How should I improve my fashion taste?

Posted on August 20, 2019 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

I think it’s important to allow yourself to buy good quality clothing, even though it’s a little more expensive than average quality. Try going to a nice department store, where you can check out specialized garments to fit your needs and wants. If you need a couple of basic but flattering tees to throw on during the week, visit the casual clothing department. If you want a fun party outfit, a department store is guaranteed to carry a variety of great styles you can try out. Of course be sure to stay true to your personal taste and style, but also be open to trying something unique that catches your eye or that would stand out from the rest of your wardrobe. Make sure to scavenge the sale sections, too!

Know that recognizing body type comes into play with fashion taste improvement. I can speak from trial and error: I used to think I had to wear tight clothes all around to show off my curves. But looking at old photos, I find that I don’t look like the sexy bombshell I thought I did; I actually looked pudgy! And I know I was never overweight. Though I could’ve always shed some fat, I was slowly learning that the way my body was naturally developing was affecting the way I looked in certain clothes. I have features that are, unfortunately, idiosyncratic to the modern fashion industry: I’m petite and I have broad shoulders, shapely arms, a small, short waist, an above-medium bust, luscious thighs, etc. Anthropologie is my favorite fashion carrier, and I loathe how incompatible the tailoring of their clothing is to my meaty-limbed, hourglass shape! I have an aunt with my body type, and she loves fashion, so I always ask her for advice. I think a lot of the outfits she has suggested to me would be suitable for most body types because they are “flattering” – that is, becoming or enhancing in appearance – rather than overly revealing or, conversely, staunchly reserved.

Basically, she wears a balance: something fitted, something looser. Something to flaunt, something to leave up to the imagination.

Skinny or bootcut jeans, a long, flowy top that might cover the rear. Or a tank top and a long draping skirt. Bell-bottom dress pants can work with something tight or loose up top because the pants are tight at the rear, but loose at the hem. 

We’re curvy ladies, so we celebrate our curves without eroticizing them, and we attempt to streamline everything else. V-necks actually work to visually minimize a larger bust, yet it serves to show off a little cleavage, so attention is drawn not to the size, but rather the sheer beauty of the bust. Or a cozy sweater that isn’t fitted all around, but clings just a little bit to the bust. We wear jeggings over our voluptuous rears and luscious thighs, but we tone down their volume by wearing longer shirts that cover some part of the upper legs. We avoid pleats and anything that adds volume at the bottom.

So figure out your body type, and do research on what to look for and what to avoid. Think about what you want to play up and where you can create mystery.

I will also say don’t be afraid to challenge, or combine, these conventions. For example, a long time ago, I read an article on what petite girls with small waists should and shouldn’t wear. Under the recommendations were dresses that were slim-fit up top to the waist and that belled out at the skirt and ended at the knee. I tried on a dress like this, and was dismayed at how protrusive my bust looked. Of course, the article didn’t take into account petite girls with small waists AND bigger boobs. I felt contrastingly girlish, as well, in this ballerina-style dress that only added to my lower body volume as well as my sense of relative runthood. I wanted to look womanly. And while I understood the idea of this dress design was to celebrate petiteness and small waists, my curves were getting in the way. So I did some troubleshooting and researched slimming clothing.

As a similar rule of thumb, I’d advise to choose class over… well, trash.

You don’t have to wear a crop top to look hot. You don’t have to reveal more leg to storm the pavement ablaze. Not even on a Friday night with the gang. If you have the confidence to wear a crop top and mini-skirt, more power to you. Some people have jaw-dropping abdominal regions, and a crop top is a great way for them to flaunt this asset and feel good. Same with those who strut their good-lookin’ gambs in cut-off jorts. Some people might simply want to make a statement regardless of their fitness status. I have just found through experience that some of these pieces of clothing… well, just don’t look good, in and of themselves. I don’t pass negative judgment on anyone who wears as skin-revealing or skin-tight clothing as possible. If the rejection of finesse, etc. is the statement some people are after, I feel sorry for them and wish they would gain the self-respect to find another expressive outlet for this idea.

However, if you’re looking at a revealing garment and having doubts for whatever reason, fear not! MYSTERY is the ultimate compromise! Be it through an accompanying garment that’s more modest, or another size or variation… etc.

But you don’t have to keep forking out big bucks to look and feel good. Some retailers  that sell clothing at more reasonable prices are very resourceful once you know what designs you like.Addie EliadesNatural memory enhancer