As women we encounter fashion tips at every turn. There are fashion tips for your height, weight, skin tone, age, etc. The list of things to do and not do when it comes to fashion can get very complicated.
That’s why today, I’m only looking at you as a woman. That’s right, I’m not going to say you can or can’t do this because ____________. I’m going to give you solid fashion tips that you can use no matter what size, shape, age or skin tone you have.
When I say “fashion tip” I’ll bet you thought of clothing first. That’s normal since that’s what we all think of as fashion. . . but that’s only first on the list because fashion is more than your clothes. Ready?
Fashion Tips for Clothing
Clothing is the base of your outfit. Let’s make sure you have a few key pieces that will help you look put together no matter what.
The pencil skirt is a staple. When you have a pencil skirt in your wardrobe you’re ready for anything. Pencil skirts tend to come in the basic neutral colors (black, grey, brown, navy) because as a staple you want to be able to pair them with most any top. If you’ve never considered a pencil skirt for your wardrobe, please, think again. You’re in for a lovely surprise.
Little Black Dress (LBD)
If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, here’s my fashion tip for you, go find one now (after you’re done reading this of course 🙂 ). The little black dress is as timeless as time itself (did that make sense?). When in doubt about what to wear, a little black dress will save you time and heartache. Just pair it with the right shoes and accessories (which we talk about below) and go confidently on your way!
Crisp White Button Down Shirt
[wp_ad_camp_5]Not the kind your man wears (well, maybe), but the kind that’s tailored to fit your curves. A nicely tailored white shirt will work nicely with your pencil skirt when it’s time to be your powerful self. When you find a style that you love, make sure to get three. White is tricky and gets dingy after a few washes. Keeping a few on hand means you’re always looking your best.
Dark Wash Jeans
Oh boy! We just got to the part where I know we all have a bit of a headache. We love jeans, but finding the right fit shouldn’t be so hard right? Here are a few jean fashion tips to keep in mind: 1) Look for jeans that are made for YOUR body not the body you want, or think you have; 2) If you need to, go to the men’s section and try some of those on. You may be pleasantly surprised; 3) For a classic jean, you don’t want too much lycra, but at least 2% helps the jeans to fit better and retain their shape; 4) Take two sizes into the dressing room. One you think is the right size, one you think is one size (or half size) too small. Try them both on and see how much better the one you thought was too small fits. Jeans will stretch. Buying the size smaller will save you heartache.
Yes! It’s a fashion piece that never goes out of style and it’s for both men and women. Get a quality crisp white t-shirt (or four) and use it to your hearts content. There are different weights and shapes to a white t-shirt so get one that flatters the body you have, then pair it with those amazing jeans you just bought. Oh, and by the way, you can also wear it with that pencil skirt for a slightly dressed “down” look. There’s no end to what you can do with a plain white T so have fun with it!
Tailored Black Pant
[wp_ad_camp_4]Just like the pencil skirt if you have a pair of black slacks made to fit your body, you’re always ready. Things to consider when picking your pants: 1) make sure the distance from the crotch to the waist fits properly. No sagging in that area. It’s very hard to tailor a pant that doesn’t fit in that way; 2) Don’t worry about length. Find yourself a great tailor who’ll be able to alter the length as needed; 3) Pick a pant that works with YOUR body so it’s flattering and not puckering. The tailored black pant can also be any other staple color, depending on your preference.
Fashion Tips for Footwear
Let’s talk shoes. I know, we LOVE fun shoes and that’s great! Especially when it comes to making that black pencil skirt with white button down shirt outfit sing. But, there are staples when it comes to footwear so let’s consider what they are.
The most worn and worn out shoe in most women’s closets is the black pump. Whether you like a kitten heal or a stiletto, having a pair that’s comfortable is the goal. Again, if you find one you absolutely love, there’s nothing wrong with getting two pair. It’s a staple, you’ll be wearing it a lot so splurge a little to save yourself heartache in the end.
[wp_ad_camp_5]Brown or black it’s up to you, but having a good pair of riding boots in your closet can’t be beat. They’re easy travel and casual choices that help pull together a great look.
Again, just like the riding boots, these staples are key. I buy a good pair of ankle boots almost every year because they are my “go-to” footwear from Fall to Spring. Whether I’m wearing a skirt, dress or pants, they work and are the easiest to throw on.
