With the demands of motherhood and the time constraints of our careers, dressing in a way that makes us feel confident and stylish appears to be an unattainable goal for women. But it isn’t!
Have you ever noticed how some women have a consistent quality about them that makes them appear both effortless and perfectly polished? You get the impression that the way they dress comes naturally to them, and what appears impossible to you appears to be an innate skill.
The truth is that for these women, fashion has less to do with a hidden talent and more to do with knowing what works for them and adhering to a few guiding principles. They develop a personal style strategy so that the majority of the guesswork is eliminated right away and getting dressed in the morning is a breeze.
If you want to learn how to look more stylish and put-together without buying an entirely new wardrobe, the key is to follow a few simple rules.
Scroll down for the top 15 style tips for women that will help you automate your wardrobe and take the guesswork out of what to wear, regardless of your size, budget, or aesthetic.
1. Check the inside
The lining of a garment is often a designer’s calling card and a good way to judge quality. A well-crafted lining indicates that the entire piece was sewn with care.
2. Be open-minded
Always bring one “it’s cute but so not me” item with you to the fitting room. You just never know! Trying to be a little experimental doesn’t have to be outrageous; just something a tad bit outside your comfort zone to broaden your horizons.
3. Show some loyalty
As Kate Middleton has demonstrated, a great-fitting dress or pair of pants from a line one season may mean similar success the next. Sometimes, when a style does particularly well, designers infuse a similar design into the next collection with slight changes. So picking that up as well helps maintain loyalty to your style quotient and starts giving you an edge over your style.
4. When in doubt, wear nude pumps
They’re a pretty safe bet when matched to your skin tone. (They also make the legs appear longer).
5. Wearing white seek out light
Remember that white clothes always appear more see-through in daylight. To be safe, check yourself out in a bright setting.
6. Stripe it up
Striped pieces are a nice, classic way to dress up for the weekend. A red or navy-and-white bateau neck, for example, exudes both presence and versatility.
7. Upgrade your buttons
The cheap hardware on your cute jacket is sometimes the only indication that it costs less than lunch money. Replace the buttons, or have a tailor do it.
8. Never buy a boring coat
“Outerwear should never be an afterthought. So many people only see you in your coat—if you’re not wearing something fabulous underneath your trench, they won’t even notice! Look for a fashionable coat like Kriti Sanon’s here.
9. Own something leopard
Make the print a staple in your accessory wardrobe. It’s classic, racy, and always glamorous.
10. Mix your prints
Combining colours, scales, and patterns in a dynamic way takes practice, but there are some basic tricks to master. Wear two prints with the same colour scheme or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one. It is even simpler to use the second motif as an accent (like Priyanka Chopra).
11. Conquer your fear of colour
To be safe, pair a neutral, such as flax, with something bolder, such as yellow. But pairing intense colours with black “can look dated.” Try two colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as coral and orange, for a more vibrant effect. Not sure where to start? Observe what colours you like and respond to in your decor.
12. Go for the knockout accent
If your evening gown is a stunner (or heavily embellished), one show-stopping accessory, such as Kangana Ranaut’s necklace, is all you need.
13. Vet your vintage
Nothing comes back the same way, and a jumpsuit from 2017 is not always the same as one from the 1970s. Take a look at the differences between Mumtaz and Sushmitha Sen’s sarees. There are subtle design changes that distinguish any revival from the original. Is that piece from your “archive” still functional? Seek the advice of a trusted friend.
14. Only buy a bargain if you love it
Be wary of that voice that tells you you have to buy it because it’s “only” Rs. 500 or that if you don’t get it now, you won’t be able to find it again.
15. Try a thicker waistband
It will draw attention to your waist while also highlighting your curves. Take a cue from Deepika Padukone.
If you haven’t yet looked at the first part, you should totally check it out. 30 tips of fashion will up your fashion game in a number of ways and you can thank me in the comment section. Stay stylish!