15 Style Tips From A Fashion Insider

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

A good style tips goes a long way...

15 Style Tips From A Fashion Insider

1. Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare-and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where's the mystery? Choose one-only one-body part and show it off - if it's cleavage, don't show your legs. If it's your legs, stay covered on top.

2. One of the biggest mistake women make is wearing pants that aren't the right length for their shoes. Generally, hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch off the floor. Roll your hems up to show a little bit of ankle and add a heel or heeled boot to lengthen the leg.

3. Once you know which silhouettes flatter you, filter trends ruthlessly. For instance, if you're petite, it's best to avoid ruffles and billowy shapes even if you love them, instead go for tailored and fitted pieces and short hemlines. If you are curvy through the bust, a v-neck will balance your shape instantly, whether than be a tee, wrap dress or shirt buttoned down to where the top of the bust begins. If you carry weight through the middle, opt for a shift dress and show off the arms and legs. Balancing the shape is the first and most effective way to style, the rest follows from here.

4. Always take one "it's cute but so not me" thing into the fitting room. You never know!

5. Match your shoes to your skin tone, a nude heel, flat or boot will instantly make your legs look longer. Often people go for a black shoe to play it safe, but sticking to a tonal look and matching your shoe to your pant, dress or shoe will draw the eye down and work to lengthen whereas black can cut you off.

6. Striped pieces are a nice, classic way to pull yours outfit together. Add a little stripe if you want to appear well styled.

7. Outerwear should never be an afterthought. So often a coat is the only thing people will see you in as you go about your day, especially as we head into A/W. The value of a stylish coat should never be underestimated!

8. Combining colors, scale, and patterns in a way that looks dynamic takes practice, but is well worth trying! Don't worry, there ere are some basic tricks to getting it right. You can wear two prints that repeat the same colors or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one. What's even easier is to use the second motif as an accent.

9. You should always have your go-to tailored blazer in the back of your mind. No matter how casual or thrown together the rest of your outfit, a blazer will pull your outfit together instantly and is light enough for most seasons.

10. Hit the dressing room prepared. Take photo's as reference points and bring heels, lipstick, and accessory options which you regularly use so you get an idea of how this piece will pair back with your current wardrobe. These will help you get a better sense of the final result.

11. Style with extremities. Pairing something really small with something really big creates the perfect balance in proportion and gives a fashion forward edge to an outfit instantly, A great example is a small cross body bag worn underneath an oversized jacket or an ultra skinny jean with a chunky boot.

12. Tuck your tee. The average hem line of most shirts and tee's sits just across the hips or slightly above. This isn't flattering on anyone as it creates a solid shape through the waist right through the hips down to the thighs. To break this up, always tuck your shirt into your jeans or skirt or knot at the front, or side, or even at the back. Shape is key!

13. Know your measurements! Enjoy online shopping without the risk of a million returns by keeping your measurements listed somewhere. Once you know your shoulder, bust, waist, hip, and inseam measurements, the varied sizing between brands won't throw you off.

14. Belt it. Adding a belt to an outfit is an instant style fix - it creates shape, interest and allows for tucking and fabric manipulation to create endless different shapes and looks.

15. Beware of decision fatigue. Having to make too many little decisions early in the day drains the brain of decision-making power later on. Don't waste your brainpower in the morning trying to get dressed - get rid of things you can’t or don’t wear regularly and simplify your wardrobe to pieces you like. Ease is one of the most important factors to effective styling - ease equals confidence, comfort and aesthetic success!

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