Being stylish isn’t hard or mysterious BUT it is a form of art and like any other art form it requires discipline and attention to detail.
Use your body, clothing and accessories as an artist does in creating a painting. Study some of your favorite paintings or photographs to see what the artist did to focus your attention on a certain area or subject. Note the other subtle elements that you don’t see at first but that give the picture more depth and contribute to the overall message. What makes a masterwork is that you can look at it again and again, always finding something that interests, entertains or makes you think in a new way.
For the more practical mind: This approach to dressing allows you to be an individualist, put the viewer’s attention on your assets and ignore those areas you don’t want others to notice.
Master your individual style by choosing one or more of the tips below and using them to create the backdrop and points of interest in your unique work of art.
- Always dress to put the attention first on you and then on what you are wearing. YOU are the subject of this piece of art, the star of your show!
Example: You have a beautiful neck (but you don’t love your derriere) so you use a soft cowl neck top in one of your flattering colors and decorative earrings to bring the attention that area.
- Choose one item in your outfit to be your focal point and assemble the rest of the outfit around that piece so that everything else reinforces that focal point.
Example: Wear all one neutral color and accent the outfit with one bold-colored accessory such as a scarf, shoes or a necklace.
- Have an unusual piece of jewelry or a bag that you wear with everything. It will upgrade the rest of your wardrobe. Others will associate it with you and remember you.
Example: a pendant with a jewel the same color as your eyes, a bracelet that is a one-of-a kind and exemplifies your personal style.
- Use your hair as an accessory.
Example: An unusual cut or style, witty or eye-catching hair accessories, a streak of color that is your favorite or matches your eyes or brings out your eye color.
- Decide on your style theme for the year, write it down and put it where you can see it when you are choosing your clothing to use for inspiration. Use the current styles that work with your personal style so that you stay true to you.
Example: Right now you love the idea of living in a forest cabin. Your might call the style “earthy and cozy”. The colors would be the woodsy tones from your personal colors – your best soft neutrals plus some of your blues and greens. Every time you dress, imagine your forest cabin. You can use Pinterest or magazine pictures of cabins and clothing to inspire you and keep the message clear to you.
- Be a collector of all things YOU. Put away or let go of the things that do not represent your style message right now.
Example: Last year you were in love with dresses, printed and solid, this year only monochromatic separates attract you. Put away the dresses or wear the solid ones belted with leggings to get to the look you want.