I want you to begin our style adventure today by quickly taking stock of what you’re wearing right this second now.
Personally, I’m in a white t-shirt and deep indigo jeans with black cotton socks and blue underwear.
I want you to take a good look at your outfit, and ask yourself a really important rhetorical question:
“Is this honestly the best thing for me to be wearing?”
Maybe you are wearing what you are for a very good reason. Perhaps you’re wearing a work uniform, or attempting to pull off a particular look. But ask yourself what you’re doing wrong…
In my case, you’d probably think that I’m safe with such a simple look. However, due to my size and shape, a regular white t-shirt is just about the worst thing I can do. It’s drawing attention my chunky upper body, and looks shapeless and ill-defined. Now ask yourself another question:
“What ONE thing can I do today to solve my clothing dilemma?”
Don’t just guess your answer. Consider it carefully for several minutes. If I were to blurt out ‘slim black tee’ I’d be reacting in a mechanical knee-jerk way – that has just as much potential to make me appear badly. Instead, I think about what it is I’m looking for; something light, summery and figure defining.
I could try light grey, or perhaps beige, to give me some brightness in my palette, but I fear these would also have a negative impact against my skin tone. I think a medium/light taupe could help immeasurably, but it hardly feels very summery.
So what’s my solution? Well, a correctly-sized fitted tee would definitely help matters, and I think a very mild blue would work given the requirements I set down. Finally, I ask myself:
“Is this something I can change today? If not, why not!”
I can walk towards my closet right now and find a light blue shirt, but this isn’t always a plausible solution. If you’re a stuck in a uniform, for example, flexibility is difficult. If this is the case, focus your attention on fit and fabric; hopefully by now you’ll be all too aware that both can have a radical impact on your look.
If you need to wear black trousers/pants, then consider whether pleats would be more flattering, what about a slimmer fit or a shorter rise, how about thick cotton instead of lighter wool, would buying a pair without rear pockets make your behind look smaller.
Consider everything about your look, and don’t be afraid to change those elements that you do have control over.