You’ve heard it countless times: the way you dress is the way you will be addressed. While a few folks have mastered the art of looking smashing, many are guilty of drab dressing. In today’s edition of Count Down, our focus is fashion.
Everyone wears clothes but not everyone dresses up for success. Just like everything else in your life, you make your choices and then, your choices make you. Before you wear clothes, you definitely have this mental check of whether this blouse or this shirt can be paired with that particular skirt or trouser you’ve had your eye on to wear. Your overall outlook has to be appealing to you and to others, but the question is, are you killing it?
Anyone can put together an outfit – jeans and a tee shirt and you’re done. But what distinguishes beautiful outfits from “not so beautiful outfits” is the way they’re styled. You can take your cue from your environment and from what you already own. Odds are that your current wardrobe is at least a practical expression of your surroundings (personalities in your environment). And when we’re looking for these cool tips, we sometimes turn to our favourite celebs for inspiration. The Count Down crew has taken the liberty to search the internet and troll your favourite celebs for the hottest fashion tips and rules.
DO’S FOR LADIES
1) IT IS NOT EVERY OLD AND OUT-OF-DATE ATTIRE THAT CANNOT BE WORN.
A good, simple outfit of timeless clothing with one funky period piece thrown in there is just fun. It shows people that you know what the rules are, but also that you’re not afraid to break them when it looks good. Just take it easy, and focus first on buying clean, simple outfit that you can mix and match easily and not one that will break your budget.
2) SPEND EXTRA DOUGH ON HIGH QUALITY FABRICS THAT WILL LAST.
Cheap stuff wears out pretty quickly so you will end up buying things again and again anyway. Better to have a few top quality attires than a trunk full of junk.
3) DON’T STICK TO ONE KIND OF LOOK; MIX AND MATCH.
Pair structured, more professional pieces like a blazer and pointed-toe pumps with casual clothes like distressed jeans and a tee. The simplest way to make your outfit a real one is to adorn your basics (like jeans and a jacket) with smart add-ons like a hat, bag, sunglasses, and heels etc. Reason dynamism brings out the beauty of fashion.
DON’TS FOR LADIES
As Coco Chanel said, before you walk out the door every day, take one thing off. Try to avoid too much jewellery or “over the board” make up, so you don’t look too flashy or fake. Don’t wear sky high heels or really tight skirts you cannot walk in. Unless you want to entertain the onlookers.
DO’S FOR GUYS
1) STARTING FROM THE GROUND UP, APPROPRIATE-FITTING FOOTWEAR IS THE FIRST STEP TO DRESSING SMART.
You can judge a man by his shoes. If you’ve never really owned a good shoe before, brace yourself and buy a well made, classic footwear. A good pair of dress shoes will last you for years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine. Quality leather footwear isn’t a luxury reserved for the filthy rich; it’s a necessity for every man.
2) IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT YOUR JOB IS, YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A DECENT SUIT AT SOME POINT.
If you’re in a field where you’re going to wear one regularly, you should look for a variety of colors and styles; if you just need a single suit for infrequent dress occasions, then stick with a classic single-breasted, two-button suit in charcoal gray or navy blue.
3) WHITE AND LIGHT BLUE COTTON DRESS SHIRTS ARE THE BACKBONE TO A SHARP WARDROBE.
Both of these colours make up approximately 90% of the shirts sold worldwide and they look good on most complexions and body types. They are also in a wide range of styles and sizes anywhere in the world.
4) PATTERNS CAN LIVEN UP THE BASIC WHITE AND BLUE COLOR PALETTE.
You can also mix them with some other colours as your personal style evolves. Just have a good core of white and blue dress shirts.
5) WEAR GOOD QUALITY BELTS
Once it starts peeling off, drop it. Wearing torn or peeling belts is a “no no”. It tells the ladies you can’t take care of them since you obviously cannot take care of yourself. Pair the colour of your belt with that of your shoes. When you’re wearing a brown shoe, pair it with a brown belt. The same goes for black shoes too, pair it with a black belt. It shows you are on top of your game.
DON’TS FOR GUYS
Wearing T-shirts to the gym or when you are performing house chores is fine but wearing T-shirts to social events or to work is a “no-no” (except you work at a techie place like google).
This is apt especially when the shirt is oversize and made from a shoddy fabric advertising the company who donated it to you a decade ago. Brother Joseph, let it go.
A good polo in a simple, dark colour is always presentable and always flattering if it’s well fitted. If you do wear a T-shirt, make sure it is new, clean, close-fitted and in a solid, dark colour.
Finally, wear your clothes because they make you feel and look good, not just because they are trendy. We have all been guilty at some point of a fashion faux pas. What’s been your absolute worst?
Share them in the comments section so we can all have a little laugh and learn a big lesson!