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Fashion Hacks: Five Tips to Improving Your Wardrobe without Breaking the Bank


“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” –Author Unknown


Style is an integral aspect of life and is an essential factor in making a good first impression.

Who you are is evident in your clothes, and regardless of how you dress, a bit of your personality and character seeps through. There are subtle hints about the person behind the assemblage of clothes which is why style is a pivotal factor—not only in fashion but life as well. To quote a world-famous and revered stylist fashion designer, Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way of showing that you are without having to speak,” we can say that indeed style is a way of introducing yourself without uttering a single word to onlookers. Style is how you present and showcase yourself to the world, and in this regard, we must endeavor to make sure that what we say through our clothes says some good about us. After all, more often than not, when it comes to onlookers and strangers, you rarely get a second chance at making an impression, so make the first one count.

With these in consideration, we must make a more conscious effort in refining how we present ourselves and how we dress up. Taking an interest in our assemblage of clothes should not be considered as being shallow, nor is it exclusive to those who are fashion forward. After all, if we want to be taken seriously, we should also dress the part. One of the excellent ways to improve your style is to upgrade your wardrobe. Unfortunately, most individuals equate style upgrades with unnecessary expenses. However, this is a misconception as elevating your style does not always have to mean you have to spend money (or at least without breaking the bank). Great style does not have to mean designer shoes and exorbitantly priced clothes. More often than not, a culmination of great style entails choosing the right clothes—whether they may be wholesale clothing or retail—and rocking them with confidence. In any case, here are some clever tips to improve your fashion and style profile without making your wallets cry:


Check the fit

Before bringing any of the clothes, you intend on buying to the checkout counter, ensure that they all fit you well. And by well this means you not having to compromise and overlook a few details such as rather loose shoulders or too tight shirts. Make sure every piece of clothing you have and buy fits you properly. Not only will this save you the time and money in seeing a tailor, but it ensures that your clothes look better on you as well.


Pare your closet

To most, this might seem counterintuitive, and to fashionista’s, this might even be considered blasphemous. But there is actually a lot of merit to paring your closet. Most individuals are under the impression that in paring their closets, they would also be efficiently be cutting down their clothing options. After all, the more clothes you have, the more choices you have right? Well, while you do have more choices, chances are none of those choices are actually better-looking options. If anything, they are holding you back from improving style. By clinging on to them, you are taking up valuable closet space instead of making room for classier and sophisticated buys. So, if you have anything in your closet that is largely out of season, never worn or perhaps damaged beyond repair then toss, donate or sell it.


Get crafty

If you are rather handy with a pair of scissors and have a talent for sewing, you could drastically improve your wardrobe without even needing to visit the store. It is without a doubt that every wardrobe has that ubiquitous selection of humble shirts that everyone just cannot get rid of. In fact, a large percentage of your wardrobe is made up of these shirts. If you cannot bring yourself to get rid of them, inject a bit of fresh air into them by styling them differently. Snip and sew as you please and create different styles—from diverse necklines and fringes to cropped tops. The possibilities are endless, all you would truly need is to dedicate some time and creativity to create the set of shirts. If you find yourself in adept at creating clothes, you can always find some tutorial (and inspiration) videos in YouTube.


Get a haircut

Sometimes, all you really need to improve your look (as well as your style) is simply to get rid of the scruffiness you have been sporting since ever. Whether it is hair that is far too long or an unshaven face, if it makes you look unkempt, no amount of styling could help you. Regardless of what hairstyle you have, ensure that you always look neat as it gives a sense of cohesion to what you are wearing. Furthermore, getting a haircut would also give a fresh new spin to your clothing ensembles and would make you look completely different. In fact, a simple haircut might be all you need to change the entirety of your outfit (or at least how it is perceived). So, why spend a lot on a single outfit when you can simply just spend for a haircut (which is far cheaper) and achieve the same results?


Think for the long-term

By this we mean clothes for long-term storage. In this regard, it would also be wise not to invest in so much trendy stuff that will be tacky and out of season by the next few years. Invest only in classic and timeless items as well as clothes that might be outdated but have the potential to be vintage-y in the next couple of decades or so. Ensure that the clothes you do have are of durable quality so that by the time they become trendy again, you would either be able to sport them or sell them at a very attractive asking price.



Sure, style might be something very personal and each is distinct to every person but one must also remember that your clothing ensemble is the first thing others would notice about you. So, if you want to make a good enough impression, start by ensuring you choose only the best clothes for you. After all, seeing as there are alternatives wherein it would not cost you so much to elevate your style, you really do not have an excuse to look sloppy all the time.


