Have you ever wondered why you don’t feel completely confident with your clothing choices? Or why an outfit may look absolutely stunning on someone else, but awful on you? The answer could be that you are not making style decisions that support “your authentic self.”
Personal style is an elusive beast at best. Besides the fact that it’s ever evolving, I am sure you only appreciate a handful of different styles, the ones that truly speak to you. If you have trouble, try this: go to your closet and choose your absolute most favorite outfit – the one that really shouts This is ME. What attracted you to this particular outfit? Why do you think it captures your essence? Is it colorful, fun, tailored, playful, edgy, on-trend, gentle, bold, eclectic, sexy, comfortable, practical, quiet, non-pretentious, sensible, no-nonsense, designer? Actually, that outfit most likely represents the best tangible expression of who you are.
I have a lot of these special days when I walk out the door feeling like my most stylish self. I usually take a picture of these outfits as it epitomizes my true personal style, and serves as an inspiration for spin-off outfits. I love wearing clothes that complements my personality, no matter what is currently trendy. Clothes that reveal my personal style statement – a true depiction of ME! Hence I would classify my style type as Chic and Bohemian.
How to Match Colors: The Basics
Listed below is an example of how to match different hues together for a harmonious ensemble.
Red, blue, and yellow are known as the primary colors. All other colors come from a combination of these three hues. Primary colors can work great for a monochrome look, which means styling an outfit using only one color. This idea seems basic, but when executed correctly, appears modern and chic. Utilizing only one color lengthens and streamlines the body.
If the monochrome look isn’t your thing and you want to get a little more daring, you can also mix primary colors in one outfit for a hip look.
Some complementary pairings are: orange/blue, violet/yellow, turquoise/maroon.
Sometimes situations require more subdued and conservative looks. When you have to tone down the rainbow, try adding just a pop of color to your ensemble. Keep a neutral palette by using black, navy, or cream, and add just a hint of color in the right place or a bold piece of jewelry. Fashion is all about self-expression and versatility.
Try refreshing your wardrobe with some color and a little confidence – you can do it! In reality, you can wear any color you want – it’s all about finding your most flattering shades and being willing to experiment!
Style remix: The oh-so classic combination of a White Button-Down Shirt & Black Trousers
If you don’t already have one of each in your wardrobe, it’s about time: these two can take you from a business casual dress code to a business formal occasion in a snap, and they’re perfect for almost any interview.
How to Wear It:
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! A plain white button-down and black pants can look a bit “restaurant-server” if the outfit is too plain.
It’s all about the fit. Take the time to find pieces that fit your body and your budget. If you need to, find a tailor to make sure your blouse doesn’t bag at the waist and your trousers are the right length. If you alternate between wearing flats and pumps, and want to wear both with your pants, consider buying two pairs and hemming them to different lengths.
The most versatile trouser cuts right now are slim bootcut or straight leg. Some straight leg trousers are also cut to ankle length, which can look phenomenal with pumps. However, they can be harder to fit or less flattering depending on your body type. The slim bootcut style is more traditional and more universally flattering.
The Power Suit (without the suit!)
Easily the most traditional look of the three, this look is powerful, professional, and polished. This is the “power suit” look without the cost of a full suit!
For this outfit, wear a decorative necklace under the collar of your buttoned blouse for an ultra-sophisticated look, and add pastel earrings for a little extra pop. A bold red lip would work fabulously with this understated professional outfit, too!
The Upgraded Bohemian
If you’re a little more of a bohemian and find yourself squirming in more traditional business wear (or maybe you just need a day to rock some color), consider adding pieces that reflect elements of the natural world: imitation stone earrings, watches with wooden accents, and a teal shoe for vibrancy. To keep this boho outfit looking professional, make sure the rest of your ensemble is very streamlined. Tuck in your shirt, try a nail polish in a subtle, complementary color, and keep your beauty look fresh and bright.
The Modern Edge
There’s a fine line to walk if you want to mix edgy and professional! It’s all about choosing pieces with clean, crisp lines, and using bold color sparingly.
Style Remix: Little Black Dress
A favorite wardrobe essential: the Little Black Dress.
While everyone loves an LBD, not every little black dress is as versatile as the true classic LBD. When shopping for a little black dress of your own, look for the following details if you want the most for your money:
Modesty: Your dress should fit comfortably at the bust. Whether you go with or without straps depends on your personal taste and style, but absolutely no tugging or pulling should be required to help the dress stay up or in place. (Also, keep in mind that strapless dresses usually aren’t appropriate for conservative settings.) A safe rule is to minimize cleavage, and aim for a dress that hits near or a little above the knee.
Material: You will get the most use out of your dress if the material is figure-flattering and not too formal or informal. For example, a stretch-satin LBD may look great on the dance floor, but it’s far too flashy for an interview. Look for a dress that flows naturally around your body, and check for any pinching or pulling fabric, telltale signs of a bad fit.
Silhouette: Yes, an LBD is a sort of neutral, but it should still fit your personality type! If you’re a little more glam, try an exaggerated hourglass shape. If you rock classic feminine styles, A-line dresses will be your bread and butter. And if you’re a little bohemian, a subtle version of a high-low or asymmetrical hem dress will work well. There are silhouettes available for every size, shape, and style. Be true to you!
The relationship between a woman and her shoes is a powerful one. There’s something truly special about just the right pair, or for someone like me, the two dozen or so pairs 😉
I have a special bonding with my shoes hence I ensure they are well looked after. They have a space of their own in my lovely home. And to top that I have a crazy heel fetish! I love wearing high heels on a daily basis and absolutely adore my Louboutins, of course. They are fabulous even if they are not always comfortable… ouch!! 😉
I love bags of all sizes, shapes and colors whether they are cheap, bohemian or the designer ones. The vibrant colors, the versatile designs – for me they are true eye candies, pieces of art! And the most important aspect that they finish off an outfit perfectly!
We’ve hit mid-July, which means summer is in full swing and you’re probably feeling like it’s time to break away from the daily grind and relax a bit – and I totally agree. Whether you yearn for lazy days on the beach or feel like hitting the city streets to take in the sights, your packing list would be incomplete without the appropriate specs and sunnies for the occasion. It’s all about personal style. Always wear what you like and think looks best on you (guide below to stay stylin’ on any adventure).
Jewelry: Sterling Silver Jewelry trend
I love nothing more than a dash of silver, and what’s better than opting for some delectable sterling silver delights (925 sterling silver which is made from pure silver and alloy). Slipping on a piece of sterling silver jewelry is the easiest way to add some luxury to your outfit, and suits every possible style.
Sterling silver is not only durable enough to wear everyday it’s also the most versatile metal. With a wide range of designs, from intricate charms to simple pendants, you can wear it with so many outfits and for so many occasions.