5 simple Style Rules that make all the difference.
Fashion is a tough one to keep up with, season after season and I find the older I get the less inclined I am to always follow suit.
I like to steal my style from each trend and work it accordingly.
Defining personal style is not an easy task.
We may know what we like but find it difficult to achieve or what we like may no longer suit us and adapting our style is the best solution. We may be too influenced by what’s “in” and flounder with indecision or we may be too rigid, too inflexible and our personal style becomes static. I know I fall in to the latter category frequently.
Dressing with style takes work, it is expensive whatever the budget and it is time consuming. Clever women make their personal style look effortless; it is not.
Style is unique for every woman and defining and creating her particular style is a work in progress.
I try and follow these simple rules whether I feel like a re-invention or adding to my wardrobe.
Whether your style is classic or eclectic, boho or sporty this checklist will help you save time and save focused.
5 Simple Style Rules
- 1. Know Your Style
- Knowing what suits and what you like takes time and practise. Make the time to save the time. Learning and adapting the style of others is clever but reproducing exactly the same never works. We are different personalities, shapes and sizes and knowing the pieces that we look best in is key.
2. Design Your Own Uniform
There is an outfit in my closet each season that becomes the fall-back. 2 or 3 pieces that I am comfortable with and I know will do the job. When I am tired or un-inspired with what to wear I can rely on this “uniform” to work for me. These indecisive moments are not the time to test drive the latest; a guaranteed way to feel unhappy with your self and a likely change of outfit.
3. Buy Investment Pieces
Investing in fashion at our age is worthwhile.
I like to invest in certain staples and go “budget” on others. It is very easy to spend the same amount of money on a handful of cheaper items only to move them to the back of the closet when the novelty wears off.
A mix of pieces works best, designer top-to-toe isn’t necessary and doesn’t necessarily look stylish.
4. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
If an outfit works, re-work it season after season.
Change colour, change fabric and weight but when pieces work well use them as a benchmark for other outfits.
Do I look as good in this as that? Am I as comfortable? Is this as flattering?
You will have your answer in seconds.
5. Be Wary Of Trends
Who doesn’t want to dress on trend?
It is a question of making sure the latest trend is a friend; not all trends do us favours. If a trend is “on trend” for us it will feel right and answer those questions above.
It is natural to want to be on trend but vital to be aware trends don’t equal personal style.
Personal style is just that, personal; it is about you and only you. xv
Mid Season Uniform: Not Quite Like School
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