Every New Year’s Day, thousands of people make resolutions to get in shape in order to look better in their clothes. It’s an honorable goal, of course, and one that I regularly make for myself, but I’ve chosen to take a different route this time.
This year, my resolution is to make my clothes do the work to look better on me. I’m completely voiding myself of responsibility. It’s not me, it’s you.
Being that I’m on a tight budget this year, it’s my goal to make what I already have in my closet work for me in the best possible ways. Take a look at these three tips that can help you do the same.
Find Bras That Fit Right
Some clothes can look unflattering just because of what you have underneath them. Thongs may have helped women once in the way of panty lines. Given the number of us still wearing the wrong bra size, though, it’s a wonder we’re not just as concerned about back-bulge and under-boob spillage as we are with a VPL.
As Adam & Eve explains in this guide, well-fitting undergarments like bras help can help lift, shape, and smooth certain areas of your body that ill-fitting pieces can cause to look unflattering. For some, it can be beneficial to be professional measured. As a general point of reference for determining your size, A&E suggest comparing your breasts to the size of fruit: Plums = AA or smaller; lemons = A; oranges = B; grapefruits = C; and melons = D. You may just find that the right bra helps give your clothes a whole new look.
Make a Resolution to Buy Timeless Pieces
I love indulging in trends as much as the next girl. However, I’ve found it a lot more economical to invest in long-lasting, classic accessories in lieu of ones I’ll only wear for a season. That’s particularly true when my fashion budget is limited.
She Knows made a list of the “Top 10 Timeless Accessories” back in 2011, and every product included remains relevant today. From pieces that can work with a formal attire (tortoiseshell sunglasses) to the more casual accessories (an oversized carryall bag), their list gives a comprehensive look at pieces that have proven to stand the test of time. These also give you the best bang for your buck!
Learn How to Properly Launder Your Clothes
Sure, you probably learned how to turn over a load of laundry once you went away to college, but don’t pat yourself on the back for your Home EC skills just yet. With different fabrics, stitching, and even the occasional beading, washing the wardrobe of a fashionista isn’t as simple as separating the darks from the lights. Taking the time to properly clean those pieces based on material and/or by reading the laundering instructions on the tag can help them keep their color, quality, and especially their shape. Doing all of this can help to extend their longevity, meaning they’ll keep looking great on you.
If you have no idea what those little symbols on the tag mean, use the Home Laundering & Drycleaning Symbols guide from Textile Affairs. Also, if you’re anything like me and take something that says “dry clean only” to mean that it’s never, ever going to get washed—put on your big girl panties, and pay the $2 or so to get it cleaned. If it needs dry cleaning, it’s probably a nicer piece that you don’t want ruined from improper washing—or three-month-old cocktail stain.
A lot of people focus on making their body work for the clothes, but I say make the clothes work for your body. With a little conscientious buying, you can make your entire closet seem as if it was tailor made for you. No wardrobe (or body) overhaul necessary.