We all strive to be the best dressed in the room, and finding the right combination of sweet, sassy and classy takes years of finesse. I’ve learned a few awesome tips and tricks from my favorite style bloggers, friends and family that I love to pass on to my fellow boss babes to own every room you walk in!
STOCK UP ON A STAPLE WARDROBE
I always thought fashion meant buying the most out-there pieces off the rack, but really, I learned that having a bunch of staple items in my wardrobe not only prevented me from buying a lot of different things, but also gave my wardrobe amazing flexibility. A simple set of nude heels, a monochromatic clutch and a set of gold and silver jewelry made styling a cute dress or girl’s not out look even easier than having one of everything for each outfit.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY CLOTHES TO BE STYLISH
I constantly have that “I have nothing to wear” feeling, but buying new clothes didn’t solve it. I often just needed a broader selection of staple pieces to style the more fun and funky pieces I already had. Make sure you know exactly what you have before going out and splurging on a shopping spree (even though it sounds like a blast!).
ACCESSORIES MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
The cherry on top of a good outfit is putting some great accessories with it. A statement clutch or pair of shoes can make a plain outfit pop, while a great pair of earrings can make your face even more beautiful. Know what looks good on you and work on creating a set of accessories that serve your outfits justice. I love stocking my wardrobe with timeless pieces to match all styles and types of clothing.
EMBRACE COLOR LIKE A FRIENEMY
I always praised my self as a “neutrals are better” kind of girl – until I realized my wardrobe was filled with black and all of my white clothes were stained. Adding color into my wardrobe opened my mind to different styles, but going too overboard can limit the flexibility of your wardrobe. Having individual pieces with bolder patterns that compliment your staple pieces should be the true focus, not on creating multi-color catastrophes.
FOCUS ON QUALITY OVER BRANDING
Too many people think money equals quality and style, when really it’s about finding the pieces that shape your body well. I was never one to believe in brand labels, often shopping at Target and Walmart growing up, but finding boutique shops offering unique silhouettes and styles offered my wardrobe a more open mind to find what truly works for my body. You want to flatter your body because wearing a designer piece of clothing means nothing if you don’t look good in it.
STYLE TO YOU, NOT TO TRENDS
It’s easy to copy Instagram influencers wearing mini skirts and revealing tops to show off their newest purchases, but not everybody can pull those looks off every day. Shop for what your personal style is to show your personality, not what everyone else is wearing. Many of the celebrities and influencers we follow post trends, which will eventually fade after the season ends, making the wardrobe useless. If you style to who you are, your wardrobe will be more timeless and fitting to your needs in the long-term.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO A LITTLE BOLDER
The first two decades of my life were basically formulated for me to blend in – don’t wear anything that will make people stare at you or make you stand out. Now that I’m older, I want to stand out, but in a good way only obviously! Finding some bolder pieces for what people perceived as my style has made my look feel more fashionable. For me, that meant finding more unusual patterns outside of stripes and polka dots, choosing more unique colors and pairing accessories that add a more fashionable edge.
LET SHOES SET THE TONE
Your shoes make all the difference in what your tone is for an outfit. Sandals say beachy, gym shoes say athletic, heels say fancy – let your shoes speak for you on how you want to be perceived. As you can see, the same outfit looks vastly different with three different pairs of shoes.
NET EVERY PIECE OF CLOTHING IS DESIGNED FOR YOU
Everyone’s body is different – apples and pears and all types of fruit are used to describe a woman’s shape, but that doesn’t mean we all look good in the same clothes even though we live in the same fruit basket. I see outfits all the time online modeled by petite women, which I will never be able to rock as 5’9″ woman. Height, dimensions, bust, hips – they all make a difference in finding what shape and styles look best on our body. Because of my long legs, I tend to direct my attention toward taller heels, long maxis, and skinny jeans versus shorts and mini skirts.
SEXY DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN SKIN-TIGHT OR REVEALING
Sexy is what you want it to be, whether it be a dress with lace or floral, high heels or sandals, or even a mini skirt versus a maxi. You need to wear whatever makes you feel like your best self. For me, I don’t need to show skin or cleavage to be sexy, but I do often show my sexiness through formfitting silhouettes and more classic looks, like midi dresses, a good pair of heels and edgy styles.