Clever Tips To Find Your Unique, Personal Style


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Finding a personal style that is completely unique to you and you alone is not an overnight process. And even when you think you might have cracked it, there’s a constant refining and changing as the seasons and years go by – it’s something that never ends.

There will, however, be a central foundation of your style that will never go away – it’s what you know will look good on you, and what informs you on what to buy when you are out shopping.

So the big question is – how do you find your style? If you still don’t ‘get’ what clothes should form the basis of your look, read on – we’re going to take you through everything you need to know. Let’s get started with the basics.

The Big Clear Out

Our closets are often full of things we don’t like – whether they are ill-fitting or just make you feel uncomfortable. And the first thing that you have to do in this process is get rid of everything you don’t like, doesn’t fit, or even that you are unsure of. Pack it up in bags, give it away to charity stores or to family/friends, and clean out that closet!

 

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Make a Pinterest Board

Next, what sort of look are you trying to achieve? Take a look around on Google and Instagram at your style icons, and pull pictures of them into a Pinterest Board. Focus on the images and clothes that resonate most with you – whether it’s the looks sported by your favorite celebrity or a fashion icon from years ago. Once you have built up a big board, you should have an idea of the sort of elements that make up your style of choice.

Focus on key pieces

Now you have a half-empty wardrobe and a headful of ideas, it’s time to plug the gaps. Concentrate on the staples, first – make out a list of everything you are missing and fill up the holes. You’ll find that you waste less money and get the foundations of your style much quicker this way. It’s important not to impulse buy, and remain focused, always keeping your lifestyle goals and choices into consideration.

 

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Be unique

Now it’s time to add some flair. If you are comfortable enough to make choices by now, then try adding some flair pieces from a boutique store or an independent: you are much more likely to find something unique from stores like these. But just because you are trying to find your own style, it doesn’t mean you need to go it alone. Talk to your local stores about getting help making your choices, or even try getting a consultation with a personal stylist if your budget allows it. There are plenty of services online that might be able to help, too – so take a look around and see what you can find.

Accessorize

Ultimately, it’s accessories that can form your style more than anything else. Regardless of the look, you want to achieve, accessories such as jewelry, bangles, scarves, and clutch bags can offset and improve any outfit. As long as you feel comfortable, trust your instincts, and are prepared to be authentic, you will find your unique, personal style – good luck!

 

She Wears It Well

We wake up every day and make decisions about our day, starting with the outfit we plan to wear. Even those who aren’t particularly fashion conscious will be able to make simple decisions about the clothes that they wear for the day ahead and dress appropriately for the occasion. This includes a good outfit for work.


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One thing you need to remember, more than the clothes you pick from the back of the wardrobe, is how you plan to wear it. Fashion isn’t just about the items you choose. It’s the combination of clothes with accessories. It’s the way the clothes fit your body. It’s how you feel when you walk out the door. Your confidence is going to be the biggest item you wear on a daily basis and ensuring that your self-esteem is as intact as the items in the wardrobe is essential to put your best fashion foot forward. Whether you shop on the high street or online with FashionForest, you need to ensure that you are choosing outfits that truly reflect your personality. Being confident with what you wear is the easiest way to fake it ‘til you make it, so even if you don’t feel great about the outfit you’re wearing, everyone will believe you do. So, how do you make sure that you ooze perfection, whatever the occasion you choose?

The Fit. The way your clothes fit, believe it or not, matters. Your skinny jeans won’t look as good on you if they’re baggy. The point of skinny jeans is that they are form-fitting and suit your body shape. Reading guides like this on how to dress for your shape is essential to make sure you are choosing clothes that will suit you. By understanding how to choose flattering clothes, you can feel great when you walk out the door every day.


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The Colour. For some, being on trend isn’t important, but choosing colours that don’t gel with the season can sometimes be a fashion faux pas. Bright colours are very in this summer, but that doesn’t mean you should dress head to toe in canary yellow. Making bold decisions about your outfit can be pulled off – but if you doubt it, wear those bold colours in the form of accessories. Think chunky jewellery and even shoes. Black work suit? Add some hot pink heels to give the overall look a fizz!

