Because Monday’s are so drab, I thought I’d compile a list of the 10 style secrets that I live by. To me, these are my 10 cardinal rules of dressing myself that I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way!) throughout the years.
1.) It doesn’t matter how cute it is on the rack. If it doesn’t compliment your body shape, DON’T WEAR IT!!
Ever see a dress or top that looks AMAZE-BALLS on the shopping rack, only to try it on and see that it accentuates unflattering parts of your body? Been there and done that, sister. I have found that even if the outfit is oh-so adorable, if it doesn’t work for my body shape, I can’t wear it. For example, I cannot wear stripes. I’ve been * blessed * with the boyish, ZERO curve torso, so anything that widens my hips and makes my non-existent curves look even more boyish, I can’t wear it. That’s why the high-wasted trend works for me, because tucking in my hips makes me look curvier than I am.
2.) If you hesitate even a second in the dressing room, it’s a no.
You’ll regret buying that purchase the second you get home. Trust me.
3.) Find a color that compliments your skin tone
We always feel sexier when we know that our best features are being complimented. For instance, I’ve found that olive works well with my beige tones in summer, but in winter, I should stick to blush tones to complement my ivory “winter” skin. (I’m a northern gal, so my skin is literally two completely opposite shades January vs. August.)
4.) Practice walking in your heels before your big event
Whatever your occasion may be, If you are wearing uncomfortable shoes (such as stilettos) make sure you practice walking around the house with them before your big event.
5.) Speaking of shoes, one can never own too many pairs.
Shoes are a woman’s best friend. I’m a firm believer that there is nothing wrong with having a closet full of shoes.
6.) Don’t let others’ opinions sway you
I remember last year when I saw on Facebook a few people saying that high waisted pants are super ugly and that nobody should wear them. I stayed away from them for nearly the whole summer because I felt SO insecure about wearing them. But the truth is that I LOVED this trend- they accentuated my shape and I felt super sexy wearing them. Now, I hardly ever am NOT wearing high-waisted bottoms. It’s my style and I’m sticking to it!! Bottom line: Fashion is all about self-expression. Do YOU and don’t care what anybody else thinks.
7.) Neutrals are your BFF
I’m convinced that literally everyone on the planet looks stunning in black or white.
8.) Invest in pieces that you can mix and match with other items of your closet
Have a high-waisted skirt that you wear in the summer with a crop top? Pair it with some bold leggings, an oversized cardigan and some combat boots this winter. Don’t be afraid to mix up your wardrobe. I am a firm believer in outfit-repeating. (Duh. I can’t afford NOT to.)
9.) Lipstick makes everything look 10 times hotter
For realz. Pucker up and apply the boldest shade of red you have.
And I saved the best tip for last…
10.) Confidence is your greatest accessory
I’ve said it time and time again. Having confidence is key. Keep that pretty chin up, know you’re freakin’ gorgeous, and rock it, girlfriend. XOXO
What style cardinal rule do you live by?
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