If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably caught at least a couple pieces of fashion advice during my #12daysofstyletips series in December. I promised to pull all the tips together here and expand on them or share links to previous posts which offer more details. I don’t like breaking promises so that’s what this post is about.
Now regarding the title of this post, it’s bold but also true. Yes, trends will come and go this year. Depending on where you live, temperatures will also change and you will have to reach for different types of clothing from season to season. None of that matters! These tips will work under all circumstances since style is so deeply personal. Each tip can be adapted to suit your own aesthetic.
1. Forget trends. Wear what you like.
There’s nothing wrong with following trends but if you’re not a fan of what’s in, feel free to leave it out. You always rock your outfit more confidently if you truly love it. If you’re not quite sure what you like, here’s how to develop your personal style.
2. Mix and match creatively.
Tried and true colour combos are great when you’re in a rush. If you have lots of time to plan an outfit, don’t be afraid to play with unusual combinations of colours and patterns. They may go against some of the fashion rules we have in the Caribbean but so what?
3. Build a cohesive wardrobe.
You will struggle to find something to wear every morning if the different elements in your wardrobe don’t work together. Be sure that any new pieces you can buy can work with at least a few items you already own. Devise your own uniform if necessary.
4. Learn which colours and styles flatter you.
Learn them then fill your wardrobe with them. Slaying is easy once you only have pieces that look great on you. Is red your colour? Do you look best in flowing silhouettes? Find out. Also, find out why your style game may be struggling.
5. Let your accessories do the work.
Even if you’re not into fancy clothes, your look doesn’t have to be boring. Choose jewellery, shoes, bags and even headpieces that show off your personality and elevate your image.
6. Support local and regional designers.
Support your own! I’m not saying never buy from big global brands but unique clothing and accessories go a long way in setting you apart from the crowd. You can also get pieces made to perfectly fit your body and style. Here are some Barbadian fashion designers from which you can choose.
7. Watch out for wardrobe malfunctions.
The last thing you want is to spend an entire day or night making sure what’s supposed to be covered stays covered. Before you buy, walk around in the garment as much as possible and look at it from all angles. And don’t let anyone tell you to stop looking in the mirror so much before you leave home! See how the outfit is moving around on your body in case you need pins or tape to keep things in place.
8. Be open to new styles.
Sometimes we get stuck in a style rut buying or wearing the same things over and over again. Comfort zones are all well and good but every now and then, try something you’ve never worn before.
9. Wear appropriate foundation garments.
You can ruin a good outfit by wearing the wrong underwear. Exposed bras or bra straps and visible panty lines are a no-no. When you choose your clothing, make sure you have the correct foundation garments to ensure a flawless look. Check out my What’s Under There? series for loads of tips.
10. Get your clothing tailored to fit.
Clothing will not always fit perfectly straight off the rack. Sleeves or hems may be too long or you may need the waist of a skirt taken in a bit. Find someone who can alter your pieces so they fit like they were made for you.
11. Take care of your clothes and accessories.
Follow those washing instructions and watch how you store bags, shoes and jewellery. Excessive heat, moisture and sea spray can all cause damage. Even if your pieces are of high quality, neglect can ruin them. Click this link for tips on how to care for costume jewellery.
12. Don’t wait for special occasions.
This final tip is as much life advice as it is style advice. Life is short. Wear the dress, rock the heels and be a little extra if you feel like. People will talk anyway and it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Have a style concern that’s not mentioned here? Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to help.