I will be sharing bits and pieces here and there were five things that I really wanted to present with you. I want to present five digestible things that you really should think about when you style yourself and when you go shopping. So let’s begin to number one and this one is not going to really come as a big surprise for you.
Make sure your clothes fit properly
The reason for that is, how many times haven’t you heard me talk about dress for your body shape? Make sure your clothes fit properly, have clothes that are tailored for your body because that’s really how you are going to look expensive and you’re going to look elegant this way. I need to really stress once more about how important it is to actually dress for your body shape. It is the second most important when it comes to choosing what clothes you’re wearing.
So why dressing for your body shape gets a little bit neglected is because people assume that whatever is in the shops, you can pretty much wear as long as you manage to fit it on you. But that’s not really the case because you have to start thinking about the shape of the garments and does it go accordingly to your own body shape? It’s not only necessarily about does it fit well, it’s also about what does it enhance? What does it camouflage? Does it work in favor for your body or is it just making you look worse? Maybe it makes you look bigger, fatter, bulkier, chunkier.
Maybe really put an accent on where you don’t want to have an accent. As an example, very common body type is the hourglass and it’s actually probably the most luckiest body type. Because an hourglass can pretty much wear everything. Well, not everything. So when you dress yourself and you have an hourglass body shape, so you have a curve, you have a beautiful natural curve, you have a defined waist, and let’s say you put on this massive bulky sweater that are pretty trendy right now.
You do not put any accents on your waist, which actually gives you a slimming effect. Instead, you bulk up and you end up looking, I dunno, two size bigger than you actually are. That is a very common practice right now in fashion and I don’t really think that would give you any favors. Same for instance, if you are a rectangle body shape, meaning that you might not have a very defined waist, you’re very much straight.
Dress for your height
Let’s stay a little bit with body shapes and move on to number two. But here, I’m actually talking about the scale. Meaning, are you petite, average or a tall woman? Of course, petite and tall, those who are, you know what your issues are. And of course, there are some pretty basic things that we kind of all know. The lucky people are of course the average because they can pretty them much, get away again with everything, just like the hourglasses do.
But going back to the tall and petite ones, you really have to start thinking about small details. Like for instance, do you think a petite can wear large prints and do you think a tall woman should wear small prints? The answer is no. It should be the reversed. Same goes for instance, if you have an evening clutch, would you say that a petite lady can wear a larger evening clutch? Would you think that it will do a tall woman a favor if she had a small evening clutch? No. You have to balance out the proportions of things and there are so many small details that you must think about.
Wear suitable fabrics
Number three, not all materials will be suitable for all people and all lifestyles, and all body shapes. Yep. We are getting even more complicated now. For instance, my favorite material, which is silk. It does not work on everybody. For instance, let’s say you are a bit more voluptuous, it might be tricky for you to wear silk in the way that it’s flattering on you. Silk can really show a lot. Let’s say, you’re wearing a silk skirt. It can get really tricky because silk can really show things like cellulite for instance. Another thing, if we go back to the hourglass body shape.
They for instance, because they are usually curvy and they can be slim and curvy, and they can be more full and curvy. So now I’m referring to people of all kinds of sizes, but as long as they have an hourglass shape, hourglass should always think about having flexible material. For instance, like jersey, things that stretches because they have that natural curve. An hourglass should not be wearing stiff material because that won’t really fit her well on her curves or move along well, when she moves her limbs. On the country, for instance, going back to the rectangle as an example.
I know we’re talking a lot about hourglass and rectangles, but I just think that they’re quite good examples in this case because they’re very straightforward. We can go quite complicated and start talking about triangles and inverted triangles, and apples and pears, all of those. Let’s just focus on the things where we have to start shifting our mindset in terms of how we look at clothes and how we dress ourselves.
So going back, a rectangle as an example, she on the contrary, should definitely wear a little bit more stiffer materials because that will kind of help her not emphasize too much, the fact that she’s very, very much straight. It will look more natural for her body shape, the fact that she might have much more stronger material.
