The world is becoming increasingly visual these days, with constant social media updates, billboards and other advertisements ever-present around us. This growing importance of the ‘look’ of things, makes it equally important for us to be aware of the way we present ourselves to the world in our own ‘look’.
To present oneself in a manner that comes of as well-put-together and portrays one’s self-awareness has become of high importance, and what better way to do so but with fashion!
It is a well-known fact that the way a woman presents herself to the outside world says a lot about her personality, background, so on and so forth. Fashion for women is given great importance in modern-day societies, and for good reason. The woman of today can use fashion as a weapon to fight her way through a mundane, post-modern but patriarchal world if she wills to. But with the consumerism that we are entrenched in, it becomes deeply confusing and puzzling to understand how to use fashion for your good instead of letting fashion control and use you.
To help this very cause, here are 7 fashion-related tips that every woman should know.
1. Tailor Your Clothes According To Your Body Type
Despite what most magazines and other mass-communicators of the mainstream fashion industry would want you to believe, female bodies can be beautiful in all their various forms and shapes. It is very important to know what your body shape and by knowing that, one can have an idea as to what flatters their own bodies best instead of blindly following fashion trends. Skinny jeans might look good on a certain type of body while straight cut jeans might look good on another. To ensure that your clothes fit you even better, you can get pieces from your wardrobe tailored. It’s the little details like fit that make all the difference.
2. Match Your Clothes To Your Skin-Tone
Skin tones come in a wide variety of colors and as a result, not every color will look good on every person. A woman with beautiful ebony skin looks amazing in yellow, while someone with creamy white skin would get lost in that color. To make sure that you’re taking complete advantage of your beautiful skin to bring out the vibrancy of your outfit, try to complement your clothes with your skin color.
If you have cool undertones to your skin, colors such as grey, silver, blue and other pastel colors might suit you more, while those with warmer undertones to their skin might want to wear colors such as brown, gold, burgundy, olive, and deeper colors.
3. Stock Up On The Essentials
Regardless of what your personal style is, it is necessary to have certain basics or wardrobe essentials that help anchor your entire wardrobe. Some people refer to this as a capsule wardrobe and it consists of items like a white and black shirt and/or t-shirt, a black blazer, a pair of black slacks, a black dress, a denim jacket, and whatever else you might deem to be a necessary base to your outfits. The list of pieces that are essential to your wardrobe might be long, but if you buy from thrift stores or wholesale liquidation stores, such as Quicklotz, you can get big discounts.
4. Pre-Plan Your Outfits for Special Occasions
While it is not possible for each of your outfits to be pre-planned well in advance, for bigger events such as weddings, meetings, dates or travels, etc., it would be very helpful to plan your outfits ahead of time. Doing so will not only help avoid last-minute panic but also make sure that you’re remembered for your fashionable outfit! Your outfit could be planned and prepped the week before, or even earlier depending on how expansive and significant the event is. Having at least a couple of dresses that you know fit you well and can work for most occasions is ideal. Get one for each season so you are always prepared. If you have a few weeks notice to a big event you need to attend and want to try something new, try a service like Stitch Fix to get personalized picks from a stylist!
5. Pay Special Attention To Footwear and Accessories
Which fashion tips are too good to forget? Accessories! Before you walk out of that door into the big bad world outside, make sure you accessorize! A simple, uncomplicated look can easily be uplifted with the help of jewelry such as statement necklaces, chokers or earrings or even a hat or a scarf. A pair of pearl earrings can instantly make you look elegant, and a cowboy hat can add that much-needed pizzazz, such is the power of accessories. Equal attention should be paid to the kind of footwear that you put on as well since it can make or break your entire look. Make sure that your footwear, besides looking good on you, is also a perfect fit for the occasion that you’re wearing it too.
6. Layer, Layer, Layer!
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea to layer clothes, but this is one of those fashion tips you can’t overlook. Although layering is a little easier in the winter, layering in the summer can be done without overheating and can take a look from nay to yay. A white round neck t-shirt layered underneath a spaghetti dress, an elaborate pair of shorts with a tee and a vest, or your favorite denim jacket over a summer shirt or dress are all easy ways to help you layer and look good.
7. Explore Your Personality Through Your Clothes
The most important thing to remember while putting together a look is that you can express so much of who you are and what you stand for through your fashion. Dressing up can only be fun if it’s fun, natural, and a creative process, which it very much deserves to be. Through the language of clothes and accessories, you could express to people what you’re feeling, your likes and dislikes, what pop-culture references you associate yourself with, and more. You could also bring forth your culture and heritage through your outfits, and ensure that dressing up is not just a self-involved task that you do while blatantly copying ‘influencers’ or ‘trends’, but something through which you interact with your community, your heritage, and your own personality.
Hopefully, these fashion tips will help you find your own personal style!