First, do the details right. Get all the upkeep, repair and grooming done right.
Second, ask do the colors in my clothes make me look bright and happy or sad and a little ill?
Think in threes.
Accessorize in threes.
Reveal only one of three: arms, legs, decolletage.
See your overall body in three balanced shapes.
Do the five second test.
Add on 8 to 12 items so you look vibrant and genuine.
Last, look at your back in the mirror, take a deep breath, smile at your bold sense of style and self and then go do it.
What’s the five second test? Stand in front of your full length mirror fully dressed and accessorized. Close your eyes for five seconds. When you open them, what do you see? If it’s not your beautiful framed out face and eyes, then consider going back and switching out whatever item is distracting.
What are add-on items? Color, pattern, texture, design details like zips and stitching, shoes, hosiery, belts, scarves, jewelry, bag.
Why reveal only one? My grandmother Pearl was right. Leave some to the imagination and show off what ya got.
Details include a lint roller, checking for stains, snipped off threads, shined and repaired shoes, nails and hair, mints, chap-stick, steamed out wrinkles and the awareness of what’s too tight or too loose.
The human eye loves threes. Adores them in fact. They feel interesting but not overwhelming. One is in the middle all nicely surrounded by two more. They aren’t jarring or boring. They have been used for eons to please in architecture, gardening and most design.
When you wear the right colors, they light you from within. When you wear the wrong ones, they make shadows gather under your eyes and beside your nose and they make all the imperfections stand out more clearly.