As a fashion stylist it may seem odd for me to point out areas that are more important to appearance than clothing and accessories, but I like to put things into perspective. Women often get sidetracked when maintaining their appearance by focusing on shopping and grooming activities that they enjoy most. Maybe you love manicures or shoes or new lip gloss (even though you have 5 unused ones!). It can feel like you’re making progress and shaping your look but in reality you are wasting energy and money.
The truth is: there are some foundational aspects of your style that matter most and nothing can be substituted for them.
These foundational aspects are what people notice first and what defines your overall look. Some of these will not come as a surprise while others you may not have considered before. I could start a blog for each one of these areas but today I’ll focus on explaining the importance and the main aspects to evaluate:
Hair can be an emotional topic for women because we are judged by our hair but often we feel like we can’t control it! How many times have you been frustrated after spending time styling your hair to only have less than stellar results? I am not a hair stylist so I defer to the experts when clients have hair concerns. It’s important to find a stylist you trust to help figure out what works for your face, your hair, your style, and your lifestyle. The goal is to have a repeatable process that you can do on a daily basis that consistently produces great results. This can take trial and error, but it’s worth it to figure it out. Here are some main things to discuss with your stylist : cut, color, health of hair, styling, products
Skin is similar to hair in that it can be incredibly frustrating to figure out a good skin care routine that consistently works. The best way to speed-up the trial and error process is to meet with a dermatologist. You don’t have to have acne or serious skin problems to see one! Dermatologists will recommend products that will work specifically for you and most importantly, inform you on what really matters. Many skin care products are simply marketing ploys with not much proof to back it up. Here are the main topics to discuss with a dermatologist or to figure out on your own: morning routine, evening routine, cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, special considerations (acne/dry/sensitive skin).
Opinions vary greatly on the topic of makeup – It can be quite a touchy subject! I fall in the “less is more” camp and even sometimes prefer a naked face. However, makeup can make a significant impact on your overall look so you want to be very intentional about your choices. What image are you trying to project? What facial features would most benefit from enhancement? This varies from person to person. For example, blondes often find that wearing mascara makes a huge impact and it’s worth the inconvenience of washing it off everyday. Some people feel better covering up acne scars or filling in brows. Just like with skin and hair, you may want to consult an expert to get your makeup just right! I suggest going to Sephora, Ulta, or department stores for consultations. I also recommend Benefit Brow Bar for advice on grooming brows – makes a big impact on your look!
If you wear eyeglasses it’s critical that you evaluate them every 3-4 years in terms of style because wearing out-of-date glasses will age you quickly! Check out Angie’s tutorial on corporette.com – she is the queen of eyeglasses. Like she suggests, bring a stylish friend along with you for their opinion, look at the frames from different angles, and try on a lot before you decide! If you are unsure about your glasses, take the time to scope out new ones. This is also an area where you won’t want to cut costs at the expense of style. Eyeglasses frame your face and tell other people a lot about your style – make it count!
5. Bra fit
This technically counts as clothing but it’s foundational clothing. Thanks to Oprah, every woman knows that bra fit is important to get right, and it can be tricky! I suggest going to an expert bra fitter to get an accurate measurement. Nordstrom is known for training their lingerie department sales associates on bra fitting – take advantage of the free service! A perfect fitting bra will create a smooth silhouette that lifts and slims your figure. If you’re wearing an ill-fitting bra you may look wider or older! I can’t stress enough how important it is to figure out your bra size and to buy quality bras. It’s the foundation of your wardrobe.
This is an incredibly wide topic, but your health is a huge factor in how you look and how people view you. Getting enough sleep, water, exercise, and quality food will give you energy and strength which will be noticeable by others. And these results can’t be achieved by sugar, caffeine, or dieting shortcuts!
These 6 aspects of your appearance are pretty broad categories that require more than this blog post can go into but the purpose of this post is to get you thinking on these topics. So instead of spending money on handbags or new shoes, consider investing in the above – there’s really no substitute for it!