Are you stuck in a fashion rut? It happens to me once every three years. My problem is, that when I find a style I love, I want it to be fashionable forever.
Take bootleg trousers for example. I adored them. They made me look skinny, long legged and were suitable for work, shopping and clubs. Perfect!
Skinny jeans happened and now jeggings.! (Jeggings are leggings styled to look like tight denim jeans.-just in case you’ve missed out on this particular fashion must have) Indeed my 15 year old cousin told me last week that he was wearing “meggings”. Apparently that’s the male version!
So how do you keep up with the latest fashions and styles?
Firstly I split my wardrobe into sections. “Classic Can Wear Forever” and “Was On-Trend At The Time,But Think I Need To Move On”. But stop, don’t throw those clothes in the bin just yet, keep them long enough and they will come back into fashion. A few years ago you wouldn’t have thought you’d ever be wearing shoulder pads would you?
So now there is space in your wardrobe, it’s time to update your style. Great, how do we start?
Personally I start with the fashion magazines and remember its not just clothes we are looking at, but hair, make up, nail varnish and a million and one different accessories.
I always plan for the season ahead, there is not much point in updating your summer wardrobe at the end of August. Prepare for Winter 2010. Have a good look at those magazines and get an idea of the colour trends, cuts and must have items. Circle the things that you like and start to build some outfits in your mind. Always bear in mind your shape, age and lifestyle. Restrictive ball gowns are not that great for doing the school run.
Have a fashioned themed party at home. Invite your friends and crack open a bottle of wine. Ask them to pick items they think you would look great in. Its sometimes interesting to find out how other people perceive you whilst remembering that your opinion is the most important.
Once you have got an idea of the outfits you want to create, its time to get down to money. Money talks. Set yourself a budget and stick with it. With all the high street competition available these days its easy to look on trend for less.
Be brave. Sometimes I dismiss the latest female fashion trends because they won’t suit me, but how do you really know if you never try them on. Set yourself a “try on” day and just keep trying different styles. You will be really surprised to see that clothes you would never normally dare to wear, can look super cool.
Once you have some staple outfits, accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.
Remember that you can also update older outfits with new accessories, scarves, gloves, headbands, handbags or shoes. Whilst on the subject of shoes, there is a simple fashion rule to remember, new season, new shape.
Now that your new wardrobe is finalised pick a new signature scent. Something to echo your new style, bohemian, youthful and whimsical or confident and powerful.