12 Tricks to Make You Look More Stylish

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In today’s society, we are confronted with the concept of style on a regular basis. From clothing stores to magazines and even on television, importance is placed on the ‘wow’ factor of an outfit, giving the impression that a stylish outfit results in confidence and a happier, more productive lifestyle.

However, many shoppers may not be able to find the time to put together stylish ensembles, especially when work and family pressures need to take priority. Others may struggle to afford a new wardrobe, or simply not have the storage space in their home to purchase new clothes every season.

Rather than focusing on a complete fashion overhaul, it’s possible to update your look and ensure you look stylish with a few simple tricks, straight from the world of fashion.

A Polished Appearance

We’ve all heard the term ‘polished’, but what does it really mean? A polished appearance is key for looking classy or professional and can be achieved through sleek, styled hair, freshly ironed clothing and immaculately applied makeup for a flawless finish.

Hot on your Heels

The shoes you pick can make or break and outfit, especially when incorporating them into an outfit designed to make a statement. Choose a pair of good quality shoes that complement both the color and style of your outfit. Additionally, ensure they’re free of dirt or scuff marks, which can add an unkempt look to your outfit, which is probably not the image you were aiming for.

The Perfect Fit

You could select the most stunning designer item in your wardrobe and it would still look terrible if it didn’t fit correctly. Each item should be suited to your frame and silhouette, so it’s important to try on clothes and ensure they suit the natural shape of your body.

Clothes that are too large can create a frumpy look, while also making you look bigger. Clothing that is too small may accentuate areas that you may prefer to keep hidden. The perfect size will offer the perfect balance, highlighting your best features and drawing attention away from body parts you may not be comfortable with showing off.

Embellished Looks

Accessorizing to embellish your outfit can add an updated, trendy look to even the most simple ensembles. A fun or colourful clutch bag can serve as a unique focal point, while statement jewellery such as necklaces or rings can add a touch of glamor and style.

12 Things That Make You Super Attractive

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Have you ever wondered which of your traits are perceived as the most attractive? Many of us wonder about such things regularly, often taking the steps to appear more attractive through styling, fashion or cosmetics.

Attractiveness is often associated with beauty at face value, yet opinions on what’s ‘hot or not’ are prone to clashing. While it doesn’t completely solve a difference of opinion, there have been numerous studies that show the science behind the attraction to a particular set of attributes.

Pearly White Teeth

A study by the University of Leeds Institute of Psychological Sciences in Leeds, UK, suggested that yellow, crooked or uneven teeth were perceived by others as less attractive, however the study also discovered that overly whitened, brilliant teeth were viewed as unnatural, and no more attractive than a regular white smile.

To keep your teeth looking great, ensure they’re clean, healthy and attend regular dentist check-up appointments to ensure stunning pearly whites.

Ruby Red Lips

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology conducted a study that discovered a correlation between the color red and the attraction that men experience towards females. The study stated that men appear ‘unaware’ of the effect the color is having on their attraction, so women may be pleased to add this trick to their arsenal, applying red lipstick for important dates.

Small Waist, Large Hips

While the fashion industry may use very slender models in their campaigns and runway shows, researchers from New Zealand in 2009 aimed to analyse the eye-tracking of men’s preferences for waist to hip ratio and breast size of women.

The study concluded that men prefer a waist to hip ratio of around 7:10 far more than the smaller 9:10 ratio, showing that curves truly are attractive, despite how often women try to lose them!

A Higher Pitch

A study conducted in 2013 by Yi Xu at University College London, UK, created a focus on human vocal attractiveness, eventually concluding that men prefer the voices of females to be higher pitched and ‘breathy’.

5 Signs Your Hairstyle is Terrible

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Your hair is a key aspect of your image, often serving as a focal point that defines our overall style. There are numerous ways we end up with hairstyles. Whether you saw a photo depicting the cut in a magazine, copied your favorite celebrity or simply let your hair grow out naturally, your general style will have come from some source of inspiration.

While you may not think of hair as a particularly important aspect, it’s actually a key attribute of a woman’s look.

When experiencing a bad hair day, a woman may automatically write off the day as a bad one, due to the hit her self-confidence has taken or the frustration at any styling related mishaps that may have taken place that morning.

The hair is a symbol of femininity, of identity, of freedom and of beauty, alongside the liberation of a woman’s right to portray herself as she pleases.

As a result of this importance, the hair and beauty industry is worth billions of dollars, with the average woman spending approximately $50,000 on products and treatments over her lifetime.

However, as well meaning as your style may have been, they aren’t always what we expected, with visits to the salon often ending in tears or stress.

That’s the first sign your hair style may not be your best choice.

People may begin to stare

Additionally, a horrendous haircut may attract stares or comments from your peers. You may be able to pretend not to notice the questionable glances, but words can hurt and do real damage to your self-esteem.

While it’s important to stay true to yourself and stick to your guns when it comes to your own appearance, you may be uncomfortable with this negative attention, especially if you’re not a fan of the hairstyle yourself.

