How To Dress with Style: Easy Ways to Beat the Clock

Brief Guide to How to Wear Clothes, Part 2

We can learn how to dress with style by studying the advice and flair of early fashion icons such as Diana Vreeland and Chanel, and contemporary consultants such as Tim Gunn.

Vreeland, the Tim Gunn of the last half of the 20th century, popularized a fashion esthetic celebrated finely crafted details and drama.

Now is the time to pay for quality in wardrobe basics that we can wear for years.

Follow these suggestions for color, patterns, and quality.

Update your wardrobe with creativity and flare.

Learn What Colors Look Best on You

Do you know what colors look best on you?

Use a mirror and a friend to find out. Build your wardrobe around these colors, and you will always have clothes that coordinate.

Solid colors are sophisticated, and they offer many opportunities to accessorize with the latest trends.

Learning how to dress with style starts with making wise choices.

Knowing Your Colors Saves Time Shopping

You'll save tons of time going through sales racks by not bothering with clothing that is not part of your color palette.

You'll be surprised at how fast you shop for clothes that flatter with this trick.

Very few older women look good in pale pink.

If you must have it, use it as a complimentary color, such as a blouse with a suit in a neutral solid color. As for a pink sweat suit, no.

Red Is Versatile and Lively Wardrobe Addition

Red is a flattering accent color for many women.

Crimson can add pizazz to black, gray, navy and dark blue, some shades of light blue, light yellow, beige, tan, and some shades of brown.

Scarlet shoes and hand bag can completely change the look of an outfit. Add a knitted cap and muffler in colder climates.

One of the best gurus for illustrating the effect of tone – not color but the depth of the tint – is Bridget Raes in her Style RX: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want.

Check out the section on Balance and Harmony.

Follow these suggestions for color, patterns, and quality.

Avoid Plaid Pants & Horizontal Lines

Any obvious horizontal line will make your hips look wide and your butt appear big. The same goes for any large, diagonal print.

Tim Gunn remarked on an episode of his Guide to Style, any large diagonal prints are just too close to horizontal lines.

Sometimes, a diagonal, however, can flatter a small bustline and look more sophisticated than horizontal stripes.

Even a belt that's a different color than your outfit can divide the body in two in an unattractive way. Save plaids and big prints for accents.

The most important tip in how to dress with style is to maximize your assets by drawing the eye to them. Most after-50 women prefer to minimize hips and thighs.

Quality Essentials
Are Worth the Price

Fashion gurus agree that investing in quality construction is a step to learning how to dress with style.

Joyce Nelson Shelhart claims a navy blue blazer changed her life in Dress to Impress.

Tim Gunn reports that a black leather jacket was a landmark in his transformation from Midwest fashion wannabe to Manhattan inside.

Notice which word is first in his A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style with Kate Moloney.

Anything you will wear for the next three to five years is an investment, not an expense.

A black skirt, jacket, and slacks are a must in northern climates. If black does not look good on you, find a shade of gray or brown that does.

You Deserve and Need One High Quality Suit or Outfit

Every working woman needs one good job interview outfit.

A stay-at-home mother must invest in casual wear that will help her feel good about herself from PTA to supermarket.

Whatever your wardrobe essentials are, buy the best you can afford.

Contents
Part 1: How to Wear Clothes that Flatter
1. Don’t wear clothes that are big and baggy.
2. Choose classic styles and clean lines.
3. Update with seasonal accessories.
PART TWO: HOW TO DRESS WITH STYLE.
4. Know what colors flatter you.
5. Avoid plaids and horizontal lines.
6. Invest in quality wardrobe essentials.
Part 3: How to Buy Flattering Clothes.
7. Jettison retro.
8. Dressing too young is not youthful.
9. Get a good haircut.
10. Wear lipstick.
11. Have fun with fashion.


Also of interest:

Clothes for Older Women: Mix Timely and Timeless to Create Your Ideal Style.

Clothing for Mature Women Doesn't Have to Be Boring






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