Everybody knows the basics of fashion now, right? That’s why we compiled a list of offbeat tips from fashion experts that you don’t hear every now and then. Sure, they sound right, but how many do you actually practice?
Nudes are a safe bet, always – Wearing a lot of colours and can’t figure the heels to go with it? If you want to play it safe, just go for a pair of nude heels. Owing to the neutrality of the shade, nudes go with pretty much everything. Some say nudes are even safer than blacks!
Check for transparency – Especially if you’re wearing a lighter shade. Check yourself in different lights to avoid any unwanted snickering.
Watch the length of your trousers – They might feel just right when you’re on your feet but when you throw on your heels it could end up looking strangely short. It could also work the other way round if you’ve only worn a pair with heels. If you decide to ditch the heels for a day on flats, you might just end up tripping clumsily all over.
Know your cut – We all have been blessed with a certain body type and it’s a good idea to understand it, embrace it and dress according to it. Experiment with different styles until you figure what works for you; then stick to it.
Care for your clothes – How you keep your dress prolongs the life of it. Read the washing instructions, make sure you get rid of any stains as soon as you can and give them space to breathe instead of stuffing it all together.
Dressing-room rule – It’s a good idea to always have on the right innerwear when trying out outfits. Don’t assume that a dress would look right if you wore a different undergarment. It backfires so many times.
Do a 360-degree – Always make it a point to get a good look at yourself in a new dress from all angles. You can even sit down, cross your legs, walk around a bit to see how the dress flows. Sometimes a slit might be too deep, the sides unflattering or the back too open. It’s not always how it appears from front.
Inside check – Remember how people always fuss about how you should be from the inside. Well, apply the same principle to your dresses. If you aren’t sure about the quality of a dress, turn it inside-out and see how the lining of the dress is, how it has been stitched and take note of other such details that are not visible from the outside.
Take pictures of your favourites – Whether you’re wearing it or you see it at a store window. If you like how a particular ensemble looks, record it immediately. You can replicate this again in your own way.
Wider belts for fuller waists – Wearing a wide belt around the waist covers up unnecessary bulges. It actually makes your waistline look smaller and you curvier.