People aren’t born looking stylish, it’s something they learn, and that means that anyone can use fashion to make themselves look elegant and stylish. You don’t even need to spend a fortune on designer clothes and shoes to do it, all you really need is a will to look great, a bit of time to make the most of the clothes that you have, and a few style tips. Here’s our guide on how to look more stylish, without breaking the bank.
1. Think about your accessories
Sometimes, all you need to do to transform an outfit from the ordinary to something really special is to add some bright and colourful accessories. If most of your wardrobe consists of clothes that are neutral in colour, invest in some more colourful shoes and bags. Adding splashes of colour with some accessories is an easy way to add a bit of style.
2. Go with what suits you, not what fashion dictates
We all have different body shapes and some styles will flatter your particular body shape better than others. Once you have worked out what styles and cuts of clothes do flatter your shape, use that as your guide for buying new outfits, not just what is hot on the runways this season. If an outfit fits you well, you will feel more confident and look more stylish, than if you are wearing something that you know is the latest thing but that doesn’t really work for you.
3. Keep it under wraps
When it comes to showing skin, a little bit of mystery is far more enticing than baring it all. If you look at celebrity photos, you will see that most celebs choose to bare only one part of their body, so, if you like your shoulders, show them, but don’t wear your skirts too short as well. If you want to show off your shoulders, don’t show too much cleavage.
4. Keep an open mind when shopping
How many times have you looked at an outfit in a shop and thought “that looks great, but it’s really not me”. Don’t knock it until you try it! At least get as far as the fitting room before you decide that an outfit’s not for you. If you don’t try out a few new things and experiment a little, you’ll be wearing the same style of clothes forever!
5. Don’t let your coat be what lets you down
Winter coats have to be practical, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be boring. When you are shopping for coats, think about style as well as whether it will be warm enough, or you could be just covering up a great outfit with something quite drab. When you are looking to add more style to your look, you need to think about every aspect of what you wear.
6. Don’t be afraid of colour
It might be easier to decide what to wear if everything in your wardrobe is beige or brown, but if used more colour, you could really add some style to your look. The best place to start is with a colour you like and then try pairing that colour with colours that are next to it on the colour wheel. If you are a bit shy about using colour, try adding colour with things like belts and scarves to start with and see how you get on.
7. Old is not always vintage
A lot of modern styles are based on the fashions of bygone years, but they are often subtly different from what actually went before. If you read that 70s styles are trending, that doesn’t necessarily mean that digging out your mums old dresses from the back of her wardrobe is going to work. Often, these vintage trends are only influenced by the styles of the past and are, in fact, very different from the original.
8. Buy bargains because you love the clothes
There are always bargains to be found in the stores, but buy clothes because you love them, not only because the price is right. If you hang on to your money, you are sure to find something you really like at a bargain price a few days later. If you grab every bargain you see, you will probably spend more money in the long run buying things that you never really wear.
9. Tailor your clothes
You can make reasonably priced clothes look a hundred times better by having them alerted to fit you perfectly. If you don’t have the knowhow to do this yourself, search out a good tailor or dressmaker to do it for you. You will get well fitted, stylish looking clothes for a fraction of the price that you would pay for store-bought tailored items.
10. Make your style your own
Finally, if there is one thing above all else that will make you look stylish, it’s confidence. Wear clothes that make you feel on top of the world and in which you feel comfortable. All the fashion tips in the world won’t make you look great, if you don’t feel great, so shop for you first and foremost and then the style will come naturally.