I’ve always loved watching Style Makeover shows like “What Not to Wear”, “Ambush Makeover”, and “Love Lust or Run”. I’ve always secretly wished that I could get a makeover one day. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make myself over.
Below I have listed 6 easy ways that I have been transforming my style while working with a limited budget. Many of the tips listed below do require a small investment of time and/or money but will yield a high return when it comes to transforming your style.
1. Change Your Hair
“If Your Hair is Done Properly and You Are Wearing Good Shoes, You Can Get Away With Anything” Iris Apfel
A great hairstyle can make you look and feel good in any and everything that you wear. More importantly, your hairstyle says something about who you are as a person, just like the clothes you wear.
Changing up your hair color, hair texture, and hair length can easily be done by the hands of a capable professional hairstylist OR by throwing on a hair piece.
While You Tube Videos, Blog tutorials, and Pinterest are also options for any who would prefer to take the DIY route …. I personally prefer to leave my hair cuts and major hair color changes to the professionals.
2. Have A Professional Beauty Consultation
Makeup and hair go hand in hand. With the proper hairstyle, all eyes will be on your face so use a little color to highlight your best features.
I’ve had to opportunity to be made over by a professional MUA (Make Up Artist). Having a face to face session was invaluable because she was able to give me advice tailored to my specific needs.
I highly recommend setting up at least one face to face session with a make up professional, so that you can get color recommendations;thereafter, you can get a lot of great tips and tutorials on You Tube and from books, blogs, and magazines. Even a friend or family member who is good with makeup might be a great resource.
*Below is a picture to show the difference that a good haircut and a little makeup can make.
3. Invest In Accessories
I LOVE accessories! They are an easy way to turn a basic outfit into something really special. Head wraps, Big hoops, Statement necklaces, Statement shoes, and Sunglasses are definitely a few of my favorite accessories of the moment.
Because I am still building my wardrobe and I don’t have that many pieces, I rely very heavily on my accessories to keep my basics fresh and interesting.
When it comes to accessorizing I am definitely not an expert. But I have learned some very good guidelines from a book that I purchased from Amazon a few years back: The Finishing Touch – Perfecting the Art of Accessorizing, by Imogen Lamport.
For the most part, I let my gut have the final say when it comes down to which accessories I choose to wear with my outfit. If I love it and it feels right I go with it.
4. Learn and Dress For Your Body Shape
Knowing your body shape is so important because it will help you to recognize what styles will and won’t work for your body. Thankfully there is no shortage of advice on the subject. A host of information can be readily found in Books, on Blogs, Forums, and Pinterest.
What worked for me. For me figuring out my body shape was a real challenge until I discovered YouLookFab.com. On that website, I found a forum where I was able to upload a picture of myself and receive objective feedback about my body shape. With the help of the awesome ladies on this site, I discovered that I am a short waisted Racy Rectangle.
Once you have your body shape sorted out, you can easily learn how best to dress it here.
5. Identify Your Style
Identifying your style can also be a real challenge. There are also many online and written quizzes that are designed to help you to figure this out, but these never really helped me.
What worked for me. I read this blog entry and this blog entry over at GirlAboutDowntown.com. After reading these posts, I discovered that finding my personal style was really a very simple process. All I had to do was to write down 3 words to describe how I wanted others to see me when they looked at me and choose my pieces accordingly. OMG so simple! Those 3 words along with my body shape are the filters that I use when deciding on what pieces I will keep, buy, or sew.
6.Take Inventory Of Your Current and Future Wardrobe Pieces
After you have Identified your body shape and personal style you will know what pieces will fit best into your wardrobe. Ultimately the only items that you want to have in your closet or plan to purchase should:
- flatter your body shape
- fit you properly
- feel good on
- pass through your 3 word filter
- fit your lifestyle
Now I’m not suggesting that you get rid of everything in your closet. For most people, this will be a process. Some of your current pieces can be re-worked to fit until you can find a suitable replacement. We will explore some strategies for re-working these pieces in future posts.