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If you’re reading this, I take it that you’ve already read through the first post on how to find your personal style. If not, I would highly recommend that you read through the first post for a good introduction on tapping into your personal style so that you can begin dressing better.
In this post, we’re actually going to dive deeper into the different steps on dressing better and what you should look out for when choosing the right clothes.
Tip #1: Get a feel for different patterns and textures
What kind of textures or patterns do you gravitate towards? This is the time to figure out the various textures and patterns you like to see on yourself. Are you attracted to florals, prints, stripes, furs, corduroys, satin, cotton, leather, polyester, etc.?
Then, determine what type of fabrics you like to feel on your body. Some people like the way leggings feel, so they are more attracted to the athleisure wear like the kind from Fabletics, which I’m betting feels very comfortable and soft.
Personally, I’m attracted to the way white polyester tops look on me, sort of like this ruffle, white off-the-shoulder top shown below:
Model in White Top & Black Jeans
After you figure out the textures and patterns situation, you can play around with what textures and patterns work well together.
For instance, the textures of fur and silk, glitter and tulle, and the classic leather and blue denim look amazing together; fur and leather also pair great together.
Tip #2: Pick an item of clothing/accessory to create an outfit around
Choosing the perfect outfit can be really challenging, especially if you have no idea where to start. If you are new to choosing outfits, I would suggest that you organize your outfit the night before or even a couple of days before the next day so that you have enough time to think about the colors, patterns, and the different textures.
I would also suggest dressing around one particular clothing item or accessory so you can ease your way into organizing the right clothes. Begin with something simple like a pair of shoes or a nice pair of earrings.
Left: Converse Sneakers Right: Blue Tassel Earrings
Figure out what occasion your shoes or accessory are best suited for. Then you can figure out whether to dress for work, a social outing, or an extravagant event. You can also figure out what color schemes and fabrics work best with the shoes or accessories that you have chosen.
Tip #3: Practice through Fashion Apps
I’m sure by now, you are familiar with the importance of apps and how they help us stay connected socially and receive information mentally.
In this day and age, there are so many apps for everything: there are apps for health, socializing, exercising, meditating, and finding places to eat or shop. Knowing this, I did some research and found 3 free fashion apps that can help you dress better.
The Combyne app is one of my favorite fashion apps for creating a perfect outfit for free. I use it to gain some practice in styling clothes. With this app, you can discover the latest fashion trends and combine outfits with over 800 brands.
Below is an outfit I created with the Combyne app; it was so much fun!
Now, this next fashion app may be more for the guys, but I’m sure wives and girlfriends can use this app to help their men get better at organizing and creating the perfect outfit to wear.
The Lookscope app is an awesome outfit planner that helps manage your closet and allows you to import pictures of clothes and accessories into the app. It makes pairing outfits easy and accessible. With this app, you can also create versatile outfits and discover new ways of wearing the latest fashion trends before purchasing them in-stores.
The Closet Love app has everything a fashion lover could ever want — it has an organizer, a lookbook, and a wardrobe stylist right at your fingertips. You can manage and plan your outfits through an outfit collage creation, both males and females can use it, and you can also receive tons of style inspirations and expert advice from top wardrobe stylists.
Tip #4: Let your feelings Inspire you
I know this sounds weird but hear me out. You may be familiar with people adding their unneeded 2-cents on how you look and sometimes, that comment can take over your entire day.
As a being, you need to figure out how to make your mind overcome those unnecessary thoughts or sayings. This tip is really just about using your gut instinct to make sound decisions on what you like to see on yourself and not caring about what other people have to say or think.
Moreover, this tip is not giving a green light to dressing trashy but it’s more about tapping into your own sense of style and how you want to dress better.
With that being said, you can definitely welcome others to give advice on what they think of your clothes, but once they do, you can either improve upon their advice or toss it in your memory trash because, at the end of the day, your look is YOUR look. Do not let anyone influence you otherwise.
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Tip #5: Always remember to Dress for you first, not for other people!
Sometimes when picking out an outfit, you may be tempted to choose your outfit based on that cute boy/girl at your work/school. Please fight the urge to do this. It might be fun for a while, but what happens when that cute boy/girl disappears or (get this) they don’t even know that you exist (*gasp*). Shocker!
Instead, how about you heed to what fashion designer Coco Chanel said, Every day is a fashion show and the world is my runway. This motto should be used to channel your unique style and show the world how you want to leave your mark.
Dress like the world is your runway and you are THE.SHOW. Everything you do, everything you wear needs to showcase your true sense of style and it needs to showcase you above it all. So, go out there and introduce yourself to the world!
How would you describe your sense of style?
If you would like more tips on figuring out your personal style, please comment below or hit me up for a complimentary consultation!