Did the title get your attention? Good. I’ve been thinking about where people typically go wrong when it comes to cultivating their personal style and trying to whittle it down to a few key points. It’s not really about pointing the finger and highlighting ‘fashion failures’ but showcasing the common mistakes that I’ve come across when working with different people. So consider this a style ‘pick me up’ if you’ve been in a bit of a rut with your wardrobe or really don’t know where you might be going wrong.
Buying too many clothes – It’s a misconception that more clothes automatically equal more things to wear but for many of those that I work with they feel this is the case. You’ve probably heard the old adage ‘a wardrobe full of clothes, but nothing to wear‘. When people get in a style rut they assume that the answer is to go out and get more clothes. If you’re in a style rut that’s the worst thing you can do as you’re just adding to the confusion. When you open your wardrobe you want clarity. You want to be able to see what clothes you have and what outfits you can create with those clothes. This ties into my next point…
Think in outfits, not individual pieces– You’ve officially got nothing to wear so you go out and find all these pretty things at your favourite stores. You’re feeling great, in your eyes it’s been a successful shopping trip. You’re invited out for a meal with friends a few days later and when getting ready, start to try on some of the items you bought, but still can’t manage to find an outfit you’re happy with. Queue stress and frustration, you feel like you’re back to square one. Sound familiar? The issue here is that when shopping you need to think in outfits. So rather than buying lots of things you like, ask yourself what do I already own that I can pair them up with to make an outfit? If you can’t do this then the item you’ve picked isn’t worth it and isn’t actually going to add anything to your wardrobe.
Dress for your body shape – I think it’s well known now about the benefits of dressing for your body shape. You’ll look more stylish, have a flattering figure and have less issues with clothes being uncomfortable. But so many people don’t dress for their body shape. A lot of it is down to not knowing how, however other times it’s down to being enticed by the latest fashions. Remember great style and being fashionable aren’t synonymous, you can be stylish without being fashionable.
Make sacrifices – This ties in with the point directly above. I think the hardest thing for people I work with is recognising that if you want to wear clothes that flatter your body shape, you may have to make sacrifices. Passing up on clothes that you may have worn in the past or may want to wear that don’t actually suit you or are actually hurting your self confidence!
I hope you’ve found these tips useful as if you’ve got any yourself for getting out of style ruts, or how to avoid fashion fails leave a comment below.
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