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Three Tips To Lift Your Style Game That Won’t Break The Bank

Style GameIt happens every single time I visit France.

I am absolutely inspired to lift my style game.

It is as simple as that.

It starts as a little niggle soon after I arrive. And by the time I head for home it is a full blown commitment.

I return to Melbourne just wanting to look a little dressier. A little sharper, if you like.

It’s happened often enough now that I no longer need to analyse the phenomenon. I know the causes.

It could be something like the sighting of an impossibly chic French woman riding a bicycle while sporting a great checked blazer coupled with her white jeans. Sometimes it is an encounter with a perfectly put together sales assistant (or receptionist, for that matter). Occasionally, it is just a  glimpse of myself in my more casual travel attire.

Add all of this to the fact that my style personality is decidedly classic and by the time I get home I’m craving a change in how I’m feeling about my style.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do not, in any way, consider this as a problem,

It is easy to become complacent. Or to fall into the trap of wearing the same things over and over again. Or to stop caring quite as much. So I look at all of this inspiration as a timely reminder of all the benefits that come from when you are feeling at the top of your style game.

Thanks to my training, I know that the greatest of these benefits is increased confidence. Being comfortable with how you are looking can make such a difference to how you approach your day, and in turn, to the things you attract into your life.

Three Tips To Lift Your Style Game

  1. Dress Up A Little More Than You Normally Would. I’m not suggesting you wear a gown to go to the supermarket. But I am recommending you dress a shade more formally than usual. Pop on a blazer rather than a cardi. Wear the frock – you know, the one that gets you compliments every single time you wear it. I promise people notice – in a good way – when you make the extra effort and you’ll feel better too.
  2. Sharpen Up Your Accessories. Swap your everyday tote for a more structured handbag. Switch your sneakers for fancy flats or even a pair of heels (if you wear them). Sometimes it only takes a small tweak to make a big difference to your style and how you are feeling.
  3. Don’t Be Afraid To Head Into The Archives. Just like we forget our favourite recipes, sometimes we forget the stylish details that make us feel great. For me, that detail comes in the form of lipstick. Way back in my twenties, a make-up artist recommended a lipstick shade that really lit up my face. Not quite red, not quite pink and not too bright, it was just right for me. And even all these years later, when I remember to apply a similar shade, (the original lipstick was discontinued ages ago), I’m pleasantly surprised by the face staring back at me in mirror.

One Final Thought

You’ll note that my top three tips do not include going shopping for a whole new wardrobe. Or even shopping for a few new items.

Now if your budget allows it, and you are clear on what you want your wardrobe to look like, then the investment could absolutely be the best way to go about elevating your style game, as a friend of mine discovered.

However, if your style strategy is still a bit fuzzy (or it remains non-existent) then the advice I offered in this piece applies equally here. You are better off to wait until you have your style strategy sorted before you hit the shops.

I’d love to know – what inspires you to lift your style game? And do you have any tips on how to dress a little sharper? Please feel free to share your advice in the comments section below.

And, until next time – au revoir.

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