Although it is something everyone does every day, getting dressed or putting together an outfit can be the most difficult and frustrating part of your morning. There has been a time when you looked at your closet and realized that there was nothing you could wear. This is a common problem. We consulted top designers, style consultants and retail professionals to help us understand the art of dressing. You can finally get dressed.
Balance the proportions
You want to be proud of what you have, whether it’s toned arms or a slim waist. It’s the downplaying parts less loved that are tricky. One strategy To offset the volume of a larger upper body wearing something fitted, wear wide-leg trousers. Designer Nicole Miller says, “The goal is to even yourself out.” Avoid anything too large, or you will look larger. Another option: Distraction. Another idea: Distraction.
Trends should be worn in an age-appropriate manner
There may be a grown-up version for your favorite style. Crop tops: A shirt that hits the navel should be paired with a long, cropped skirt or a shorter top with a crop over it. “It gives you a similar look,” promises designer Rebecca Minkoff. Bottom line: Lilliana Vazquez is a style expert and editor at TheLVGuide.com.
A bra that is right for you will make you appear slimmer.
Vazquez says that the position of your breasts on your chest can make a huge difference in how clothes fit. Vazquez says that a bra that fits well will not cause bulging or sagging, which will result in a slimmer silhouette. Your elbows should be in the middle of your shoulders and elbows. Kristen Supulski is the director of merchandising at Vanity Fair brands lingerie. She says that if the front panel of the bra lies flat, there are no bulges or wrinkling, the bra has not created bulges or risen, and you have a match. The perfect fit is when you can get just two fingers under it, and it still feels snug.
Be careful not to be too matchy-matchy.
Try to use colors that complement each other rather than match in the traditional sense. Minkoff suggests using a simple color wheel to make it easy. The opposite colors on the wheel complement each other. Think of non-obvious but striking combinations like orange and navy, purple and saffron. Another way to diversify your accessories is to change their texture and color. (This is Betty Halbreich’s favorite trio. She’s a personal shopper at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman. She also wrote a style memoir. “A black dress, navy shoes and a burgundy bag. You should never wear a set of jewelry. Vazquez says, “Anything that is sold as a set looks really out of date.”
Only show skin that you are interested in.
Halbreich says, “Don’t give people too much to look at at once.” If you are wearing a low-cut gown, pay attention to the cleavage. You don’t need to show off your arms or legs. This principle applies to fitting as well. A body-hugging gown should have a more sensible neckline. A skirt that is a little higher than the knee will not raise eyebrows.
Staples: Spend as much money as you can.
You don’t have to spend a lot on basics like tees and button-downs. There are many quality options at a low price. Spend more on quality items that aren’t necessarily stolen. A $100 bargain cashmere sweater, for example, will still cost you $100. However, the sweater will wear out quickly, so you’ll need to spend another $100 to replace it. Minkoff says that classics like a black blazer are best bought in high-quality fabrics, such as wool. They will last longer. To avoid sticker shock, calculate the cost per wear.
Create your style.
Designer Nanette says that foolproof looks are important. Then, search for variations of the theme. Stumped? Picture the clothes you feel most comfortable wearing. Ask your friends and family what they like best. After you have narrowed down what looks best, try different styles. Minkoff says, “I gravitate towards jackets, so I’ll do the bomber style, then the silk version or a denim jacket, with leather sleeves.” Minkoff says that if you feel the need or desire to convince yourself, it’s a sign that you shouldn’t purchase them. Aerin Lauder is the creative director and founder of the lifestyle brand Aerin. It’s more accurate than looking into the mirror.
A classic white shirt is a must-have for every man.
Opt for a white that is pure and not ivory. This will make your teeth look dingier. Florence Thomas, creative director of Thomas pink, suggests that you wear bold lipstick with blue undertones to brighten your teeth. “But white can make your teeth look yellower in comparison.” Are you unsure which cut is right for you? A button-up with darting around the waist or curved princess seams will create a feminine hourglass shape. Make sure your shoulders are aligned with yours, and there is no pulling at the back or front. Thomas says that anything else can be tailored. Dry-cleaning all-cotton shirts will prevent them from discoloring. They should be washed and pressed the same way as men’s shirts.
Mix patterns and prints.
You can make yourself look confident and stylish by doubling up on patterns. These guidelines will help you achieve the latter. Use the same color family, and preferably the same background color. Some pairings work like PB &J–they work. Minkoff says that “polka dots with florals or stripes usually go well together.” The same applies to leopard prints with non-critter patterns or paisleys with squares and checks. It is forbidden to use near matches. Vazquez says that plaid and houndstooth are too similar to be considered simpatico. Two large-scale prints can compete for dominance and cause headaches. Accessorize the look with neutral accessories. Cautions Roe: “Don’t add another color to the mix.”