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Fashion hacks to look put together at all times

Ciao guys, welcome back to my blog!

In today's post I will share with you my best tips and tricks to look always cute and put together without going broke.

I have been working in fashion and retail for about 10 years now and I have been learning a lot along the way, so I am really excited to show you all the little secrets from the experts.

I believe that appearance is a key element to make a good impression on the others and being presentable when stepping out of the house is fundamental.

I don't seek perfection, which is quite boring, but I just like to feel confident when I go out, knowing that everything suits me and I am at my best.

One of my favourite quotes of all time says: "Dressing well is a form of good manners"- Tom Ford.


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1) Invest in no brainer basics:

The best practice to look always on point is to have a few simple lifesaver items that will never go out of fashion.

They should be good quality, so they can be used and washed often without problems and they also should be in neutral shades, without prints or patterns in order to be practical pieces that will match everything else that you own already.

What are those basics then?

Only to name a few: jeans, black and white T-shirts, white shirt and so on...

It is basically anything that will link your wardrobe together to make it more cohesive.


2) If you are tired or had a sleepless night and it shows on your face, wear a top that is paler than your skin tone to bright you up.

3) Don't wear a blue top if you are making a video call: it is not a flattering colour on screen against any skin colour as it is too harsh topped with blue light from the device itself.


4) Functional & invisible underwear for everyday:

A set of nude underwear is a wardrobe must have to make sure you always have something appropriate to wear underneath every single item you own.

Lace, trimmings, weird shapes and bright colours are cute but they might show from your clothes, which most of the times is not sexy, it is only vulgar, especially on the bum.


Make sure to have at least 3 pairs of plain, footsies. They will match any shoe type and they won't show.


5) Jewellery is as important as your clothing:

A super simple set of matching jewellery in a precious metal is the best accessory to elevate any outfit, even the most casual.

Stay away from costume jewellery: it is wasted money as it doesn't last more than a week and it usually looks tacky.

How to choose the perfect metal for you:

if your skin undertone is warm, invest in gold or gold plated.

If you skin tone is cold, then silver will suits you.

Rose gold is suitable for neutral and cool skin tones.

Keep your jewellery away from water and spend some time every few months to polish them with a specific cloth to make them look always new.








6) Get to know your most flattering colour palette and stick to it:

Some colour suit you better compared to others, so I would recommend to invest in a few key pieces in those bespoke shades.

The colour theory is fundamental to feel good with what you are wearing (no more wasted money on pretty items that don't suit you and you don't really understand why) because the right shades for your skin tone will make you instantly look more vibrant and healthy.

Knowing exactly what works on you will help you buy clothes that easily mix and match because they have the same chroma.

How to find out the perfect ones for you?

Check first which is your skin undertone.

Trick: in direct natural light, check the appearance of your veins beneath your skin. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone.

If your veins look green or a greenish blue, you have a warm skin tone.

If you can't tell whether or not your veins are green or blue, as they are a mix of the two, you probably have a neutral skin tone.

Warm team: choose warm tones such as red, orange, brown and yellow.

Cool team: you'll be gorgeous in navy, green, pink and all the cold hues.

The lucky neutral suits both.

Then, identify if you are dark, light or muted.

If your hair/eyes/skin tones are dark for your ethnicity, you'll therefore suit dark and rich colours from your warm or cool palette.

Example: Dark hair and dark eyes with warm undertones will be beautiful in rich, earthy colours such as rusty orange, mustard and so on, while dark hair, dark eyes with cool undertones will be amazing in navy blue and pine green for instance.

On the other hand, if your hair/eyes/skin tones are light for your ethnicity, you'll look great with light shades depending on your skin undertone.

Meaning: Blonde hair and brown eyes with warm skin undertones will look great in peach, camel, mellow yellow and so on.

Blonde hair with blue eyes and cool undertones will suit pastels perfectly.

Finally, find out how contrasted your overall colours are:

If your overall colours are bright and bold, for example, black hair and clear blue eyes contrasting with pale skin and cool undertones you will suit bright colours.

If your colours are muted, such as light brown hair, hazel eyes and neutral skin tone then you'll suit softer shades.


I am aware that it is not very easy to understand which category one falls into, it takes a bit of time and practice but it is totally worth it as the right colours for your you will make a striking difference.

Tip: if you love a colour that doesn't suit you, just use it far away from you face and in small doses, for example for shoes, bags, belts and so on!


The charts below will help you understand further what I just explained.


7) Find out your body shape:

Being aware of your body shape will help you to choose the clothes that suits you and highlight the part of your body that you are proud of while disguising the ones that you prefer to hide.

Rectangle:

Shoulders and hips nearly the same and waist line not defined.

They are the opposite of the hourglass and the most athletic shape as the weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout the body.

Keep the volume on top or bottom. If you go for an oversized top shape, keep the bottom skinny or structured. With a more form-fitting top, pick an oversized pant style.

If you want to draw the attention on the top part of your body:

  • Statement collars or embellished necklines.

  • Halter styles

  • Racerback styles

  • Scoop & round necklines

  • Strapless anything!

  • To add some curve to your waistline, choose tops that can be tucked in.

