There’s no denying I am who I am today because of my mum and a lot of my outfits are thanks to the style lessons Mum taught me.
Outside of providing me with a solid survival kit for #AdultLife, my Mum has taught me a thing or two over the years about personal style that withstands the test of time.
Enter my OG style icon (i.e. mum!) and her tips for looking your best to ensure that you never look back at an old outfit in #regret again.
Tips by Mum, elaborations by yours truly…
INVEST IN A COUPLE OF QUALITY JACKETS
Investing in quality, timeless jackets (think trench coats and blazers) is smart, given that you basically live in them for half of your life. You can mix and match with more trend-driven, fun and cost-effective purchases to breathe new life into them each season.
PUT YOUR OWN SPIN ON TRENDS
Word! In order to stand out from the crowd and stay true to your personal style, it’s key to put a bit of ‘you’ into any trend.
DON’T WEAR MULTIPLE JEWELLERY ON DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BODY, CHOOSE ONE STATEMENT PIECE
Whoops, I am definitely guilty of breaking this one on occasion. #SorryNotSorry, Mum.
As a general rule, however, I stick to one statement piece of jewellery on a night out for maximum impact. Less is definitely more when it comes to looking timeless and chic in the jewellery department.
KNOW HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHES (WHAT TO HAND WASH OR DRY CLEAN)
Treat your wardrobe with the same level of TLC that you would any other relationship—if you care for your clothes, they will stay with you for life.
WEAR LIPSTICK TO ADD GLAMOUR
I’ve definitely adopted this mantra over the years. There’s no greater antidote to feeling ‘meh’ on a night out than popping on a red lip (especially when paired with statement earrings #AMIRIGHT).
A COLLECTION OF STATEMENT SUNGLASSES, JEWELLERY AND HANDBAGS TO DRESS UP WARDROBE BASICS IS A MUST
This is especially handy when it comes to dressing for the office. Adopting a uniform of sorts during the week won’t feel as monotonous with the addition of a pair of statement sunglasses, earrings and/or a great handbag.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
I will always be onboard with this one. Rather than battling through a painful ordeal in high heals, add a touch of #glam to your outfit with jewellery—like these earrings and this necklace—instead.
COMFORTABLE CLOTHES ARE THE KEY TO FEELING CONFIDENT
Wearing clothes that fit you properly (instead of ones that feel like a prison) will make you feel infinitely more confident in yourself, so you can concentrate on more important things (like having fun).
DON’T BE AFRAID TO WEAR A VINTAGE PIECE OR TWO OF YOUR GRANDMA’S
Amen. Your own signature jewellery and accessories will give your grandma’s hand-me-downs (or vintage store finds) a modern update.
WEAR THE RIGHT UNDERWEAR
Nothing will ruin a look quicker than bad underwear—for e.g. thick bra straps poking out from under spaghetti strap dresses (unless that’s the intended vibe you’re going for, of course).
WATCH YOUR POSTURE
Ok, still working on this one, ~Watch this space~.