Fashion

Fashion Tips

This is an ongoing collection of fashion tips I have collected with a list of sources at the bottom of the page.

  • Do not wear clashing colors such as purple and green.  If you are wearing more than three colors it is probably too many colors. Black and white are neutral and do not count as colors and will go with anything.
  • Find a color that works well for you. There are lots of color theories as to what colors work best with certain skin tones and complexions and other factors. Some of the ideas contradict each other and others are not always true or vary according to cultures. Blue is generally viewed as a color that helps you appear more trustworthy and is appropriate for job interviews. Yellow supposedly helps you stay more alert and red shows passion. Some websites to help you find what colors work best for you include:
    • whattowearhowtodress.com
    • thechicfashionista.com
    • 30somethingurbangirl.com
    • fashionmeetsfaith.com (1)
  • fashion scarfTake care of and be happy with the clothes you have. Annually review and donate items from your closet. When you dress nice it uplifts your mood. Even wearing nicer underwear can eliminate any visible underwear lines when you wear clothes and make you feel more stylish. A bra fitting should be done every year.
  • Wear jewelry at least once a month, it adds style and femininity and class to your outfits. (2)
  • If able eliminate older shoes and visit a shoe store at least once a year to see how styles change and how your shoes can get outdated.
  • Below are five fashion blogs as mentioned in a Thursday, March 31, 2016 RedEye article
    • drunkonshoes.com
    • thegoldengirlblog.com
    •  thesimplechild.com
    • farfromordinary.com
    • thesassypeach.org
  • Have a sewing or fashion emergency kit for when a piece of clothing gets damaged and or a last minute touch up is helpful.
    • HollywoodFashionSecrets.com has lots of great items to take care of the clothes you have. I purchased a Sweater Saver (secret 16 of 37, as of October 2014) and it was a rectangular shaped natural pumice bar and has helped neaten up and remove pills from some of my older but favorite sweaters. With clothes you do not want to so have much it is to the point of hoarding, but to learn to be happy with what you have.
  • Know your body shape and measurements. Certain styles flatter specific body shapes much better than others. There are even necklines that flatters specific face shapes better than others. For instance, a more rounded face is flattered by a boat neck or square neckline. A v-neckline on a shirt can make a rounder face look smaller. The hourglass body type has a defined waist and equal widths of the shoulders and hips. There is an upward triangle body type. Be honest with yourself about your body type as will help you find the best fits.
    • I posted the following blog post in October 2015 that includes a pdf chart to record body measurements, http://sewisabel.com/self-care/measurements
  • FIDM.edu – Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Sources

  • (1) Most of the information is from a SkillSuccess.com fashion class
  • (2) Be Delicious Now: The Ultimate Fashion Secrets (Barbara King, Kindle eBook Copyright March 2013)