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New Ideas For A Woman's Wardrobe

Updated on February 13, 2017

An outfit that looks put together on one woman may be a nightmare ensemble for her friend. People are usually pretty aware of the type of outfits that best flatter their body, but even the most fashionable of the fashionistas end up on the worst dressed list for wearing a truly eccentric dress on the red carpet. When I was in my early twenties I made some pretty funny blunders in the world of fashion, such as inadvertently bending over while wearing low-rise jeans, which revealed too much of my underwear. After that experience, I decided to wear tunic style tops which cover the mid-drift and the hip area whilst wearing low cut jeans or pants. When it comes to fashion I wear what works for my body and usually do not follow the trends. Do women have to wear skinny jeans to look sexy? Not necessarily. Are high heeled shoes needed to look glamorous Absolutely not! Look at what other women are wearing to get ideas about what you might like, but always be true to yourself when it comes to putting your ensembles together.

Even designing your own tops can be fun.
Even designing your own tops can be fun.

Tunic Tops Are Ideal

The tunic top is great for adding balance to an outfit if you are wearing skinny jeans or leggings. Personally when I wear pants I prefer flared ones, so I am probably out of step when it comes to the world of fashion trends. However, I have seen some women wear cute tunic tops with leggings, which just help to balance out the outfit. Some of the cuter tunic tops almost look like mini-dresses, which is a fun look reminiscent of the eighties.

Tunic tops are also great for preventing the wardrobe malfunction of exposing your underpants or midsection whilst wearing low rise jeans. Personally I find lower rise jeans to be more comfortable than the traditional variety that start at the high waist, but the latter requires wearing a top to cover up the midsection a little bit. For me it does anyway, especially at work!

Tops To Wear Under Low Cut Tops

Personally I do not mind low cut tops, but some people do not want to wear a lower cut top in public. So what can you wear under a low cut top? I like to wear a short sleeve shirt with a higher neckline under a low cut top. However, there is nothing wrong with wearing a low cut top, so long as it is balanced out with pants or a skirt. Wearing a low cut top and a short skirt screams: I am going clubbing, which might not be the message you want to send in most settings. However, if you are going out by all means wear these pieces, but women can get more of the right kind of attention by wearing a more revealing piece with a more concealing piece. If you must wear a miniskirt consider wearing a shirt that less more for the imagination.

How To Look Dressy Without Wearing Heals

I used to be one of those women who thought she had to wear heels to look fashionable. However, after I got sciatica I realized these were too painful to endure, and now I am the advocate of flat shoes, which are often considered less dressy by a few. However, I realized as a pedestrian that flat shoes are more forgiving for my feet. Some people say that wearing jeans with heels looks dressy, so I think wearing a skirt with more casual shoes can also look that way. When I wear flats I love the ballerina or slip on variety, which can range between dressy to weekend casual, but put together.

There are even professional looking shoes for businesswomen who may prefer flats over heals. Some say women look nice in a pair of heels and a nice pair of stockings, but would a man forego comfort to teeter around on shoes that hurt his feet or calves? I used to love heels, but I have learned that flats can be just as fetching. Also, I am 5'3 and not worried about how short ballerina shoes make me look.

Create Jewelry To Accentuate Your Look

I love creating my own jewelry because these pieces are just so me! A few years ago I saw how necklaces with inexpensive acrylic and glass beads often sold for thirty dollars at the department stores, which reminded me of how I used to make my own jewelry as a teen. After that I started buying bead, pendants, and jewelry wire to make some eye popping creations of my own. One glass pendant that I bought has the look of a precious gem, and people who admire it are often to surprise to hear it was much less expensive than it looks.

Another necklace I created by taking a sparkly button and simply adding the same colored blue beads to the piece. I love how this necklace turns out, and people are surprised to hear that I made it all on my own. My other favorite necklace was created with a shell bead as the pendants, and arcylic beads for the accents. It is so cute, pink, and beachy, plus it looks great with the impressionistic rose shirt I created in the picture at the top.

I love the necklace I created with a button as the pendant.
I love the necklace I created with a button as the pendant.
This necklace I used with a small shell as the pendant is one of my favorites.
This necklace I used with a small shell as the pendant is one of my favorites.

How do you feel about personal fashion?

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed this skye2day.

    • skye2day profile image

      skye2day 

      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I so like clothes. I enjoyed your hub. Very nicely done. I liked the jewelry tip.

      Check my hubs I am loving new fans and friends I will return Hugs

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      No1beautytips 

      9 years ago

      great hub - ;-)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi C.S. Alexis,

      I am so on people finding their own style because I always have. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      SweetiePie,

      You did a great job with this because there is a need for people to know that what is fashion advertised does not go with the major population and people need to find their own style.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Nancy Niche,

      I am glad you enjoyed it.

