Dressing Well

I’ve been out of action because of a sore right arm which renders simple jobs a painful chore.   It’s still not good enough for normal typing and other types of normal work yet, so this is a cut-and-paste of an article that I read sometime ago.   This article gives a good summary of what dressing well is.  I hope you benefit from it.  It’s NOT JUST FOR THE GIRLS!

7  Smart Ways to Look Your Best

Often we get an impression that dressing well is effortless.  Some people do it so well.  However, I don’t think it’s as easy as we think.  A person who’s taken the time and made the effort to look will look better than one who hasn’t.  It’s about being conscious and selective in what you buy in the first place.  So that the part of dressing takes less effort, but not no effort at all.  Dress smart is the way to go.

How do you become a smart dresser? Begin by wanting to look your best and learn more about yourself – your body type and your fashion personality. You take that information and blend it with your lifestyle and the rules of fashion, and you become a smart dresser.

Let’s take a look at some things to think about when you’re choosing the clothes you want to wear.

1.   The right fit

Clothes that are too big or are ill-fitting will not only make you look larger, they will hide your assets and accentuate figure flaws. Jackets, pants and skirts should be tailored to fit a person’s body measurements. For example, a jacket should fit in the shoulder area and have sleeves that are the correct length – ending just below the wrist bone. Blouses that are too tight around the bust line, too long or droop off the shoulders, are just some examples of how the wrong fit can ruin your look.

2.   The right colour

The best looking outfit will loose all its pizzazz if the colour does not complement the wearer. Colour is one of the most important aspects of looking great. The wrong colour will make your skin look dull, lines and wrinkles more apparent, and dark circles darker. The right colours will make skin look radiant, eyes will sparkle and lines, wrinkles and dark circles, less noticeable.

Colour is divided into warm and cool categories. For those whose skin has yellow undertones, warm colours look best on them. Those whose skin has blue undertones look best in cool colours. Usually, we are drawn to colours that look best on us and if you pay attention to how different colours blend with your skin tone you will make better colour choices. To learn more about which colours look best on you, seek the advice of a colour professional.

3.   Mane mantra

Your hair can make or break your look. To be sure that your hair is not ruining your look, get your hair cut by a hairstylist on a regular basis and keep your hairstyle up-to-date [nothing is more aging or will ruin your look faster than a hairstyle that is from another decade]. If you colour your hair, do it on a regular basis; don’t let the roots show. For the best look, get a hairstyle that suits the look you want to achieve and a colour that suits your skin tone.

4.   Make your wardrobe work

To make dressing a pleasurable experience and always look great you must have a wardrobe that works. A great wardrobe comes through planning. First decide if your wardrobe will be mainly casual or business, thereafter decide on your best colours. Choose three of your best colours and build a wardrobe capsule. A wardrobe capsule consists of jackets, pants, skirts and tops that mix and match. When you stop buying separate pieces and choose pieces that match what you previously own, your wardrobe becomes more manageable.

5.   Perfect shoes

Nothing ruins a look faster than shoes that are run down, scuffed or do not match the outfit. Shoes are a very important aspect of any wardrobe and should be taken care of with regular maintenance. Your shoes should also suit your outfit. If you are wearing an expensive suit, don’t ruin the look by wearing cheap shoes. Before you leave home, look in a full-length mirror and decide if your shoes complement your outfit. Your shoes should match your outfit in colour, weight and occasion.

6.   Access well

When you have a workable wardrobe and clothes that fit perfectly, you will need to spice up your wardrobe with accessories. An outfit without accessories is like a painting without a frame. Accessories make your outfit come alive. Choose accessories that suit your outfit. For example, a business suit calls for conservative jewellery. Choose accessories that also suit your body frame. A small woman looks better in small jewellery and a larger person can carry off larger jewellery pieces well.

7.   Look your best

A great attitude – don’t leave home without it. The best-dressed person in the world will not be looked on favourably if they have a bad attitude. Knowing how to look your best will create more opportunities but a great attitude – being able to get along with others, a pleasant personality and charm – is the driving force that will make you shine.

by Sheila Dicks

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