5 Things You Need To Know About Women's Fashion

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Fashion is not just about clothing, it is your individual statement about your personality and lifestyle. It can help you integrate all aspects of your life in order to create a customized "look" that expresses your individuality. It is all about making the right style choices when you are shopping. 

We are about to discuss some of the basics of women's fashion. I would love to have your comments and thoughts on this article.

1. Look your best all the time. Do not overdo.  

Many people mask their feelings behind bad fashion. Unknowingly, people decide what to wear on a daily basis based on their current mood. Has there ever been a day when you are rushed or stressed out and don't feel like making an effort to get dressed? We are all guilty at one time or another. Somehow convincing ourselves that the easiest solution is grabbing a black top and bottom from our closet will take the guesswork out of what to wear. Maybe you are one of those people who just have bad luck matching styles and colors but insist on being fashion forward. Instead of fashionably mixing garments, you end up making statements which always end in fashion disaster. Maybe you stayed out too late on a work night and compromised your work attire the next morning by wearing jeans and a t-shirt. In a professional or personal environment, your appearance should always project a positive image no matter what your emotions are battling internally. Express your outward appearance in an effective and positive way that is guaranteed to boost your confidence no matter what you may be feeling on a daily basis. Fashion is a form of self expression and can be liberating when expressed properly.

2. Size matters

Take an honest look at your figure. Do you have pluses as well as minuses? Accept all of yourself as you are, or take steps to improve. Love the one you have and don't dwell on the displeasing parts.

For a small or petite figure, try wearing:

  • Layered styles in light-weight fabrics won't pull your body down. Wearing heavy fabrics will only make your figure disappear.
  • Tops that have long or loose fitting sleeves give you a taller, lengthier look.
  • Color coordinated skirts and tops, and pant suits also give you a longer, taller look.

For large or plus-size figures, try selecting:

  • Vertical stripes, small prints, or small geometric patterns make your figure look smaller and thinner. Stripes also force the eyes upward making the body appear leaner and less full.
  • Try coordinates or outfits in one color, or neutral tones like grey or navy blue. These give the body a slimming effect.
  • Jackets with a loose, longer length may minimize the hips and cover the fullness in your midsection.
  • Avoid full or pleated skirts, bright colors, and clinging fabrics that emphasize your hips.

For figures with a short-waist, try wearing:

  • Dresses or skirts with a dropped waistline, or pants and skirts with waistlines that hug the hips.
  • Select blouses that you can wear over skirts or pants. If the pants require a belt, make it a narrow one, or have it match the color of your skirt or pants.

For figures with an overly large bust, try:

  • Try to find jackets with less detail and wider armholes. Choose fabrics without bold patterns.
  • Wear dresses and tops with simple or plain V-necklines, and those with small prints.
  • Avoid necklines with bows or elaborate detail, or tops with bold, shocking colors that emphasize the bust line.

3. Choose the right color that suit you

Color has significant psychological effects and communicates a strong statement to the people around you. Commercials, advertisements, interior decorators, photographers and magazine editors all use color to command attention or express a certain mood. Color can also be considered an important element in selecting a great garment. Certain body types should avoid specific colors. For example, if you are 5'3 you should avoid wearing contrasting tops and bottoms. Color can help your appearance by altering your shape and size. Wear colors that flatter you and void those that with your figure. Wearing bright colors can have an alarming effect where as dark colors can be depressing. If you are giving a speech to a large group do you know what color wear to keep the attention of your audience on your words and not your outfit? If you have a job interview, be responsive to the colors and styles that will make you appear more professional and reliable. In other words, the dynamics of color will help you to effectively integrate them into your everyday life and wardrobe.

4. Stay within budget while buying 

Sometimes shopping can be therapeutic. In today's economy, it is important to be economical and smart about your fashion expenditures. In a perfect world we can go to a high-end boutique and shop till we drop! Economically speaking, this is clearly not practical shopping behavior. Understand the importance of your personal budget. By cleaning out your closet and purging garments that are unflattering and outdated, you are allowing new outfits can be created. The most important thing is to maximize the investment you have already made in your wardrobe and stretch it out to get the most "bang for your buck."

5. Choice of fabric

For budget-cutting, choose clothing in fabrics that can be worn year-around, like lightweight wools, jerseys, silks, cottons, gabardines, and some knit blends. Some year-around colors include red, navy, green and grey, camel, beige and black. Pastels are usually reserved for summer months - but fashion rules are never set in stone.

Understand the fashion trends and how they may or may not relate to your particular body structure. When you wear clothes that flatter your figure it completely changes your overall appearance. When you look good, you feel good and people will certainly notice! Looking and feeling great is the ultimate revenge on an otherwise bad day! Talk to your body, feel yourself and explore yourself. Be your own fashion expert.

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