25, 11, 2016

The confidence in style

One way to make everything you wear look like a million dollars is to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. It isn’t always easy to do this – maybe you’ve lost or gained a few pounds that you aren’t happy about, or you’re finding it hard to make the switch from summer into winter clothes. These are some tips to help you feel great in whatever you chose to wear.

Take care of your skin, hair, and nails
You may wonder how on earth this applies to style, but if you take care of all these things you’ll find that your outfits look considerably more pulled together and chic. Taking care of yourself should become one of your number one priorities, particularly over the winter months. Although everyone drinks a lot of water over the summer to avoid dehydration, you need to ensure that you carry on drinking it through the winter too. You should still also be wearing sunscreen under your makeup, or a moisturizer with a high SPF to protect your skin. The sun’s still out in the winter even though it doesn’t feel as warm. Make sure you keep moisturizing – put on a thick layer of hand cream and face moisturizer before you go to bed and don’t leave out your neck and décolletage In the winter, the cold and the wind can be rough on your hair, so use a shampoo and conditioner that’s moisturizing as well, and use a heat protect spray before you use straighteners or a hair dryer.

Accentuate your favourite features
A lot of advice tells you to get busy hiding the areas of your body you don’t like, but it doesn’t do anyone any good to stand around deciding what parts of their figure are their least favourite. On the contrary – what you should be doing is accentuating the parts of your body that you love! If you’re curvy, pick a 1950s style dress with a nipped in waist to accentuate your incredible hourglass figure. If you’re tall and slim, wear a short skirt to show off your long legs – you can always add some thick tights to stay warm in the winter. Focus more on showing off the parts of your body that you feel good about, instead of hiding the ones that you don’t, and you’ll have a more positive outlook on what you wear.

Invest in good underwear
There’s no debating that your clothes will look better with the right underwear. You don’t have to squeeze yourself into uncomfortable tummy tucking underwear, but you could get some high waisted underwear that holds all your wobbly parts in and gives you a smooth line underneath tight outfits. Most importantly, go to an expert to get fitted at a store. A lot of women wear bras with backs that are too big and cups that are too small, meaning that you aren’t getting good support. A good bra will support you mostly around the band instead of relying on the straps for support, and you should start wearing it on the loosest setting as over time the elastic will stretch.

Spend on key pieces
Although we all love to budget and stay on that budget, sometimes it’s fine to splurge on that designer handbag you’ve been eyeing for the last few months now. You worked hard for your earnings so you deserve a treat! Check out some more designer high end stores and find out more at MadisonLosAngeles.com so you can choose some pieces that make you feel well put together. A handbag, coat, or pair of shoes will all last you a long time if you make sure that you buy them in good quality. Although you’ll be spending more money in the short term, you’ll save in the long run because you won’t have to replace them as quickly.

Arrange your clothes into outfits
If you plan out what you’re going to be wearing, you’ll find getting dressed in the morning is considerably less stressful. Look through your closet and arrange clothes into outfits before trying them on to make sure that you feel great in all of them. Any items of clothing that don’t make you feel good about yourself will inevitably never be worn, and will just be shoved to the back of your wardrobe taking up space. If you have something that doesn’t work well with anything else, give yourself a month to purchase another item of clothing to make it into a killer outfit. If you can’t find anything, give the item away, donate, or sell it online – life’s too short to have a wardrobe full of unworn clothes. If you still don’t feel confident, give yourself an extra five minutes in the morning to check yourself out in the mirror and change your outfit if you’d rather wear something else.

Dress for the occasion
Nothing makes you feel more self-conscious than feeling as though your clothes don’t fit in with what everyone else is wearing. One good tip is to remember that generally you’ll feel better if you’re overdressed rather than underdressed – everyone will appreciate your outfit to a less formal occasion, whereas wearing scuffed jeans to your grandmother’s ninetieth birthday party might not go down as well. If you aren’t sure what the dress code is, try wearing an embellished cardigan or sweater over a more plain top – you can remove it if you want to look more casual. You could also try wearing heels but keeping a pair of flats in your bag as changing shoes in the bathroom will immediately make you look a little less dressed up.

8 responses to “The confidence in style”

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  2. I’m the worst for remember to treat my hair with heat protecting sprays before using a hot tool! But yes… that is important haha. Investing in good underwear is SUPER important! Nothing makes you feel better than your undergarments.

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    • Stacey says:

      There’s a really affordable one by Tresemme at shoppers if you’re looking for one! And I’ve learned about getting good underwear the hard way LOL

  3. Face to Curls says:

    This is a real beautiful post and such wonderful tips too, especially about taking care of ourselves and spending on key pieces! I am in complete agreement as I feel that once we feel confident and comfortable in our own skin, everything we wear will look and feel amazing; like we can conquer the world 🙂 x

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