A girl in her mid-20s was seated in a quiet corner of a cafĂ©, sipping on her coffee, clearly waiting for someone as she kept peering out the glass window beside her. The door to the cafĂ© jingles open, and immediately her gaze diverts to the stunning blonde sashaying towards the counter. She was clad in merely a simple pair of blue jeans and a sheer white shirt; her beautiful blonde mane gleaming in the sunlight in its pulled back ponytail. It was like the model of an 80s fashion magazine had emanated in front of her.
That girl gawking in the quiet corner- was me.
There have been too many times in my life where Iâve admired both men and women who just seem to have had it all- elegance, class and an impeccable sense of fashion. It was only until recently Iâve discovered, you donât need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to look like a descendant of Julia Roberts.
As one of my favourite fashion icons say, âFashions fade, style is eternalâ âYves Saint Laurent. As cool and trendy as you may want to look, being true to your own sense of style is key to maintaining your own branding. Fashion is merely an expression of your personality and creativity spilt out onto the clothes you wear. I could hand you all the tips in the world to look like Megan Markle, but at the end of the day if you donât feel comfortable and happy in the clothes youâre in- it wonât fly. So yeah, wear that denim jacket with iron-on patches and rock it.
2. Neutral Colours
If thereâs a recurring pattern that Iâve picked up from observing people who dress to impress- earthy, soft, neutral tones definitely do it best. These monotonous colours scream more class than having the rainbowâs colour palette painted onto your clothing. Itâs also incredibly easy to shop for, easily diversified for any sort of occasion, and attention-grabbing while also being modest. If having a pop of colour is more of your thing, then try having your outerwear or most heavily covered area be dominated in neutrals and leave the rest to play around with. Simple staple pieces are key; your new best friends are plain tees, spaghetti strapped tops, turtlenecks, jeans and youâll find that you can wear them with anything and still look bomb; itâs just a matter of dressing it up or down.
âI want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.â âVera Wang
3. Simple Makeup
A somewhat on-going tip from the last point, simplicity is key- even with makeup. Have you ever seen Jeniffer Aniston, Kate Winslet, or Natalie Portman strut out and about with dramatic intense makeup? No! The trick is to perfect your own âglowy-nudeâ makeup look. Falter to a nude shade palette for your eyes, donât overdo the bronzer and make sure your concealer or foundation is well blended when applying. Use your makeup to enhance your features rather than alter how they look completely. Appearing effortlessly beautiful is probably the most effort a girl could put in.
4. Killer Accessories
This may come as a shock- but having great taste in your accessories is miles more important than having a lavishly expensive wardrobe. The first and most crucial accessory to add to your daily wear is a good classy watch. Iâm not too much of a watch girl myself, but thereâs something about having an elegant timepiece on your wrist that makes you seem like smart, intelligent, confident woman.
If youâve heard the phrase âdiamonds are a girlâs best friendâ, this is where they come into play; wearing a couple of diamond stud earrings will do wonders and goes with everything! Now they donât actually have to be real diamonds, you could get knock off ones that can play the part with the same effect, as long as you feel great wearing them. Think of it this way, every time you push your hair back behind your ear âyouâre revealing to your audience just how much youâre willing to invest in a pair of earrings.
Believe me when I say, you could have the wardrobe of Emma Watson but if you donât know how to style yourself, you might not be making the impression you think you are. First and foremost, if you want to seem like you could be royalty it is of utmost importance to have royally cleaned and trimmed nails âand definitely no chipped polish! Take good care of your talons, you use them for everything. Think of yourself as a lioness, and your hair is your mane âlong, beautiful and fierce. If by any chance the adjectives running through your mind are frizzy, unruly and messy make sure you head down to your local stylist and get that sorted out. Another rule of thumb that I generally apply when picking out daily outfits is to choose if you want to show cleavage or legs âa lady never shows both. A maxi dress with a high slit makes a much more lasting impression than a strapless bodycon tube dress.
6. Shoes & Bags
Itâs really expensive being a girl, from our hair, clothing, makeup, shoes, personal grooming, the list of overheads never ends. However, when debating what to splurge on when a little money comes your way my go-to answer will always be to get yourself a quality pair of shoes and a good bag. These two things can take you a long way, especially if theyâre of top quality. Whether it be flats or kitten heels, something you would wear very often and of a neutral colour will definitely add an air of sophistication to your everyday look. If you canât afford to splash out a couple hundred on a new bag, go for a cheaper option that has little to no pattern or design to avoid being recognized as a tacky buy. Remember: Simplicity is key, and if youâre going to get something to use every other day âyouâd want it to go with most things.
Although these tips very basic and obvious at best, youâd be surprised how differently people will start looking at you upon making these small changes. There are so many tips and tricks when it comes to womenâs fashion, but ultimately as long as youâre working towards improving how you feel and how you look outwardly, the rest of the world will start to notice too.