It's a New Year guys! We are all guilty of playing into the whole "New Year, New Me" cliche in some form, whether it is regarding our diet, exercise habits or telling ourselves we will put more effort into our appearance this year. Well, we are guilty of it at Style Boutique anyway!
I thought we would use this blog to go through some Fashion tips to up your style in 2024, as well as being environmentally mindful when shopping to look after our planet.
As the new year unfolds, there's no better time to embark on a transformative journey within your wardrobe. Clearing out your clothes not only marks a fresh start but also brings a multitude of practical benefits. Streamlining your wardrobe enables you to rediscover hidden gems and revitalise your style, making room for new fashion adventures. Consider donating anything that no longer fits - Remember clothes are made to fit us, we are not made to fit clothes! Part with anything you have told yourself you will eventually fit into again, send it to your local charity shop where it can be loved once again by someone else.
Try to utilise the motto “If you haven't worn it in a year, let it go.” If you have not worn something in one full calendar year, after each season has came and went, the chances of you reaching for it again are slim to none.
CONSIDER A CAPSULE WARDROBE
In a world buzzing with trends and fast fashion, there's a timeless and sustainable approach to curating a wardrobe that transcends fleeting styles – the capsule wardrobe. When buying clothing, try to take the capsule wardrobe approach. Spend that little bit of extra money on these pieces to ensure they are of a high quality. This will enable you to pull them out year after year when in season and really get more for your money. In addition, choose colours and prints wisely, for example, coats. Go for a solid or neutral colour, something that will go with almost anything in your wardrobe. The more versatile it is, the more you have for your money.
By considering the shift towards a curated collection of versatile, high-quality pieces, you not only elevate your style but also contribute to a more sustainable and conscious fashion culture.
In Fashion, it's often said that the devil is in the details. While we invest time and thought into selecting the perfect outfit, there's an equally important element that can elevate our style game to another level – good grooming.
As much as your clothes matter, the whole look really comes together in the final details of your grooming. You want your look to be perceived as confident & elegant, who doesn't! Confidence is the ultimate accessory. When you feel good about how you look, that positivity radiates, turning heads and leaving a lasting impression. Imagine wearing a well-tailored suit or a stunning dress, only to neglect the finer points of grooming. Unkempt hair, chipped nails, or scuffed shoes can detract from the overall impact of your outfit.
Attention to detail in grooming ensures a polished presentation, allowing your clothing to shine without distractions. In addition to these finer details, you can also do something bold like a bright coloured lip or sleek hairstyle to really take your look to new heights and set off your outfit.
KNOW YOUR SHAPE
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to style. Your body is uniquely yours, and embracing your individual shape can be the key to unlocking a wardrobe that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
This guide is merely a roadmap to help you navigate the art of dressing for your own shape, emphasising the beauty in embracing your body's contours. The first step to dressing for your own shape is understanding your body. Take a moment for self-reflection and identify your body's proportions, paying attention to areas you love and those you may want to highlight or balance. This self-awareness is the foundation for curating a wardrobe that accentuates your best features.
Achieving balance and proportion in your outfit is key. If you have a well-defined waist, consider belts or fitted dresses and tops to accentuate. If you are shorter in stature and want to create the illusion of longer legs, opt for high-waisted bottoms. Understanding how different clothing styles can enhance your proportions allows you to tailor your wardrobe to your advantage.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR BASICS
In the ever evolving fashion industry, it is easy to be lured in by the latest trends and statement pieces that scream for attention. However, in the pursuit of a strong style, it is important not to underestimate the power your basics hold. These wardrobe staples may not always steal the spotlight, but they form the foundation of a versatile and timeless collection.
Trends may come and go, but high-quality basics are eternal. A well-fitted white shirt, a classic pair of good denim jeans, or a tailored blazer are not bound by the fleeting nature of fashion trends. Items like a simple vest top can be paired with so much. A pair of shorts on a warm summer's day, a layering piece under a thick jumper and coat during winter. The combinations of outfits are endless, by investing in these pieces like our high quality Decollage Vest Tops, versus the vest tops found in low end high street retailers, you can be assured your basics are going to look as good as the day you bought it, season to season.
High-quality basics may require a larger upfront investment, but the longevity of these pieces far outweighs the temporary thrill of a trend.
I hope some of the tips shared today will be of some use to you in creating your new 2024 wardrobe. If you are just here for a little pass time reading, do not feel as though you must be doing anything in this blog post. It is merely a helping hand for those interested in taking their fashion to another level this year!