Wednesday, April 27, 2016

5 Fashion Tips I Live By (No Matter What Season)

It's inevitable, I call myself a fashion blogger and sometimes people ask me for fashion advice, yes most of the time it's from my own mother and close friends, but still. The problem with that, of course, is that I'm not qualified in any way, shape or form to be giving such advice (if you saw me during the week you'd understand why). I am far from being a fashion expert despite loving anything and everything fashion related, however everything I've learned about style along the years has been from observing trends and trying out tricks and tips that work best for me, and that could potentially work for you too. So today, I share my top 5 tips which I found out through trial and error and that work pretty much in any season, and maybe just maybe they could help you look your very best too.

KNOW WHERE TO SHOP

The key is finding the right bits for YOUR fashion needs, that fit YOUR budget. I personally love ASOS because I find that whatever your age, style or occasion, I can always find something affordable to update my wardrobe. Similarly, Zara is easy to shop at given the variety of timeless pieces they offer. I shy away from Hollister and the likes because that's not me at all, so even if everyone is going crazy for their latest collections, I don't find the need to own anything just for the sake of it. Save your money and spend it elsewhere with something you are actually going to love to see yourself in.

BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE 

I'm talking about classic pieces that are easy to throw on, to style, to transition from one season to the other and pieces that offer versatility. If I were to pick my top 5 basics, these would most definitely include a great-fitting pair of jeans, a pair of modern and sleek trousers, a white shirt/ t-shirt, a black blazer and of course, the famous LBD.  Working around these items make outfits easy to be put together, saving you time when trying to get dressed in the morning for example. I love trends but they come and go; basics on the other hand are here to stay and should be the foundation of your wardrobe.

BE CAUTIOUS WITH TRENDS

I adore trying out different trends and bringing tips on how to work each of them in my fashion blog posts. Blogging has definitely allowed me to take more fashion risks but I've got a rule, don't follow the trends if the trends aren't following you! Imagine a very skinny pair of leather pants on any of the Jenners, now imagine the same pair (in a few sizes bigger) on me; not the same thing! Do yourself and your body a favour by wearing things that will make YOU look good and comfortable, not what the fashion industry is telling you to wear. Fashion is all about individuality, and if you really are dying to rock a trend, that on paper doesn't suit you at all, use your creativity and sense of style to make it work for you.

PLAY WITH PATTERNS & PRINTS

I've recently talked about how printed shoes are hot for spring and summer here and I honestly find prints to be the easiest way to "up" a look; some prints and patterns even work all year round and really give an outfit that needed boost. Stripes, for example, are also trendy at the moment (styled here and here) but they stand the test of time and seem to come back season after season; they go with nearly everything (refer to the capsule wardrobe basics) and the versatility is what makes them the pattern to say it with. In similar fashion, leopard accessories are no longer just a trend, they're a classic style saviour giving a boring and predictable outfit a twist we love. Prints and patterns make everything a little more fun and interesting; go bold or go home.

MIX & CONTRAST

Speaking of fun and interesting, you know how opposites attract? That works in fashion too and it is the "law of attraction" that turns a good outfit into a great one. Forget mix and match, the key is to intentionally mix pieces that in theory wouldn't really go together. Doing this you will see how much more options you have when putting an outfit together. Think cute dress and badass sneakers, tailoring and trainers, suede and leather, dressy with casual (styled here); the combinations are endless, just let your creativity flow.

Above all, have fun with your clothes and wear whatever the hell makes you feel comfy. Screw what people may think, if you like it go with your gut! :)

What are some of your style tips? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading beauties and have a nice Wednesday!

xoxo

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  1. Love this post. I'm currently trying to prefect my capsular wardrobe, great tips!

    Gem. X | slightgem.com

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  2. Hello from Spain: I really like these proposals. Very inspiring. Fabulous tips. Keep in touch

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  3. Great tips here! Thanks for sharing...I live by these pretty much myself. Love your line about your weekday wardrobe...I walk around in really unimpressive combos myself sometimes during the workweek ;)
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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  4. Thanks for all the tips in this post Pam, I love shopping at Asos too. I spend far too much time on their 'new in' pages!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  5. I definitely go by these rules, shopping mostly at the same 3 stores. But so many things right now don't look good on my body shape -_- So I'm going back to Asos! Thanks for the reminder.
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  6. Look lindo esse de listra amei a sandalia
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  7. Love your tips :) I usually follow them myself, but not as much when it comes to patterns.. I keep imagining those tourists in Croatia with 2 similar prints on their shirts and shorts, and I just can't :D Also, I always shop at the same stores and don't even bother going in different ones :D My stores are H&M, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Zara, NewYorker and that's about it :D xx

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  8. solid advice! my favorite is not being afraid with mixing prints and textures too!




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  9. Great post. x

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  10. So, so true! Blogging has definitely inspired me to take fashion risks!
    Omnivogues

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  11. Great tips! I so need to get started on a capsule wardrobe!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  12. Great tips, Pam. I agree having those classic pieces in the closet is the best idea.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  13. Great tips, I was only thinking the other day how my style has changed and I'm a creature of habit with the places I shop in! I would never shop in Hollister anymore like I did at 16!

