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It’s Time To Put The Wow Factor Back Into Your Wardrobe

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It’s Time To Put The Wow Factor Back Into Your Wardrobe

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The new year is finally here. With all its promise, and new found motivation to hit those goals you set at midnight on new year’s eve. Perhaps in a little bit of a hazy state promising yourself to get leaner, climb up the career ladder or finally beat your personal bests at the gym. Sound familiar? You are not alone. Most of the nation, whether they believe in resolutions or not, will make certain plans and promises for themselves for the new year ahead. It helps you to wipe the slate clean and refocus. For some people, that concentration is placed on self-improvement. Perhaps wanting to lose a few pounds, or change the way they look somehow. Which brings me onto today’s topic about your wardrobe.

One sure-fire way to boost your confidence and self-esteem, which will ultimately help towards reaching those goals, is to take a long hard look at your wardrobe. Why? You may ask. It’s simple, you dress for the occasion, and you feel better about yourself. So here are some tips to help you get the wow factor back in your wardrobe to start this new year as you mean to go on.

Create a capsule wardrobe for different phases in your life

For those people who are unsure, a capsule wardrobe is a few key pieces of clothing that you rotate and mix and match for certain occasions. Many people will do this without realising for things like work, but it actually helps you in other aspects of your life to. For example socialising clothing, gym clothing and casual items. Creating a capsule wardrobe enables you to clear out the clutter you have in your wardrobe. Those jeans you think you might wear again but never do, that dress that just doesn’t fit you, but one day you hope it does. It’s time to clear out the wardrobe and start afresh with key pieces that work together. It’s always worth spending that little more on something designer for the quality and fit. Especially for things like coats, shirts and trousers. The staple pieces for any wardrobe. Thankfully, there are many clothing designers to match a range of budgets. A capsule wardrobe will also save you time as you have less to choose from, but also helps you to be more creative as you mix and match those items, rather than sticking to the same things that work.

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Think about your colour choices

Your colour choices are vital to helping give your wardrobe the wow factor. If we are honest with ourselves, there are certain colours that work well with our skin tone and hair colour, and some that can just make us look washed out. This is when it’s key to working out what colour choices suit you. Do you look better in warmer colours or something with a cooler tone? A quick guide would be to photograph yourself in different coloured clothing and pay close attention to your skin and the way your look. Not the items of clothing. There are, however, certain colours that every wardrobe need. Black oozes sophistication and works well in any combination of many different colours. White is also a good choice, and a white shirt specifically should be a staple piece in any feminine wardrobe.  

autumn-floralsMake sure you get the right fit on your clothing

We don’t pay as much attention to the fit of our clothing as we should. For example, baggy trousers that fit on the waist and nowhere else will not help define your amazing shape and curves. When you get the right fit on clothing, you can enhance your body shape and style significantly. It’s also worth considering the clothes you wear often. After a fair few washes and general wear and tear, the fit may not be as good as it used to be.

This is where you need to pay close attention to your body shape and dress it. Enhance the features you are proud of like your curves or small waist. Again, this is where trying things on and looking back in photographs could help you establish the best style and fit for your body.

Matching and complementing patterns and fabrics

A quick tip to remember when it comes to matching colours and clothing is that dark and light tones will always complement each other, as they help each colour shine through. Whereas two colours with a similar tone may not have the same effect. The same could be said for fabrics and patterns. Clashing colours can often be a good choice when implemented in the right way. But wearing a barrage of colours, fabrics and patterns could just look a mess. Another tip worth remembering would be that patterns are always best matched by the colour options.

Let’s bring sexy back, but tastefully

There is a fine line when it comes to dressing sexy. Some women can go too far and bear all, but there is a tasteful way of showcasing your curves and features without letting the cat out of the bag, figuratively speaking. It’s more about highlighting your qualities, rather than showing them off. This is especially important in the workplace.

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Never underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes

Shoes are a huge part of your wardrobe and so careful consideration should be taken to what you wear and what you store. Shoes can enhance an outfit straight away. By just adding a heeled shoe to a skinny jean and shirt combination and your outfit is lifted from casual to chic. Adding a cute flat to a simple dress will tone down the outfit to make it more casual while still enabling you to wear that super fitted dress. Matching your shoes to your outfit and to the occasion is vital for giving any outfit you take out of your wardrobe the wow factor. Certain shoes you shouldn’t be without are a comfortable pair of ankle boots, a cute pair of flats, and those killer heels that work with every outfit.

Accessories will complete your outfit

Finally, accessories are the perfect way to complete your outfit. So think about the jewellery you wear, the bag you choose to take out with you and even whether you adorn a hat. Hats can be worn all year round and are very on trend at the moment.

I hope this helps you get the wow factor back into your wardrobe.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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