Overdressing versus underdressing
"You can never be overdressed or over overeducated." - Oscar WildeIf in doubt, it's always better to overdress than underdress. There's nothing worse than attending some high class party and feeling as though you stick out like a sore thumb because you're under-dressed. Your fellow guests are unlikely to comment on the fact that you are overdressed, as long as you feel comfortable in your chosen outfit and carry it off well. You may want to consider setting aside an outfit for occasions such as these, which is simple enough to work at both casual or formal affairs. And remember?
"One is never overdressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress." - Karl Lagerfeld
Keep it simple and stylish
"I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes" - Yves Saint LaurentOften the simplest garment can make you look effortlessly stylish. Take the humble pair of jeans for example. We all possess them; they're the item you reach for again and again. You can dress them up or down, and they last the test of time when other garments fall by the wayside.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci
Style vs fashion
?The difference between style and fashion is quality.? Giorgio Armani
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." Yves Saint Laurent
?Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.? Edna Woolman ChaseWhile there's nothing inherently wrong with following the latest fashions, not all fashions will suit everyone. It's always best to work out the basic styles that suit you and then mix it up each season with something on trend that looks good on you, not on the catwalk model or your best friend. Make sure that you include well made, quality garments in your wardrobe and you'll never be out of style.
Less can be more
"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." Coco ChanelCoco Chanel still ranks as one of the most glamorous women in the world, and she definitely knew a thing or two about being stylish. While you might be the kind of person who loves to pile on accessory after accessory, it's always worth while taking a sneaky peek before you rush out of the door. The most common advice is to remove the last accessory you put on; that's often the one which took the accessorising one step too far. If you're striving for a sophisticated and elegant look, it's far better to wear a few good quality garments or accessories and let those pieces do the talking.
Comfort is key
"Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress." Karl Lagerfeld
"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes." Vera Wang
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." Karl LagerfeldThere's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes, whether they're too tight, they just don't sit right and you're constantly adjusting your hemline or trying to cover your cleavage, or the fabric they're made from is itchy or collects every speck of dust around. Choose comfort over fashion every time. That doesn't mean choosing sweatpants or baggy tops, just simple, stylish clothes that fit well, feel comfortable and move with you, not against you. When you?re comfortable in your own clothes, you?ll really start to turn heads.
Use your figure to your advantage
"A woman's dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view." Sophia Loren
"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady." Edith HeadWhether you're proud to show off your curves, or you love to flaunt your streamlined figure in fitted clothes, always wear clothes that show off YOUR figure to its best advantage, and which make you feel great when you're wearing them. At the same time, it's always more stylish to keep a semblance of modesty, showing all your assets at once is never a good look no matter how young and fit you may be.
Making an impact
"When in doubt, wear red." Bill Blass
"Always dress like you're going to see your worst enemy." Kimora Lee Simmons
"Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life." Bill CunninghamMaking sure that you always look your best is one way to make an impact. Pay attention to your grooming. Make sure that whatever you're wearing is clean, fits well and feels comfortable to wear. And most of all, always wear something that makes you feel good. If you hate wearing it, it has no place in your wardrobe. And yes, if red is your colour, then dress in red from head to toe - you can't fail to be noticed.
Shoes, shoes and more shoes
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." Marilyn Monroe
"How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?" Sonia Rykiel
"You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet." Christian DiorPut simply, the quality and style of our footwear says so much about us. Whether we choose to accompany a cocktail dress with high heeled sandals or Doc Marten boots, we send out a message about who we are. Make sure your shoes are not just practical and comfortable, but that they make a statement too.And lastly, this oft-cited statement can really apply to more than just footwear:
"Life is short. Buy the shoes." Unknown