This week the theme for Kelly’s ‘show us your life’ carnival is fashion tips.
Well, I don’t really know what to say!
I love clothes and shoes and shiny and bags, but at the end of the day, I just like what I like!
And my favourite outfit is still pyjamas.
I guess my major fashion tip is learn what suits you. Me, I’m fairly little (5′ 5″), pretty big, have curves (go in at the waist and definitely go out where the hourglass should!), so there are styles I can rock, and others I should avoid.
Some tops making me look like a serving wench (would you like mead with that?) – gypsy tops that were so in a few years back, I am looking at you! Some are just out of the question with a décolletage like mine – anything lowcut looks cheap and tacky. I tend to get round this by layering, and often wearing two tops at once.
Same with bottoms – I’ve learned what works for me. Bootcut jeans play to my strengths. A line skirts are comfy and practical. Pencil skirts can look cute with heels. Wide leg trousers work, as do tailored longer skirts.
The two things you will never catch me in? A hyper mini skirt – have you seen my thighs? Those bad boys do not need the pressure of a mini! And tapered trousers – someone was being very mean when they decided to stock them in a 16/18!
So I guess working out what works for you would be my best fashion tip.
The others, in no particular order, include:
Own at least one pair of ridiculous heels. Even if you never wear them, the pretty will make you smile. My pair at the moment are patent and purple and splashed with jewels, with chunky four inch heels. Utterly impractical for my life, but oh so good to wear a little now and then.
A good winter coat is a solid investment. Mine was expensive and bought on (what turned out to be a rather awesome) impulse, but has lasted me three years already and shows no sign of quitting. It’s my key piece for at least 5 months of the year, so I’m glad it’s nice!
Instead of having lots of lower priced handbags, have two decent ones which you love. Why two? Well then if and when you get bored you can swap and enjoy the novelty….without forking out for another bag!
Work the supermarkets and budget stores….my fave pyjamas are Asda. My fave wool skirt is Tesco. My electric blue heels that are divinely comfy are Peacocks.
If a piece is in season (and isn’t event specific, like a ballgown) and you haven’t worn it for two months, donate it to charity. Someone else is bound to enjoy it more than you, and it means that if and when you do go shopping, you have a clearer idea of what is actually in your wardrobe.
Most of all though, my biggest fashion tip?
Do what makes you feel happy. What makes you feel pretty. What fulfils you. That’s for me the essence of fashion.