The Feel. Clothes should make you feel good about yourself. Part of fashion is indulging in your own creativity and if you don’t feel good about the items you have in the wardrobe, it’s the perfect excuse for a shopping trip! Overhaul if you must, but buy into items you love to wear. Wear things that will fit you properly and make you feel good about yourself. It’s the only way you can pull off those fluted sleeves and cold shoulder, drop-waisted dresses you have seen in the shop windows. Fashion is a creative adventure and a chance to show off who you are. Indulge!

 

Dressed To Impress In A Professional Arena

Throughout your career, there will be times where dressing to impress will be vital. This could range from interviews to company events and includes a whole host of other situations. Whatever the scenario may be, getting it right is essential.

 

Looking your best in a professional realm requires a slightly different approach to personal matters. However, some elements are very similar. Focus on these elements below, and you’ll be sure to look and feel perfect time and time again.

 

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Figure   

 

We all get judged on our figures both in and outside of work. There’s no need to be a size 0 model, but you should at least feel confident in your skin. Taking the necessary steps to gain a slimmer appearance without the need for a diet will work wonders for your self-esteem. In turn, that will improve the way you are received by others too.

 

As far as the long-term game is concerned, changing your lifestyle can bring progress. This can include cycling to work, drinking more water, or quitting bad habits. As long as those changes are being made for the right reasons, the results can be brilliant.

 

Hairstyle   

 

Regardless of the exact outfit you opt for, your fashion choices are there to enhance your natural looks. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get your facial features right. Perhaps most importantly, though, you should find a hairstyle that suits your face and the occasion. After all, this one element can shape your face and take the whole look to another level.

 

Special events might require a professional touch. However, this guide to quick fixes should be more than ample to cover all your daily requirements. If your hair is colored, you might want to complete that process a few days earlier as this will prevent a last-minute disaster.

 

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Subtle Standouts

 

In the professional arena, there’s a fine line between sexy and inappropriate. In many cases, it’s better to opt for a slightly reserved outfit and let your accessories grab the attention. Italian bracelets are an iconic winner that can be used for daily and special events. Meanwhile, subtle earrings and other jewelry can work wonders too.

 

It’s equally important to think about this approach when doing your makeup also. A little TLC goes a long way while too much can set the wrong tone during key interactions. Without being boring, it’s often best to play safe by opting for ideas that enhance your natural glow.

 

Footwear

Having said that, there’s one item that should stand out: the shoes. This is one of the most obvious standouts in any situation, and the business world is no different. The right choice will be influenced by a whole host of factors, but these ideas should get your creative juices flowing. Build a wardrobe that’s versatile enough to cover all bases, and you’ll be just fine.

 

Perhaps more importantly, you need to choose the right sizes and shapes of footwear. Ill-fitting shoes can harm your posture as well as your appearance and will do you no favors whatsoever. Conversely, getting it right will give you a solid platform to build upon.

 

How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:

 

First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!

 

However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!

 

This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.

 

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Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.

 

The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.

 

While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!

7 Summer Holiday Fashion Essentials

It’s almost here! We’re on the brink of Summer and for most people that means one thing – Summer Holiday! The soft, luscious sand between your feet, the hot sun warm against your skin and a cold cocktail in your hand. The only thing left to plan is keeping yourself looking fabulous for seven days straight on a 15kg baggage allowance. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. Here are your 10 Summer holiday fashion essentials.

 

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Sunglasses

They’re an absolute essential. Not only because they’ll protect your eyes from the sun, but also because you don’t want to be walking around squinting 24/7. It isn’t an attractive look. Luckily, you can go wild when it comes to fashion style with sunglasses. There are so many too choose from. From oversized to leopard print to My Little Pony. Remember, you only need 2 pairs, max.

 

Beach Bag

You’ll probably spend a lot of time on the beach while you’re away, and you’ll need a fashionable way of transporting your belonging to and fro. A beach bag should be able to hold important items like your purse, hotel room key, a bottle of water and a beach towel. This year, bird prints are the go to look.

 

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Walking Sandals

It’s surprising how much walking you do while on holiday. Whether it’s just from the hotel to your beach or you decide to go on a tour of the attractions, you’ll need reliable foot wear. If the weather is hot, your only option is a sandal because you don’t want to suffocate your feet. Look for a sandal you’re comfortable in before jetting off.

