When you’re just getting into the world of fashion and style, things can get a bit overwhelming. After all, it’s as if everything around you can be applied to fashion, and when there’s anything about fashion, there are “rules” as to what fits which and what doesn’t go with which. However, things don’t always have to be confusing for you. Sometimes, it just takes a bit of creativity and a dash of innovation – and a firm foundation – to know where you should stand in basic style tips.
If you’re still doubting your introduction into the fashion realm, you should take a breather and read some numbers. Did you know that the average American household spends as much as $1,700 on clothes, footwear, and other related fashion services and products in 2010 alone? In fact, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has spent as much as $54,000 on clothes since 2012. Yes, there really will be instances where there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to help show just how much you want to explore your sense of style and fashion, but you will never run out of time to start somewhere. Here are some you should be aware of:
1.) Invest in staples: Perhaps one of the most important pieces of advice anyone could give a fashion enthusiast is to always have something for every occasion. If you have the extra cash or if you have the extra time, try to shop for clothing that are “staples” in almost any setting.
- Denim is a good material to invest on. A denim jacket or a denim bottom-up can fit with almost any casual getup, which can enhance your look even if you’re wearing rather simple clothing.
- Leather is expensive, so cherish leather apparel and accessories you have. It’s much cheaper to have leather repaired than to buy new pairs entirely.
- Watches are always appealing, especially if you wear the right type for the right occasion. Investing in a slick watch can be perfect for almost any outfit. They are a classic addition to any attire that can boost appeal to you, as you can wear anything simple and yet have eyes turn to your watch.
2.) Have it tailored just for you: Pants and blazers are extremely important for work settings or casual setups, so try to see if you can have these tailored instead of just simply buying them. This gives you an extra “oomph” factor as these clothes are designed specifically to your needs and tastes. This is good philosophy for just about any piece of clothing you can acquire. If you have a means to have it tailored, perhaps making it just for you can help.
- In the same token, when it comes to fashion trends, if you found one that works for you, stick with it and experiment. Buy clothes tailored to that trend and try to make sure you’re constantly in the loop with any changes. Tailoring something for you doesn’t just mean doing it physically, but staying attached to a concept for your body as well.
3.) Repair old apparel that can still be repaired: A lot of people might think when we talk fashion, it should always be “new” and “trendy.” This isn’t always the case. A lot of people can pull off old or “out-of-the-trend” clothing with just the right kind of creativity and sass. However, you can only start these “experiments” by making sure your old clothing are repurposed or repaired if they can still be saved.
- Washing labels are important. If you don’t know how to wash a particular article of clothing, ask store clerks or go to the nearby tailor and ask how you can clean a certain type of clothing.
- Clean out your closet if you think there’s too many clothes you aren’t using. Donate them or swap them for other clothes with someone that might be interested.
4.) Dress for comfort, not for appeal: A lot of people tend to take fashion as though they have to do in order to impress others – such as person they like, or interviewers. While personal opinion does matter in forming an impression of you, it’s important to be confident with yourself first so your clothes can help you be appealing to others. If you dress for yourself, you’ll be more comfortable with what you’re wearing.
- In the same token, don’t buy clothes on trends that aren’t fit for your body or body type. Even if people say you could pull off “anything,” if you don’t think you’re going to be comfortable in a certain type of clothing, don’t wear it.
- If you love a piece of clothing but it doesn’t fit you, don’t bother buying it unless you’re willing to do what it takes to change your size – which might be worth more than your dress. This means if you don’t get to have clothes that fit you, even if you like them, you may have to let them go and find an alternative.
- If you feel as though your weight has changed considerably that a lot of your clothes aren’t fitting anymore, it’s either you start working towards losing weight or making a style change.
The Takeaway: It All Starts Somewhere
Being a fashionista or a fashion savant can’t be done overnight, and it can’t be done without any substantial and foundational knowledge on the principles of fashion and style. This doesn’t mean you need a diploma in Fashion in order to be considered a fashion enthusiast. It does help, however, if you know even the most basic style tips in order to at least have a good idea on how to approach your fashion experience. If you have other ideas that you think could be extremely useful for your fellow readers, do feel free to share them below.
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