50 Fashion Tips
50 style tips to keep you in vogue
all year round! Trends come and
go, but follow these rules and you
will never be out of style.
SHOW SKIN STRATEGICALLY.
Play to your strengths. Know what to
bare, and what to artfully conceal to
preserve the mystery. Highlight only
one body part for added oomph.
Showing off your legs? Opt for a
demure neckline so that the attention
isn't drawn away from them.
WHITE BUTTON-DOWNS ARE YOUR
This is one item every girl needs in her
closet. Versatile and comfy, pair them with
jeans for casual chic, and with skirts to
adhere to rule number 1 above.
JAZZ UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH
If you prefer to play it safe with colors as
far as clothes are concerned, try
experimenting with bright hues for shoes
and bags. Neutral palettes are perfect
compliments to eye-catching accessories,
so ditch the monochrome and get some
color into your wardrobe.
FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS?
Even Jackie O did it with her array of
sheath dresses. Don't be afraid to make
something your signature style if it makes
you look fab. Don't be a slave to trends!
LYCRA LYCRA LYCRA.
The secret formula for a soft but formfitting
T? 95% cotton, 5% Lycra spandex. For
jeans to hold their shape, they need at
least 2% Lycra.
TAILOR YOUR PANTS FOR THE
Don't wear pants that look like they
swallowed your feet! Hem them in so that
they're the right length for your shoes,
usually 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch off the floor.
THROW ON A SCARF.
It's the ultimate accessory. Stash one in
your purse or carry-on to transform simple
Ts in the time it takes to make a knot.
DITCH THE CLUTCH.
A dressy sling bag allows you to make use
of both your hands, and slung diagonally
across, makes your evening attire look hip
CONSIDER THE WEAR AND CARE.
If you aren't into hand-washing high
maintenance clothing, don't buy them!
Rather, go for pieces that you know you
aren't going to ruin after a couple of wears.
Simple, but worth reminding yourself every
time you're reaching for that pearly-lacy
DRESS FOR YOUR SHAPE.
Trends aren't everything. What looks good
on Amazonian models on the ramp may
not be the right silhouette for you. Flatter
COMPLEMENT WHAT YOU
When out shopping, don‟t just buy things
you cannot pair with anything in your
closet. Shop for entire looks, not just
individual items, to avoid piling up on
pieces that simply languish, unworn, in
HIT THE DRESSING ROOM
Out shopping for a specific item?
Remember to be prepared Wear the right
bra, for example, if you‟re hunting for the
perfect strapless number. Bring your heels
to check the length of dress pants.
THE REAR VIEW MATTERS TOO.
Remember to check if the back of your
outfit fits you as well as the front!
WHEN IN DOUBT, SIZE DOWN, NOT
Go for the smaller size in denim and other
outfits that use stretch fabric. You don‟t
want an unintentionally baggy backside or
too-big armholes to ruin your shape.
PURGE YOUR CLOSET.
Don‟t let it get overstuffed with things too
worn or not your size anymore. Donate
clothes to make space for new
LAYER YOUR NECKLACES.
Take a cue from Coco Chanel and pile on
the bling for maximum oomph.
LEARN THE LINING.
Feel the lining to check for quality. That is
the part of the outfit that will lie against
your skin, after all. Don‟t buy something
with a scratchy lining even if the outer shell
Try on different things even if you can‟t
visualise yourself in them. You never know,
you might find you rock something you‟ve
never thought of as „you.‟.
BRAND LOYALTY PAYS.
Find a particular brand that seems to make
clothes just for your size and shape? Stick
to them to avoid endless hours trying on
clothes in the fitting room.
WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR NUDE
Matched to your skin tone, they‟re a pretty
safe bet. (And they make legs look longer.)
WEARING WHITE? SEEK OUT
White clothes always look more see-
through in daylight. Check yourself out in a
bright setting to be safe.
STRIPE IT UP.
Stripes are fun and versatile. Try vertical
ones to elongate your torso.
DON’T LET THE BUTTONS GIVE
Replace tacky buttons with stylish ones to
give your clothes a mini-makeover.
NEVER BUY A BORING COAT.
A coat should never be an afterthought.
Choose yours with care and make sure it
packs some verve.
DON’T SHY AWAY FROM ANIMAL
Animal prints are timeless. Get at least one
item in leopard print for your wardrobe.
MIX N’ MATCH YOUR PRINTS.
Combining colors and patterns takes
practice, but don‟t shy away from playing
with stripes and prints.
CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF COLOR.
If nudes, blacks and beiges dominate your
wardrobe, it is time to break out of the
monochrome and begin infusing some
colour in your attire. Pair nudes with corals
and orange. Complement your eye-colour
and skin tone with bright blues and deep
GO FOR THE KNOCKOUT ACCENT.
