Most of the time, we learn style and how to dress from our closest female role model-our mother. While I fondly remember my mother having impeccable personal style and taste, she didn’t really teach me the nuts and bolts of truly great style, there’s a lot more to it than putting on nice clothes. As a personal stylist, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge into how I can better show off my best features and never again feel at sea when going clothes shopping, here’s five style basics that saved my sanity and my wallet that will do the same for you.

1. Ensure Proper Fit

A lot of women buy clothes that they love on the rack, and the number on the tag fits, but other areas don’t, like the hem of a jacket may sit in a awkward spot and cut your body up, arms and lengths may be too baggy or long, etc. If it’s a piece that you really love and you know you’ll wear (or have no idea of what to do with)-get it altered. Find your local seamstress or tailor (not the dry cleaners!) and get your clothes tailored to your body.

2. Know your colouring

Having the knowledge of what colours best suit your skin tone can be a hands down game changer in how you look in your clothes. Finding out whether you look best in cool or warm tones isn’t as complicated as it appears either. Go outside (this must be done in natural light or you may not get as accurate a result as you should) and take a look at the veins under your wrist-if they have a blue tinge, that means that cool shades suit you best-think rich jewel tones like ruby red, emerald green, ocean blues, etc. Do the veins have a green tinge? Then you’re probably warm toned. Think of the colours of a sunset or the earth-burnt, sharp yellows and oranges, crisp greens and blues,

3. Enlist outside help

and I’m not talking about your girlfriends. A personal stylist is the smart girl’s style saviour, and the talents of a good one can save you money and your sanity! Personal stylists have training in what works for what body shape, how and where pieces should sit on your body, what pieces to invest in and which ones to scrimp on, what colours best suit and of course the latest trends and how to make them individual to you. Google personal stylists in your area and you’re bound to find one to suit your needs.

4. Wear the correct underwear for your outfit

You may have the best outfit on for your shape and colouring, but if there’s a stray bra strap hanging out, or that much dreaded visible panty line it will ruin the entire outfit. Make sure that you get a bra fitting at least once a year and don’t be afraid to invest in some shape wear-especially if you’re going to an event, they’ll give you a nice, clean shape under that party frock and hold everything together nicely.

5. Learn to trust your eye and don’t be afraid to break the rules

We all know when we put something on and it just doesn’t look quite right. So take it off and wear what you’re comfortable with, its far more important to be physically and psychologically comfortable in your clothes than to be sitting at a party in four inch heels and a small dress and constantly adjusting bits and pieces all night in shoes that are killing your feet. Same goes with what’s supposedly appropriate for your shape-apparently skinny jeans are a no-no on my 5’0 hourglass frame, but I wear them religiously because they’re the only style that fit properly around my bottom! Wear what you love and what looks right, and there’s half your battle won.

  1. mom92217

    19th October 2014 at 7:53 pm,

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    I’m guilty of not getting a new bra fitting each year

  2. mom94125

    9th October 2014 at 2:02 am,

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    these are really good ideas and great points
    thanks for sharing

  3. BellaB

    20th August 2014 at 7:56 pm,

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    I hope I can be a good style model for my daughter….

  4. ginoula5

    12th August 2014 at 1:44 pm,

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    Love this article, I’m lucky I have one trendy mum, she knew all of this haha :) x

  5. chloekat

    11th August 2014 at 11:54 am,

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    Interesting article!

  6. pakeko

    10th August 2014 at 11:45 am,

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    It is a dream off mine to get my colours done, it is on the one day list. thank you for the great ideas

  7. damish70

    10th August 2014 at 12:17 am,

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    The best thing I had done was being colour coded. I only buy things that suit my complexion.

  8. sambii

    9th August 2014 at 10:30 pm,

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    My Mumma — God love her — still loves sequins on everything, otherwise it’s not “dressy” enough……

  9. 9th August 2014 at 9:39 pm,

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    I hope to pass on style tips to my sons…nothing wrong with a stylish man, eh hehe

  10. meedee

    9th August 2014 at 4:12 pm,

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    I really detest clothes shopping. Being overweight I feel that everything looks awful on me so clothes shopping is a nightmare.

  11. rachkap

    9th August 2014 at 2:51 am,

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    Great tips thanks for sharing!

  12. cherz

    8th August 2014 at 8:18 pm,

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    Some great tips here but am not sure how many moms could afford a personal stylist.
    Do love the tip about the colour of your veins, will be checking mine out in the morning.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. jabelle

    8th August 2014 at 2:01 pm,

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    Good advice for my shopping trip tomorrow. Thanks!

  14. kazh

    8th August 2014 at 1:22 pm,

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    Really good advice, at 37 I am still pretty useless when it comes to style.

    1. cloverstorm

      18th August 2014 at 12:58 pm,

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      You’re not alone. Hence why I follow my own style. It’s different & always on trend if I say so lol

  15. tammykilby

    8th August 2014 at 12:56 pm,

    MoM Rewards: tammykilby has a diamond MoM rewards level tammykilby said:

    Great points I always Go shopping with my sister as I find it good to see what she thinks.. Whites suite me best but with having young kids I don’t wear it as I hate trying to get stains out of white clothes..

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