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Style Oaths: Five Fashion Resolutions to Make in 2018

“Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.” –Unknown Author

In anticipation of the brand new year, it is best to take stock of the fashion choices you have made all throughout this year and determine which ones of them are worth keeping for the next year. In this regard, you should be able to identify which ones should be modified and tweaked a bit or downright discarded. Fashion purveyors such as well-known stylists and designers provide fashionistas with the latest clothing styles and trends every single day in the year. Furthermore, they furnish their avid followers and readers with style advice every now and then, but it is ultimately up to you to distinguish which ones of them are worth turning into habits and which ones you should ignore.
As you usher in and welcome the brand new year, it is best to come up with a to make better fashion choices and come up with a concrete plan to be a more put-together person not only for the next few months but over the next 12 months of 2018 as well.

However, it is not only enough to make promises such as wearing fewer hip-hop clothing and more of smart casual clothes, but you also need to ensure that they would be realistic enough for you to fulfill for every single day of the next year. With this in mind, it is best to come up with a set of style mantras that you would still want to do after the second week of February. In any case, if you have been looking for attainable fashion resolutions for the next year regardless of whatever your style might be, take a gander at the list below for some suggestions.

1.) Be the most dressed-up person in the room

There is a difference between overdressing and being the most-dressed up in the room. The former implies that there is a strict dress code to be followed and you simply went overboard while the latter means there is a sense of cohesion among all the fashion items you have chosen to sport for that day. For the next year, aim to be the latter and endeavor to be always the best dressed or at least the most dressed up. Being the most dressed-up person in the room for 2017 inspires confidence while allowing you to have fun with fashion as you enjoy putting together an ensemble. Moreover, you will likely get a lot of feel-good compliments which can truly boost your self-esteem.

2.) Look after the things you already have

2017 was all about adopting a minimalist lifestyle in almost every aspect of life which means it would invariably include how you dress. 2017 inspired us to edit our closets and get rid of things that no longer do anything for us and leave only the things we want to wear. As you have already gotten rid of the things you no longer need, let 2018 be the year you take better care of the things you already do have. In a sense, this means dry-cleaning your blouses, having your shoes repaired before it becomes an emergency and damage becomes irreparable and irreversible. Doing so would save you from doing any needless shopping sprees where you might feel compelled to acquire more clothing items than necessary which would be counterintuitive to your minimalist movement.

3.) Buy more of what you love

Fashion columnists have always encouraged their readers to have a more diverse wardrobe by buying from different boutiques and designers. In this regard, they were compelled to break the mold and try on different styles—even if they do not necessarily need to do so. If you have already found your personal style and know which styles do look on you best, do not be afraid to buy more of it and wear it on repeat for the next year. While some might argue that this sounds like a boring option, it is also a subtle way of forming a signature style in which a specific kind of clothing could be identified with you. Bulk up on what fashion styles do work for you and have fun wearing them in a myriad of ways you can imagine.

4.) Embrace fun fashion

For the New Year, try not to conform too much and simply have fun with fashion. There is absolutely no reason for you to follow every style edict and fashion advice and take them to heart. Have fun with fashion and mix it up every once in a while. Be bold and try something new that has not been done before. Mix some of your frilly and girly dresses with your boyfriend or tomboy jeans. Alternatively, you can do an epic fashion fusion from different eras by digging up old vintage apparel which you would then mix with contemporary staples and new pieces. Next year, endeavor to stand out and make a fashion statement.

5.) Do not resist color

If you have a streamlined wardrobe consisting of only basic and neutral colors such as blue, black, grey, white and different shades of brown and cream, then it is time to inject some color into your closets. Instead of blending in with your surroundings, go for bold hues and rock a vibrant fashion ensemble that would be sure to turn heads in your direction. Embrace color and have more of it in your wardrobes. Moreover, try not to make them something you wear once a week and instead rotate them on different days. After all, wearing brighter colors can affect your mood, and if you are looking to have a more cheerful mindset in 2018, you best start by wearing cheerier, brighter and happier-looking colors.

If you have wanted to look better fashion-wise for the next year, keep in mind that there are some style choices you have to adapt and some to discard. For your sartorial well-being, some of the doable deeds are already mentioned above, and you should definitely consider incorporating them into your daily habits. After all, 2018 should be the year of the better-dressed you.


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