Five Basic Fashion Tips

A ribbon or belt is the perfect way to give shape to a shapeless shirt or dress!
A ribbon or belt is the perfect way to give shape to a shapeless shirt or dress!
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Boot cut jeans are amazing because they slim and lengthen the leg. A dark wash denim will is even more slimming.

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Anyone can be fashionable with these basic tips!

Fashion is something that people have been worried about since the beginning of time. That’s no surprise. We all want to look good and looking and feeling good about ourselves helps us get what we want it life. This does not mean that fashion is easy to figure out. Some seem to be born with a sense of great fashion. They have the talent of knowing what looks great on them as well as others. However the rest of us usually need some help once in a while, especially if our bodies have undergone a change recently. After having children I had to learn what would look good on my new body and I learned some basic fashion tips along the way. These are some basic tips that work for everyone no matter their size, shape or style.


1. Know Your Body

In order to figure out what looks good on your body you need to know your body. You need to know your strong points as well as your weak ones. You also need the confidence to know that you are beautiful. Many of us are great at picking out the weaker points on our bodies but it sometimes takes a second party to help us understand what our strong points are. So go to your best friend and ask them what they think.

When it comes to having confidence in our looks, too many of us are negative about them. It is important to focus on the good parts of our bodies and highlight those. That is not to say that we cannot work to change the parts of our bodies that we do not like, it is just important in fashion to look at what we have right now.

The two biggest keys to fashion are the fit and the cut of the clothing. In order to be successful in these categories you have to know your body well enough to know what you want to highlight.


2. Size It Up (or Down)

The second fashion tip I have for you is to get clothes that fit. When I say this I do not mean wear clothes that you can get on. Just because you can get something on does not mean that it fits. If you can get those pants on but can’t sit down, they is too small. At the same time if you put something on and it is falling off, or you can fit another person in it, then it is too big. You need to find clothes the fit well. You will be more comfortable and more confident when you have a correct fit. You will also look so much more amazing!

Wearing clothes that are too big or too small can both make someone look heavier than they really are. It is amazing how much better people look when they wear clothes that fit them properly. Also, remember that wearing something that is too tight or too revealing does not make anyone sexy, just trashy.

Now I know that for many of us (me included) it is hard to find something that fits well off the rack. Keep in mind that you can still get something altered even if it is off the rack. Also, more and more stores are offering sizes made for those who are shorter or taller, so it may take some work to find something that fits but it is not impossible. Please do not get frustrated or upset with yourself or your body if you try something on and it does not fit you well or look good on you. It is not you; it’s the clothing. So just put it back and try on something else.

If you are really struggling with finding the right size, go get measured. Many online stores now offer clothing (especially pants) in measurements instead of standard sizes. Some of their prices are very competitive too!


3. Cut and Shape

The cut and shape of your clothes can make a huge difference in how you look in them. You want to make sure that the clothes you wear have the correct cut and shape for your body type. You want something that will flatter your strong points and hide or downplay the parts of your body you are not comfortable with.

For example, let’s say you are looking for a dress and you want to highlight your chest and backside but you want to make your waist look smaller. You may, in this case, want to try on some v- neck dresses that have a belt or tie around the middle of the waist and an a- line skirt. A v- neck will highlight the chest tastefully. The belt at the middle of the waist with an a line skirt underneath makes the waist look smaller.

Lets say you have a tummy that is a little larger and you really want to hide it. They you want to find a cut that has a high waist, an empire waist on a shirt or dress for example. This will hide your mid-section and draw the eye up and away from it.

I have included with this article some pictures and explanations of different shapes and cuts and what they can do for different body types. The easiest way to tell whether something is the correct cut and shape for you is to try it on. If it makes you look and feel amazing, it is probably the correct fit for you. It is very important to try on clothing before you purchase it. How else do you know that it is the correct fit for you?

It is also a good idea to have someone with you who can give you their opinion. Sometimes we need an outside opinion or even just a second one to help us figure out what looks best on us.


4. Trendy is Not Always Best

When it comes to clothing trends, things change almost every minute. It is impossible to keep up with what is hot. However this is not necessarily a bad thing because the styles that are trendy are not always the best styles for us. One of the best fashion tips I ever received from my mom was that I shouldn’t buy clothes based on what is in style but I should buy what looks good on me.

