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11 Tips To Improve Your Style and Look in Summer 2023

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Summer is around the corner – and, with it, an unmissable occasion to freshen up your wardrobe and improve your style and look! Whether you are looking to find clothes that fit you better or feel more comfortable in your own skin, there are endless options to look more stylish and confident this summer. And, you don’t have to invest a fortune to look better!

In this guide, we’ll look at a few key tips that can help you level up your wardrobe and look more stylish – no matter whether you are working from home most days or have to attend daily meetings at the office. Let’s get started. 

Set a Goal

Let’s start by understanding that, to improve your style, you’ll need to change your habits. Especially if you work from home or you wear a uniform at work, it is easy to fall for the trap of just wearing jumpers and leggings all day. 

Because of this, the first step is to set a goal: always dress well. After all, you should dress better for yourself and use the right clothes to boost your confidence and self-image! Once you have decided that you are ready to change your habits, improve your style with the tips below. 

Decide on a Budget

If you feel that your budget is the most significant barrier to entry to improve your style, you should keep in mind that you can look and feel better without spending a small fortune! However, to do so, you’ll need to be clear on how much you are looking to spend, and on what pieces you are not willing to compromise on. For example, you may decide to invest in a high-quality coat or dress while reducing your expenses by opting for second-hand t-shirts. 

Some ways to keep your budget to a minimum include:

  • Shop second-hand or pre-loved items
  • Shop at your local charity shop
  • Don’t shop for the occasion – choose timeless items instead
  • Understand what pieces are must-haves in your wardrobe based on your lifestyle
  • Avoid impulse buying and opt for well-planned shopping sprees instead

Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Next up, focus on building a custom wardrobe! To do so, review your lifestyle and be clear on what pieces of clothing you absolutely need. These may depend on your profession and hobbies, but also on what you are comfortable wearing. For example, high heels may not be a must for everyone! 

Once you have decided on what items you need to invest in, choose a colour scheme, opt for neutral tones, and choose items that can be worn every day.  

Choose Clothes That Fit Perfectly

One of the best ways to ensure that you always look stylish is to find clothes that fit perfectly. Even if you like a certain item – or it’s on sale! – make sure to try it on and only purchase it if it fits you perfectly. 

Additionally, spend time looking at how items produced by different brands fit you. After all, not everyone looks great in H&M, Zara, or Mango outfits! If you are unsure how to get started, consider analysing your body type, and choose brands that offer specific lines of clothing, such as petite or curvy. 

Level Up Your Outfits With Accessories

Another great way to improve your look and outfits without spending too much on new clothes is to use accessories such as custom-made earrings. The right accessories can add a focal point to more neutral outfits, create a splash of colour, or make an otherwise bland outfit an elegant one. 

Make sure you opt for high-quality jewellery, belts, purses, and hats or caps. After all, you don’t need hundreds of items – you just need a curated collection of accessories that you love. 

Invest in High-Quality, Timeless Items

When it comes down to buying new clothing items, make sure you opt for high-quality, timeless pieces that will not go out of style in a matter of weeks. When doing so, choose neutral colours that can be easily matched with other pieces in your wardrobe. Additionally, take time to research the different brands to assess how durable the items they produce are. For example, if you are looking for a pair of jeans, shopping at Levi’s may be a great option. Don’t forget that it all comes down to your personal preferences and style!

Rent Clothes or Swap Them With Your Friends

If you are looking for an affordable and eco-friendly way to add variety to your wardrobe, consider swapping your clothes with your friends. This can be a great way to try on new styles without spending on new clothes or outfits. 

If your friends wear a different size than you or you are not comfortable swapping clothes with them, you may consider signing up for services that allow you to rent a capsule wardrobe for a monthly fee. 

Experiment With Different Fits and Styles

If you have not yet found your style, don’t fret! Consider trying out different styles and fits before you shop for new clothes. This allows you to see how different styles fit you and which shapes elevate your overall look. Take a stylish friend with you if you are not confident in your shopping abilities!

Keep Your Wardrobe Minimalist

When it comes down to creating a new wardrobe, using a minimalist approach is key to reducing expenses and ensuring that you can easily manage your belongings. Owning fewer items allows you to keep your home clean, save time when getting ready in the morning, and free up precious energy. Just make sure that the items in your capsule wardrobe are durable, made with high-quality materials, and will not go out of style. 

Discard Old Items Sustainably

If you are looking to freshen up your wardrobe, make sure you are discarding old items responsibly. Consider donating your old clothes to charity, organising a garage sale, or giving them to people in your community that may be in need of new clothes. In any case, make sure you are not contributing to landfill waste. 

Work With a Personal Stylist

Last but not least, consider working with a personal stylist. While affording the services of a professional may seem counterproductive if you are trying to save, a specialist can help you create an ad hoc wardrobe that fits your goals and budget. Get started today!

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