Get your color right
And actually now I am going to tell you the most important thing that you should think about when you dress yourself. But don’t switch off just yet because there’s actually one important point after this point that is a little bit of connected. So I had to really present this point first. Now number four, the color is the most important when you dress yourself. Why is that? Of course, we all knew that we have our favorite colors.
We have colors that are perhaps look a little bit better in us and so on. But in this training program, I ended up studying color analysis. I literally had a whole week just focused on color theory and testing colors on people. I had volunteers that I sat with, that I draped and put all kinds of colors on and understood. Okay, so these color work on this type of people and this, on these and so-and-so, and it was really interesting. I had so many aha moments when it comes to color. Because I am somebody, I must say, I didn’t really wear color as I should have. And I’m now referring to my black phase that I went through.
I actually wore black only more or less for about two years and black is not a color that really works on that many people. Yet, almost everybody, this is what they’re wearing most of the time. Black is a color that usually suits better on darker ladies because it doesn’t wash them out, their skin tone as it does on lighter ladies. People like me with my type of blonde hair and light skin tone, should not wear black. The darkest we can go is a light navy but not as dark as black.
And if you look into my wardrobe, 50% of my clothes are black. So yes, it’s going to be a lot of shopping. Moving onwards, I really need to do a big closet cleanse. I have been very modest when it comes to wearing color and the reason for that is I went through my black phase. I got so tired of my black clothes that I ended up only wearing like beige clothes and I’m probably on my second year of wearing beige mostly.
Now I’m getting a little bit tired of that as well. And the reason why I didn’t end up going so much for colors is because I found it very difficult to understand what colors are my colors. So now that I have this proper color training, then of course I’m definitely going to be buying loads of colorful clothes moving onwards. I really can’t wait because I’ve had a black phase, a beige phase, now I’m ready for color and actually baby blue, the one that I’m wearing today is one of my best colors. It’s one of those colors that are the most flattering on me. It makes people see my face. It doesn’t wash my face out, it doesn’t change my skin tone or hair color. It brings out my eyes and it just looks very flattering. So that’s how you have to look at when you’re choosing color. Not all colors will work on everybody.
At this color training that I did, we were working with about 135 different color shades. Of course, you can have even more shades than that, but that’s a pretty good baseline to start from. From this 135 colors, you have approximately 42 colors that work good on you. And then you can actually narrow it down even more to something that becomes more like your wow colors, colors that really work the best on you. Ultimately ladies, you want to buy those colors, those wow colors. You want to have colors that really make you pop, I dunno, really makes you glow.
Know your skin undertone
I have one more point for you and that’s number five and it actually goes a bit hand in hand with color. Because now we’re talking makeup. The importance of really choosing either a warm tone or a cool tone in your makeup and we’re talking everything, blusher, foundation, eye shadow, we’re talking lipsticks, definitely lipsticks, very important. I always knew that whenever you choose a foundation for instance, or concealer or powder, anything that has to blend in with your own skin complexion.
You really have to take into account if you have a yellow tone or a pink tone. But I never really saw it as, is it a warm tone or cold tone? And that was a major aha moment for me because actually, now we understand why red lipsticks can look so different. We all know red can have different shades but not all shades of red will be suitable for you because some red colors can be of a cool nature and some red colors can have a warm tone to them.
And this is why you’d really need to know, do you have a warm skin tone or do you have a cold skin tone? And whenever you do a color analysis, like the one I just mentioned, number four, when you go and get your colors checked to see what kind of clothes to buy and so on, you will also find out what kind of makeup to buy. Should you go for cold makeup or should you go for warm makeup? I, for instance, I have a cool tone.
So now I really understand that those coppery, peachy type of warm lipsticks, they were never going to work on me. I need something with the cool undertone and now, I know it’s just going to make my life so much easier to go and choose makeup. Because you know, whenever you walk into the makeup section and you see all those lipsticks, more or less looking to save, you have no idea which one to pick.
But now I know and see now, which one are warm, which one are cool, something you get from an image consultant training. Ladies, this has been really a big eye-opener for me. I have so many more tips like this and trust me, we will be going more in depth on such topics. But I wanted to start the thinking process for you and that you start thinking about these things.