If your evening dress is a stark stunner (or
has a lot of embellishment), one single
show-stopping accessory is all you need.
VET YOUR VINTAGE.
Nothing comes back the same way and
there are subtle design tweaks that make
any revival slightly different from the
original. Does that piece from your
“archive” really work now? Ask a trusted
friend for a second opinion.
ONLY BUY A BARGAIN IF YOU LOVE
Be wary of that voice that tells you you‟ve
got to buy because it‟s on sale or that if
you don‟t scoop it up now, you‟ll never find
TRY A THICKER WAISTBAND.
It will pull you in a bit (so long, spillover!)
and also help even out your proportions.
GO BEYOND THE BLAZER.
You should already have your go-to
tailored jacket. But a wardrobe of less
formal toppers will help you look pulled
together even on casual days. Opt for a
leather jacket with wool trousers, a jean
version over a silk shirt, or—stylists‟
favorite!—an army jacket over just about
Don a pantsuit and you‟ll immediately
stand up straighter. Anna Johnson, author
of Savvy Chic, says “a waistcoat, a crisp
pin-striped shirt, or a really big watch or
cravat telegraphs power.” Don‟t forget to
balance it out with lipstick and taller shoes.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GOOD
Nothing raises the quality of moderately
priced clothes more than having them
altered to suit your shape. Build a
relationship with a tailor or dressmaker
who knows your body and your taste and
you‟ll never look back.
LOOK FOR TWISTS ON CLASSICS.
The right tweak can turn a staple into a
statement. Try tuxedo pants in a graphic
print, or a trench in silk.
DON’T SKIMP ON A T-SHIRT BRA.
The right one will give you confidence and
shape under those unforgiving tissue Ts.
ADD AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.
Whether it‟s grosgrain with sequins, a
motorcycle jacket over a formal gown, an
oversize choker with an easy white T, or a
vivid belt like Gisele Bundchen‟s, a touch
of contrast makes good outfits great.
RECAST YOUR JEWELRY.
•Loop a chain through the clasp of a
brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it‟s a
•Wrap your chains or lariat around your
wrist for a tough luxe bracelet.
•Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an
instant evening shoe.
Quartz and gold vermeil chain, Robindira
Ruby and gold-toned brooch, Kenneth Jay
Lane, $238; 877-953-5264.
SPEND ON ACCESSORIES.
“Cool shoes, interesting jewelry—those
can really elevate your look,” says stylist
Isabel Dupré, who notes that a wardrobe of
the right little extras lets you be more
relaxed about the rest of your outfits.
HAVE A STYLIST EMERGENCY KIT.
• Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping
• Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off
• Safety pins for allover damage control.
• Bra clip to control peekaboo straps.
• Lint brush or roller to run over your coat or
• Makeup sponge for removing deodorant
PAIR LOOSE WITH TIGHT.
Few mortals can pull off head-to-toe baggy.
So team your billowing pieces with
something body-conscious. (Hint: This is
what leggings were made for.)
JAZZ UP YOUR LBD.
Simpler shapes cry out for styling. Try
dressy jackets or a slip-on shrug, colored
shoes and bags, or tinted sheers plus
“Fake or real, big or small, they will go with
any color, fabric, or style of cocktail dress
and will never compete with other jewelry,”
says stylist Rob Zangardi, who works with
DRESS FOR FIRST CLASS.
You want to be comfy, sure, but also chic
enough to be tapped for an upgrade. A
sharp blazer and scarf or a lightweight
cashmere wrap is the unofficial uniform of
jet-setters worldwide. To complete the
outfit, just throw on jeans or leggings, then
add flats, heels, or riding boots.
CHECK THE RISE.
On trousers, the distance between the
crotch and the waistband is critical to the
fit. It‟s also not something that‟s easily
altered, so make sure pants are neither too
snug nor droopy in this area before you
DO A CASHMERE QUALITY TEST.
• The thicker the knit, the denser its gauge,
which means there is more cashmere in it.
• Gently stretch the body of the sweater to
test if it snaps back. A lower-quality
• While some great cashmere is milled in
the U.S. and in China, a label that says
“Made in Scotland” or “Made in Italy” often
indicates a superior weave.
CREATE YOUR OWN LOOKBOOK.
Got compliments on your outfit today?
Snap a photo of it with your phone. You‟ll
have a quick reminder of what to wear the
next time you‟re in a rush.
DRESS FOR YOUR BODY, NOT AGE.
Arms svelte enough for a sleeveless
sheath? Legs toned enough for shorts?
Show off what you‟ve got—while you‟ve
still got it.
…But Watch Out for the Matronly Tipping Point.
The pleated silk skirt or little pastel jacket that looked so cute on you at 25 can
start turning frumpy at 40.
CAN YOU SAY D’ORSAY?
This style pump will always slim down a
thick ankle because the vamp is cut close
to the toe box and the sides are cut away.