Essential Tips On Building a Great Style

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In modern society, styles and fashions come and go in the blink of an eye. That said, you can learn to make sense of it all. You need not be lost about fashion, keep reading for more tips to keep ahead of the style game.

Classics Never Fail

For the bulk of the budget you have for fashion, buy classics and basics. Target items that are always in fashion, yet work with other styles as well. A black, basic pencil skirt is always in style and can be updated with jackets and tops that follow the trends of a particular season.

For instance, fitted classic white shirts are good investment. You can very easily dress up darker colored jeans by putting on a white shirt and classy high heels. You can also wear colored jeans, but only if you’re trying to achieve a casual look. To maintain your white shirts, bleach them to keep the look new and bright. Just make sure that you don’t mix it with any your colored clothing during laundry or bleach the wrong clothes on accident.

Invest In Good Classic Pieces, Go Easy With Trendy Pieces

It’s great to stay updated with the new fashion trends in the industry. Style is constantly changing, so keep up with fashion magazines to learn about the latest trends. This is not about following fashion blindly, as not every pieces in trend will suit your personality. Assess what trends will suit your style most and can be matched with classic pieces. As a rule of thumb, always spend less on trendy pieces because they come and go, but invest more in quality classics.

Good Fit Is Everything

Watch out for sizing. Never purchase an item of clothing without seeing how you look in it. Body measurements are not the guide for clothing sizes anymore. Every brand has its own fit. If purchasing your clothing online is your best choice, make sure you study the sizing charts on the website. Also make sure that all of the clothing you buy can be returned.

Don’t buy an item of clothing just because it is on sale for a great price. Remember, no dress or other clothing item out there is ever worth purchasing unless it fits your fashion sense perfectly and accentuates your body. It’ll just end up collecting dust in the closet because you won’t wear it, which is wasting your money.

Your Hairstyle can Make or Break Your Image

Many are under the impression that fashion only pertains to clothes. Hair is just as important as anything that is being worn and can make the difference between a great look and a bad one. You need to invest in proper hair care products and ensure that your hair style stays current and is a complement to your daily style.

Power Of Illusion

If you are wearing a plus size and want to look smaller, stay away from floral patterns with large shapes and flowers. Large shapes accentuate size, which is not flattering. Find a dress with smaller patterns to reduce the emphasis on your body size and more on the detail.

If you are overweight and want to look skinnier, wear a blouse in black or a very dark color over a dark-colored skirt. This will mask your look so that you are not emphasizing bulges. An elastic waistband in your skirt provides more comfort.

Style On a Budget

If money is an issue, don’t let it hold you back. Either spend more time hunting more stylish bargain clothes, or simply hold a clothes swap party with your girl friends. They may be willing to part with fashionable items they have tired of. Not only you are doing the environment a great favor, you can also gather some awesome fashionable pieces for free.

Your Signature Style

Create a style that is unique. Many people follow the trends set by others, but truly original fashionista develop their own sense of style. This may not work for everyone, but if you feel like you can handle it, people will admire you for doing your own thing.

Don’t let the remarks of others get you down. Not everyone has to look like they belong in Hollywood. As long as you dress in the way that feels comfortable to you, then others will appreciate your style.

There is no such thing as being perfectly fashionable. First, there are no perfect people, and it is an unattainable goal. If you focus on perfection, you lose the freedom to be yourself. Make your style your own and don’t try to be perfect.

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How To Wear Loafers

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Loafers have been around for quite a long time. In fact, the first loafers appeared in the mid 1930’s as casual shoes in Norway. They were, and until now are, flat shoes with tassels instead of shoe strings. They are considered flats, but what distinguishes them from the others is that they are typically constructed with a moccasin construction and have tassels as embellishments.

Given that they’re casual flats with masculine and rugged details, here comes the big question for girly girls: Just how do you wear them?

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Dresses

Loafers look adorable when paired with floral dresses or earth-toned numbers. These slip-ons are very comfortable to wear when going around town to do errands or buy groceries. Shopping? You could do that too.

