How to Dress Well

I do not agree with everything stylists and fashion writer say we should do and wear. From my local library, I picked up the August 2010 issue of Oprah Magazine and do agree with O’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman – well one sentence. In ‘Bargain Outfits’ he said that clothes and accessories just need to fit well and make you feel beautiful.

I believe that advice applies to women, whatever our clothing budget or spur-of-the-moment spending is.

Fit Well

If an item does not fit well and look good on you, it is a waste of money and creating negative energy in your life. There is a proviso – if it can be altered to fit perfectly and you have the alterations done, that is a positive. Leather shoes will stretch. Leather shoes too small won’t. (Yes, I write from vain experience.) boxy jackets, skirts at an aging length, too revealing necklines, too tight and dolman or batwing sleeves that widen your upper body – all are poor fit.

Learn what styles suit your body shape, reveal your feminine shape and be comfortable not in pain. Use the secret weapon of shapewear to look fabulous when it is important to you.

Feel Beautiful

There is no point buying clothes unless you feel beautiful wearing them. Clothes are about lifting your energy when you put them on and creating happy memories around the occasions you wear them. So if you feel dowdy, old and unhappy in your current clothes, it’s time to learn more about modern styles and how to wear them.

Sometimes we persist with annoying and uncomfortable things in clothes that could easily be fixed. Cut off that scratchy, annoying label, find a camisole to wear under that revealing top and replace or remove trims and buttons you don’t like.

The material and its texture also have to look and feel beautiful when you wear it. If your wardrobe is full of ‘same old, same old’ materials, explore new materials and styles. Imagine opening your wardrobe and thinking ‘How do I want my clothes to feel on me today?’ Then choose to fill your wardrobe with clothes that make you feel beautiful.

Top Dollar or Bargain Price

No matter how much we earn or have we women, including Oprah, all love a bargain. It’s a bargain if it looks good on you, is modern in style and can be worn a few different ways with other clothes and/or accessories. It is not a bargain if it is restricted to only one way of wearing it.

You can make a cheap item look fantastic and more upmarket with quality accessories. Alternatively a quality classic item can look fantastic with cheap accessories as long as the accessories truly reflect your personality.

Top brands can be found at discount outlets and discount retailers or at the sales. The trick is to buy classics with a touch of difference. They will stay stylish for years.

So I believe that dressing well is fit, feel and how you put it all together.

 

(Article sent to readers of ‘The Fashion Translator’ ezine on 20 August 2011. Click here to sign up for the ezine.)

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