Be A Fashion Icon

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Want people to talk about what you wear or how good you look even when you don't look that great? It's simple. Throw together a few good outfits that make people envy you, then whatever you wear after (sweatpants, birkenstocks, stained shirts) people will say they like and might get the same piece of clothing.

  • Knowing how to dress is key. Buy magazines like Elle, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. Look at the pictures. Read the articles. Choose a few key looks that will suit your lifestyle and body type, and implement them into your current wardrobe. Make sure to put your own spin on a look. You can't be an icon if you're just copying Elle.
  • Write down a list of words you want to describe your look or vibe. Then, compare that list with the items from fashion magazines that you like, and that will suit you well.
  • Look in your closet, and throw away (or give away) anything you never used and will never use.
  • Buy accessories that mix well with what you have.
  • Get a few new shoes and sandals at a reasonably-priced store, like Payless (it's fashionable, and no one has to know). Steer clear of stores that turn out low-quality items. You want to be fashionable, not cheap. Fashion is about quality clothing that fit well, not cheap, flashy items.
  • Wear make-up! Think you don't need it? Well, you probably do. Go to a makeup counter at a department store for a makeover. Some charge, but others don't. Listen closely to the tips they offer for your coloring and facial structure. If you can't afford to buy quality cosmetics, you will be able to find similar items at a drugstore or discount superstore. Items to splurge on: moisturizer, foundation,and mascara. Then, pick up cheaper eyeshadow, lip gloss/lipstick, blush, etc. on your next drugstore run.
  • Do your hair. Make sure to invest in quality haircare products. While paying $20 for shampoo may seem outlandish, if you have difficult hair it will make all the difference. Quality shampoo and conditioner can help compensate for hard water or previous poor treatment of hair. (If you haven't cut your hair in the past two months, it's time to visit the salon!) Depending on your facial structure, you will require a different hairstyle. A few things to keep in mind: poor color can ruin the greatest cut, and make sure to wash you hair- at a minimum- every other day.
  • Make sure to compliment other stylish people, they will start noticing what you wear, and you will be more noticed. It doesn't do to hang out with fashion misfits, you will be branded as one. The crowd you roll with is very important for your fashion status quo.
    • Don't overdo the accessories. You'll see fashion models wear about 30 necklaces, but that's not always good. One to three necklaces, a bracelet and earrings are good. Try to make them match the style of the outfit.
    • Always balance your clothing. If you're wearing a bright and colourful top, wear a neutral bottom. same goes for makeup. Shocking red lips? Counter with soft eye colours.
    • Avoid buying clothes/accessories/shoes that are "in" right now. Chances are,they'll go out of style before you get to wear them. Buy more classic pieces that never go out of style, like jeans & invest in a few higher-end items.
    • Define what a fashion icon really is. A fashion icon is a person that people admire and adore for outfits and looks. In other words, a fashion icon is a trendsetter. You are supposed to be a role model, so stay away from drugs and cigarettes. Drugs and cigarettes will destroy you as a fashion icon.
    • Confidence will boost your determination, and to be a fashion icon, you need determination.
    • You can't have too much color. Wear neutrals, dark and bright in matches.
    • Wearing anything that's too-tight never looks good. Don't be afraid to buy a larger size.
    • Don't be too cocky, confident, or obnoxious. To be a fashion icon, you have to set good examples


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