The fact is that the fashions that are in style at any given time are not going to look good on everyone. Again the items of clothing that are going to look best on you are those that have the correct cut and shape for your body type. This does not mean that trendy clothes will never flatter you; it just means they won’t all look good on you.

As I said before, try on clothing before you purchase it and if it does not look right on you just hang it up and try something else. Don’t ever allow clothes to discourage you.

The other potential problem with trendy clothing is that it does not fit everyone’s style. You need to stick to your own style preferences. You know what your style is and while it is going to change over time don’t let current trends change it for you. Part of ensuring that clothes look right on you is to make sure they fit your style and personality.

Some trendy styles just do not flatter anyone. For example, I don’t know about you but I do not like the way anyone looks in leggings. It does not matter how thin or shapely someone is, they do not look good on anyone. That is why they went out of fashion back in the 80’s; isn’t it?v Just my thought on the matter.

Don't shy away from fun patterns, just pair them with solids. To make this dress more slimming, I wear it with a white ribbon. This grounds the pattern a little too!
Don't shy away from fun patterns, just pair them with solids. To make this dress more slimming, I wear it with a white ribbon. This grounds the pattern a little too!
Don't be afraid of mix and matching accessories. It's fun and can look great!
Don't be afraid of mix and matching accessories. It's fun and can look great!


5. Patterns and Accessories

You may think it is strange that I have placed patterns and accessories under the same category but I feel that a pattern is an accessory when it comes to fashion so it is fitting to give the same tips for both.

The first piece of fashion advice I have for you when it comes to this is do not be afraid to them. I had a phobia of patterns for a long time and my wardrobe became a vast collection of solid color combinations. This was not necessarily a bad thing but there was not much variety to my wardrobe either. I started adding pattern slowly and realized how fun it is and how much it can better my style. Accessories are the same way. You can wear the same outfit with different accessories and it looks completely new!

However, it is also important not to add too much pattern or too many accessories to an outfit. Doing this can make someone look like a walking curtain and that is not a look anyone needs. It is important instead to find a balance. Now, some of this depends on your personal style and preference but there are some basic roles that everyone should keep in mind.

One fashion tip to remember about patterns is, if you have one piece of clothing that has a pattern, make sure that the pieces you wear with it are solid colored pieces. This does not mean the solid pieces all have to be the same color; it just means they should not also be patterned. For example, you can wear a red and white patterned skirt with a red shirt and white shoes and it will still look fantastic. Sounds like a simple enough rule but sometimes people get lost in pattern instead of looking at an outfit as a whole. Another benefit of pattern is that some designers create designs that are slimming so that no matter your body type you will look great in it!

Accessories follow slightly different rules. You can wear different accessories that do not necessarily match color or pattern and as long as they are not all huge pieces, it will look more interesting than wearing a bunch of matching accessories together. So, have some fun. Experiment a little with the accessories you have and see what looks great together. You do not even necessarily need to make metals in order to get a great look (Take a look at the pictures to the right for some examples.).

There are a millions of fashions and fashion tips out there. This article just covers five of the most basic tips that work for everyone. Remember that fashion, whether it comes to your clothing or your home should be fun, not frustrating. Experiment a little, ask those you trust what they think and celebrate your own unique style in all you do!

This amazing dress has a very flattering pattern and cut! What a find! It is great for slimming a tummy!
This amazing dress has a very flattering pattern and cut! What a find! It is great for slimming a tummy!

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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

Lots of good information and tips! I love my accessories and have even built outfits around them instead of accessorizing outfits. Voted up, useful and interesting!


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Katya Drake 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you for your interest in my article and for you comments prektjr.dc! I have build outfits around accessories too. When you have a great, bold accessory there is nothing wrong with doing it that way.


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MissE 5 years ago from Texas

Great tips and CUTE clothes! Welcome to the Hub and good luck!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is very sound advice, Katya Drake, and I love the photos you have shared!


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Katya Drake 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you for your comments and for reading my hub MissE. I really appreciate it. The clothes I showed in this article are some of my favorites. The best part is that they look great on almost everyone!


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Katya Drake 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Simone Smith, thank your for your comments and for reading my hub. I'm glad you like the photos. I was worried!

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