 

Versatile Clothing

Every girl needs a dress that can be worn in the day and in the night. Sometimes all you need is a belt to make a huge difference. Take some clothing that you know can work for different occasions. For example, a skirt that can double up as beach wear and still look good for a night on the town. If you need to do this on a budget, take a look at some tips here – http://tools2tiaras.com/shopaholic-rein-fashion-spending/

 

The Perfect Bikini

Sometimes, all you need for your body to be Summer ready is the perfect swimwear. Take your time and search for a bikini or one-piece that’s flattering for your body shape. Take this quiz to find out what bikini you should be wearing.

 

Hair Accessories

Ever noticed how you prefer your hair more natural when you’re on holiday? Natural waves are a fashionable look while you’re away and you may find that all you need is a good hair clip or band to feel at your best. If your hair hates humidity, you may want to take some frizz ease products with you too.

 

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Kaftan

When in Rome! While you’re away, you may notice the locals selling fashionable kaftans. Not only are they beautiful but they have a brilliant way of keeping you cool in the days and keeping you warm in the evenings. Pick one up as a treat for yourself.

 

Comfy But Not Frumpy: Looking Good at Home

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting at home, loafing around on the sofa, wearing your comfiest and ugliest clothes. Then, suddenly, there’s a knock at the door. There’s no telling who might be on the other side, and you look like you just rolled out of bed (which you possibly have). Or you’re seeing someone new, and you want to be comfy while they’re visiting, but you’re not ready to completely let your guard down just yet. Or maybe you just want to be comfortable at home without feeling frumpy. Even the most glamorous of people just want to be comfy sometimes, but how can you do it?

 

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Choose Comfy But Formfitting

 

Comfortable clothes don’t have to be shapeless. Sure, it’s nice to snuggle into an oversized hoodie sometimes. But other times, you don’t want to feel like you’re swimming around in something that’s much too big for you and hangs on you like a sack. It’s possible for clothes to be comfortable and for them to fit you well. Stretchy fabrics can be your friends here. You can wear clothes that hug your figure but still feel super comfortable and allow you to breathe. Think yoga and lounge pants and simple, stretchy tank tops. These items make great PJs, and they double up as outfits for lounging around the house too.

 

Go for the Cute Look

 

If you’re going to spend the day being a slob (which is your right to do occasionally), you might as well look cute while you’re doing it. At least if you have to answer the door to an unexpected visitor, you can own your laziness in the cutest way. If this is your goal, there are lots of cute onesies for adults that are perfect for this. Onesies have become a perfectly acceptable item for adults to wear, whether it’s when they’re lazing about at home or going on a wild night out. And why not? They’re warm and snuggly, and they’re fun too.

 

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Get PJs You Can Wear Outside

 

Would you be happy to wear your pajamas outside of the house, without anyone suspecting that you’re still in your PJs? If not, it might be time to rethink them. You can get lots of quality outfits for wearing to bed or around your home that are also perfectly acceptable for wearing in public. Just as long as you’re wearing them to the store, not to the office. The previously mentioned yoga pants and tank top work well, but there are other options too. You can even get away with a good pair of silk pajamas.

 

Wear Your Worn Clothes

 

Some clothes you buy for everyday wear eventually become a bit too worn for their original purpose. But they can still be great for wearing at home, giving you both the comfort and style you’re looking for. If you have clothes you’ve worn for a while, they might have become super comfy, if slightly less presentable.

 

Being comfortable doesn’t have to mean feeling frumpy, even when you’re at home. You can look and feel good too.

4 Ways to Help A Beauty-Novice Friend With Their Style


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Exercising your friendship muscle is always beneficial, and is necessary from time to time. Sometimes in order to show our friends how much we care, we need to let them know we’re there for them no matter what. If your friend has been through a rough time lately or is simply showing signs of low self-esteem about their style, helping them with the way they dress or groom can yield huge results for their life optimism.

 

This isn’t to say you should force a new wardrobe or lifestyle on someone, but subtly asking if you’d like to go shopping or go for a spontaneous makeover might be just what they need. Of course, just helping someone with a new style might not solve problems they’re facing, but it will let you know that you care about the way they feel day-to-day, and that’s important.

