With a whole new year upon us, many will be thinking about how to revamp their wardrobe or look throughout 2013. But with so many bits of advice floating around the Internet, it can be hard to figure out what tips to focus on. Should you follow the trends or define your own sense of style? Is mending your clothes necessary or should you look to a tailor for help?
As a gift to you, our dear readers, we sifted through all of the stylish bits of advice on the web, talked to experts and pulled together some tips of our own to compile an all-mighty list of 50 fashion tips you can actually use this year. They’re practical (organize your jewellery) and easy to learn (get depilling your sweaters!).
This is an almost too-good-to-be true sartorial land mine. So cheers to 2013 — your best dressed year yet!
READ: 50 Best Fashion Tips Ever
Know Thy Body: Know your measurements before you shop. Not only will it cut down the time you spend trying on clothes, it will help you choose outfits that fit your body perfectly. Among the most important body parts to measure are your bust, chest, hips and waist. Source:iVillage.com
Don’t Go Too Tight Or Too Loose: Dressing for your size doesn’t just mean nixing clothes that are too tight from your wardrobe. It also means you shouldn’t wear clothes that are too baggy. Both will make you look frumpy.
Make Sure You Can Walk In Them: There are some occasions we’d sacrifice comfort for fashion. After all, four inch heels guarantee that legs-for-miles look. But if it looks better than it actually feels on your foot, you probably won’t wear it. Don’t waste your money (or endure the pain). Source:The Fashion Spot
Peek-A-Boo Isn’t Cute: Button down blouses are intended to do one thing and one thing alone — stay buttoned down. It looks sloppy if we can see what lies beneath your shirt.
Be A Lone Wolf: Shop solo. You’ll be able to concentrate more on hunting down exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll save a lot of time while you’re at it too. Source:In Style
Remove Lint: A lint roller is a must-have (cat lovers, you know what we’re talking about). Give your outfit a few quick swipes before heading out the door (don’t forget your back and behind your legs) to catch any unwanted hair and dust on your clothing.
The Power Of Peplum: Worried about your waist or hips? Try peplum for an instant slimming effect. It flatters every figure and does wonders at hiding unsightly bulge.
Try On Three Sizes, Not One: Shoe sizes vary among designers and brands. Start by trying on your usual shoe size, then try on one pair that’s a half-size smaller and a second pair that’s a half-size larger. When in doubt, buy the shoes that are a half-size larger. Source:The Fashion Spot
Know Your Colours: Know which colours will flatter you the most by figuring out if the undertones in your skin are either warm or cold. The experts at The Fashion Spot say women with cool undertones look best in white, black, gray, silver, and shades of blue. Women with warm undertones will be dazzling in shades of yellow, gold, brown, green and red. Source: The Fashion Spot
Organize Your Closet: Organize your closet. This way you’ll be able to see what you own (and actually wear it). Separate your clothes by garment. Figure out what what can be folded neatly and what needs to be hanged. Make sure you get the right hangers for shirts, skirts and pants. Use storage shelves to store your purses and intimates and buy a shoe rack. For more detailed instructions on how to tackle this task, check out what our friends at Lucky Magazine have to say. Source: Lucky Magazine
Double-Sided Tape Is A Dream Come True: Keep plunging necklines in place and prevent any fashion mishaps with this godsend. We double-swear by double-sided tape.
Invest In A Quality Iron: A quality iron is an absolute must to ensure you don’t damage your clothes. Get one with a range of settings that can conquer even the toughest wrinkles, but gentle enough to iron over delicate fabrics. Because there are so many irons out there, the folks at Real Simple have made it easier for you to decide on one that will meet your needs. Check out their list of the top 40 irons they tried.
Get Chic With An Ultra Cute Umbrella: Rain or shine, we are always trendy. Get yourself a colourful, knock-out umbrella that makes you stick out.
Work Out Stylishly: Come on, let’s be serious, the gym can be an intimidating place with so many buff, sweaty bods. We’d be lying if we didn’t say we never wore mascara before lacing up. But hitting the gym shouldn’t make you fret. It should make you feel good. Getting some trendy workout clothes that fit your body will make you feel more confident and encourage you to break a sweat.
Organize Your Jewelry: Store all your jewelry in a jewelry box. You’re less likely to lose them when they have a home. Not only will they be easier to find in one handy location, you’ll remember what you already own so you don’t buy pieces you don’t need. Your jewelry will also last much longer when it’s protected.
Alter Your Clothes: It’s important when you’re investing in articles of clothing that become staples, like blazers and pants, that you have them tailored. It will ensure your money is well-spent, will make the piece that much more special and will make you feel great every time you wear it. After all, it only fits you.
Help Boots Stand Tall With Wine: Wine bottles have another use — place them inside your boots to make them stand upright. Source: Real Simple
Know Your Neckline: Making note of what works for you and what doesn’t is key and neckline plays a huge roll in this. The neckline is the part that shows off your pretty face, so be sure to get it right.
Know Your Arch: Shoe shopping? Make sure you know your arch type. In an interview with the folks at The Fashion Spot, Erica Lynn Stanley, design director of …me Too shoes, said the best way to determine your arch is to step on a piece of paper after wetting the bottom of your foot. You can determine whether you have a normal, flat or high arch by examining your wet footprint. If the middle part of your footprint doesn’t show up, you have a high arch, but if you can see most of your footprint then you have a fairly flat arch. Your arch is normal if you see half of your wet footprint. Source:The Fashion Spot