The way a dress fits depends on the way you wear it.
In the world today where nudity is highly promoted, it is now difficult to maintain an elegant look.
I don’t want to sound cliché but your dressing says a lot about you even before you introduce yourself. You don’t have to dress tacky and skimpy before you consider yourself stylish. If you agree with me let’s run down few points to consider before you go shopping for outfits.
- Understand your body shape
- Right outfit for the occasion
- Comfortable outfit
- Dress according to your income
- And finally dress with your “church mind”
Understanding your body shape
Ladies, there’s always something for everyone. Irrespective of your shape.
There are five basic female body shapes:
- The hour glass shape – Curvy but evenly proportioned: Choose clothes that work and move with your natural curves, not against them. Avoid shapeless or boxy styles, like baby-doll dresses, tunics, and oversize cardigans.
- Triangle / Pear – larger at the bottom: Avoid shapeless, oversize sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric, like silk.
- Rectangle – straight up and down: This straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom (whether it’s a skirt or pants) to create curves. Avoid dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.
- Apple – Thick around the middle : Avoid anything that draws attention to the middle―like high-rise pants, belts, and waist-clinching tops.
Let’s keep it simple. Once you understand your body shape, it becomes easier to find the flattering pieces.
Dress for the occasion
I think we only adhere to dress code if it is a job interview, after that we all go ‘I wear what I like”
For weddings – Don’t wear white it is the brides colour and it is her day. Black and red are wedding no no.Steer clear of anything heavily beaded or sequined, otherwise you will be competing with the venue decoration. knee-length dress in a material like cotton is always a wedding friendly outfit. strapless styles and open-toed shoes get the nod of approval. “Simple hats” also earn a thumbs-up, floor-length gowns are okay but keep it simple and be sure not to upstage the bride.
A Cocktail Party
You can’t wear a gym outfit to a cocktail gathering and expect to be taken seriously. I am guilty of this fashion crime though! Avoid fabrics that are too casual, like chino, jersey, and denim. Reach out for a little black number and a comfortable flat shoe if you are in a familiar gathering. Or rock a one shoulder grecian dress with a wedge and complement the look with light accessories.
A Business Dinner or a Company Party – Maintain a professional look, avoid provocative attire, wear a suit and bring along a feminine blouse and evening-appropriate shoes, switch your accessories from little to bolder items.
Dinner with your significant other –
Avoid appealing dresses, I mean; he already knows you in and out, so don’t feed his eyes with your body parts, just look simple so you can both be in the moment rather than imagining… Get dolled up; go for a knee length baby doll gown, dress in a bold colour or print. Keep it beautiful and neat.
First and foremost, you should feel like you. Always buy outfits that you are sure will make you feel great about yourself,
Stick to a colour scheme and pattern. Choose colours that will complement your complexion. If you are flabby, avoid fabrics that are thin because it will expose bumps and fats.
Go for outfits that move freely with you.
Heels – if you can’t walk a mile in that Christian Louboutin stilettos then it is a no no for any event.
If you constantly have to adjust your dress in public then you shouldn’t have worn it.
Remember, always leave a little for the imagination. Don’t put it all out, Less is more!
Dress according to your income
Clothing Is Not an Investment, so be sure not to overspend on clothing Unless you are celebrity or your Job requires you to dress expensively. Before you go shopping, just do some quick math to figure out what % of your income you are willing to do away with. When you go, simply make sure that you’re choosing really great items that you’ll wear in the future.
If you are on a low income focus on Accessories. Have a few good staple items, and then make them look different on a regular basis by mixing them up with simple accessories. Mix things up with jackets, shirts, jewelry, shoes, and bags.
A black piece is best if you are running on a low budget, Don’t Obsess Over Brand Names and Don’t follow the trend as you’ll spend more.
Dress with your “church mind”
As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so avoid potential eyebrow-raisers. You don’t wanna reference pretty woman if you know what I mean, just dress in a way that best defines you.
If at all you have to show some flesh, just do it moderately, one at a time.
If you can pull all these together then you are certainly on your way to looking classy.