If you prefer to highlight your bottom part:

  • Skinny jeans or leggings

  • Mini skirts

No to:

  • Stretchy jersey and super fitted fabrics will draw the attention to the lack of curves.

  • Belts


Inverted triangle:

Shoulders broader that you hips. Full bust but usually flat rear and slim legs.

Keep your upper body clean and uncluttered.

Avoid wide necklines and cuts that broaden the shoulders such as:

  • Puff sleeves

  • Shoulder pads.

  • Boat necklines

  • Chunky knitwear

  • Tight-fitted skirts and trousers such skinny cuts

Yes to:

  • U and V neck lines and fitted sleeves.

  • straight-cut and slim fitting jumpers with a fine gauge.

  • Clothes that add volume to the lower body to widen the hips.

  • Baggy trousers, turn ups, combat, palazzo, flares, culottes, wide legs, and harem pants

  • Bright or light colours to draw attention to your legs

  • Details - such as pockets, embellishments, patterns and prints, to add volume to the hips.

  • Pleated skirts and A lines


Hourglass:

Curvy, with shoulders and hips measurements are roughly even but very well defined waist line.

  • Choose anything that will highlight your curves and stay away from boxy cuts.

  • Fitted shapes and stretchy fabrics.

  • V necks

  • High waist skirt and trousers

  • Belts are the perfect accessory for you

Pear:

Narrower shoulders in comparison to your hips and waist line. Your bottom part is bigger than your upper body.

Yes to:

  • Fitted tops in prints and patterns or bold colours.

  • A-line and princess cuts

  • Waist-length structured jackets,

  • Any piece of outerwear that hits mid-thigh.

  • Any hemline that hits right below the knee will elongate your frame and slenderise the hips and thighs. Maxi styles are right up your alley as well.

  • Subtle and dark colours on the bottom.

  • Bootcut and flare denim styles are great go-tos.

  • Big jewellery will suits you

Apple:

Your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips are fairly uniform—but your shoulders and hips may be slightly narrower. Carries a little more in their midsection.

As a good rule of thumb, if your top is very breezy, you’ll want to grab a more structured or skinny pant to balance your look.

Yes to:

  • Substantial fabric like raw silk, linen, tweed, gabardine and thicker cotton

  • Breezy A-line silhouettes

  • Flowy tunics

  • Relaxed, boyfriend button-ups

  • V-neck anything

  • Skinny jeans and leggings look great on your shape

No to:

  • Stretchy, tight tops in jersey fabric

  • Belts


8) Well kept hand and feet:

Pretty hands and feet don't have to be colourful and expensive.

They just need to be clean, soft and well maintained and it is easy to do it at home.

Extra long, pointy nails look very tacky and they need a lot of maintenance.

Chipped nail polish is a no, no please.

A layer of clear coat is just fine and even bare nails are perfectly acceptable when tidy and clean.

Tip: find the perfect nude match for your skin (or slightly lighter) so it won't matter if it is a bit old and scruffy, nobody will notice it but they will still look kind of polished.


9) No more make up stains on clothes:

Cut a square out of an old T-shirt and use it as a dressing cloth. Put it on your head so it can cover your face before wearing a top or a dress and then slip it on. Thank me later!


10) Learn which fabrics suit you the most:

Shiny fabrics such as silk and satin reflect the light therefore they will draw attention.

My advice is to wear it on the part of your body you are happy for people to see first or that you want to highlight.

Keep the rest of your outfit matte (wool, cotton and so on) as it is most slimming because it will absorb the light.


11) Maintain your clothes well

It might seem a rather obvious point but judging from the many customers I have seen in my job so far, it is not.


Yes to: Clean and steamed or ironed clothes.

Nobody likes to iron, especially when it is hot and our busy lifestyle makes it hard as it time consuming, but some fabrics definitely need it (natural fibres such as cotton and linen).

If you really can't stand it, choose fabrics that doesn't require it, such as synthetic fibres and jerseys.


No to:

  • bobbly knitwear (if you don't have a bobble remover or a cashmere comb just shave it with a razor)

  • holes

  • unpicked hem

  • ripped and pulled tights

  • trousers with streaks from improper washing


Taking good care of your items will help them to last longer and to look always new, which will be beneficial for you pockets and it will make a huge difference on how you look.

12) Don't mix too many colours and patterns together.

It looks cool and fun on models and/or fashion influencers but let's face reality: behind it there are tons of experiments and the work of an expert stylist.

Unless you are a navigate one, it is very difficult to get it right and not look like a clown.

My personal advice is to stick to maximum 3 colours in your outfit, including accessories.

If you like patterns, choose one print and add 2 complementing colours.

My grandmother used to say that the true elegant woman is the one that doesn't stand out in a crowd. It might seem a ridiculous idea nowadays where everyone want to be a the center of attention but I actually agree with that.


13) Find a good tailor/dressmaker in your local area.

As I was mentioning above: we are all special and unique, we don't have mannequins bodies and therefore it's crucial to have garments altered that suit our bodies correctly.

A good tailor/dressmaker to adjust your clothes will be a huge help and you will actually learn many more tips and tricks on what is more flattering on you.


Thank you for reading my post today, I hope you liked it and found some useful tips!

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Have a good start of the week all!