    Ellie Maydoll

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  14. Agree with all of your tips! Firstly I'm always focused on buying basic clothes to my wardrobe and I adore to mix clothes in different, contrasting styles.

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  15. I don't really have any style tips myself, but not following every trend is probably the most important one. Not everyone is created equal, so not everyone should dress the same!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  16. This has to be one of the smartest, wisest fashion tips post that I have ever read, you're absolutely right, Pam. I am not a fashion savvy person but I completely agree with everything that you said here. Don't blind follow trend, I wish more would listen to that advice. On myself, well I really need to start playing with patterns, prints and different textures but I feel absolutely out of my comfort zone whenever I do that.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  17. Beautiful and interesting post! :)

    XX,
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  18. Playing with different prints is definitely my favorite thing!

    Agnes x

    BlvckBee.Com

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  19. I definitely agree I am slowly trying to get a capsule wardrobe as it is so key and avoid trends that don't suit my body type at all which can be hard sometimes as I am pulled in xxx

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  20. Darling, it’s such a lovely and beautiful post! Can’t wait to see the new one!

    Diana Cloudlet
    www.dianacloudlet.com

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  21. Great post I always try to buy more neutral colors then mix it up with my shoes and accessories.

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  22. YOUR fashion needs, that fit YOUR budget" : love this sentence :) Such a wise words.

    - Lily Widjaja
    www.Glowlicious.Me | Bloglovin

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  23. I've been building my capsule wardrobe... :)))
    Lovely post, Pam!

    xoxo
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  24. Great tips, mixing and experimenting with prints really is the way ;)

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

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  25. Great tips .. Something that I worked very well, my closet was reduced to basic and neutral colors like black, white, gray and nude ... besides remove the prints and now my life is easier when there dress.

    xx LL

    www.lalouuula.com

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  26. I love these tips! It definitely took me a while to dress for my body type and not necessarily what's in trend! I'm shorter and have bigger hips so tunic tops and longer things never really worked with my body. Great post! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  27. Building a capsule wardrobe - that's where I really mess up. I don't even have a pair of jeans that fit me right now. Can you believe that???

    Great tips!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

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  28. Agree with everything! I totally feel the same about Hollister lol :p
    Playing with patterns and mix&match is definitely the best part of everyday fashion :)
    Jessie | Bear and Berries

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  29. I need to have a huge clear out and build a capsule wardrobe so bad! Forget what I have most of the time!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  30. i totally agree with the trends.. just bc it's "in" doesn't mean it's flattering on you haha.. love this list! xxo
    Jamie
    www.jamieeverafter.com

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  31. Great tips! I love shopping at Asos and Zara too :)

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  32. I don't know much about fashion, so posts like this help me more than you could know! I definitely want to try out different patters and prints, since I usually stick to plain clothes because I don't always feel confident enough to try something out there. Thank you for the lovely tips :)

    My Lovelier Days

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  33. I really need to work on building my capsule wardrobe xx

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  34. Aquelas sandálias são bem giras.


    Isabel Sá
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  35. These are brilliant tips hun! I couldn't agree more with them! I have always been into the grunge style but when I was yonger trends started to come out I followed and never felt right in them and wasted so much money on things that weren't me! I know the shops to go to now and I have built up a collection of everyday/night/party/smart it took me two years but so worth it!
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  36. i like them too! x

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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  37. Hi Pam! Your blog is beautiful and I am a new follower <3

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  38. Great advice! I love when someone share with us simple thoughts! Thank you!

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  39. Great tips! Love your post!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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  40. I love your advice, I try not to follow trends and mixing prints is such a must! Love this post :)

    Myra, myramyla.com

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  41. Interesting and a great post.. I am glad I stumbled upon this website...xoxo, Neha

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  42. Fantastic wardrobe tips ☺
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  43. I love your tips - particularly the one about having a capsule wardrobe! x

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  44. Loved these tips, Pam! I completely agree with all of them, and especially with that statement at the end. ;) Funnily enough I said something similar on my latest post regarding an oversized coat. I'm aware I "shouldn't" wear it due to my petite stature, but I just love it and i felt like wearing it anyways, ignoring that fashion rule! ;)
    Have a lovely weekend ahead, dear!

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  45. Yes!! Building a capsule wardrobe is so important! Once I started doing this a couple years ago, I found I had so many more choices and, even though I have less clothes, am not always thinking "I have nothing to wear."

    Great tips!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  46. This is absolutly amazing. Love the inspiring tips. Great choice of post. Keep it up...:)

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  47. Love your fashion tips, and i love your share

    Agata www.missydress.se

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  48. lovely post...as for the playing with patterns and prints, am trying that already

    Glowyshoes's blog

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  49. These tips were great! I definitely think that it's important to know where to shop. I am an advocate of this and literally only shop in about 3 stores haha. I also think that having capsule pieces is key too. It makes life so much easier when picking a look. Also you're sure that everything just works paired together in your wardrobe.:D

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  50. oh yes, I totally agree to you, and yes, Hollister is really so overprieced, especially since the pieces are straight in one style, and if that dosn't fit to you, it would only be a waste of money (as fpór me...)..You have so amazing tips here and I love this kind of posts :) hope you have a wonderful weekend my lovely pam :)
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  51. Great post! awesome style and phots!

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  52. Totally agree with this and love the pics!
    Jabeen x
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