How To Look Well-Dressed All The Time

"You're always so well-dressed." "You always look your best."
These are lovely compliments to get, aren't they? When you leave the room, you want people to talk about how you're always so well-dressed and look elegant all the time.

Being well-dressed is all about looking chic, put-together and expensive. It's about wearing clothes that flatter your shape, show your personality and make a statement. The term "well-dressed" usually refers to a professional look. The good news is that you don't have to be a millionaire and wear three-piece suits to look like that. You just need to be smart and follow the tips in this article.

How to look well-dressed all the time

Be well-groomed

Being well-dressed starts with being well-groomed. If you have a good haircut, elegant makeup that enhances your features, neat nails and healthy skin, your halfway on your way to looking well-dressed. When you're well-groomed, anything you wear will look good because your person looks pleasing to the eye.

Wear clothes that fit

Wearing baggy clothes or clothes that are too tight for you don't make you look well-dressed. These clothes make you look like you're not putting an effort into what you wear. Also, you could be wearing clothes that don't fit properly. Such as a beautiful blouse but in the wrong length or jeans that are too tight across the thighs. These will make you look frumpy and uncomfortable.

When choosing clothes, choose ones that flatter your shape. Your clothes shouldn't be too loose or too tight, they should be slightly loose as these fits look the most elegant. Go for tailored, structured clothes with clean lines.

Wear what suits you

Wearing something just because it's the in thing right now won't make you look well-dressed. The most well-dressed people know what works for them, and they stick to those styles. Choose clothes that you're comfortable in, in colours and patterns that suit you and your lifestyle. If you're a busy mom who has to drop kids to school and then go straight to work, skip tight pencil skirts and go for looser A-line skirts and wide-leg pants. They look just as elegant and are easier to move around in. Wearing clothes that are a marriage of your personality and lifestyle will make you look good and feel great.

Keep your clothes neat

Wearing clean, ironed and neat clothes is essential to looking expensive and professional. If there's a stain on your top, don't wear it. Chuck it in the wash and choose another top. Keep only clean, ironed clothes in your wardrobe. I have a system where I keep my unironed clothes outside my wardrobe. On the weekend I iron them and only then they go inside my cupboards. This way, I'm not tempted to wear wrinkled clothes. In any case, your clothes will get creased and crumpled over the course of the day. The least you can do is to start the day in neat clothes. If you're a very busy person who has to move around a lot during the day or if you have to travel frequently, choose clothes in materials that don't crease that easily.

Natural fabrics

Natural fabrics make you look more elegant, more expensive and better dressed. And of course, they're so comfortable to wear. Cotton and linen always look effortless and chic, even though they crease faster than other fabric. If you can't find clothes in natural fabrics, look for ones that are a mix or those that mimic natural materials. Clothes that are too shiny, stretchy, and those that look obviously synthetic, don't make you look smart.

Invest in your clothes

Hey, I like a good bargain as much as the next person. But there's something to be said about investing in your style. Don't sacrifice quality to save money. Instead of buying something low-priced and trendy every month, save up for a few months and buy a good quality item that will make you look incredible. Be smart. One classy black linen pant is worth 3 shiny, cheaper polyester ones. These pieces also last longer and are always "in" as they're a classic style. This way your wardrobe will be filled with sophisticated and elegant pieces, making you look well-dressed all the time.

Don't let your clothes wear you

Don't buy something only because it looks amazing. Get it because you love it, and don't care what anyone thinks. Sometimes an item suits you and all your friends say it looks amazing, but you don't love it. That's when your style looks like the clothes are wearing you, and not the other way round. The clothes look great, sure, but you can't seem to carry off that style.

It's better to wear something simple that you absolutely love. You'll notice that you get more compliments when you wear such clothes and you can pull off styles that aren't popular, too, because you love them.

Focus on accessories

Your accessories play a big part in making you look well-dressed. If your sunglasses, bags, shoes and jewellery are tacky, it'll cheapen even the most expensive of dresses. But if you wear good quality jewellery, have a nice handbag and wear neat, classy shoes, even an outfit of the simplest clothes will be taken up several notches. Like clothes, choose accessories that go with your personality and your lifestyle.

Those are my tips for looking well-dressed all the time. What would you add to this list? What are some of your tricks to looking well-dressed that have never failed you? Leave a comment after the post. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I talk more about the industry of fashion, how to cultivate your own style and how to manage your wardrobe in my book, Loving Yourself in Style. The book is full of straightforward tips and tricks on loving yourself, chasing your passions and making yourself as happy as can be.

Until next time

Shabana Feroze

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