Creating a Look That Shows the Real You
Building a look for yourself can be a challenging process. There is a balancing act involving lots of different factors. Everything from the upkeep of your wardrobe to the cost of your hair care comes into play, and ultimately it still has to look the way you want to look. It is also challenging to keep it current through the evolution of styles and your personal tastes.
The process of establishing your look isn’t a one-step effort. It should tie together everything about your appearance in a way that’s cohesive, stylish and accurate.
From the top: Your hair
You don’t have to be Patti Labelle to be noticed for your hair. But your coiffure should help you get noticed in a positive way.
First, it should be a style that you can actually fix yourself. Too many women go to the salon, walk out happy and never manage to duplicate the stylist’s achievement again. Balayage in San Diego does amazing work with color, a feature that you don’t have to prepare yourself each day. From there, you can go with a cut that emphasizes the color while still proving DIY-compatible.
But what about the style? It depends on your personality. A casual woman needs a casual cut, something relaxed and no-frills. A strict business style calls for a mature, practical cut. And whatever route you go, it should make sense with the next feature.
Your top…and the rest of your clothes
Fashion does so much to create your identity. With so many styles, colors, patterns and materials, there is endless opportunity to piece together combinations of tops, bottoms and shoes.
The process of choosing clothes really begins with where you buy them. Many women make frustrating and fruitless shopping trips, coming home empty-handed after hours in stores that just don’t seem to have anything that suits them.
It takes experience and communication to change that. Talk to other women who dress in a way that you like. Find out where they shop. Ask them their secrets and tips to capturing that unique look.
But from there, don’t just mimic. Remember, fashion is about dressing the way that makes sense for you, not someone else. Use the input of others as a starting point, and then let your style build itself from there.
A little sparkle never hurts anything. Once you have aced your hairdo, filled your wardrobe with all your new favorite designs and gotten everything else in place, it is time to accessorize.
While colors and styles still play a big role here, there is also the issue of practicality. Like you, items like handbags still have a job to do in addition to looking great. Select a few purses that just handle the basics — money, lipstick, glasses, cell phone — and others that can manage a day at work by holding your planner, portable hard drives and other important items.
Jewelry is important too. A beautiful bangle bracelet may be just the item for an evening out with friends, but it will likely interfere with computer use, public speaking and certain other work functions. Be sure that the accessory fits the functionality.
Looking great is all about styling yourself in a way that makes sense for you. You will feel more confident at work and play when your entire look is reflective of who you are on the inside.
Article by Layla Davis