As fashion weeks around the world draw to a close, one inevitably looks to her own wardrobe and thinks, ‘How on earth do I look like I'm wearing Prada when everything I have in my closet is H&M?’ (Yes, this is me). And, ‘How do I dress to impress at the office without looking like I've watched one too many episode of Top Model!?’ (You do this too right?)
But what if I told you it is not only possible to look like the fashion forward in low cost brands, but that you can do so in a way that screams ‘Confident, successful woman (or man) here! Get outta my way!’
Here’s three tips on how to dress for success every day (whether you’re a man or a woman), even if you can’t afford it and are living in a city like Vancouver which, while stunningly beautiful in its own right, is more well known for a love of yoga pants than designer trends…
Image courtesy of vanfashionweek.com – Valerio Show
1. Dress In What Makes You Feel Confident
We all have that one outfit, you know the one I mean, it’s that dress that makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn, or the pants that make your butt look hotter than J-Lo or that jacket that makes you feel like a secret agent (is that just me?). Whatever item it may be, whenever you come across that special ‘lifting’ feeling in the fitting room, do not think twice, BUY IT! Forget the trends, forget ‘What works for your body’, because much like a new haircut or a new love, that feeling of confidence not only gives you an attractive natural glow but the courage to take risks and get shit done! (You go!)
Screenshot – Marie Claire
2. But Take Note Of The Catwalks For Inspiration
So you found this pair of white jeans that make you look like you've been doing squats since you were five but what on earth do you pair them with!? This is where the catwalks and (the more practical) the street style looks can help you out. I'm not saying you should try to copy a look from head to toe but if you see something you like in the many online galleries (Marie Claire is a great resource), take a moment to think about why you like the look. Is it the style of the pants or the colour? Is it the pattern of that blouse you like or the fact that it’s made of silk and sits beautifully? Whatever it is, store this in your mental ‘beauty book’ and look for those types of clothing in your own closet or the next time you’re at H&M. Which if you’re like me, is weekly…
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment!
So what if you look a little too much like a cowgirl in jeans, tan riding boots and a matching blouse (I learnt to embrace my inner ‘yeehaa!'), give yourself the day to try an outfit you may not be 100% sure about. I’ll guarantee that by the end of the day, helped by the reactions of people you meet, you will either love it or hate it. Many times I’ve worn an outfit I thought might not quite work and have been surprised to instead receive nothing but compliments. And for those outfits that don’t get as positive a response? Well, it’s only one day, and really, how many times do you remember exactly what everyone you meet has been wearing every single day at work? Maybe just steer clear of days when you have a big interview or are meeting a new client…
At the end of the day, have fun! And remember that one bad fashion day is not going to mean the end of your career, happiness, world… because tomorrow is a new day, full of new promise.