 

Follow this handy guide to help your beauty-unconscious friend feel like a million dollars.

 

  1. Go For A Spa Day

 

Beauty needn’t be a chore! Sometimes a spa day completed with manicures and pedicures is an amazing way to catch up and fully relax them for the rest of the points on this list. You can often find good deals for two friends attending the same spa, so be sure to make use of it and see what good your relaxing day out can accomplish!

 

  1. Help Them With Their Smile

 

Give your friend a genuine reason to smile by taking them to a specialist dentist and getting their teeth whitened. Make it a point that this is for the purpose of helping them smile about life, and they’ll more often than not get the point and go along with it, as well as thanking you for your efforts.

 

You can find frequently asked questions about teeth whitening here. It’s been proven that a better smile leads to happier moods, so with this, you’re showing your friend you’re always there to make them feel better. Plus you’ll both look fantastic at the end of it.

 

  1. Go To The Gym Together

 

Going to the gym together is an amazing way to feel better and fit your clothes in a shapely way. You’ll be less likely to neglect a session because neither of you will want to let the other down, but you’ll also find it easier to get through a gruelling session on the treadmill if your friend is there. This is a great way to naturally improve their confidence and show that you’re there through thick and thin!

 

  1. Take Them To A Salon

 

Sometimes a makeover is required, sometimes a new haircut is all it takes. Going to a salon helps you get among experts, as the staff will be well versed in all things beauty. Even if you’re the most style-focussed person, the opinion of someone who works in that field can be invaluable. It’s also a great time to have a good chat with your friend and feel incredible after you leave.

 

For the most part being a good friend is about being present, but showing you care in more tangible ways never goes to waste. They will thank you for being a super friend often, and maybe return the favor one day!

 

Better Than A Diet – The Slim Look With Less Hassle

So many women feel they are struggling with their weight. The trouble is, you might be well within your normal range for your height. So why do you feel you need to shed a few more pounds? The slim look is gorgeous, but it seems to be really hard to achieve. However, there are lots of secrets adopted by the It girls and celebrities to help create the illusion of that perfect silhouette. It doesn’t involve diets, and it’s much easier to stick to!

 

Dressing for your shape is one of the best ways you can create that beautiful slim look you’re working so hard for. We tend to forget that most of those bargain items of clothing look great in the store but aren’t necessarily flattering for our figure. Yes, supportive underwear can work wonders. No, you shouldn’t wear it all the time. Those special cocktail dresses you wear once a month are usually the only outfits you would wear them with.

 

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Instead, have a look in the mirror. There are plenty of websites out there to help you determine the shape you are most like. Generally speaking, the illusion of the perfect feminine form starts with the chest. If you’ve got plenty none of your tops will do you justice. If you are athletic in build, then you’ll find lots of tops are going to hang there and emphasize a smaller shape. What you need to do is find the right style of top. Start with the necklines that flatter your beautiful bosom the most. Don’t forget to try it with more than one bra!

 

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Some of us can get stuck in a rut when it comes to style. This can leave you looking a little older than you really are. Instead, check out new fashion outlets. If you’re not sure, stick with the promos, like the current Forever 21 deals so you can get a feel for something fresh. Sometimes a complete change of direction in your fashion choices can boost your confidence too.

 

If you genuinely need to lose a little weight, then don’t buy clothes that fit the size you should be. Flatter the shape you are today. You can always try a few of our little tricks to shred a pound or two. Love the body you have today. It can always be improved tomorrow if that’s the direction you want to go. Squeezing holiday weight into old clothes definitely won’t do you any favors so check out a couple of different items.

 

Your posture is the easiest thing to adjust and the easiest thing to alter your silhouette. Carrying extra weight can sometimes bring out the timid, shy you. This causes necks to shrink down as the shoulders hunch up. If you feel bloaty, you might leave your stomach to roll out. If you don’t hold your body correctly every day, your core will weaken, and your metabolism might slow down. So extend the neck and hold your head high. Adjust the derriere and hold that tummy firmly in place. Walk with confidence and love your body.

