With a whole new year upon us, many will be thinking about how to revamp their wardrobe or look throughout 2014 but with so many bits of advice floating around, it can be hard to figure out what tips to focus on.
|English: A fashion shoot of outfits found at a "Take Off Your Clothes" clothing swap. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Know Thy Body:
Know your measurements before you shop. Not only will it cut down the time you spend trying on clothes, it will help you choose outfits that fit your body perfectly. Among the most important body parts to measure are your bust, chest, hips and waist.
Don't Go Too Tight Or Too Loose:
Dressing for your size doesn't just mean nixing clothes that are too tight from your wardrobe. It also means you shouldn't wear clothes that are too baggy. Both will make you look frumpy.
Make Sure You Can Walk In Them:
There are some occasions we'd sacrifice comfort for fashion. After all, four inch heels guarantee that legs-for-miles look. But if it looks better than it actually feels on your foot, you probably won't wear it. Don't waste your money (or endure the pain).
Be A Lone Wolf:
Shop solo. You'll be able to concentrate more on hunting down exactly what you're looking for. You'll save a lot of time while you're at it too.
The Power Of Peplum:
Worried about your waist or hips? Try peplum for an instant slimming effect. It flatters every figure and does wonders at hiding unsightly bulge.
Try On Three Sizes, Not One:
Shoe sizes vary among designers and brands. Start by trying on your usual shoe size, then try on one pair that's a half-size smaller and a second pair that's a half-size larger. When in doubt, buy the shoes that are a half-size larger.
Know Your Colours:
Know which colours will flatter you the most by figuring out if the undertones in your skin are either warm or cold. The experts say women with cool undertones look best in white, black, gray, silver, and shades of blue. Women with warm undertones will be dazzling in shades of yellow, gold, brown, green and red.
Organize Your Closet:
Organize your closet. This way you'll be able to see what you own (and actually wear it). Separate your clothes by garment. Figure out what can be folded neatly and what needs to be hanged. Make sure you get the right hangers for shirts, skirts and pants. Use storage shelves to store your purses and intimates and buy a shoe rack.
We love accessories, but we have to draw the line somewhere. If you're throwing yourself an arm party, then it might be better to steer clear of too many rings. If you're wearing large earrings that scream for attention, then you might want to forgo an equally radiant necklace — they will only work against each other.
A purse isn't just a fashion statement. It's main purpose is functional. You carry it around wherever you go so it needs to contain some essentials: your wallet, a pen, pain killers, hand sanitizer, tissues, make-up essentials (we personally won't leave the house without lip stick and/or lip balm), hand cream, gum or breath mints, tampons or maxi pads (no one wants to be caught off guard during that time of the month), and for those of you who spend lengthy bouts talking, texting or gaming, bring your phone charger along.
Article by Andiswa Mkhize - Fashion Writer
Andiswa grew up with a love for fashion.
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