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15 Fashion Tips for People Afraid of Change

Purge Your Current Wardrobe

We’re not telling you to throw out every piece in your closet and replace it with something else. Instead, go through and ditch anything that doesn’t make you happy or doesn’t fit correctly. Most of us keep clothes that we hope to fit into later. Worse yet, we sometimes save the outfits that look great in the fitting room but look horrible when we make it home. We’ve all been there – returning things suck.
If you come across some pieces that you really want to hang onto but fit awkwardly, you have options. You can get it altered at a tailor to fit your body type and turn the piece into something fabulous. You’d be surprised what a little tailoring can get you. You can also update clothing that has seen better days. All it takes is a little sewing skill, and you can turn a shirt into a dress or a scarf.

Research Your Body Shape

If you want to try new styles but are afraid they won’t flatter you, find a way to boost your confidence. Research what your body shape is and take note of what styles flatter it. You’d be surprised at how amazing and different you can look with a dress that’s a slightly different cut!

Start Small

To keep your transition gradual, it’s a good idea to make small changes. For example, swap out your old grandma loafers for a chic pair of flats and start wearing a pair of flashy earrings when you go out. Before you know it, you’ll be used to these changes and will be pining for more.

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Stick to Classics

You’re already making a huge wardrobe change, so you probably don’t want to have to worry about overhauling your wardrobe every year with the latest trends. Find classic styles that you love and that will work for years to come. After you revamp your wardrobe this time, you may never have to do it again!

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Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to ask a more fashionable friend or even an online forum for fashion assistance. Friends and strangers alike will be more than happy to help you build a new wardrobe, evaluate how clothing looks on your body, and more.

Find Colors That Flatter You

Not every color is going to look good on every skin tone, so you should find out what colors typically look best on yours. If you have warm skin with a greenish undertone, stick to reds, oranges, and yellows. If you have cool skin with a bluish undertone, stick to blues, greens, and purples.

Set a Style Goal

This is one time when you might want to set a label for yourself. Do you want a look that suggests “model off duty” or more “retro chic?" Having a clear image in your head of what you want to achieve will help you considerably when you’re shopping for new pieces.

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Choose a Fashion Muse

It always helps to have someone to look up to! Once you’ve decided on your style goal, choose a fashion muse who embodies it. Follow your favorite muse on Instagram and take note of how they mix and match pieces together and where they buy their clothing from. You’ll look like your muse before you know it!

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Be Practical

Crop tops and leggings probably aren't going to fly at a 9 to 5 job, so choose a style that’s actually going to fit in with your lifestyle. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself with a closet full of pieces that still have the tags still on.

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Build a List of Style Needs

Before you blow $1000 at Nordstrom on the prettiest things you can find, you need to build a list of style needs. Do you already have a couple of great pairs of jeans or do you need more? What layering pieces do you need? Having a list will keep you from buying things you don’t need and probably won’t wear.

 

Shop In Store

Online shopping is on the rise, but when you’re completely redoing your style, it’s best to shop in person. You can actually try things on and see how they fit/look instead of guessing on the size and hoping for the best. 

Try Something New

You may be a die-hard patron of Kohl’s or Old Navy, but don’t be afraid to try new things! Your favorite stores may not be able to give you the style choices you need, so ask your friends or look online to find the best places to shop/brands to try to create your new, individual look.

Remember Accessories

You may end up buying tons of new outfits only to find that you still only have that same old handbag to go with them. Accessories make the outfit, so be sure to buy at least one good bag, a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a scarf to dress up your looks.

Use a Fashion App

You want to reap the maximum benefits from your new wardrobe, and the best way to do that is to download a fashion lookbook app that allows you to see all of your pieces and create new looks with the touch of a finger. Try something like Smart Closet or StyleBook. 

Keep Up Your Wardrobe

The most crucial aspect of changing your wardrobe is upkeep, so evaluate what you like in your closet and what you don’t every six months. Sell or donate what you never wear, and use that money to buy some additional pieces to fill the gaps in your wardrobe.