Fashion Tips for Outerwear
Remember how I told you your clothing are only the base of fashion? Well, the toppers are the finishing touches. Footwear is where you begin to pull together the statement you want to make. But your outerwear is special.
A beautiful, stylish trench is priceless. Fashion tip here is this: love it so that even if you’re wearing pajamas underneath, people will still think you’re dressed to impress! This is an investment so make sure you love what you get because it flatters your body and it’s made well.
[wp_ad_camp_4]Again, buying a winter coat that doesn’t need to be replaced each season and that’s made well is a must. I purchased a winter coat about five years ago because the style was super cute and it was made well. My coat has definitely held up in that time. My lining (which is a great way to know if you’re buying quality) is in tact and I know my coat can easily go for another 5 years. The key is not to buy something that’s a “fad” but that has classic lines. No one will ever know when you bought it if it’s timeless.
Find your style and get a few blazers. They are instant polish to any look. Wearing jeans and a white t-shirt? Throw on a black blazer and your ankle boots, done! The great thing about blazers is you can get a couple in neutrals, then go crazy with color is you’d like (we’ll talk about color below). There are no rules except the ones you decide work for you.
Fashion Tips for Accessories
This is where your outfit pops! Accessories are like the icing on the cake. They show your personality and they’re fun! Accessories help you tell your story. Some days may be understated, while others are bold bright and cheerful. You get to decide. The list I’m sharing is to help you get the staples. . . the rest is all you!
Get some! Get a pair that works with the shape of your face (just like your clothes work with the shape of your body). Sunglasses are not only fashionable, but they help protect your eyesight. I’ve been wearing sunglasses since I turned 30. If I feel even a hint of a squint, I throw on my sunnies! It’s probably why my eyesight started getting tired at 48 vs. 40. Get one pair or get may pairs!
They do not have to be diamonds to be a staple. Studs of all types are perfect for any outfit. If you don’t feel like putting on larger earrings, throw on studs (diamond, pearl, gold, silver) in any size. Lifesaver.
Having a string of pearls (real or engineered) is also a great staple for your wardrobe. Timeless beauty is what you get with a string of pearls. The length is up to you!
There is no time when a scarf was not a fun, easy fashion statement! Whether you’re wearing it on your head, neck or waist, a scarf can pull an outfit together and change it’s whole appearance! A casual look becomes “casual chic with a scarf. Have fun here. . . remember, there are no rules!
Fashion Tips for Dressing
You now have the basics so this is where I share fashion tips on how to wear what you have. The most important thing to remember is, you need to be comfortable with yourself and your clothes. You ultimately decide what works best. The information above is to help you find the basic pieces. You now get to put them together.
Get Good Fit
Dress the body you have not the one you wish you had. No amount of wearing the wrong thing, that doesn’t flatter, is going to give you a body you weren’t born with. Love, treat and dress YOUR body. That’s truly what will make you feel your best.
Pair staples with bold prints, but pair bold prints with simple prints. Too busy doesn’t work for everyone. Be aware of how the whole outfit looks.
Flatter Your Figure
This goes along with getting a good fit. Accentuate the positive, minimize the less flattering so your figure shines. I often get the compliment “your clothes look so good on you” but that’s because I don’t wear anything I feel makes my less “happy” features stand out. People will think everything looks great on you when you’re working to flatter the figure you have.
Less is More (Jewelry)
If you’re wearing a statement necklace, pair it with your smaller studs. Let the necklace make a statement all by itself! If you’re wearing outstanding earrings, let them stand alone, they don’t need any help or competition. There are times when more is more, but if you have a statement piece, let it speak.
Curb Your Skin Show
Low necklines pair gracefully and beautifully with longer skirts to give longer lines. You don’t have to show all to be or even feel sexy. Shorter skirt billowing blouse. I think you get the idea.
Take care of your skin, hair & nails. Yes, it does matter. Whatever your preference, looking groomed is always better than looking ragged. Hangnails, dirty hair, etc. You may be wearing your best, but if you’re small details aren’t speaking the same language, your whole look may fall flat.
Last but certainly not least is to get some animal print in your closet. Timeless and easily paired with anything, you’ll find whatever you have in animal print will be your staple.
That’s it! That’s my ultimate list of fashion tips. I’d love to hear from you? Do you already have the basics? Do you have a different list? Please share in the comments below, we’d love to hear more tips. It’s how we round out our learning!