How to be Fashionable
- The first thing to do is your homework
Not for school, I mean study up on fashion. Start with the magazines lying around your house. As long as they are from this year or somewhat current, they are a good place to start. Find tips on what is new and what staples from your own closet you can use. Look for the pieces that you see multiple times, because then you will know they are in style. Another place to look is on-line.
- While you are doing your homework
Keep a journal with all of the looks and clothes that you like. Jot down pieces of clothing, colors and outfits that you like. Separate those into things that you own and things that you want to add to your wardrobe. Use pictures from magazines or words. This will be where you base your new look.
- The next thing to do
Check out what you already have and see if there is anything that you can use. Keep in mind that you cannot change your style overnight. Also, you want to incorporate your personal style into what is in fashion.
- Now you are on your way towards great style
The next thing to do is go out and find some new pieces to add to your closet. Here, you have to take into account your financial situation. If you can’t or are not willing to spend a lot on clothes, then thrift stores like Goodwill or Plato’s Closet, or stores like Target are great places to get started. When shopping second hand try to find clothes that are in good condition and are good quality.
- Now to put everything together
Go back to the journal you made earlier and try to put together some new looks. Find a fill length mirror and just try on lots of things until you find some outfits you like. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box. Fashion is all about doing something new and being the first to try something.
- If you feel good in it
If you feel good in it and you like it then you will most likely look great in it. It is all about the attitude you have. While clothes may make you look better, the most important part is that you feel better.
- Don’t forget to accessorize
A great necklace can complete a look. Before going out ask yourself whether your outfit is missing something or if there is too much. Also, shoes can completely change your outfit, so make sure your look is put together with a great pair of flats, flip- flops, or heels. If heels scare you, try a low espadrille, because they will stay on and usually are pretty comfortable.
- Feeling good in your clothes is extremely important
If something is in style, but it doesn’t work on you or you feel uncomfortable in it, just try something else. Also, you can be stylish at any age or with anybody, just find what works for you.
- Skinny jeans, Skinny jeans, Skinny jeans
They will always be in style. And they even out a flowing top and look great with heels. Get something tailored to fit you, don’t wear something the wrong size.
- If you know how
A great way to mix up your blast style is to throw on a pair of Sky High heels. Wear an all-black outfit and put on a great pair of bright colored heels. 4 inches, minimum. You Will Shock! However, if you simply cannot walk in heels without falling flat on your face, DON’T WEAR THEM.
- Remember that a fashionista is not a fashion victim
Most magazines try to emphasize this topic. A fashionista is a woman who has found her own individual style and knows how to mix it with what’s trendy at the moment. This or that item is a must have for any fashionista is a phrase often used in the magazines. Ignore it; only buy something if it fits your style.
- Be different
If people at your school or work all wear the same thing, then you need to make a positive change and be unique. Don’t be afraid that someone else won’t like what you wear, because if you are confident in it, they will notice you before they notice what you are wearing.
- Out with the Old, in with the New
Now it’s time go through your wardrobe and select items that were considered not in style (according to the magazines) and put them in a box or bag to give away to Goodwill or Salvation Army. If it’s tattered or in bad condition, consider throwing it away. If you have barely used the clothing consider going to Plato’s Closet because they take gently-used clothing from people and give you cash in exchange.
- Shopping is a CB Fashionista’s Best Friend
From this point on, shopping will be your new best friend so find a time most convenient for your parents to take you to the mall or a few boutiques to go shopping. Not everyone can just buy clothes like that, so consider buying a few pieces at a time.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover. As if
Society is so hypocritical these days because everyone knows we judge people on something. So how you look and smell is crucial. Not only should you keep up with the latest fashions, but your beauty and scent need to be ‘du jour’ too. Try not to use so much make-up, because it is tacky and makes you look cheap. The main make-up you should be using is mascara, lip-gloss/stick, (shimmer) eye shadow, maybe eye liner and a little blush.
- Don’t forget about yourself
Beauty is also about hair, nails and personal hygiene so use these tips to keep you stylish and fresh. Nails can be polished with whatever the latest color is as long as they are always clean and trimmed. You can do neon pink, banana yellow or even black as long as they are neat and clean.
- Sometimes it’s about how you present yourself
You can have all the latest clothing and accessories in the world, but have low self-confidence or low self-esteem and make the outfit look horrible. I’m not saying that image is nothing, but it’s not the only thing. When you walk into a room with a smile and your head up it says a lot to people of what kind of person you are. When you give a handshake, and if it is firm that tells people that you are sure of yourself and confident. Being confident means just showing others that you know who you are.
- Go to local library
If you can’t afford to buy a couple of magazines at a time, then we suggest your local library. The downfall to that is that sometimes they don’t have the latest issues, but you can get the general feel.
- If all of your clothing is out of style
If all of your clothing is out of style, keep a few items because you might not want to throw away everything, then you wouldn’t have anything to wear.
