Fashion 101: How To Improve Your Style

The continuous boom and trend in the fashion industry tells us one thing: Everyone wants to look good and people invest a lot in doing so. This is also simply because people would rather listen to and give their money to a man in a good looking suit believing that their money will be safe than a guy in bad looking jeans or just casual clothes because let’s face it, appearance matters!


Yes, you might have heard this a thousand times, but this gospel is ever true and needs to be preached all the time. Other times, our wardrobes are filled with thousands of clothes and when there is an event or a date or we simply need to go to work, we never know what to wear and spend hours upon hours changing in and out of clothes.

So We have compiled and simplified five very helpful tips to help improve your style whether you just want to look good or you’re a professional stylist.


1. De Clutter Your Wardrobe

You know you’ve had that very tight skirt that doesn’t fit. Or that over –sized blouse or T-shirt that we promised ourselves that we will take to the tailor to amend, but that we haven’t really gotten around to doing. Now is the time! Take it out. Typically, the advice is that if you haven’t used it in year, GET RID OF IT!

But many of us are so sentimental about things and then we believe that once we get rid of it, we might need it. Truth is more often than not, we never really need it. It is very necessary to de-clutter your wardrobe so that you can see and evaluate what you have and work more efficiently with it.

Advisably, it is better to have ten best fashion pieces that you can work with and that you always look good in than a wardrobe full of clutter that you don’t know what to do with. Once you’ve de-cluttered, this will help to draw a clear picture of what you have and don't have in your wardrobe.

This eliminates the money-draining impulse shopping sprees that result in ending up buying stuff you already have plenty of or don't really need. It also gives you more control of the clothes and accessories you've purchased over the past few years. 


2. Gain Fashion Knowledge and Develop a Personal Style

Learn about wardrobe organizing, about your body type. Except you invest your time in learning how to look good, and what works for you, no magic is going to happen. So as much as you can, read fashion magazine and develop a personal style by knowing, learning and understanding what works for you, your body shape/type, colors, scale, size and proportions.

So you ask questions like what body shape am I? Sure, an Hourglass has an amazing waist. But a Pear has beautiful curves, while an Apple has great legs and arms. Not to mention that a Rectangle can get away with most trends and clothes. Also, an Inverted Triangle has strong super-model shoulders and nice legs as well.

So find out and dress accordingly. Sometimes, you can also find out that even if you have hot legs, you might not feel very comfortable wearing very short things so you learn to keep them midi or knee length and still look great. Discover your fashion persona, are you Classic, Trendy, Dramatic, Natural, Romantic, Creative, Bohemian  or Urban ?. This will guide you when you want to buy new items to add to your wardrobe. 


3. Create a Shopping Pattern, Budget and Stick to it: We are usually lazy when we set target/budgets for ourselves. So advisably, get a friend that you can be accountable to. Yes that friend that wouldn’t let you get away with shopping excessively impulsively. Also try to shop on sales and as much as you can, try not to buy impulsively, chances are we would usually buy things that we don’t need or things that we already have a lot of. Having a shopping budget also ensures that you don’t buy things that are unnecessary.



4. Get the Staples and the Essentials:


Now that we’ve built a budget, get the essentials, clothing and accessories. Wardrobe essentials are the building blocks to a solid and functional style. Examples of wardrobe staples are for females: the basic v-neck tee, a black tank top, little black dress, dark wash jeans and a black blazer.

For guys: a solid white button down shirt, a solid white t-shirt, a pair of sneakers.  They're simple, versatile and can be worn with almost anything, at any time of the year!  Now keep in mind that the wardrobe essentials-checklist is just a minimum. Depending on your taste, style and location, add as many as you like!

Depending on your lifestyle, taste create a wardrobe essential checklist for yourself.Also, there are hundreds of different styles on "the Little Black dress". Choose the ones that appeal to you and most importantly, choose the ones that you feel most comfortable in. Nothing beats style with confidence!

5. A-C-C-E-S-O-R-I-Z-E:


After all of the above, it's time to put it all together! This is where you get your creative juices flowing. Playing it safe by relying on the basics won't get your image and style anywhere. Now it's the time for you to be creative and bold.

Experiment with fashion, accessorize! Have fun! Sometimes, just accessories can take a very simple and plain outfit to VA- VA- VOOM! if you know how to accessorize properly. Especially if you wear the same outfit over and with a new necklace, bangle, shoes, belts, bags, purses and hairbandsit will look different. 

One Last Extra! You can also check out our fashion designers and stylists category to get inspiration on your next outfit! And if you think you’ve got style, you can upload your photos on www.54artistry.com for free.

Cheers.