4 Signs People Hate Your Clothing Style

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People can develop their clothing style in a number of ways. Some may copy the looks of their favourite celebrity, while many will adapt to the trends as determined by their peers at school or work. Others may find clothing they love online, or even just allow their ideal look to form by itself, based on items they’ve build up over time, creating an eclectic mix.

As trivial as it may seem to some, fashion truly does matter. The Guardian reports of the 2014 book release ‘Why Fashion Matters’ by Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, a renowned international school offering qualifications and degrees for a career within the fashion industry.

The book outlines 101 statements that support the thesis that fashion is a relevant pursuit and explain how it affects the world around us today. It even elaborates on how one can remain intellectual and focus on important matters such as politics and feminism while still enjoying the engagement of fashion.

While a little indulgent, the book makes some fair points, proving just how important it is to dress to impress in today’s society.

However, not everyone is born with fabulous fashion sense, meaning that some of the outfits you throw together may not look as sleek or fashionable as you originally thought. Although cruel, this can often result in negative attention and lower your self-esteem as a result.

Strange looks can say it all

It’s normal to glance around at others, or ‘people watch’ while out and about, however you may notice more people than usual looking your way and giving your outfit the once over.

The opinion of a stranger you’ll never see again shouldn’t matter, but if this is happening on a regular basis, it could be a sign your style is commonly disliked. If you like it, that’s great, but if you’re doubting yourself, this could be the final push towards seeking some stylish new threads.

8 Reasons Beauty Products are a Big Waste of Money

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Women in today’s society are often told they ‘need’ the latest skincare cream or miracle treatment, fuelled by promises to make you look 10 years younger or add a little luxury to your regime, but often, spending money on such products is simply a waste.

False claims.

One of the main reasons to avoid expensive products is the claims made by the manufacturer. The packaging will make far-fetched promises, such as reversing the effects of ageing or preventing natural lines. However, as suggested by All Women Stalk, if these claims were true, the products would be classed as medications and would only be available on a prescription from a dermatologist.

Today, with the easy accessibility of the internet, there’s really no reason to fall for such claims. Before buying a product, search for it online, where it will likely have been reviewed by bloggers, consumers or make-up artists who, providing they have not been paid by the company, will be more than happy to share their true opinions with their reader base.

It’s also worth taking common sense into account when looking at the packaging of each product. For example, if a bust cream from the drugstore could really create a fuller effect, why do so many women opt for breast enhancement surgery? Clearly, the cream is unable to compete. This isn’t the only example that’s scientifically inaccurate, however. Many hair products claim to reverse the effect of split ends, however this is physically impossible! While the effects can be reduced or given a smoother finish, the only way to ‘remove’ a split end is to cut it off and let the hair grow back.

Pressuring advertisements.

Many of the products we are told we ‘need’ are actually not mandatory to healthy skin. For example, skincare companies or sales associates will tell women that an eye cream is essential to keeping the skin around the eye healthy and supple, however Paula’s Choice explains that there is actually no evidence, research or documentation to suggest that the eye area requires anything different to the ingredients that exist in your regular face cream. Rather than believe the hype, do a little research online to see if there is any scientific background to the manufacturer’s claims. Chances are, you don’t need the product at all.

7 Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Old

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As people, especially women, age, the idea of holding on to youth becomes apparent. The effects begin to effect the way we look, and our favourite clothing items may not look as good or appear as forgiving. As a result, many individuals begin to take the steps to a more youthful appearance, often relating to beauty, hair and clothing.

While it’s unlikely you’ll fool anyone into thinking you’re in your 20s, you can certainly give the illusion of turning the clock back a few years by making the right choices in fashion and style or using effective, illuminating beauty products.

However, there are number of fashion mistakes that can actually make you look older than you are, which as time goes on, may not be the illusion you were hoping to achieve. There are a variety of accessories to style in to your outfits, as well as a few recommended style rules and guidelines to follow that can ensure a stylish, youthful look done right.

Less is often more when it comes to accessories

Very large pieces of costume jewellery can overwhelm you or look dated when combined with the rest of your outfit, while simple, delicate pieces offer a classic, feminine effect that’s perfect for women of any age. However, that doesn’t mean you have to take a boring approach to accessorizing. Aim for a happy mixture of the two, choosing modern, stylish pieces that suit the size of your body. They needn’t be dull, as stylish pieces can be found in all kinds of styles and a wide array of colors. Even glitter or sparkle can be age appropriate!

Taking the ‘less is more’ concept a little further, you may also wish to avoid a cluttered effect, which can look confusing and uncoordinated. Mismatched metals are distracting, while matching sets date both you and the items themselves. Coordinate, but don’t match, and as a result, your chosen pieces will play off each other perfectly.

Use accessories to draw attention away from areas you dislike. If you’d rather people focused on your face, draw them to the area using earrings, necklaces or scarves.

Colors are important

While black can be classy, woman tend to get paler with age, causing black clothing accessories to look stark in comparison, ageing your face and body. As a result, it may be best avoided when attending casual events. Add some warmth by using accessories in fun yet classic colors that combine well with your outfit.