Trends easy to embrace

2015-09-09 06:00

SPRING is here, so it is high time for women to be bold by choosing wearable trends. There is something for everyone this spring.

Women are spoiled for choice by being offered the best and most wearable trends to embrace this season.

Style is as much about knowing yourself as knowing what you want to portray. If you are assured of this knowledge, other people’s opinions do not really matter.

Here are a few tips on how to find confidence in yourself and your style.

Understand your body

Knowledge is power. The first thing you need to understand is what kind of body you have and what works for you.

If you have a good understanding of your body shape and your strengths and weaknesses, you can buy clothes to either accentuate or camouflage.

Keep a notebook or diary or take pictures

If you felt great wearing a certain outfit on any particular day, write it down. Or better even, take a picture.

I have found that taking pictures of myself is a great help in recognising which outfits worked and looked good and which ones did not.

Understand your personality and colours

Colours can also have a huge effect on your style and how you feel.

Understand how certain colours make you feel. You can consider doing a colour analysis with an image consultant or you can do a style course.

You can also do exercises to understand your style personality.

Keep a scrapbook or pin the styles that inspire you

Whenever you see others wearing clothes you admire or like, try to get a picture and paste it in a note- or scrapbook or pin it on Pinterest.

After a while, you will see a pattern developing of the kind of styles that you like.

Take note of that and remind yourself about this style before going for the latest fashionable trend.

Be critical of your current wardrobe

Be honest. Decide which garments in your closet you really like.

How many of the garments have you not worn for a long time? How many were “mistakes”?

Again, write down what did not work. Which clothes make you happy?

Then throw away or swap any items you know do not really look good on you. They may be great pieces, but if they do not suit you or your body type, you will not look stylish in them.

Make sure that every item you buy fits you

I am sure this has happened to you. You see an absolutely wonderful piece of clothing at a rock-bottom price.

You try it on, but it is just a little bit too short or too tight. You buy it anyway, because the piece is so lovely and it is cheap.

This is a big mistake. Any clothing that does not fit you properly will never look good on you. Beware of sales and only buy new clothes when you really adore them and they fit you properly (or when you can easily alter it to fit you).

Only follow the latest trends when they fit your style or your body type

True style defies fashion trends. Although it is nice to add trendy pieces each season, only go for the trends that suit you. Wait for a trend that suits you and then buy several pieces.

Make sure your wardrobe contains all the necessary basics for your style

If through all of the above you got a clearer sense of what you like and what suits you, you need to determine if you have the basic essentials necessary for your particular style.

Go through your inspiration book and determine the absolutely necessary essentials for your style.

Add your own statement pieces

Once you have covered the basics of your style, look for some wonderful statement pieces that are truly unique for you.

Try to be creative and mix both high-end and low-end brands together. Create something unique.

Make your style extra special with the right accessories

Accessories are easier to change and it is also easier to be creative with them.

Invest in a good pair of shoes and choose the perfect handbag for your style.

If you understand your style well, it may not be necessary at all to have many shoes or handbags.

Rather, you could focus on getting the perfect ones.

One of these accessories may become part of your signature style.

Something that uniquely defines you. – Trends report by Sylvia on ­

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