Lessons in Fashion: 5 Obstacles You’re Likely to Encounter (and How to Gracefully Jump Over Them)
The way we present ourselves is intrinsically linked with our success in this world. Whether you want to become a stylist or you’re simply looking to impress on a job interview, fashion is a vital part of our everyday lives. To help you with your fashion journey, we’ve put together a guide that can help you accentuate your best self. Here are 5 challenges that you are likely encounter in the fashion world and how to conquer them.
Less is more
This goes for accessories, the baring of flesh and the application of make-up. Think like an insouciant Parisien and revel in the power of mystery. Over-accessorising is a thing of the past; keep it simple by wearing and accentuating a few key pieces. Too much of one thing is to be avoided, as well. Don’t succumb to the triple threat: low bust line, midriff showing and a short skirt. Based on your physical attributes, pick just one area to show off. Less is more is a timeless, classic approach which will ensure your outfits stand the test of time.
When in doubt, black is still in
It would not be the fashion world without the supremacy of black. Attend any fashion week all over the world; there will not a limb left un-touched by the thrill of an all-black ensemble and not an outfit left uninfluenced by industry insiders’ favourite colour (or perhaps, non-colour). The industry secrets for a perfect head-to-toe black look? Punctuate your dark designs with metallic accessories, and carefully consider your silhouette.
Comfort is in
We all know that sometimes beauty is, in fact, pain. However, modern trends have swayed toward breathable, wearable materials and comfortable cuts and designs. Think linens, high waisted cuts and practical designs. For example, sneakers have made a huge resurgence in the past few years. Granted, you want to look your best and shoes are definitely the way to pull an outfit together, but there is now a plethora of edgy, effective options that can both look great and feel comfortable.
Neutral shades can scream louder
Lurid neon hues may get you noticed, but people remember the person dressed in an elegant colour palette. Think beiges, whites, navys, blacks and other neutral tones that ooze grown-up, timeless glamour. Another benefit of a neutral, elegant colour palette is that they fit effortlessly together. Too many bright colours can make an visual car crash, however with a wardrobe full of neutral tones you will never be left wondering how to layer.
Know your best asset
Whether it’s your waist, your shoulders, your legs or your decolletage, it’s essential that you know your best asset and that you accentuate it. Select clothing that shows off your best asset, and draws attention away from your less flattering ones. Find the clothes that love your shape and show off your best bits!
Whether you’re the next Anna Wintour or you just want to style the perfect weekend outfit, ensure that you take heed of these 5 common fashion challenges. Next time you’re not feeling your outfit (and you’re making everyone late as a result), take a deep breath and think: are you accentuating your best asset? Is your look cluttered and overdone? Do you need to tone down the colour palette? And lastly, are you comfortable? Happy styling!