Your one to 10 fashion to dos

20 July 2013
Written by Trudi Bennett
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The world of fashion can be pitiless to those who don't know their way around. Not any more - check out Trudi Bennett's top 10 style tips for the uninitiated

When I think about fashion, style and trends, it is an ever-evolving, remodelling and objective form of self presentation. I get asked all the time about my best style tips - so here you go, 10 helpful hints that I always encourage my clients to adopt:

1. Less is more - when you are going for the 'wow' factor, choose one body part to show off. As Angelina Jolie put it "If it's cleavage, don't show your legs. If it's your legs, stay covered on top.'' 

2. There must be colour SOMEWHERE in your outfit. A whole outfit of neutrals is dull. This pop of colour can come in the form of clothing, coats, shoes, jewellery or handbags. But it gives the outfit the lift it needs.

3. Most jeans stretch a half size. Always buy them uncomfortably firm to avoid stretched saggy bottoms and knees after a few weeks!

4. Always dress for your body shape. No matter what styles and trends come and go, if that shape doesn't suit yours, it will never look good, no matter how 'on-trend' or expensive.

5. Make sure your underwear fits you properly. Nowadays there are plenty of places that can fit you for a bra that will flatter you. Any double bulges at the bust look unsightly and are very distracting.

6. Take a look in the mirror before you leave the house. Yes, that's right! Just a quick peek will do you good to see if that colour and style suits you! 

7. Arrange your wardrobe so you can see what you actually have. Don't have tops in drawers and bottoms in folded piles and others hung. If they are all in the same place, you will see better combinations.

8. Wear a coloured coat - there is no need to be safe with coat colours. What are you trying to match it with? You can't see your clothing! As designer Jeanne Yang says "So many people only see you in your coat — if you're not wearing something great underneath your trench, they'll never even know!"

9. If your clothing is too long for you, get it altered. If you need to raise the hem of your trousers, top or skirt, then find a local tailor who will do this. Don't put up with things that are wrong for you. You will never enjoy wearing them. 

10. Accessories are important. They are the finishing touch and often pull together the whole outfit. They are an inexpensive way of feeling good, adding colour and staying modern.

Even if you adapt a few of these tips, I am sure they will help you on the way to being the best you can be by looking and feeling super confident.

Lastly, another important thing to remember:

"A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks."  - Charles Gordy



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