As a new year dawns, it’s a wonderful time to adjust your look, streamline your style and boost your chic. Yet, where to begin. Most women become overwhelmed at the proposition of changing their style and mistakenly think it has to be a complete overhaul, or nothing at all. Quite the contrary. Indeed, starting out with just bite sized changes will actually help you to step into a new style with far less shock while enabling you to embrace the changes incrementally and forming new habits. Much of your style is just that – habit. And when you can make small changes that don’t seem overwhelming, it can seem so easy. And your chances of continuing the process are far greater.
Whether you want to jump start your style or simply make a few tweaks, follow these easy steps for style success:
1/ Know Thyself –
Such a critical piece, yet many women forget about this one. Understand what your style is, where you are in your life, and what your style goals are. Sounds simple, right? Yet most women skip this and go straight to overbuying, hoping this will come out in the process.
Begin with understanding what your style is. Take our StyleFinder ID Assessment (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details), look at pictures, go to our Pinterest site and look at our style boards, or simply make a collage using words, shapes and colors that clearly define your style. Don’t get too bogged down here. Even if you can find a style icon to emulate, that will help. Something that will guide you towards what you truly love! Once you determine this, create a style goal. What do you really want to look like? What do you really need from your style? Get clear on these and they will guide you for years to come.
2/ Rock Whatcha Got –
If you’ve always compared yourself to your sister or your BFF, then it’s time to STOP. Stop making yourself wrong, stop dissing your body, stop wishing you were something else. Instead, embrace yourself exactly where you are and put a positive spin on it. Rather than wishing you were 20 pounds thinner, express gratitude that you have a strong, healthy body. Do you carry your weight in your thighs? Find a fabulous pair of jeans that fits curvy girls and wear them with confidence! Do you wish you had longer hair? Get some fresh highlights or cover your gray and rock whatcha got!
When you put the emphasis on what’s great about you and flaunt it, you begin to shine! Remember, you were created to be a beautiful, amazing woman! If you can’t see it, it’s time to shift your perspective so that you can! And when you do, flaunt it!
3/ Wear What You LOVE –
This may sound too simple, or it may sound completely foreign to you. Are you wearing things that you LOVE to wear? When you wear clothing that you love – on your body, not just on the rack or someone else – it empowers you on a level that is hard to comprehend. It helps you to feel confident in a way that you may not have felt before. It will help you to see your beauty. It can shift how you see yourself! If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Now, you may not love a basic tank, but it may be the piece that pulls your entire look together. So buy one that fits fabulously, feels great and is the perfect color to make you light up.
Go through your closet and pull out anything that doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks! If you put something on and it makes you feel frumpy, ditch it. It could be the complete wrong cut for your body type, so stop trying to make it work. If it washes you out, ditch it. If it gives you a muffin top, let it go. There’s something better out there for you.
So start with step one and work your way through. Spend as much, or as little, time on each one as necessary. Remember that finding your style is a journey, not a destination. Once you’re there, you’re still never done. Continue to seek out what works for you and what makes you light up. Because when you light up, it’s truly magical and dressing becomes effortless!
Need help? Let our Stylista’s help you discover your style and put together a wardrobe that is perfect for you! Whether you need a few new pieces or a complete new look, we can help. Call the Boutique at 919-454-3068 to schedule your private shopping session, inquire about our StyleFinder ID assessment or with any other questions.