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...
SHOW SKIN STRATEGICALLY.
Play to your strengths. Know what to
bare, and what to artfully conceal to
preserve the mystery. ...
WHITE BUTTON-DOWNS ARE YOUR
BEST FRIEND.
This is one item every girl needs in her
closet. Versatile and comfy, pair them w...
JAZZ UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH
BRIGHT ACCESSORIES.
If you prefer to play it safe with colors as
far as clothes are concerned, ...
FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS?
DOUBLE IT.
Even Jackie O did it with her array of
sheath dresses. Don't be afraid to make
somet...
LYCRA LYCRA LYCRA.
The secret formula for a soft but formfitting
T? 95% cotton, 5% Lycra spandex. For
jeans to hold their ...
TAILOR YOUR PANTS FOR THE
RIGHT.
Don't wear pants that look like they
swallowed your feet! Hem them in so that
they're the...
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 t...
DITCH THE CLUTCH.
A dressy sling bag allows you to make use
of both your hands, and slung diagonally
across, makes your ev...
CONSIDER THE WEAR AND CARE.
If you aren't into hand-washing high
maintenance clothing, don't buy them!
Rather, go for piec...
DRESS FOR YOUR SHAPE.
Trends aren't everything. What looks good
on Amazonian models on the ramp may
not be the right silho...
COMPLEMENT WHAT YOU
ALREADY OWN.
When out shopping, don‟t just buy things
you cannot pair with anything in your
closet. Sh...
HIT THE DRESSING ROOM
PREPARED.
Out shopping for a specific item?
Remember to be prepared Wear the right
bra, for example,...
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
UP.
Go for the smaller size in denim and other
outfits that use stretch fabric. You don‟t
wa...
PURGE YOUR CLOSET.
Don‟t let it get overstuffed with things too
worn or not your size anymore. Donate
clothes to make spac...
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, af...
BE ADVENTUROUS.
Try on different things even if you can‟t
visualise yourself in them. You never know,
you might find you r...
BRAND LOYALTY PAYS.
Find a particular brand that seems to make
clothes just for your size and shape? Stick
to them to avoi...
WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR NUDE
PUMPS.
Matched to your skin tone, they‟re a pretty
safe bet. (And they make legs look longer.)
WEARING WHITE? SEEK OUT
LIGHT.
White clothes always look more see-
through in daylight. Check yourself out in a
bright set...
STRIPE IT UP.
Stripes are fun and versatile. Try vertical
ones to elongate your torso.
DON’T LET THE BUTTONS GIVE
YOU AWAY.
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
PRINTS.
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 p...
CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF COLOR.
If nudes, blacks and beiges dominate your
wardrobe, it is time to break out of the
monochrome ...
GO FOR THE KNOCKOUT ACCENT.
If your evening dress is a stark stunner (or
has a lot of embellishment), one single
show-stop...
VET YOUR VINTAGE.
Nothing comes back the same way and
there are subtle design tweaks that make
any revival slightly differ...
ONLY BUY A BARGAIN IF YOU LOVE
IT.
Be wary of that voice that tells you you‟ve
got to buy because it‟s on sale or that if
...
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 ...
MASTER MENSWEAR.
Don a pantsuit and you‟ll immediately
stand up straighter. Anna Johnson, author
of Savvy Chic, says “a wa...
MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GOOD
TAILOR.
Nothing raises the quality of moderately
priced clothes more than having them
altered to ...
LOOK FOR TWISTS ON CLASSICS.
The right tweak can turn a staple into a
statement. Try tuxedo pants in a graphic
print, or a...
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 choke...
RECAST YOUR JEWELRY.
•Loop a chain through the clasp of a
brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it‟s a
necklace!
•Wrap your ...
SPEND ON ACCESSORIES.
“Cool shoes, interesting jewelry—those
can really elevate your look,” says stylist
Isabel Dupré, who...
HAVE A STYLIST EMERGENCY KIT.
• Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping
bodice.
• Tide To Go eraser pen for getting w...
PAIR LOOSE WITH TIGHT.
Few mortals can pull off head-to-toe baggy.
So team your billowing pieces with
something body-consc...
JAZZ UP YOUR LBD.
Simpler shapes cry out for styling. Try
dressy jackets or a slip-on shrug, colored
shoes and bags, or ti...
GET STUDS.
“Fake or real, big or small, they will go with
any color, fabric, or style of cocktail dress
and will never com...
