How To Travel in Style Without Breaking the BankSo you have a presentation at work planned, or perhaps a big night out… but nothing to wear! Even
though your wardrobe is bursting at the seams with unworn, still tagged garments, there is nothing
that you could put together quickly as an outfit that you would want to wear. When you lack focus
or a particular direction with your wardrobe it’s easy to buy spontaneously without a lot of thought
about what you might actually wear and what you might wear together.
Some tips include finding yourself a stylist who can advise you on your body shape, colouring etc. to
be able to recommend certain styles, fabrics, prints and colours would be an obvious option. This
will not come cheap and you may find your wardrobe ripped to pieces and a great long shopping list
thrust in your direction. There is also the possibility that you will not agree with someone else’s
opinions and perhaps there is something in your wardrobe that you are attached to and would never
consider binning it regardless of whether it actually suits you!
A cheaper and less traumatic way to get inspiration is to find yourself a style guide – someone whose
style you admire. Maybe it’s a friend, a celebrity or someone in your family. Whoever it is start to
curate their looks. Follow their style; collect pictures etc of things that you would see them wearing.
Use a scrapbook or Pinterest and keep cooking your inspiration. Buy pieces that you would imagine
your style guide wearing, consider what they would think of it and what they might wear it with.
Don’t waste the clothes that you do have and pull them out to try and put outfits together. Do this
when you have time to think, take some photos and try things on. Don’t do it when you are in a rush
trying to get ready! If something doesn’t fit or look nice then get rid of it! Chances are you will never
slim into it, grow into it or ever like it if you don’t now! Make space in your wardrobe for some new
items inspired by your style guide. If you know this person, or if there is someone that you trust
invite them over to help you. Sometimes it takes someone else to reaffirm what you are doing and
the choices you are making.
Once you have photos of your existing items and outfits and have gathered a few for inspiration its
time to turn your attention to accessories. Accessories can make an outfit and even a simple little
black dress that you have had for years can be reignited by some up to date clever accessorising. So
if something suits you well and you like it try updating the look through accessories – new jewellery,
a new belt, new shoes or a new bag.
Most of all try and enjoy the experience – use it as a boost to your self-esteem and your time
management. Don’t start to compare yourself negatively or try and fit into clothes which are just
not right for your shape. Get to know your figure and what works for you and start dressing to show
off your best bits.