Tops

Loafers are versatile enough to be worn with any casual top. Dressier tops, those that are made of silk, chiffon, or lace, are typically more difficult to pair with loafers, unless you can tone it down with a casual khaki bottom, jeans or harem pants. Thus, we need to exercise prudence when making things dressier with loafers. They are made for casual wear, not for showy outfits.

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Bottoms

Loafers are made for casual wear, so it’s best paired with khaki pants, jeans, bermudas, shorts, three-quarter pants or capris. You should never paired them with formal work-wear like working pants or pencil skirts, as they will look totally out of place.  They look best when worn with casual bottom pieces that emphasize the legs, such as skinny jeans, mini skirts or shorts. If you want to avoid the overly casual weekend look of flip-flops and sandals, loafers can add a slight ‘formal’ touch to your look. Throw a blazer or cardigan over your top to give your look an extra oomph, and you can even wear this look to office on casual Fridays.

In conclusion, just because they don’t come in whimsical colors doesn’t mean that they can’t be any more fun than your ballet flats or your pumps. Loafers are staple pieces in your wardrobe, so make sure that you get your hands on a pair. Wear them with dresses, shorts, or wear them with skinny jeans- it’s your call. Nevertheless, it will not leave you looking like you lack style factor. In fact, they’re a pair of stylish shoes by themselves.

Prim and Proper in Oxfords

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There is nothing more pleasing to the eyes than a crisp and tailor-fitted button-down oxford shirt. It’s clean, it’s classic, but most of all it’s a versatile piece of clothing.

Office wear to Casual wear

Oxford shirts have always been an office staple for career women. They can be worn tucked in pencil skirts or inside blazers and suits. As its popularity soared, it began to find its place in casual wear thanks to brands such as Ralph Lauren.

Oxford shirts have been so popular due to its versatility. Take your cues from how these women wear theirs.

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Pairing it off

On a lazy day, you can wear Oxfords with flats, shorts, shirts, or jeans. Fold the sleeves up, tuck the shirt in or pull it out, and let your hair down.

For work, tuck it in your slacks or skirt for a more polished look. It goes well with either heels or flats, so it’s pretty safe to say that you’ve picked the right top for any bottom.

Either way, get them in solid colors with as little insignia as possible. Stripes or other patterns take the eyes away from what is simple, elegant, and understated.

So, how do you wear your Oxfords?

Pompous Platform Pumps!

If there’s a footwear equivalent of the little black dress, it’s the ever-trustworthy pumps that every woman must have in her shoe collection. Pumps come with a closed back and a covered cap. But what differentiates platform pumps from every other pumps in the market? Simple, really. The only difference is that platform pumps have a platform at the sole of the shoe that elevates or gives more height to the wearer. They are similar to platform shoes but without the chunkiness of traditional platform shoes or wedges. These beauties are great to wear with almost anything- from mini skirts to shorts to dresses and jeans.

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 Style

There are a variety of platform pumps out there for every outfit that you could think of. For example, there are peep-toe platform pumps where there is a tiny cut-out at the tip of the shoe where beautiful pedicured nails can be revealed. The shoe caps can also be in round, pointy or square shape.

How to Wear

Wearing pompous platform pumps are all about style. You can wear them with almost any outfit, blouse, or bottom. They make legs look especially long when worn with super short shorts and mini skirts. They also make your legs shapelier when worn with leggings, jeggings, or skinny jeans. They add height when you wear them with trousers or straight cut jeans. Lastly, they look elegant when worn with skirts and dresses.

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Precautions

Platform pumps are categorized as high heels, and are higher than the normal pumps. Therefore, a little precaution should be taken when wearing them. Take great care when running or pacing quickly with them on. To prevent sore feet, there are cushions that you can buy and insert into the soles of the shoes. They give your feet ample support and prevent them from sliding down the shoes and hurting your toes. Lastly, choose a pair that fits snuggly on your feet. Your feet should not be sliding up or down during walking. Neither should the shoe get left behind. An ill-fitting pair of heels will make your feet hurt later on. Getting the right fit might be a challenge, but I assure you that it will look and feel just as stunning.

Casual, dressy, or ultra formal- whatever the occasion, platform pumps are surely one of the must-haves that will make your outfit more elegant and giving you the extra boost in height. They are not just great for work wear, but also versatile enough for gala events or night-outs in the clubs.