- Just because you can get into the clothing does not mean it necessarily fits properly.
- How an item is supposed to fit depends also on styling. For instance, urban style clothing for men in the United States are often very loose fitting compared to a pair of conservative khakis.
- Dresses can be difficult to fit properly because most women wear different sizes in tops and bottoms. A dress fits well if the neckline lies flat whether you are sitting or standing. All seams should lay flat and straight (unless perhaps the styling is purposefully not in that way). The material shouldn’t pull or pucker around the chest or hips. The garment should fit snug but not tight.
- If you’ve gained or lost weight recently, evaluate your wardrobe. Discard or alter clothes that no longer fit correctly.
Each individual is different, but most women fall into the apple, pear, banana, or hourglass categories.
- Apple-shaped women carry weight around their middles. These women look best in A-line dresses and clothing that emphasize the bust and legs while de-emphasizing the waist.
- Pear-shaped women are smaller on top and larger in the hips and thighs. They look best in A-line dresses, layered tops, and simple, darker-colored bottoms.
- Banana-shaped women are slim all over. These women look good in most clothing. They can highlight their shape by wearing clothes that create curves: Flared pants, cinched waistlines, and tapered jackets accomplish this feat.
- Hourglass-shaped women have slim waists and full hips and breasts. They look great in tailored pieces and wrap dresses.
Learn which colors look best on you. Look at the veins inside your wrist. Do they look green or more blue?
- If they look green, you have a skin tone with a yellow base. Warm colors will look better on you. Try off-white, red, yellow, orange, and brown, as well as yellow-tinted greens and blues. Avoid pastels.
- If they look blue, you have a skin tone with a pink base. Cooler colors will look better on you. Try white, pastels, and jewel tones.
- When in doubt, stick to mostly neutral colors. Black, gray, and brown look fabulous on nearly everyone. Add pops of brighter color here and there – a bright blue necklace or a deep red belt, for example – to make outfits look interesting.
Focus on classic, rather than trendy, styles. Dress your body in attractive, flattering clothes that work for your figure. Sometimes today’s trends will do this, and sometimes it is wiser to not do so. Forcing yourself into certain colors, cuts, and styles because the fashion magazines are featuring them will not make you well dressed. Wear what suits you best.
- But be willing to experiment! You may be surprised by how a new style may flatter your appearance.
- Be careful about taking fashion magazines at face value. Very often, they are trying to “sell” you on certain styles, brands, and so on more than they are actually reporting on what is fashion.
- Fashion can also be very regional. What is in style in the Europe and America may not be what is cool in Africa.