- A true Fashionista
A true Fashionista wears designer labels and if you can only afford one or two pieces, then do it. Getting a lot of non-brand name clothing is way worse than buying a little of brand name.
- Get fit
Being healthy is a million times more important than being thin. Check with your doctor for your proper weight range and work to get and stay within it. Exercise, eat properly, and drink plenty of water. You are what you eat, so learn to like it in order to achieve the weight you want and be as healthy as you can be. As long as you’re in your healthy range, you’ll look fabulous. And if you’re already happy with your body, then you can still look like a model. You don’t have to be thin to look like a model. You don’t have to lose weight to look great.
- Mind your style, top to bottom
There are two things that can make or break your look: your hair and your shoes. Look through hair magazines and talk with your hairstylist about what would look good with your face structure. Wear clean, feminine shoes. That doesn’t mean you always have to wear high heels (although that does help to send your model look up a notch). Models wear sneakers, too, and they wear them with style.
- Be fashionable
This one is a given, but a lot of people don’t realize how wrong they are in the clothes they wear. Learn about your body type, height, skin tone and preferences. Discover yourself, and fashion will come to you. Rid yourself of any insecurity, because you can look bad in a Gucci & Manolo shoes if your shoulders are slouching and you have a scared look on your face. You don’t have to wear designer clothes, especially if you can’t afford them.
- Most girls don’t
Most girls don’t or refuse to acknowledge that foundation and cover up are very bad for your skin. You should avoid using it whenever you can, as it can cause skin problems later on in life, and may cause acne as well.
- Magazines like Vogue
Magazines like Vogue (or Teen Vogue), Allure, Elle, etc. are very helpful in finding hairstyles, make up and clothes. If you’re going for that runway look though, you might want to switch or combine with high fashion magazines such as Flaunt, Zink, MUSE, W, NYLON, etc. These are magazines basically made for models, so you’ll get the insider tips. These high fashion magazines also have lots of information about latest books, music, film, arts and all those things you want to know about.
- This is an old trick
Find a model you like and follow her throughout the years. You’ll learn tons of fashion from them. Then, if you want, you can even add your own twist to her style!
- Have a pair of shoes for every style you wear
Make sure you have different shoes for every season, especially if the weather changes dramatically in your area. There’s nothing more hideous than Ugg boots in July, unless you live near the North or South Pole. Make sure that you have ballet flats, wedge flip-flops (late spring) and fierce pumps for the Spring; Indian sandals, flip flops and espadrilles for the Summer; Mary Janes, earth-toned flats and cowgirl boots for Autumn; and Uggs and all kinds of cute fuzziest for the Winter.
- If you’re serious about becoming a fashionista
If you’re serious about becoming a fashionista, then you might want to invest in a modeling class session. You will learn a lot from these, and you will network with the professional models that teach the classes, and the amateur models just like you. Just make sure the organization is licensed so that you don’t waste your money. Beware of agency scams, they will usually ask for money up front. If you don’t have the money for classes, there are a lot of books, shows, and mentors out there that will help you.
- Pouting can be a natural reaction
Pouting can be a natural reaction which allures the focus onto your lips. If your lips are chapped or dry apply some lip balm. Petroleum jelly or lip gloss to magnify their appeal. If your lips are thin, add some lip liner or lipstick to make them more noticeable and eye catching.
Never get caught up in the Fashion Industry. Their ideals are nonstop and crazy, so remember that being you is more important than pretending.
- Just because you do look like a model doesn’t mean you have to be one
You can be a sexy scientist or even a smoking’ hot stay at home mom. Don’t make the fact that you are beautiful become a handicap for you; your brain will get you noticed by the best people.
- When you walk
When you walk make sure your feet are straight, some people walk with left foot straight and the right foot a little to the side. This would be considered unattractive.
- Watch your posture
How you carry yourself affects how people perceive you more than you think! Perk up that chin, throw those shoulders back, and glide through the air as if you just signed a ten million dollar contract. At home, practice carrying books on your head. Move like a dancer. Keep your head back, chin up, and shoulders down and back. Remember that every moment is a potential pose! However, you shouldn’t become obsessed.
- Educate yourself in culture
Stay on top of the arts, film, music, fashion, news and all things hip. Learn key phrases in various languages from countries with an active fashion scene. Travel the world, or watch the Travel Channel. Professional models learn to feel at home in any part of the world, and so must you–or at least you can pretend!
- Be seen
What does it matter to look gorgeous if the only one that sees it is your family, and your teddy bears? Go out dancing with your friends, or dining, or whatever it is you like to do. Have fun and live it out. Models are also known for being party girls and amazing party hosts!
- Be your own makeup artist
Makeup is amazing, and any fashionista knows that. You can transform into so many different looks if you have the necessary tools and skills. Look through fashion magazines and practice the looks you see on yourself and your friends. Then invent your own looks and perfect them. Being able to apply makeup like a pro is a must for looking like a model. It requires practice, practice, and then some more practice.
