January is a great time to assess your overall look and decide what is working for you and what needs to improve. If you are not feeling confident about your style, it’s probably not because you need more clothes. It’s more likely that you need to focus on some style principles that flatter your unique body type and characteristics. Here are a few simple tips to help you dress better.
No matter how much you love a certain style, if it doesn’t flatter your body type then you are just sabotaging your look. For example, I love peplum tops but because I have a long torso they typically hit me in the wrong place and are unflattering. I have learned to avoid them unless the fit is spot on.
If you are not sure what your body type is, then be sure to read this post. Try to think about how you feel when you wear certain things. Is there something that you wear that always results in compliments or just makes you feel good? On the flip side, is there something in your closet that you really like but every time you put it on you end up taking it off? If so, then you probably need to donate it.
Accessories can be all types of jewelry as well as handbags. The latest trends for jewelry have been more simple, understated pieces. Also initial necklaces are popular and can be worn in a mature way. If you have some classic expensive pieces of jewelry, then by all means wear them. If you want to add some affordable pieces, Amazon has some great options. Here are some of my favorites.
Nothing beats a classic handbag. Kate Spade is my weakness, but you can also find affordable handbags that go with everything to complete your look. Here are some high end and affordable options.
Before you go shopping, take an inventory of your basics. One good way to know if you are lacking good basics is if you have trouble putting outfits together. This is most likely because you don’t have good fitting and flattering basics that you can build on. Here are what I consider to be good winter basics.
Wearing wrinkled clothing just kills your style. If you don’t like to iron, consider a steamer instead. I purchased this one from Amazon, and I use it for 90% of my clothing. Every now and then I need to iron a piece, but for the most part the steamer does the job. They are also convenient for placemats and curtains.
You can do all the right things with your outfit and then ruin it with the wrong shoes. Pay attention to the length of your pants when choosing a shoe style. This is especially important with boots. You may want to check out this post on how to wear ankle boots.
If you want to dress casual, then consider a nice pair of fashion sneakers. Ugg boots or a look for less are perfect for winter. For flats, consider black or nude. Mules are nice if you live in a milder climate.
The biggest mistake I see is women wearing the wrong boots/jeans combination. In fact, this topic probably deserves it’s own post. Let me know in the comments if this would be helpful.
This may sound a bit cliche’ but we have all done it. Maybe you bought something on sale, but every time you put it on you end up either taking it off or feeling unattractive all day as you wear it.
Whatever the reason, if something doesn’t make you feel good, then get rid of it. Your goal is to have a closet full of clothes that work for you and make you feel your best. The new year is a great time to do a closet purge before you start adding new pieces for Spring.
I hope your enjoyed these tips to help you dress better in 2023!
Terri | 19th Jan 23
I love the idea of a post on flattering boots and jean combinations!
The Scarlet Lily | 19th Jan 23
Thanks for the feedback. I will do it!
Kay | 19th Jan 23
A post on boots and jeans combinations would be very helpful. 🙂
The Scarlet Lily | 19th Jan 23
Great! I will put it on my content calendar.
DeLyndia Vaughn | 19th Jan 23
Yes, any how to style posts are helpful. Love your content and blog and look forward to your posts!
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