10 Style Fundamentals…

I was watching one of my favorite fashion television shows last week– What Not to Wear. Where during their season finale, stylists Stacey and Clinton were sharing their rules to live by when it comes to style and fashion. I and possibly most stylists, share these same philosophies about fashion and style. They were such GREAT rules that I thought I should share them with all of you. I have rearranged the order from what they had on the show to the order I felt was most important to know from 1 to 10. I have of course added my 2 cents in the description of the rules. Okay, here they are…

Rule #1. Your clothes HAVE to fit well. –If you wear clothes that are too big, you look like a slump. If you wear clothes that are too small, you look like a stuffed sausage.

Rule #2. Dress the body you have and not the body you want. — I say, do not put off good style because you don’t have the body you want to have. Stop waiting for the”baby weight” to come off before you can look stylish when you walk out the door. This is not to say you shouldn’t try to reach your target weight; just know that there are ways to look GOOD in your current body. Always make the effort to put your best fashion foot forward.

Rule #3. Dress your age. Dressing too old is just as bad as dressing too young. When you dress too old, it’s like telling the world you have given up on yourself. Dressing too young, can make you look childish and will not be taken seriously.

Rule #4. Dress for the job you want, not for the one you have. — I tell my clients all the time, the way you dress can cause you to be disrespected and overlooked for a promotion.  However, dressing sharp, can command respect and people will instantly, listen to what you have to say as if you are the boss. *Remember every time you get dressed, you are not only representing the company you work for, but most importantly, yourself. What does your clothes say about you???

Rule #5. Color, texture, pattern and shine all create visual interest.– Look at these as personality defining traits of an outfit. This is what makes you, you. You can use all 4 of these in different measures and combinations to create an outfit.

Rule #6. Jeans are supposed to make your “butt” look good.– NO MOM JEANS!!! Your jeans should not sag at the crotch EVER! They should also not be too tight or too high-waist. And remember, dark wash denim can slim you up and are great for dressing up and dressing down.

Rule #7. Keep the “girls” (your breasts) locked and loaded.– The right bra can really make you look thinner. When you raise the girls up a little, you will expose this narrow place by your ribcage. This will give you a more defined waist and give you more of an hourglass figure.

Rule #8. You don’t have to show a lot of skin to look sexy.– When you show too much skin, it shouts that you are insecure! Let’s face it, we ALL care about what people think about us to some extent. So, remember that your clothes WILL always say something about who you are before you get a chance to tell someone who you are. Rule of thumb: Show skin on 1 part of the body. If you are going to show skin on top, then keep your skirt to a knee length. If you are going to show legs, then keep the top covered.

Rule #9. Mom does not = frump. — Keep yourself on the priority list!!! You don’t have to be the first priority, but you MUST be somewhere on the list. Remember, your children want a mom who feels good about herself. This will go a long way by showing your children they must have a good self-esteem and self-respect.

Rule #10. You can show off your personality without looking CRAZY!!!– Rule of thumb: People should notice you and not just your outfit. Also, if you have worn it to a costume party, it should NOT be in your day-to-day wardrobe. An outfit should support the whole look of the woman.

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  1. I love dressing up looking good and all BUT I have that “issue”! I havent loose my baby fat. So there are some nice fitted dresses I would love to wear but cannot. What can I do? I mean what type of dresses should I wear that wont make me look trashy nor stupid?!?!

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