At times being fashionable can be challenging with many of us still facing the struggle of choosing or creating our OOTD. For this reason, we’ve compiled a set of style codes which can work for any occasion.
Remember the primary colors and their families
Even one color faux pas can ruin the whole outfit. It’s easy enough when talking about shades as the basic thing to remember is contrast – light vs. dark. But if all the other colors come in, that’s when everything becomes tricky.
To make things easier, think back to when you were in kindergarten studying primary colors: red, yellow and blue as well as the whole color wheel. Every time you’re choosing multiple colors to wear, envisage the color wheel or have a photo of it saved as a good reference point.
Here are some guidelines you can follow:
1. Color pairs at opposing ends of the wheel that compliment each other.
2. Colors that are side-by-side can work, but only with the right contrast (lightness or darkness).
3. You can use various shades of the same color for a layered effect.
4. Never use too many colors. The ideal combination would include no more than three different hues.
It’s important to note, however, that your complexion also plays a role in this process. For instance, Style Doctors explained in a previous post ‘How to Wear Pink’ that different shades of pink have their own respective matches of skin color. Do a quick test by taking the dress and pairing its color to your skin.
Compliment your most loved body parts, and don’t bury the bad
Many people are trying their best to hide their least favorite body parts, but it’s better to do the opposite – highlight what you consider as your best assets. If you’ve been toning your back muscles, show them through an open back dress; if you like your prominent collar bone, wear a wide-necked top, an off-shoulder or a strapless garment; if your legs are your favorite, go for above-the-knee or slit skirts; and so on.
It doesn’t matter what kind of build or body type you have. For example, if you’re the curvy type, this article ‘Curvy Girl Fashion Tips’ showed how you can assess which subtype you belong to so as to help you pick clothes with the right style and cut.
The same goes for plus-sized women with Marie Claire pinpointing that you can rock a dress that’s tightest on the smallest part of your torso. Similarly, Roaman’s showcases numerous types of plus-size dresses that compliment various body types and are ideal for business or social events. Just because you don’t have the typical runway figure doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable.
Sometimes it’s best to start from the bottom to the top
The usual routine is to pick an outfit and wear shoes that go with it, but have you tried it from the bottom up? If you can’t seem to decide on what clothes to wear, you can take your favorite shoes off the rack and go from there.
Stay true to yourself
Of course, the best piece of advice with regards to fashion is to just be who you are. If you’re not comfortable wearing a specific article of clothing, then don’t force yourself. Remember that it’s you who makes the outfit, and not the other way around.