DRESS FOR FIRST CLASS.
You want to be comfy, sure, but also chic
enough to be tapped for an upgrade. A
sharp blazer and sc...
CHECK THE RISE.
On trousers, the distance between the
crotch and the waistband is critical to the
fit. It‟s also not somet...
DO A CASHMERE QUALITY TEST.
• The thicker the knit, the denser its gauge,
which means there is more cashmere in it.
• Gent...
CREATE YOUR OWN LOOKBOOK.
Got compliments on your outfit today?
Snap a photo of it with your phone. You‟ll
have a quick re...
DRESS FOR YOUR BODY, NOT AGE.
Arms svelte enough for a sleeveless
sheath? Legs toned enough for shorts?
Show off what you‟...
…But Watch Out for the Matronly Tipping Point.
The pleated silk skirt or little pastel jacket that looked so cute on you a...
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 ...
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  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. WHITE BUTTON-DOWNS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND. 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.
  4. 4. JAZZ UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH BRIGHT ACCESSORIES. 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.
  5. 5. FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS? DOUBLE IT. 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!
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. TAILOR YOUR PANTS FOR THE RIGHT. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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 and young.
  10. 10. 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 affair.
  11. 11. 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 your body.
  12. 12. COMPLEMENT WHAT YOU ALREADY OWN. 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 your wardrobe.
  13. 13. HIT THE DRESSING ROOM PREPARED. 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.
  14. 14. THE REAR VIEW MATTERS TOO. Remember to check if the back of your outfit fits you as well as the front!
  15. 15. WHEN IN DOUBT, SIZE DOWN, NOT UP. 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.
  16. 16. 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 acquisitions.
  17. 17. LAYER YOUR NECKLACES. Take a cue from Coco Chanel and pile on the bling for maximum oomph.
  18. 18. 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 looks cute.
  19. 19. BE ADVENTUROUS. 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.‟.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR NUDE PUMPS. Matched to your skin tone, they‟re a pretty safe bet. (And they make legs look longer.)
  22. 22. WEARING WHITE? SEEK OUT LIGHT. White clothes always look more see- through in daylight. Check yourself out in a bright setting to be safe.
  23. 23. STRIPE IT UP. Stripes are fun and versatile. Try vertical ones to elongate your torso.
  24. 24. DON’T LET THE BUTTONS GIVE YOU AWAY. Replace tacky buttons with stylish ones to give your clothes a mini-makeover.
  25. 25. NEVER BUY A BORING COAT. A coat should never be an afterthought. Choose yours with care and make sure it packs some verve.
  26. 26. DON’T SHY AWAY FROM ANIMAL PRINTS. Animal prints are timeless. Get at least one item in leopard print for your wardrobe.
  27. 27. MIX N’ MATCH YOUR PRINTS. Combining colors and patterns takes practice, but don‟t shy away from playing with stripes and prints.
  28. 28. 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 violets.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. ONLY BUY A BARGAIN IF YOU LOVE IT. 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 it again.
  32. 32. TRY A THICKER WAISTBAND. It will pull you in a bit (so long, spillover!) and also help even out your proportions.
  33. 33. 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 anything.
  34. 34. MASTER MENSWEAR. 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.
  35. 35. MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GOOD TAILOR. 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.
  36. 36. 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.
  37. 37. DON’T SKIMP ON A T-SHIRT BRA. The right one will give you confidence and shape under those unforgiving tissue Ts.
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. RECAST YOUR JEWELRY. •Loop a chain through the clasp of a brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it‟s a necklace! •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 Unsworth, $413;robindira.com. Ruby and gold-toned brooch, Kenneth Jay Lane, $238; 877-953-5264.
  40. 40. 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.
  41. 41. HAVE A STYLIST EMERGENCY KIT. • Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping bodice. • Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off whites, fast. • Safety pins for allover damage control. • Bra clip to control peekaboo straps. • Lint brush or roller to run over your coat or woolens. • Makeup sponge for removing deodorant stains.
  42. 42. 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.)
  43. 43. 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 booties.
  44. 44. GET STUDS. “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 Rachel McAdams.
  45. 45. 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.
  46. 46. 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 buy them.
  47. 47. 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 cashmere won‟t. • 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.
  48. 48. 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.
  49. 49. 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.
  50. 50. …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.
  51. 51. 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. Super-flattering.

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