1. Fnd a good tailor – fit is everything!
In an ideal world we would make a pilgrimage to London’s Savile Row and have coats, blazers and dresses made of the finest fabrics tailored by experienced experts. But you’ll also find the realistic alternative around the corner: small tailor’s shops that make sure that the new Pencil-Skirt ends in exactly the right place and you won’t sink into your vintage jacket. Only when your clothes fit really well do you look really good in them. So invest a few extra euros and let the tailor of your confidence shorten, widen, waist or sew around what the stuff holds.
2. Do not care about the clothing size
36, 38 or 44 – these are just disdainful numbers that say nothing about whether an item of clothing fits well and you feel comfortable in it. Only buy parts that really fit you. And cut out the small slips of paper with the size information if you are irritated that you are wearing one size larger than usual.
3. Invest in clever underwear
A well-fitting bra and underpants that neither pinch nor pinch and do not become visible are the basis for a successful outfit. With the right one, the clothes will fall better over it – and you will feel more comfortable. Take your time and ask for advice in a specialist shop.
4. Find out which cuts flatter you – and stick to them
“If only I weighed five kilos less, the skinny jeans would fit perfectly…” Instead of working on such thoughts, you should put your energy into the search for the right cut for your figure. Do you regularly receive compliments when you wear the slightly flared dress? Then buy another one! Do you feel much better in bell bottoms than in skintight jeans? Then make them your trademark. You’re the miniskirt and sneaker type? Then why would you hide in a maxi skirt?
5. Use the magical powers of accessories
In his “Dictionary of Elegance” in the 1950s, Christian Dior discovered that a lady of the world cannot do without accessories. And yes, we repeat ourselves, but you can’t say it often enough: An eye-catching necklace or a silk scarf – currently worn tightly knotted around the neck – can turn a bland combination of trousers and T-shirt into a real outfit.
6. Pay attention to materials
Good material is not necessarily more expensive! Buy a classic white cotton blouse or a beautifully patterned viscose dress – basics that are ideal accomplices for fashion high stacking. Nobody realizes that they perhaps only cost 19.90 euros. Caution with synthetic fibres! A polyester jersey wrap dress that electrically charges your hair or an acrylic sweater with lint will quickly look like a grabble table.
7. Beware of the sale: don’t fall into a shopping frenzy!
The trick is to spend money to save! Do you know how much money you invest in fashion each month? Write it down – you spend a lot in passing, for a bargain in a discounter or the unfortunately a bit too small but cheap ballerinas on sale. At home you collect mountains of shoes that squeeze and clothes that look like clothes after the first washing. The nice sum that comes together in this way is better invested in a high-quality part. With a great real leather handbag, you’ll show more style than with four different plastic models.
8. Lipstick, lipstick, lipstick
Decisive for a great appearance are not only the clothes you wear, but also details like hairstyle and make-up. If you love simple outfits such as shirts with jeans or plain-coloured dresses, you can simply wear a glaring lipstick, for example. You’ll be remembered: “This is the one who always has such great red lips…”
9. Arrange your wardrobe
After cleaning out the mess you can get an overview of your wardrobe. Colour combinations that run like a red thread through your wardrobe help to establish a personal style and become more independent of the whims of fashion. Are you the black and white type? Great! Or do you always end up with light gray-cream-white? Congratulations! Stick to it and just treat yourself to a fashionable refreshment now and then.
10. Enter into long-term relationships
For example, buy a waisted blazer. It is timeless and looks perfect with jeans and converse chucks, but also with khaki trousers and ethnic scarf or elegant with Marlene trousers and blouse. Other textile companions: dark blue jeans, a wool white or camel knit jacket and the little black one.
11. Expand your hunting ground
Shopping around the pedestrian zone and then getting angry that your colleague bought the same thing? Try it elsewhere: in second-hand shops, Asia shops, the boutique of a small label or in online shops that not everyone knows.
12. Pay attention to well-kept shoes
Have you ever seen stylish fashionistas with dirty shoes or worn soles? No! Therefore, take care of your shoes regularly, impregnate them and give them regularly to the shoemaker. It doesn’t matter whether they cost 50 or 500 euros.