If you are one of those people who want to stand out, be yourself, and look style savvy within your budget, then the following are the basic guidelines to achieve the WOW factor:
Match your lifestyle and wardrobe needs. Make a table and label the columns Monday to Sunday. Then, for each time of the day, identify the activities that our commonly do and think about the kind of clothes you currently wear and also what you should wear. Make a note of even the clothes that you don’t have but need to wear.
Be true to your style personality. The basic ones are classic, sporty, romantic and dramatic. Which one are you?
Classic usually has basic colors such as black, blue, white and brown in her wardrobe. There is an abundance of plain round neck shirts, polo shirts straight jeans, button-down blouses and black pants. The tendency is to go for quality over style and variety.
Sporty usually has an abundance of natural colors coordinated with a bright color. Favored fabrics are jersey, knit, fabrics with lycra blend, and denim. The priority is comfort and practically over style.
The romantic dresser likes pastel or soft shades. You will see bows, ribbons, lace and chiffon in the wardrobe of this style personality. The overall look of the romantic dresser is elegant and feminine.
The dramatic personality is fashion-forward and eager to try the season’s new trends and looks. The colors in a person’s wardrobe must come with a statement piece. The overall look is trendy and gives the message that she wants to stand out.
Closet audit. This step can be the most difficult! You need to be open and honest to yourself. So here’s what you can do:
Allocate three hours to do this and maybe turn on the A/C as this can be physically exhausting.
Gather three boxes and label them: for keeps, for repair, for others.
One item at a time, Inspect and fit all your wardrobe items from tops, bottoms, accessories, shoes, etc. and put them in boxes accordingly. If you have difficulty, ask a close friend or a family member to help you judge the items. This is fun as you reminisce when you wore that shoulder-padded blouse in 1988!
Then put all your “for keeps” back in the cabinet by garment type (pants, skirts, blouses, etc.) and then by color.
Keep the “for repair” items in a paper bag and make sure to bring them to the alterations store.
The box “for others” is literally for you to donate or give to some else because these are the items that do not match your goal and lifestyle.
Analyze the immediate items, then make a shopping list. Also include your accessories and skin care or makeup products to match your lifestyle, style personality and goal. Focus on the immediate items and investment pieces.
Have a color analysis session. A color analysis session is an activity wherein an Image Consultant will compare different colors of fabric to get the different characteristics of each color that complement and enhance your personal characteristics. At the end of a color session, you will discover the use of different shades of colors that you can use, from your lipstick to your earrings!
Practice and internalize. Just like any undertaking in life, the first day is always the most difficult. So on the first day that you will putting everything into practice, keep in mind why you really want to look your best at each moment.