can you. Remove everything that doesn’t fit anymore, doesn’t fit into your personal style or is just outdated. This way, you know what you really have and what you need to improve what you have. You also don’t get stuck wearing the same things over and over. As a rule, reserve your wardrobe space for only items you love 100%!
Organise Your Wardrobe
Ever had this happen to you?- You have this beautiful picture in your head of what you plan to wear to an event, you even go as far as visualising stepping into the venue looking all gorgeous with all heads turning in your direction. The time to get dressed comes and then you just can’t find one particular important piece that you need to complete your outfit because of how disorganised your wardrobe is. You search and search but you still don’t find it so you end up improvising and wearing the closest thing in sight to avoid being late? See how important to your style it is to have an organised wardrobe? Now that the clutter is out, you need to arrange your wardrobe in such a way that you can easily see everything you own. This way you can know what you have, what you need and dressing up is also easier and faster. Here’s an article that will help.
Wear The Right Underwear
Now this tip tends to be underestimated by many but it’s so important that when asked, the most stylish people of this world would probably tell you that “wearing proper fitting underwear is the best style tip there is”. There are clothes I’ve had and discarded as poorly fitting on me, some I’d even decided to give out but then one day I just do something as simple as wearing a bra with a better fit and guess what? Those clothes actually looked good! You know, I have learnt that there are different types of underwear that work for different kinds of outfits, especially bras. Did you know that some bras that look great underneath t-shirts but would look make a turtle neck top look horrible? And there are bras that are specifically made for low cut tops? You know what, just get all the gist here.
Good Posture is Important
Ever seen someone looking really good by normal standards but then they have this ugly posture that just makes everything unattractive? I think we all have. And if that person is you, then it’s time to stop wasting your “slay” and develop a better posture, mbok! Not only will a bad posture give you aches and pains in all the wrong places, you also get to be perceived poorly by people, which I’m certain isn’t one of your goals for 2016. If you don’t know what a good posture is, here’s a summary: Stand tall, walk tall and suck in your belly while you walk, breathe though. You can learn to improve your posture with this guide.
Dress For Your Body
There are people whose bodies can make a garbage bag look like hautè couture (hello, Rihanna). But for the rest of us mortals, it’s best to dress “for” our bodies and by this I mean dressing to accentuate our best features and downplay our worst. It’s really that simple. So one question to ask yourself is, what parts of my body do I like and can I accentuate? Take me for example, I’ve got a long torso and I love my hips, therefore, I tend toward high-waisted bottoms to emphasize them and balance my long torso and also because my hips give me a slightly curvy shape, I love to wear body-con dresses to accentuate them. On the other hand, I don’t like how wide my wide feet are so I avoid thong sandals. See what I mean? Some trends may not work for your body, avoid them like the plague no matter how much you love them. Also, I understand that some clothes are designed to be slouchy on the wearer but to play safe, you may want to just stick to clothes that fit until you master the slouchy style! Don’t know your body type and how to dress for it? Here’s some simple and helpful advice.
Your Wardrobe Needs Should Come Before Wants
This one’s tough but absolutely necessary to having a fabulous wardrobe this year ’cause unless you’re a celebrity with limitless access to clothes and designers falling over themselves to have you wear their stuff, chances are you are on a style budget. And this means you need to focus the said budget (especially if tight) with utmost precision on pieces you absolutely need. I know it can be difficult to turn your back on buying a piece you love so much but if you don’t absolutely need it and you buy it, you may be setting yourself up for getting stuck in a style rut in the near future; where you have so many beautiful things but still have nothing to wear every day. Not a pretty picture right?
On the flip side, the fact that you are trying to buy what you need shouldn’t mean buying things you don’t like. Looking good on a budget is an art of finding a middle ground between style wants and needs and trust me, it is not as difficult as it sounds.
It’s All In the Details
Grooming matters. Nothing you do style-wise will look that good if you aren’t looking clean and well put together. Your hair, skin and nails all add up to give your look a certain finish. Sometimes you just see someone looking stylish and you can’t even tell what they did. It’s probably because of how well-groomed they are. Your hair and skin should be well moisturised at all times and your nails have to be clean. If you can get a regular manicure, great! If not, you can just keep your nails short and clean. And nothing moisturises my skin like coconut oil but you can find what works for you. Your clothes should also be well pressed ’cause nothing screams “cheap” louder than wrinkled clothes.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Once in a while, it’s nice to try new things. If you’re used to edgy, try girly. Just spice things up once in a while. If anything it’d give your friends a shocker when you show up at work or wherever. Who knows? You may find something you love that you would otherwise never have thought to try or better still, you may discover a way to fuse two styles together to create something unique to you. Also try accessories you normally wouldn’t wear. If you’re a “turban” kinda girl, why not try a baseball hat? If you don’t like it, you can always remove it.
Phew! So there you have it. Found this post helpful? What tips would you have liked me to add? Do drop a comment, I’d love to learn from you! 🙂
Now go be a style superstar and remember, “to know and not to do is not to know 😉“;)