 

Feeling Fabulous For Summer


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A bikini body is sort of an arbitrary statement. It came to light a couple of years ago when somebody pointed out that all you had to do to get a bikini body was wear a bikini. That’s the literal definition of it – a bikini on a body. So why are we still so wrapped up in how our bodies look and what others will think of them? One of the greatest things that we can do with our body is be confident with it, and not focus on the aesthetics. This can be hard to do, especially as we have all grown up with role models, celebrities and famous influences all shaping our beliefs on what a perfect body should look like.

 

Eating and Drinking

 

Instead of thinking about how to feel fabulous in how you look, consider how you can feel better within yourself. Your mindset, your feelings on a day to day basis. What you consume in both food and drink can play a massive part on how you get yourself working in the morning. Make sure that you are drinking plenty throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated; eight glasses of water, each containing at least eight fluid ounces of water, is the recommended daily amount for you to be taking in to keep your levels balanced. Ensure that you are eating the correct types of foods to pass over the feelings of bloat and keep you energised and focused in whatever activities you have planned. Getting a good range of superfoods into your diet can help enormously with this.

 

Exercising

 

Exercise is something that we mainly think of as a tool to get us looking good, but we never really think about the other benefits. Sure, the consequences of us working out continually wil get our bodies into shape and stepping towards the desired effect, but we should be thinking about getting our fitness levels up to scratch before we concentrate on the side-effects. You could take a look at some exercise tools and read reviews, such as an elliptical machine for example  https://bodygearguide.com/best-elliptical-machine-reviews/ or if you don’t quite know on how to get started, you could start with something simple like running and looking for tips, such as on http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/the-25-golden-rules-of-running .

 

Dressing For Your Body

 

Feeling fabulous means that no matter what anybody else says, you will still keep a feeling of goodness about yourself. This is what everybody need to aim for, for at least one point in their life. It’s about ditching social norms and going with whatever feels comfortable for you. If you know that you can’t pull something off, then don’t wear it – but don’t let anybody else tell you what you can and can’t wear, especially when the weather is dictating the most of it. If you want to wear shorts or skirts, go for it. If you prefer to cover up, then do that. It’s nobody’s business but your own; respect yourself.

Step Back In Time With Vintage Style

It can be difficult to pull off vintage clothing. All too often we can find ourselves on the wrong side of eclectic and veering ever closer to looking a bit dated. Achieving a modern take on retro styles can be tough. But with some careful consideration and handy tips, anyone can master the vintage look.

 

Keep Costs Down

 

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Vintage clothing can quickly become pricey. This shouldn’t be the case. One of the reasons people like the vintage style is that it harks back to a less materialistic time. You’re supposed to buy vintage clothes and treasure them forever, not throw them away. So make sure you buy a few pieces, sensibly. Avoid overspending by buying individual pieces rather than whole outfits. For instance, a great pair of boots that you know will work with jeans you already own. Or buy the crazy kaleidoscopic dress, as long as you already have a bag and earring to match. This way you won’t overspend, but you also won’t go overboard.

 

Giving a Subtle Nod to Retro Style

 

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Speaking of going overboard, if you just want to dip your toe into the vintage trend, there are ways to do it subtly. Give a nod to the trend without going too far by recreating some classic makeup looks from the past. Pin-up girl curls and bright red lips are a retro makeup look inspired by the 50’s. Similarly, try pairing some costume jewelry from the past with a modern outfit that’s already in your closet. Lastly, try replicating the popular silhouettes of bygone eras rather than buying vintage itself. For instance, pencil skirts clinch the waist and hug your figure, just like a lot of 50’s outfits.

 

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

 

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Vintage clothing is all about embracing bygone eras and styles. Forget what you thought you knew about shape, style, and fit, and go with it. To truly pull off a vintage look you need to wear it with confidence. These clothes have withstood the test of time, so stand tall in yours!

 

Avoid Looking Like You’re in Costume

 

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If you’re going all out with a vintage outfit keep your hair and makeup minimal. Remember you’re trying to recreate elements of the style, do everything at once and you’ll risk cheapening the look. Loose waves, ballerina buns, and slick straight hair are all great accompaniments to bolder looks. Pair your look with some modern accessories, this is another great way to bring this vintage style into your modern life. A contemporary handbag, fashion-forward sunglasses, or trendy high heels will all do the trick.