We are all busy. We all have work to attend to, boyfriends to please, and kids to run after.
On top of that, there’s this whole workout thing. (By the way, how is that working out for you? You know New Year resolutions and all that?)
We barely have the time to get all the important things done in a day, how on earth are we going to take our style quotient to a new level?
Honestly, it’s not all that difficult. You just need to pay a little attention and stop getting in your own way. Let’s look at some of the bad fashion habits that hold us back. If you are able to rid yourself of these, you’ll automatically improve your style quotient this year.
So, are you game for it?
1. Not Planning Your Looks Ahead
No one rolls out of their bed looking picture perfect (unless you’re in perfect shape and your hair never messes up… then, all you have to do is slip on a pair of jeans, put on a body-fitting top and you’re ready to rock!)
Unfortunately, not all of us have it that easy. Most good looks have a story behind them, either that of great care and detail or that of neglect and embarrassment
What do your looks say about you?
The biggest advantage of planning your looks for the week or occasions ahead is not that it will save you stress at the time of dressing up, but that you will achieve far better results with only a little planning.
You’ll make all the things you own work better for you.
You’ll come up with interesting combinations that you didn’t think were possible.
You’ll end up looking a lot more stylish.
2. Settling For A Dull Work Wardrobe
Is there anything unprofessional or dull about this?
There’ so much fun one can have with a work wardrobe that it beats me why so many women dress so plainly at work (unless they are working for a fashion mag, of course!)
Professional and fashionable are by no means mutually exclusive. You just need to experiment a bit, stretch your imagination slightly, and little variations here and there can add up to a considerable difference in terms of style.
Women swear by LBDs (little black dresses) and LWDs (little white dresses). Both little black dresses and little white dresses would look appropriate and fab in a work setting, as long as you choose the right fabrics and cuts, and stay away from sequins.
Remember, a woman who takes her style and sense of fashion seriously does not necessarily equate with someone who is negligent towards her career goals. In fact, quite the opposite!
3. Wearing Tons Of High Heels
Women have this weird fascination with high heels. Not weird because something is wrong with high heels, weird because many women make wearing heels a matter of prestige. Or ego, maybe. Perhaps they don’t understand the difference between being fashionable and being a fashion victim?
There are places and occasions where high heels are appropriate, but if you are stepping out to do grocery shopping in stilettos, you should perhaps think beyond heels. Not the least because they aren’t exactly healthy long-term options for your feet!
Fortunately, giving up high heels does not mean compromising on your fashion or style quotient. Investing in colorful shoes of various heights is the best way to add snazziness to any look. In winters opt for colored boots and booties, in summers go for strappy gladiator sandals or wedge sandals to look chic and also be comfortable. Depending on the style you purchase, you’ll end up with appropriate wear for work as well as for leisure.
4. Treating Hair As An Afterthought
You know what I mean. Everything is in place, you’re in the shape of your life, but all you can think of doing with your hair is to straighten it, even though that may not be the most flattering hairstyle for you. The most adventurous you get with your hair is to style it with a curling iron instead of a flat iron!
Hair can make or break your look. So, it’s about time you extended it the same care that you do to your facial skin. On top of keeping it healthy and well nourished, build a library of hair styles to suit all your moods and all the occasions you can think of.
Start with this week. This Saturday (or Sunday) get on to Pinterest or YouTube, and find at least six styles for your hair that you can pull off with minimal fuss. One for each day of the week; hey, Sunday’s a style-holiday! Spend some time practicing these styles and sport a new one each week day to work.
Go ahead, do it!
5. Skipping A Manicure
Both manicure and pedicure should be non-negotiable activities for you. Once a week. Dry hands, brittle nails, chipped nail polish. You’ve just destroyed any possibilities of pulling off a stylish look. Same goes for unkempt feet and how they can kill good-looking shoes.
Keep both your hands and feet soft and polished to top off lovely looks all throughout 2014.
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