Stylish women manage to look well polished and pulled together even in the most casual outfits. Other women appear to have given up on making any style related effort and walk around in constant state of frumpiness. I am always tempted to walk up to the frumps and point out that thowing on a cute top is just as easy as throwing on a baggy T-shirt, but not everyone reacts well to constructive criticism so I keep my fashion insights to myself. The real tragedy of dressing in unflattering clothes is that women who settle for frumpiness as a state of dress are denying themselves the pleasure of feeling good about their appearance. Looking consistently well put together is easier than you might think.
Clothes that fit properly with a silhouette that follows the lines of your body always looks more polished than the alternatives. Tight clothes make you look like you are squeezing into your clothes and you need to lose weight. Loose shapeless clothing also makes you look overweight because it looks like you are trying to hide your figure under baggy clothes. A little lycra in the fabric goes a long way towards helping the garment keep it's shape for hours on end. Lycra is especially useful for keeping your bottom firm and your knees from bagging (I'm talking about the clothes here) in pants and jeans.
Nothing makes you look rumpled faster than wrinkles. To find out of the cute blouse is going to look like a crumpled paper bag before you buy it, try a wrinkle test. Grab a section of the fabric and crumple it up in your hand and hold it in your fist for about 10 seconds. Release it to see how wrinkled it's going to look when you wear it. Even fabrics that don't wrinkle easily may develop a few wrinkles here and there after being worn for a while. One thing that will make wrinkles less noticeable in any fabric is a printed pattern. With a solid colored fabric the eye notices a change in the surface texture of the fabric and goes directly to the wrinkles. With a patterned fabric the pattern distracts attention from the wrinkles by giving the eye something more interesting to focus on. In warm weather lightweight crinkle fabrics provide the perfect camaflague for wrinkles. Any new wrinkles that show up tend to blend in with the permanent wrinkles.
Looking polished should be a low maintenance affair not matter what type of affair you are attending. Strapless tops that have to be routinely yanked up, shawls that are forever falling or shoes that are outright painful after a whole 10 minutes of wearing distract you from enjoying yourself and the company of others. What you are wearing should make you feel fabulous, not self conscious
Stand up straight dear. Maintaining good posture is essential to projecting a more polished image. How you carry yourself is as much a part of your image as your clothes. So keep your head up, shoulders slightly back, back comfotably erect and not hunched over and walk like a lady not a football quarterback charging down the field. Exercise programs based on dance moves, yoga and any other type of exercise that emphasizes coordination and graceful movement can help you stand taller and move better. Now smile, after all you look fabulous!