1. Wear clothes that compliment your body type—not too tight fitting, but firm enough to flaunt your figure. And if the gym hasn’t been your best-friend lately, there are creative ways to camouflage the unsightly muffin top (i.e. high-waisted jeans/shorts).
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
2. Choose colours that complement your eyes and skin tone:
“Winter” = Skin with blue or pink undertones, can be pale white, yellowish-olive, or dark skin. Generally brunettes, with deeply coloured eyes. Many Asians and African Americans fall into this category.
o Wear colors that are sharp, stark and clear. White, black, navy blue, red and shocking pink all go well with winter complexions. For lighter colors, wear icy tones rather than pastels. Avoid subdued tones like beige, orange and gold.
“Summer” = Also blue or pink undertones, with pale or pink skin. However, summer complexions are usually natural blondes or brunettes with light eyes.
o Select pastels and soft neutrals with rose and blue undertones. Lavender, plum, rose-brown and soft blue, NO black or orange.
“Spring” = Skin with golden undertones and often creamy white or peach. Spring people generally have straw-colored or strawberry red hair, freckles, rosy cheeks, and blue or green eyes.
o Wear warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow and golden brown. Avoid dark, dull colors.
“Autumn“ = complexions have golden undertones. Many redheads and brunettes with golden brown eyes fall into this category.
o Select colors with golden undertones, like camel, beige, orange, gold and dark brown. Avoid colors with blue tones, like navy.
3. Don’t over-accessorize—sometimes simple is better (for women, same goes for makeup—less is more!). If you complicate your look too much with extra pieces it only looks messy. Opt for a few accessories to enhance your outfit, if you think it’s too much it probably is.
“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”
4. Balance—don’t show too much skin but don’t be afraid to show off your best assets either. Have your standards, choose something to be left for the imagination.
“Fashion is all about eventually becoming naked”
5. Regardless of the trend it has to suit you, don’t follow something off the runway unless it flatters your style and body-type. Everything has the potential to be amazingly special in the right context.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
6. Who are you trying to impress? What you wear says a lot about you and it creates a lasting first impression. Your attire is immediately captured by the eye and affects judgement, dress according to the impact you’d like to have.
7. And whatever it is you’re wearing, confidence (not cockiness) is key!—smile and strut!