It’s easy to become comfortable with how you dress, and many people believe there’s nothing wrong with this. However, if you’re someone who’s always been fashion-conscious and loves to express themselves through their clothes, being comfortable – and even complacent – can make it feel like you’ve lost a part of yourself.
Whether you’re 18, 48, or even 80, you always feel good when you look good. Giving your style a boost allows you to show off parts of yourself that you may not get to demonstrate otherwise. But how can you give your style a boost? Here is some advice to make you feel as good as you look.
Fix Up Your Appearance
There is always a fear that you dress too young for your age. Rather than fall neatly into the style box that is expected of your age (whatever that might be), you might worry that your outfits don’t match your overall appearance.
For women, this could involve dying their hair to eliminate grays, whereas men could consider scalp micropigmentation to make them look younger. You don’t need to make changes like this, of course. It all depends on the look you’re trying to achieve, but it’s always a good place to start.
Create a Core Range
A successful and versatile wardrobe is built upon a range of core pieces that you can mix and match with other outfits to create something different every time. Your core range can include a favorite pair of pants, skirts or dresses, and t-shirts, blouses, or button-ups that go with everything.
The most important thing about this is the color. Neutral colors go with everything, so the more neutral colors you have, the easier it will be to match, and it will feel like you’ve never run out of clothes. As the colors aren’t as bold as other items, they won’t distract from the rest of your outfit.
Dress to Suit Your Shape
Everyone has been guilty of wearing something that doesn’t suit their shape. This usually comes from inspiration from others. You’ve seen a friend or even a celebrity rock a style, and you try to emulate it.
However, while there’s nothing wrong with emulating outfits, it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. If the clothes you’ve chosen don’t fit your shape and are either too baggy or too tight, they won’t look the way you want to, and this could embarrass you and reconsider whether a style boost is right.
Look For Unique Items
You must persevere, though, and one way to do this is by looking for unique items. Fast fashion has made it easy for everyone to look good on a budget, but this also means that everyone ends up with the same clothes, and that’s before you consider the sustainability and production issues.
You’ll find unique items at vintage stores and thrift shops. As every range is different, you never need to worry about wearing the same thing as someone else. What’s more, vintage clothing is usually more durable, so you avoid the poor quality materials you find in fast fashion stores, providing a sustainable solution for your style.
Embrace the Power of Accessories
Sometimes, an outfit still doesn’t feel right no matter how confident you were when planning it. Rather than decide that it’s not for you, consider how an accessory or two could make it pop and transform it into something exceptional.
When you embrace the power of accessorizing your outfits, you have the chance to make even the most basic outfits look incredible. Necklaces act as centerpieces and draw attention to patterns or icons on a shirt, whereas bangles, rings, and bracelets all add a unique flavor. You can also use sunglasses to add a vintage touch, whereas handbags are an essential part of any outfit arsenal and mean you don’t need to carry your phone and wallet around by hand all day long.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Missteps
Even if you consider yourself in tune with fashion and style, you’re not perfect. There will come the point where you make a mistake. Luckily, the fashion police won’t come tearing around the corner as soon as you step outside, so take this opportunity to learn about it.
The more you express yourself through fashion, the more people will come to expect something great from you each time. No one is that consistent, though. You might misjudge an outfit or even over (or under) dress for an event. It might make you feel a little silly at first, but you’ll soon get over it, and you’ll know what not to do next time.
Evolve Your Look
From these missteps, you have the opportunity to evolve your look. By now, you understand there’s no use in stagnating, so looking for different ways to express yourself while still keeping the overall style familiar will give you plenty to work with.
This could be as simple as switching from tight jeans to baggy ones (or vice versa), it could include wearing all silver jewelry as opposed to all gold. You might even feel tempted to bring back styles that you loved when you were younger, because why not?
Wear It With Confidence
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t doubt yourself when stepping out for the first time in your boosted style. There is plenty of confidence that comes from dressing well, but you need to put in some hard work as well.
People will be able to tell if you don’t feel entirely secure in your outfit, and that can ruin the look you’re going for. If you want to make a statement, then make sure you back it one hundred percent. You might not be dressing for anyone else, but if you don’t feel confident in your style, you aren’t dressing for yourself, either.
Whether you make a small change or consider a dramatic transformation to your wardrobe, make sure you do it for no one but yourself. Dressing the way you’ve always wanted to will make you feel better about yourself and help you discover who you are. It is never too late to give your fashion a boost, so think about what you could do to make changes.
How else can you give your style a boost? Let me know in the comments below!