- Buy accessories that mix well with what you have
Don’t overdo the accessories. You’ll see fashion models wear about 30 necklaces, but that’s not always good. One to three necklaces, a bracelet and earrings are good. Try to make them match the style of the outfit.
- Get a few new shoes and sandals
Get a few new shoes and sandals at a reasonably-priced store, like Payless (it’s fashionable, and no one has to know) Steer clear of stores that turn out low-quality items. You want to be fashionable, not cheap. Fashion is about quality clothing that fit well, not cheap, flashy items.
- Make sure to compliment other stylish people
They will start noticing what you wear, and you will be more noticed. It doesn’t do to hang out with fashion misfits; you will be branded as one. The crowd you roll with is very important for your fashion status quo.
- Always balance your clothing
If you’re wearing a bright and colorful top, wear a neutral bottom. Same goes for makeup. Shocking red lips? Counter with soft eye colors.
- Avoid buying clothes/accessories/shoes that are in right now
Chances are, they’ll go out of style before you get to wear them. Buy more classic pieces that never go out of style, like jeans & invest in a few higher-end items.
- Define what a fashion icon really is
A fashion icon is a person that people admire and adore for outfits and looks. In other words, a fashion icon is a trendsetter. You are supposed to be a role model, so stay away from drugs and cigarettes. Drugs and cigarettes will destroy you as a fashion icon.
- Rest of your outfit
Always have one small item that clashes with the rest of your outfit, like a blue necklace with a neutral top and bottom for example.
- Pick your trends wisely
No matter what the new fashion is you should be very selective on what trends to follow. You should own quality (which does not always mean designer) Jeans, and cotton shirts. Because we tend to buy accessories less often than clothing this may be where you should invest in your statement or designer pieces.
- Add jewelers if you are looking too plain
The difference between a T-Shirt and jeans without and with a necklace is huge! Depending on the trend this rule will vary but for the most consistent High-Fashion go with more classic styles (pearls, gold, and silver) and avoid too many plastic, enamel, or wooden accessories.
- Heels should be reserved for outings and gatherings
One who wears heels to the grocer, dry cleaner, or other similar environments will be deemed as trashy or from a lower socio-economic status. Shy away from running sneakers (although you should own a decent pair)for a more casual shoe consider a flat, loafer, or slide, and for summer a stylish espadrille leather sandal or flat.
- You need to know all of the fashion language
This is worth researching, as after all, you want to know what you’re talking about. Don’t go overboard using words no one’s ever heard of.
- Create a totally cool outfit that looks and feels great
Use matching colors and patterns. When you buy your clothes make sure they fit. You don’t want them too tight or too baggy. Also make sure they feel good. Don’t buy them if they make you itchy or very uncomfortable. Make sure that you feel confident in the clothes. If all the requirements are good then buy it!
- Create your own fashion journal
Cut out clothes or styles that you like and paste them into your fashion journal. Write down a couple of your favorite outfits and say how you feel in them.
- Invest in classics
It’s important to splurge on basics, because if you’re going to wear something all the time, it better be high-quality and fit well. A cashmere cardigan, trench coat, string of pearls, pant suit, and little black dress will take you from season to season year to year. You could always find something very similar to it for less money, but it might tear or be itchy and uncomfortable.
- Make yourself a reputation as a trendsetter
Shop at the local designer stores; even if you’re not that rich, there must be something in there you afford (example: a pair of gloves, sunglasses). Be a devoted client to these boutiques and you will get noticed for your style.
- Subscribe to Vogue.
The fashion bible keeps your sense of style to date on clothes, hair, make-up, shoes and bags. Get a head start on biggest trend next season. Read features/articles about major players in the fashion industry, from designers to models to socialites.
- Observe how experienced fashionistas dress
Check out the clothes fashionable celebrities and business leaders wear. Watch some of the fashion shows on the Style Network or Discovery Channel’s TLC. Read books by stylists and other fashionistas. Cut pictures from magazines and catalogs to make a collage of things that you like.
- Figure out your budget
What can you spend now, and what can you spend in the future? Here’s my personal hint: cut out a couple of restaurant meals a week. You’ll save calories and money. Think of it this way: skip a couple of pricey meals and get a new sweater instead. It’ll last longer and it won’t make you gain weight
- Metallic Eye Shadow
Go from Classic day wear into evening with a silver or gold metallic eye shadow but don’t overdo it. It’s an easy way to go from Office Girl to Evening Bombshell. Keep the rest of your makeup simple with natural blush and lips. Even the eye liner is to be kept softer, more simple and Again, Classic.
- Get rid of dead cells on your skin by exfoliating with a solution made of sea salt and lemon
Brush this on your hand using a tooth brush and wash it off. Repeat this twice a week in order to smoothen your hands and you can also get rid of skin discoloration.
- Use warm water and get your hand washed well and then quickly rub it using a rough cloth
Apply a mixture of honey and olive oil in equal parts on your hands and then insert your hands in to some regular plastic bags and then further on to a pair of thick cotton gloves for half an hour. The treatment’s effect is increased with the additional heat involved.