winter boots are one unflattering fashion to ditch
in the new year.
new year, 2015, has an elegant look that 2014 just didnít.
Let it inspire a fresh start for your wardrobe so you
look stylish and modern. Youíll feel good when you
in your closet. Weed out the clothes that are keeping
you stuck in the fashion past, and replace them with
those downers for sleek substitutes.
pants: Thereís an unfortunate epidemic of yoga pants
being worn as dress pants, but no one is fooled. The
legs give it away: The fabric is too flimsy to look
dressy. Quality wool, twill or polyester slacks look
better, wear longer and do justice to a dressy top.
sneakers: Nothing dates your look faster than frumpy
shoes. Lumpy sneakers that look like baked potatoes have
to go. Athletic shoes have gone high-fashion for every
age and budget, and nowadays are being worn fashionably
with dressy clothes. Choose colorful kicks with an
elegant shape. Give sneakers with neon, metallic or
patterned accents a try.
boots: In Ugg boots and all the imitators, every woman
looks as if sheís standing in a bucket. They make legs
look shorter and thighs squatter. Instead, wear
knee-high or mid-calf boots that flatter the feminine
leg shape and give a sleek profile.
sweaters: Itís tempting to keep sweaters forever
because theyíre functional, but please donít. If itís
extra bulky, full of moth holes or if itís so short it
rides up, a sweater is past its prime. Choose
body-flattering thin knits and layer to add interest.
Guys, make sure the shoulder seam sits on your shoulder
so you donít look sloppy.
platforms: Leave 6-inch platforms to the
"Housewives" on TV. Towering stilettos are
better seen than worn because they punish your feet (the
phrase "fashion victim" comes to mind). And
they donít look elegant kicked off mid-event. Bring
back comfortable single-sole pumps that flatter girlish
jeans: Well-cut jeans are your wardrobeís fountain of
youth. The higher price of designer jeans pays for
engineering that makes them flattering. Try, try again
until you find your brand. Ditch low-rise jeans, which
create a muffin top and constantly shimmy down off your
butt. Your best bet: high-rise or mid-rise jeans in dark
and khakis: Guys, this boring uniform can go horribly
wrong, especially if the pants are pleated and the shirt
is baggy. Done wrong, it renders you invisible,
fashionwise. Try a well-cut shirt with buttons and
flat-front trousers that flatter your frame.
If youíre an adult woman wearing leggings, you canít
help but look as if you forgot your pants, or gave up on
the bottom half of your outfit. Instead, wear slim pants
or jeans with stretch; they comfortably skim over your
figure without showing every flaw ó and youíll look
Wilson (@SheonWilson) is a personal stylist and writer
who lives in Durham, N.C.
KEEN IN Ď15
a cheat sheet for upgrading your style.
Go to your closet and group together all the clothes you
wear at least once a month. Those are keepers. Anything
else is questionable and probably needs to go.
Trust that if you havenít worn it in a while, you wonít.
Either it doesnít fit, the colorís wrong, or itís
just not for you. Pay it forward by giving it away. Or
Set aside at least $20 to tailor new clothes. It saves
money in the long run. Hemming and darting transform
clothes so they are tailor-made for you and youíll
actually wear them. A $10 top you donít wear is a
waste of money, but with an alteration itíll look like
Style demands fit. Pants that dig into your waist donít
fit; go up a size or two. Frayed hems look sloppy. A top
you keep tucking in or pulling down isnít your size
either. The size tag is a starting point, but let your
eyes tell you what fits.
Assemble your own style team. Find a tailor (every dry
cleaner has one), a skilled bra fitter, a reliable
cobbler, a fashion adviser and a store whose clothes you
like. Theyíll guide you.