Embrace your style with confidence in 2012

This year make your wardrobe work for you and fall in love with shopping. Here are the four commandments to a very stylish 2012.

Know what really suits you

There is no better rule than this: Know your shape and learn what cut of clothing and style tricks will flatter it. A V-neck top is best on a full bust. If you have a small waist wear waist-cinched clothes. Flatter curvy hips with an A-line skirt, and if you have a tummy, show your legs. Forget about the latest fashion must, go for style first, and follow the trends second.

Work your wardrobe

Great style often starts with what you already have in your wardrobe. A great wardrobe is a tidy wardrobe. The magic words are declutter and mix and match. First declutter. Support may be needed here. You love that dress that you bought 10 years ago but you have not worn it for four years because it doesn’t fit you anymore. Maybe it is time to let it go. You could try to sell it on eBay or to a second hand shop. Once you have cleared out the wardrobe and kept what really suits you, start putting your looks together. This can be tricky, but it is fun. Take your favourite skirt and try to match it with at least two items from your wardrobe. Continue with all your other clothes. You will be surprised how much you actually have. Finally, make sure to store your clothes properly, it will make your life easier.

Shop smart

Now that you can finally see what you have, you can start evaluating the gaps in your wardrobe and make a list for your next shopping trip. Spring is around the corner and it is the perfect time to start updating your style with new looks and keys pieces. Pastel colours were everywhere on the spring runways: baby pink, pistachio, and lilac. Another hot trend is the city sport. With the London Olympics, get into your sporty vibe with tailored dresses, wedges, trainers, or hooded jackets. The key to successful shopping is to stay focused and really buy what you need, suits you, and meets your budget.

Be confident

When you wear clothes that make you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good there are no limits to what you can achieve.


Check out this article in the Galway Advertiser http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/48303/embrace-your-style-with-confidence-in-2012

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