How many times have I heard “I have lots of clothes in my wardrobe, but I never have anything to wear”. This is a common complaint by many women as they buy something random because they like it but don’t but don’t anything in their wardrobe to wear with it. Here are some ideas on how to find your own sense of style, using the clothes in your wardrobe. Wearing them in a different way to find your own sense of style.
How to find your own sense of style
It’s all about finding your own unique style which will develop over the years. So how do you do that? Social media and magazines are a good place to start. Look and see how outfits are put together, see how the clothes are styled in the shops and on the manikins. I like to people watch, wherever you are and see how other ladies put outfits together. Choose someone you admire who has a similar body shape to you and watch how they put their outfits together. It can be a good idea to look back at photos of yourself and see if you like a certain look. Fashions do change and so will your own style over the years.
Try styling something a different way.
Go to your wardrobe and pull out one of your favourite things, it may be a pair of trousers or jeans for argument’s sake. Perhaps you would normally team this up with a t shirt, blouse, or shirt. So why not add a textured Gillet when it is not cold enough to wear a coat, but you need something. You could add a sleeveless jacket I have a long line navy one and it looks great with jeans. If you are going to a more formal event perhaps add a blazer.
I love scarves and they are like shoes you can never have too many and I have them in many different colours. These look great tied in the neck of a blouse or on t shirt or jumper. A pashmina for the winter is a must in the neck of a plain coat. In the summer a Sarong is great to wear to the beach and can be tied in so many ways. I am a lover of the square scarf, as there are so many more ways to tie square. Adding scarf you are usually adding colour which will brighten any outfit.
Now this is a big opportunity to show your own sense of style by adding pieces to compliment your outfits and there is huge variety on the high street. Add touch of glamour with a brooch on a simple Yellow Handbag coat or jumper.
Shoes/Boots & Bags
Now ladies your shoes and handbag do not need to match any more so life easy. If you are petite, make sure your bag is not too big. Have fun with it and go for a coloured bag. If yellow is the new colour for the season and yellow is not a good colour on you try a yellow handbag or pair of shoes instead. Shoes are very personal flats or heals? but watch the trends and put your own take on it.
Detail & Texture
It is fun to wear different textures and fabrics, try a leather skirt, with say a chunky jumper. There is a lot of faux leather around which never seems to go out of fashion. With winter around the corner the heavier fabrics will be coming through. Wool fabrics velvet and needlecord to name but a few. Mix the prints and fabrics to make your outfit your own and find your own sense of style.
Your style will change over time.
You will not be wearing in your 50’s what you wore in your 20’s. As you move from each stage of your life your wardrobe will change with you. Women are in the workplace longer and don’t need to dress like our grandparents did. As I get older, I like to dress to feel comfortable particularly footwear and this reflects in what I wear. My wardrobe now is smart casual, with some dressier clothes for cruising which I have not worn for a while. (next cruise January 24 for our 30th wedding anniversary).
Knowing your colours and body shape.
Knowing which colours work best for you is a huge advantage when shopping. You only buy clothes in your colour pallet, so all your clothes will work together. This means you need less clothes to make more outfits. Knowing how to dress your body shape also makes life so much easier. I will give you an example, my figure is straight up and down and no waist. IA fitted jacket works best for me to give the illusion of a waist. A long line shapeless jacket I would look lost, as does those tops you can buy one size fits all.
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