Dress to Impress

“ Beauty is ten, nine of which is dressing’

Few days ago, I came across an article on the internet about celebrities who have aPower Dressing bad sense of dressing. The article beautifully illustrated that no matter how rich you are, sense of proper dressing and style is something that comes from within and cannot be bought. Our dressing sense is an inalienable part of our appearance. A wrong dress in a wrong place can invite mockery which none of us would ever like to be subject to.

Everyone likes to look good and fashionable clothes add just the right touch of glamour to one’s personality and create a sense of personal style. Over years, women clothing has seen an upward trend; new and innovative designs targeted and made fashion an irresistible force that has taken modern world by a storm.

Our clothes make a statement about us; no doubt we take it so seriously. Appropriate dressing is an art that must be acquired if you are not too good at it. We dress up differently for different occasions. Each occasion demands a certain style of dressing. For instance, formal clothes looks good in work places, interviews, and conferences and are not expected to be worn on picnics and Sunday brunches. One thing must be remembered that there is a time and place for each dress we wear. Do you go to bed in a party dress or attend a wedding in a sleeping suit?

The answer of course is NO!

Hence, there are certain things which must be remembered if you are to dress up properly for an occasion.

TIPS

A perfect fit: While choosing clothes always make sure you keep in mind your height, complexion, body shape and size. A beautiful but oversized dress can ruin your entire look. Thus your dress should neither be too loose nor too tight but just the right fit. If you are bulky you should avoid body-hugging and loose dresses. While the former make your body shape prominent, the latter make you look fatter.

Colours: Women’s clothes are available in array of colours. Its good to experiment with different shades but every woman has her special colour that brings out the best in her. Know the colour or shades that will accentuate your features and will sit well with your complexion.

Prints: You should wear prints that suit your figure type. Some women are apple shape while others are pear, hourglass or a tube shape. Know your shape and buy clothes accordingly. For ex: a tall women should not wear vertical stripes Similarly if a woman is on the short or plump, she should wear vertical prints that takes away attention from the body weight and makes her look slimmer.

Accessories: Thankfully the market is flooded with variety of accessoriesdesigner red handbags to choose from and make you look chic and glamorous. Common accessories include jewelry, belts, scarves, hats, shades,watches, bags etc. Whether you are going for an office meeting or a night out with your friends, accessories create the desired effect effortlessly. Complement your dress with statement accessories, such as, a classic hand-bag or a watch, modern pair of shoes, a blend of your old and new necklace to articulate your eccentricity and traits.

Shoes: No look or attire is complete without shoes. A few good pairs can be worn with multiple dresses. Stilettoes spell confidence in a woman and no wonder they take women’s fancy instantly.  Your shoes are as important as your dress; they speak a great deal about you. Hence always choose them with care and ensure they are comfortable.

General Grooming and Make up: Make-up is one thing that cannot be overlooked. Grooming and make-up plays a vital role in accomplishing the right look. Your make-up doesn’t have to be very professional. Buy make-up that will suit your skin tone. There is nothing more beautiful than healthy and supple skin of a woman. Go for regular manicures and pedicures.

Hair: In fact, a right hair-cut can make you look five years younger. Ask your stylist to give a hair cut that suits the shape of your face. Use a good conditioner to moisturize your strands. Styling your hair with some fashion hair accessories will be good for parties and casual get-together.

Occasion: Dress for the occasion. In case of client meeting, formals are must. If the occasion is not strictly related to business, then you can take some liberty. At the same time, ensure your outfit is sophisticated and apt for the occasion. to choose from and make you look chic and glamorous. Common accessories include jewelry, belts, scarves, hats, shades,watches, bags etc. Whether you are going for an office meeting or a night out with your friends, accessories create the desired effect effortlessly. Complement your dress with statement accessories, such as, a classic hand-bag or a watch, modern pair of shoes, a blend of your old and new necklace to articulate your eccentricity and traits.

 

FAQS

Q. How can I use accessories to make my frame look slimmer?art of dressing

Use broad belts and tie them around the waist. This will make your frame look slender and take away the attention of weight from your body.

Q. How to buy jewelry to match with my dresses?

Chunky pieces of jewelry go well on plain dresses but with dresses that have heavy prints or patterns, wear subtle ornaments that wouldn’t overshadow the effect of your gear.

Q. How can I buy make-up that suits my skin tone?

Many big stores employ beauty sales professionals that help you choose the right make up. Seek their help and ask them to apply it on you to see if it’s going well on your complexion.

Q. I am not very bulky but my arms are fat. What should I wear?

Sleeveless dresses must always be avoided if your arms are fat or have chicken wings. Three quarter sleeves might just be the perfect choice for you.

Q. How to dress-up for a casual party?

You can dress casually in denims or khakis  that can be paired with a cool T-shirt or a bright colored top. Also, a pretty skirt that is paired with a tank-top and a nice jacket is a good choice. You can even wear a cute casual dress or a maxi. Wear light make up and comfortable shoes. You are all set to go!

Q. I keep having business meeting in monsoons. What should be a correct way of dressing in monsoons?

Wearing correct kind of clothes in monsoon is a task in itself. Its important to look professional and feel comfortable. Do away with your leather shoes and bags. Instead opt for ballerina flats or jelly shoes. Carry water proof bag. Wear light blended fabrics as they are wrinkle free and easy to dry. Avoid wearing light colours. Avoid silks. A classic trench coat teamed with formal shirt and trousers will also look good.Damp atmosphere makes hair frizzy. Try to keep them tied in ponytail or bun.

Smita’s Advice

Dressing is an art that every woman interprets in her own way. Fashion merely accentuates what you already have. Create your own personal style because there is nothing more unique than bringing your individuality into your dressing.

Whatever you wear you must be confident enough to carry that properly. Remember, your dress is your attitude! So, Dress to Impress!

A famous designer, Cecil Beaton said The truly fashionable are beyond fashion’’

 

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