9 Ways To Make Fashion Your Own
The magic of fashion excites me in a way no man can. Metres of fabric that vary in textures and patterns that once started off as a flat piece of material only to be transformed into shapes adored by millions. Be it the romanticisation of vintage clothes, worn through eras and enriched with memories, or the fresh designer styles, chic and gloriously expensive, I love it all. Even those not remotely interested in fashion cannot deny the awe they must feel at the thought of a catwalk in Milan, filled with famous faces, flashing lights; an unusual spectacle all for the love of a couple of bits of material.
It’s easy to feel lost either in the extravagant designs on the runway or even in the high street, flicking through rails of clothes, trying to piece together an outfit in your mind. Personally, I would love to fill my wardrobe with the latest styles, but two things stop me. One, I hate shopping. I despise rummaging through racks of poor quality clothes, fighting off that one woman who always wants to look at what you have. I hate how stressed out I end up which almost always results in me running away. Two, I’m poor and can never justify buying yet another dress. Nevertheless, I have … tips for you to embrace fashion, not break the bank and be confident in the power of your wardrobe!
1. Go for quality materials
Cheap clothes have their place, but if you pay more for something well made, it will last so much longer and generally gives a better fit too.
2. Pick Staples
Gok Wan wasn’t wrong when he talked about choosing capsule pieces that are classic and can be re-worked with accessories. Just think of the little black dress, pair with bright colours for a night out or wear with a blazer, oversized bag and low heels for work wear.
3. Think About Shape
If you only take one tip from this, let it be this one. It doesn’t matter how much you love the item or if it’s in fashion, if it doesn’t have a flattering shape, it will never look right. Consider the fruit bowl, are you an apple, pear, top-heavy or hourglass. For example, if you are very straight up and down, a dress with no shape (like a typical shift dress) will do nothing for you. Just like a halter-neck on a top-heavy (broad-shouldered or those gifted chest wise) will emphasise this. Try on outfits that flatter your shape, and you will look stunning, regardless of how ‘in fashion’ the look may be.
4. Shop Around
Search in vintage shops, one-off stores, charity shops, online, everywhere. It will help you get a varied taste and discover what you really like!
5. Get your sewing on!
When looking in charity stores, vintage shops or even your own wardrobe consider the potential in an item. Perhaps something is too plain, or you’ve never worn a skirt because it looks weird on you. Think about how making a few minor adjustments, like taking up the hem, or sewing on some beading or lace could transform it into an item that will take pride of place in your wardrobe.
6. Experiment with the clothes you have
I’ve created new looks with items I’ve had for ages just by mixing different pieces together. Try layering, mixing colours and putting together items you never considered before. It may end up looking a hot mess, but it gets you in the habit of trying different things and you might find a gem you forgot you had!
7. Take note of new trends and take your own style from it
Fashion is like art, it’s all about taking your own interpretation of a trend and putting your own slant on it. For example, this Spring/Summer, pastels were a massive trend. You could go all out and look like an ice cream sundae, or you could pick up a pastel purple pencil skirt, pair with a fresh white blouse and look every inch the fashionista!
8. Don’t take accessories for granted
You can make a boring outfit bold and exciting with a well placed bit of jewellery and a bright coloured clutch. Once you have got your wardrobe together shop around for statement accessories or maybe even a light jacket or shoes that could tie a look together.
Flick through magazines and even vintage fashion books and look at the styles you like most. Think, why? What is it that draws you to a certain look? Is it the colours, the patterns or the way the outfit fits? Vintage fashion is amazing to draw shape inspiration from, especially the 40’s and 60’s where there was emphasis on feminine shapes.