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How To Be Effortlessly Elegant

Dress to express. Style doesn’t have a rule book. You know yourself and your body. Style comes from within; it comes from your personality and aspirations. It’s okay to like a clothing trend, just be sure to think twice before you hop on. Take aspects from trends, but ultimately hold your own personality.

Know how to put outfits together. You can have a lot of nice single pieces of clothing, but it’s not going to dazzle anyone unless you know how to put them together. Learn what colors work well together. Take a look at a color wheel and study what colors complement each other. Know when to rock heels and when to go for sneakers. Try a monochromatic look, which means all your clothes are the same color. It’s a basic technique, but can look modern and chic

Know when clothes fit you. A large part of pulling off an outfit is having the proper fit. Finding clothes that do fit you can sometimes be difficult. For tops check the shoulder and chest dimensions. The shoulder seam should reach the edge of your shoulder and the chest shouldn’t be too tight. Pants should fit comfortably around your waist and not sag.

  • Use changing rooms to evaluate the fit.
  • If the buttons are gaping, you’ll probably need one size larger.
  • Don’t feel ashamed to get a larger size. Buying too small can be uncomfortable and unflattering.

Feel the materials. Don’t succumb to uncomfortable clothes for fashion. Feel the material at the store and ask yourself, “would I enjoy being wrapped in this?” You can also pay attention to the fabrics and percentages used on the tags. Limit the amount of these fabrics in your clothes:

  • Polyester
  • Acrylic
  • Rayon
  • Acetate/Triacetate
  • Nylon

Purge part of your wardrobe. Go through your clothes and make three different piles: keep, maybe, and give-away. Have a creative eye and think how you could adapt your current clothes into the style you’re imagining. Offer your old clothes to friends, or try to sell them at a secondhand clothing store.

Shop with a friend. Pick someone to come along with you who either dresses well or plays devil’s advocate to your style. Having a pal around can help you sift through clothes faster and more efficiently. It helps to have someone whose opinion you trust about certain clothes you aren’t sure about.

Be confident. Wear your clothes; don’t let your clothes wear you! Style is meant to empower you. It’s not suppose to make you self-conscious. Don’t feel obligated to stay in your comfort-zone. Also know that one bad day of fashion won’t taint you for life.

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