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Top 10 Personal Styling Mistakes Not To Make

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Top 10 Personal Styling Mistakes Not To Make

Top 10 Personal Styling Mistakes Not To Make

Often the rules and ideas we cling to the most can be your undoing when it comes to personal style. Which is why this practical guide is a reminder...

to help you up your style stakes and avoid those fashion faux pas.

1) Base Layer

Underwear is the start of the style process. Too often the wrong bra and knickers will kill a look. Getting the correct bra fitting will lift a look as well as the bust area. At first a good fitting bra should be on the first hook,and once it gets to the third hook due to use and stretch then it is time to invest in a new one. When it comes to pants it is about cut, colour and contour. When you wear white clothes your underwear should be nude not white as the block of white adds depth to the white of your garment. A similar issue is the visibility of your knicker line, do check different underpants with an item to avoid the dreaded VPL. Also don't forget to wear shape wear with any clothing item day or night that requires it. It is no good entering the boardroom sucking in your tummy when a good pair of tummy control pants will do the work for you.

2) Fit

Your clothes should fit you. Wearing oversized loose clothing will only make you look like you are wearing clothes that are too big for you. The same is true for clothes which are too tight. Your clothes should fit well. No sizes are exactly the same in the shops and different cuts impact on which size to select. Always buy the item that fits you, not the one you want to fit into.

3) Proportions

Getting the length right on skirts, dresses and trousers is key to keeping you the right side of stylish. If you select a skirt or dress length that is too long it will diminish your frame and look frumpy. Try to choose on the knee as a guidance and judge whether a little shorter or longer would flatter you more. When wearing trousers, again the length will impact on the overall look. Check your ankle definition if you want a pair of cropped trousers, and the length of a full trouser leg with your heels. No need to be wearing them at half mast!

4) Neckline

Really check the neckline of a garment. It is no good wearing a tight fitting polo necked jumper when you have a large bust. Instead opt for a shirt with a collar so the neck area is open and the eye is directed upwards and away from the bust area. Boat necks are flattering for most body shapes and use your eye to assess how the neckline looks on you.

5) Quality

The quality of the garment will be reflected in the cut and the material. If you want the item to last in respect of wear and as a classic, then spend more money on a quality item for example a trench coat or a handbag. When the fashion magazines talk about an ‘investment piece' they really mean a simple quality item that will last a lot longer than a cheap fashion fix. A good quality item will have more structure and will sit better upon your frame, this has a knock on effect as you hold yourself better and therefore look 100% better as a result.

6) Head to toe black

Black is not necessarily slimming and wearing head to toe black looks like you've read that it makes you look slimmer! Colour, material quality and texture all add an element of style and this alone will make you look and feel better. Black can be draining at times and although it is dramatic it does need to be accessorised well to look stylish. Mix navy with black if you prefer to stick with a dark palate and this will give it a modern feel.

7) Accessories

Accessories are an area always fraught with potential for mistakes. Often less is more when it comes to jewellery and accessories. Use the maxim about taking one item off before you go out of the door if you are worried about what you've put on. Don't try to make accessories work. If you love a scarf but worried you'll look like an air hostess rather than a chic Parisian then tie it around your handbag.

8) Shopping with friends (and ditto with daughter)

Most of us don't go grocery shopping with our friends (and kids) for a good reason; it is too distracting and time consuming. The same is true for focused clothes shopping. A friend will have different tastes, views and a body shape so it is an area fraught with self doubt and envy depending on the situation. Set aside time to shop on your own, with a list of items you need and be confident in your taste.

9) Dressing down

Let's put this into context unless you are on the way to the gym then trainers, sweatpants and a hoodie is not a stylish look. In fact this is not a look, it is gym wear. It is for training in. There are trainers which are fashionable in any season but they are for wearing in a specific way which often includes a blazer, the same is true for hoodies. Don't expect to feel fabulous and stylish in gym gear.

10) A slave to fashion

If there is one mistake people make over and over again it is failing to view fashion with a discerning eye and sometimes failing to see it at all! Seasons, trends, micro trends they all come and go and you need to cherry pick and adapt items to suit you. The ‘how' is always the hardest part but go with what you really like and accept that often when you first see things they look ‘wrong' but eventually they will grow upon you. Do take note of subtle shifts, really there is no need to match bags with shoes these days but maybe matching your belt to your bag or shoes is fine. These slight shifts are useful to note. You can keep wearing your skinny jeans, black blazer and white t-shirt or shirt for a few years just by changing your clutch to animal print or metallic depending on what is in for the season.

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