Easy Ways To Score A New Look
As the New Year comes upon us, many of us are itching for a new look. This is a great time to reinvent ourselves, but unless we are prepared, we may end up repeating the same bad style decisions. Here are a few fashion resolutions to help you update your wardrobe and get a new look.
Style expert Marla Tomazin says she teaches her clients to look fabulous by combining their "inner glow" with the way they dress. "It's a well-known fact that 80 percent of
communication is non-verbal," she says, "That means that the way you dress speaks much louder than anything you actually say. People don't realize how much of their confidence and
personal success is tied to the image they are portraying, so they don't take the time to take care of themselves like they should."
Solicit your personal style icon
It can be easy to get into a personal style rut. And if leaving the house wearing a clean shirt and socks that match constitutes a good style day for you, then Tomazin says that it may be time to
ask for some help. Think of a friend whose style you admire and whose opinion you trust.
Don't fall victim to the runway
Don't be so quick to buy clothes that look great on the runway or the mannequin in the store. Not all styles of clothing are suited for all body types, and certain colors just don't
complement every complexion. Just because green is the "it" color of the moment, or because those skinny jeans looked great on that model in the sales ad, it doesn't necessarily
mean that they are going to be right for you.
Resolve to buy quality over quantity
If your wardrobe seems lacking, but your budget is small, then it can be tempting to buy trendy pieces at bargain prices to get you through the season. The problem, says Tomazin, is that
you'll find yourself back to square one when the next season rolls around. Instead, invest in foundation pieces. You will wear these clothes more than once per week and the money you spend is
Get more bang for your buck
One of the best ways to get more for your money is to find ways to make your work clothes go the extra mile. Having wardrobe staples that can transition from the conference room to cocktail hour
will make your life easier and your wallet happier. Tomazin says that the key to dressing up your work clothes for a cocktail party or dinner out on the town is having the right accessories and a
few playful pieces to mix and match.
Take a picture (It will last longer!)
If there's one thing we could use more of, it's time. And rushing through your morning routine, including dressing yourself, can mean spending your day looking as harried and frazzled
as your feel. A great way to eliminate the stress and guarantee you'll look great on a daily basis is to plan ahead. Take the time to try on! Try on an assortment of outfits: Put it all
together -- the clothes and accessories right down to the undergarments that particular outfits require. Come up with five looks you like and take a photo of each. When the alarm clock rings,
you'll already be one step ahead of your morning routine, and you'll feel good the rest of the day, knowing you look great.
Get rid of the Ghost of Wardrobes Past
Admit it: You're still hanging onto that little black dress you wore in college and that perfect pair of jeans that fit like a glove -- five years ago. If an item has become too tight, don't hang onto it for when you "lose 10 pounds." Clean out your closet and make space for clothes that fit who you are right now. Having a wardrobe that complements your body will do wonders for your self-esteem and your image.