I am NO fashionista! In fact, I have shoes and clothing older than my son, that I still wear on a regular basis. I am also not made of money. But what I did have growing up, was a fashionable mother, a grandmother that was a seamstress and tall like me, and the coolest, prettiest women in my family to look to. I learned a few things from those amazing women and I am happy to share with you. The women in my family are gorgeous, they all have one thing in common. CONFIDENCE. That is where it all starts. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, HAVE CONFIDENCE! After you slip on your confidence, here are 7 others ways to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank:
- Know your size and dress for it!- I have friends from size 2 to 22. They all look fabulous because they all embrace their size and dress for it. I wore a size 6 as a teenager but I am no longer that size and cannot dress like that anymore (not that I would want to, we dressed like Madonna, lol). My grandmother purchased a book, in the 80’s , that saved my life. The name and cover of the book has changed over the years but the idea is still the same. Dressing in Style. Get it and start being a fashionista with what is already in your closet.
- Fix your face – Should I even have to say this? YES I DO! Please do not leave the house in a nice outfit and nothing on your face. I am not telling you to apply a full face of make-up but you can dab on some moisturizer, lip gloss and mascara. That is 5 minutes max. Your face is part of your look. So fix it!
- Do your hair – Let me be the first to admit, I loathe doing my hair! I have always said if I ever reach billionaire status, the first person I will employ, is my stylist to do hair and make-up daily. However, it is rare that you catch me looking like, DAMMIT! I still do my hair! I love hair pieces, messy pony-tails, box braids and wigs. So many choices , NO excuses. Fix your do!
- Find a style and stick to it – I am a Ralph Lauren girl. Oh this by no means implies that everything I own is from Ralph Lauren or Polo. On the contrary, all of my pants and jeans either say The Gap or Banana Republic because I know how the style looks on me and their tall sizes fit! I am all over the map with tops but one thing is pretty consistent, I wear solids, either v-neck or scoop neck. I own 3-4 button downs at a time and they are always bright white and ironed.
- Iron it – everything looks 100% better IF IT IS ironed! Non ironed clothing, most especially cotton looks like you slept in it or pulled it off the floor! WHAT??? Be a girl, give a damn about what you look like, even if you are married, even if you are not dating or you feel overweight. Please care! Take the few extra steps to iron your clothing. And if this is NOT your things, start with ironing for special occasions. All habits are not bad. Try this one on for size.
- Stand Up Straight – I am 5’11, my grandmother was 5’11. It does not matter if you are 4’11 or 5’11. Slouching just looks horrible. Each time I tried to slouch my grandmother would stick two fingers in the curve of my back, forcing me to stand up straight. At the tender age of 11, she made me walk with a book on my head, around the living room. I loathed the lessons then, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the lessons now! She would say, “stand up”! “Straight and tall”! She would motion by throwing her shoulders back, encouraging me to do the same, and look the world in the eye! It is funny what she taught me, my son has picked up naturally or maybe the “stand up straight” gene is in the DNA. Who knows but it looks great on everyone!
- Walk like a DIVA – so this summer I broke my toe. I had to wear an orthopedic boot to be able to walk without crutches. To add insult to injury, this tomboy had to wear skirts because the boot was huge and did not fit under pants. I learned pretty quickly wearing a flat shoe made me lopsided so I wore heels and the boot. I ROCKED THAT BOOT! You wanna know why? I already do numbers 1-6 on my list and there was NO WAY I was going to let a broken toe and a hideous compression boot cramp my style. So my other choice was to own it! I wore that boot and walked as if I was on a Paris runway!
Looking like a million bucks does not have to break the bank. Taking care of what you have and being purposeful with what you buy, going forward, will go a long way to helping you work on your sense of style. You do not need to have a million bucks to look like a million bucks. Feel free to ask me any questions, regarding fashion. If I do not have the answer, I will find it!