      2Patricias,

      I too think it is cool how leggings and flats are in again. I have a cute black pair that I wear with a wine and black checkered tunic top. I am thinking about writing more hubs on this subject in the future, and it is a good search engine topic if you are interested also. By the way I recommend checking out Princessa's hubs on fashion because she has some good ideas.

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      2patricias 

      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Good Hub - thanks.

      We went to the Clothes Show London last month, and tunics and leggings were very much in evidence - on everybody there! All with flat shoes.

      Pat & Tricia were not wearing tunics, but out personal favourites. We usually take pics of each other, but our hair was not up to it (early start).

      We both love reading about what other people wear - more hubs like this please.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Good hub & opening sentance.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dolores,

      Very good points! Once at the Gap outlet I was inspired to buy a sparkly turtleneck top with sparkly black jeans, but the jeans actually shrank after purchase. When I lost some weight hoping these would fit me better, all they did was fall off me. I have the hardest time with pants, which are too tight in some places, and too loose in others. Oh well, at least I still wear the top.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great tips, Sweetie Pie. What looks great on one woman can look hideous on the wrong body type.

      On a recent shopping trip, I went into a store that had a thousand beautiful high heeled shoes. These shoes were like works of art, they were gorgeous! I had to wonder how many women actually wore them, though.

      And the cute outfits they show on store manequins? Look around the mall. How many gals are actually wearing those cute outfits?

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      RGraf,

      Maybe your observations would make an interesting hub as well.  Thanks for sharing, and yes I think some should think more about what they put on in public.  Of course I hate to say it, but maybe that woman likes that kind of attention. 

      When I was younger we used to have this annoying neighbor that would always come over and ask my mom for "favors".  My mom is a nice person and tried to help her as much as she could, but this woman truly dressed like a street walker.  She was petite, but a the age of 38 she bragged about having to shop in the junior's department because of her size, but some of the outfits she wore were similar to what most teens would wear at the beach.

      mayhmong,

      It sounds like you have an interesting job and get to work with some interesting people.

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      mayhmong 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I prefer to wear the long medium size top that would cover up the back of my butt. So whenever I bend down to do pedicures, them guys would quit staring at the back or front of me!? Now I probably need to start wearing a low top with a long one over since its so frigging cold here too!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great tips. I was just thinking of this subject yesterday when a woman was walking by my husband and me. She was on the heavy side and had jeans on that she didn't need to bend over to see the underwear. Well, she bent over and we saw it all and then she turned around while bent over and discovered that she doesn't like to wear underwear. My children were there and where mortified. I don't think anyone thinks of what is really appropriate for the place, the audience, or their body shape.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Marisue,

      I do like certain trends, but if I end up buying one of those pieces I wear it for years, by which time it is no longer trendy. I still have some skirts I wore seven years ago :). I love all colors, and bright ones are especially pretty!

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      marisuewrites 

      9 years ago from USA

      Good thoughts, and I do a mix of both, some trends, mostly just what I like. I love cottons, airy and light farics, and both soft colors and bright ones. =))) another good one, sweetie pie.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      VioletSun,

      Maybe you can sell some old clothes you do not wear too much anymore on Amazon and Ebay. Or maybe you will decide to wear some of them again. I still have outfits from about twelve years ago that do not fit me anymore, but I just cannot bear to part with a few of these.

      agusfanani,

      I really would not be able to say what looks good on man as I shop from my own perspective. A dress shirt and pants always look nice on men though.

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      agusfanani 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Good tips, what about for men ?

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      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Its interesting, I was thinking yesterday, that I miss dressing up which I used to do when living in NY, so nowadays, I buy tunic tops, and wear leggins or pants and wear flats. I also have to clean out my closet, it so silly having all these clothes that are decades old, don't know why I hold on to them. :)

      Very nice tips!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Princessa,

      Well said, but of course you have many well written hubs on the subject :).

      Frienda,

      My sister and I are very different builds, so I could definitely not even wear half of what she wears. Speaking of cleaning out the closet, I might have to do that some time soon :).

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My sister and I CANNOT wear the same outfits. What looks fantstic on me looks stupid on her, and vice versa. It's never too late to go through your closet making sure everything fits properly, that it looks good on you, that you're happy to be wearing what you have. No sense keeping it if you don't ever want to wear it, right? Great hub, Sweetie Pie. Nice tips.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I like the classic looks, once you have found the style that suits your shape you can never go wrong and even better it allows you to invest in a few good quality items –which are better cut anyway- that will be timeless, rather than buying items that will only be fashionable one season.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Princessa,

      I am glad you agree about how we should dress to flatter our personal shape. As we mature I believe it is more important to wear what we like rather than what is the latest trends. I happen to admire some very classic looks, and those definitely never go out of style.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Hi, nice hub. Completely agree with your opening sentence: An outfit that looks stunning on one woman may be a nightmare on another woman. It always pays to dress according to your shape rather than sheepishly following any fashion.

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