CAUGHT IN A STYLE RUT?
Did you wake up and couldn’t find anything cute to wear? What about date night, are you trying to make a subtle fashion impression? Before you empty your bedroom closet on the floor, let me help you cast away your fashion frustrations.
Embellishments, appliques, floral accents, rhinestones or gold chained belts are all extravagant ways to add pizzazz to an outdated look. But you don’t necessarily need to drown your favorite tee in sequins and glitter to make a fashion statement or wear the most expensive brands, easily pull off star-studded glam with simple items from your closet.
Let’s go on a fashion adventure! Want to know how you can instantly look stylish? Keep reading, I have the key to unlock your style potential.
But First, Let’s Start With You
Foundation of any style is inner beauty
WAIT! Before you grab that lace bra and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, you must start with a solid foundation. I’m talking about looking yourself in the mirror and say, “Good Morning Gorgeous, today is gonna be a sweet day!” Style begins with a strong YOU. Set your mind in a positive place. Whenever I decide to dress up, I always say, “Natonya own YOU because you got this!” If I don’t give myself positive affirmations, I never feel like I look good. As the saying goes, “when you feel good, you look good”.
I planned the perfect outfit for a Saturday afternoon but after I put on this super cute floral dress, I was disappointed. The dress didn’t fit the same when I first wore it. I quickly stripped off the dress and called myself ‘fat’.
I retired to my typical over-sized band tee and printed leggings with a long cardigan. While this outfit could’ve been extremely stylish, it meant nothing because my confidence wasn’t the backdrop. Throughout that whole day, I wasn’t comfortable in my clothes, hiding the curves God gave me and wrapping myself in a blanket of insecurity.
For me, the best thing you can wear is a smile full of confidence.
Before you can look stylish, you must feel good about yourself. Style is all about letting inner beauty become the main focus and then your outfit begins to shine. No high-end label, trend, shape-wear will make you look irresistible, it’s all about your fruit. What is your spirit like?
Now that I developed my personal style, I get dress with confidence first. If my #ootd doesn’t look right, I don’t let it ruin my day, I change into something else with an even better attitude.
GOT IT! NOW, HOW DO I LOOK STYLISH?
Always remember to be YOU
Now that we cleared up the foundation of style, which is embracing who you are mentally and physically. Let me get to that juicy content you came for, how to look stylish!
When we walk out the door, we should look like ourselves and not someone else. Don’t be consumed with wearing the latest trends or paying for a $200 bag you only use once. Be vintage, thrifty, high-end, low-end, cheap, luxurious whatever it is, JUST. BE. YOU.
Style shouldn’t haunt you, it should flaunt you.
Below, I put together a list of easy fashionable ways to make a style statement. I wanted to prove you can look stylish without spending a ton of money. Basically taking items from your closet and pairing it in an unique way.
SERIOUSLY, EXPLAIN HOW I TURN THIS INTO #OOTD
Stuck in a rut? 10 Instant Style Tips
Style is all about taking what you have and making the most of it. Stress no more in putting together a stylish look, just add to what you’re wearing and become a standout by creating fresh perspectives on classic pieces.
Instead of wearing your patterned long-sleeve shirt with a coat, switch it up. Try wearing mixed prints and layers together. Add a plaid shirt AND a leather jacket for street-style appeal. Jughead or FP Jones anyone?
2. Fishnet Tights Under Ripped Jeans
Fishnets pay homage to the 90s grunge era and Madonna’s retro yet flamboyant stylish moments. With its debut in the 1920s, the netted tights popped eyes with feminine interest adding a subtle touch of sex appeal. Pairing tights with ripped jeans blends deconstruction and glam. Be sure to check out Jane’s post on how to wear colorful tights, it really gave me some new fashion ideas.
A tilted fedora gives you those Beyonce vibes, flattering and balancing your body shape by creating a feminine yet mysterious look to your outfit. Don’t fall into the box of thinking fedoras are only formal attire. Wear it with cargo pants, denim shorts or a solid bodycon dress.
4. Mixed Prints
Mixing patterns provide endless possibilities to displaying impeccable taste in nonchalant style. Animal, floral, stripes, polka dots and all printed pieces are neutrals; any plain color matches. Kick it up a notch with an unorthodox blend horizontal and vertical stripes.
5. Long Cardigan
This essential item is perfect year round, coming in various forms such as: lace or crochet for spring and summer, cashmere for autumn and wool for winter.
6. Statement Shoes
Pop any outdated look with a pair of floral/patent leather pumps, bow-top ballerina flats, or velvet booties. Allow your monochromatic look to pop with a patterned heel, mini floral dress with velvet booties or pair a pencil skirt with Converse.
Denim jackets add character and completely transform your outfit. My favorite contemporary denim styles include: denim on denim, denim and silk dresses, patchwork denim and denim with leather. For a style upgrade, pop on a blazer to turn any casual look from blah to sophisticated.
8. Graphic Tee
Whether it’s a one-word shirt, birth year, favorite show merch, band tee or Mickey Mouse; add a blazer with a pencil skirt and instantly take a plain tee from casual to eccentric.
Immediately pull together an off-duty look with a pair of eye-catching sunnies. Sunglasses create an unpretentious and effortless style moment.
10. Over-sized Clothing
Play tricks with your silhouette and wear a cropped top with baggy/boyfriend jeans. Not in the mood to show off your midriff? Up a size or two in your sweatshirt and pair with your favorite skinny jeans/leggings/leather pants.
Which tips are you favorite? How do you like to look stylish? Share with us in the comments below!