Balance It Out
When dressing any shape the goal is to create balance - basically this means to create clean lines through shape manipulation. For example, if you have a tighter skirt or slim pant balance this shape with a loser fit on top or add volume with a coat, oversized jacket or billowy shirt. If wearing a flowing dress, balance the shape with a slightly cropped fitted jacket. If you have a shorter dress, playsuit or shorts, a longer coat or boyfriend blazer hits at the right point on the thigh to balance the look. A cropped jacket with short styles below looks distorted.
The balance method applies to shoes and bags too, if you are in a tighter outfit a slightly chunkier shoe or boot balances the look whereas a flowy outfit requires a minimal, simple shoe to pull the look back.
Silver vs Gold
Everyone fits into either the silver or gold category. Some cross over both but as a general guide, discovering which works for you opens up the world of color theory. Those who suit silver will in turn suit all cool coloring - white, gray, navy, blue. Those who suit gold will look best in beige, camel, burgundy, brown, khaki etc. Warm and cool are the first steps in color analysis and while it gets much more in depth from here, this is the starting point. It is absolutely fine to switch back and forth between silver and gold, it is a very personal choice but when it comes to understanding colors and style, the silver vs gold question can be incredibly helpful!
Know Your Necklines
Establishing which neckline works on your body type is a very good way to instantly appear better dressed. The right neckline creates a flattering shape and allows your face to shine – from here the rest falls into place. The off shoulder trend, for many shapes, creates a longer neck and flattering display of the shoulders and upper arms. A crew neck works to slim the shape and suits a lot of different body types but can accentuate a larger bust while a V-neck is flattering on almost all shapes. A boat neck can distort a larger bust and wide arms whereas and a T-back singlet can help slim the shoulders and arms. Square necklines are good for looking tailored and classic, usually suiting larger bust shapes, strapless styles suit a more petite shape.
Find Your 'Unique Piece'
Everyone has a signature piece, whether they know it or not - the one item that fills their cart, wardrobe and their heart. It could be a leather jacket, a statement bag, layers of jewelry, a floaty dress or a white shirt. Browse your wardrobe and look for a repeating item or daydream your ideal outfit and take a closer look at what you imagine. Find it. Wear it. Own it. Trends evolve and constantly change but your 'your piece' will forever be part of your style and will guarantee confidence no matter the occasion.