The late designer, Oscar de la Renta, said: “Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person.” Style is important for many reasons but most importantly, your style speaks for you before you get the chance to speak for yourself. It is the most common first impression we leave everywhere we go.
Here are some tips to help you leave the best impression in a room without uttering a single word!
1. Find your personal style.
To develop a personal style, you need to know what kind of message you want to put across and build on that. This signature style of yours could serve as you personal branding. What would you like people to think when they first see you? Would you like them to think powerful, compassionate, sophisticated, intelligent, etc? Building a signature style will require some experimenting and a lot of trials and error but the outcome is worth it for your personal brand.
2. Respect Balance
Your overall outfits should have an aesthetic harmony about them. Always make sure that your look is not over styled; right from your accessories to your makeup, to the outfit all the way down to your shoes. Always respect proportion and balance when it comes to planning your look for the day.
3. Wear clothes that fit you.
We can not emphasize this enough. Make sure your clothes fit you perfectly! The most stylish women know that just because crop top duos are “in” right now, doesn’t mean they are meant for everyone. You should always modify trends to fit your body shape and stay away from looks that feel forced. Don’t get me wrong, you can play with over- and under-sized items in a way that feels and looks fashionable, not sloppy.
Accessories carry a lot of power when it comes to putting together the perfect style. A single accessory can instantly and completely change a look. For example, swapping heels with flats with the same outfit could take you from a formal look to a casual Saturday brunch look. Exchanging stud earings with dangling ones or a pendant necklace with a bold statement pearl necklaces could redefine your look altogether. Never underestimate the power of an accessory!
5. Don’t follow trends blindly.
The thing about trends is that they do not last long. A key style rule is knowing not to waste too much time focusing on these trends and spending money on something that won’t be relevant for long. While we always suggest buying something if you truly can’t stop thinking about it, make sure you keep these purchases to a minimum and focus on the classics.
Establishing your sense of style means not getting overly distracted by trends so that you don’t have to continuously update your closet. A confident woman isn’t dressed according to the latest trends. Instead, she remains true to her own fashion personality and always has her staples on hand.
6. Never prioritize fashion over comfort.
When it comes to choosing between style and comfort, always opt for what feels best. When you are uncomfortable, you are not able to exude confidence. You do not have to adhere to the saying “beauty is pain”. There’s always an alternative, equally as stylish option, that we can find. When you feel great about how you look, it translates to how you rock your outfit as well!
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