I’ve thought a lot about what makes the stylish so stylish and I determined this: its the undercover stuff, or the unsung hero’s – aka the stuff that people see but can’t put a brand name too – that makes you stylish. What are those things? It’s not Gucci or Loewe, Hermes or Chloe, it’s routine and convention.
So, in no particular order (as they’re all important), here are my five essentials for elevating your personal style…
1. A Clothing steamer
A good steamer can take you from looking sloppy and unkempt (sorry, but it’s the truth) to polished and organized. I don’t know why people walk around with super wrinkly clothes and think that it’s stylish. Newsflash: it’s not! I chose a steamer, instead of an iron, because there are some materials that should never see the heat of an iron. Those materials include silk, satin, chiffon, sheers or velvet. If you use irons for any of those materials, they will burn. Overall, I think steamers are superior to irons because you can use them for almost anything you would use irons for (including cotton, linen, and other materials that wrinkle easily). If you find that a wrinkle is particularly stubborn, when using a steamer, then invest in a wrinkle release spray. That’ll get the wrinkle out completely.
2. A Soft Measuring Tape
If you’re anything like me, and you’re an online shopper, then you need a measuring tape in your life. Whether you’re buying shoes or a blazer (which is my main M.O) then a measuring tape is actually necessary. Those little numbers tell you what size to get from any given retailer (which is important because there is a huge discrepancy in sizes between sellers and retailers), and it helps you to get the right fit for you. Thanks to my measuring tape, I can immediately rule out a vintage blazer if the arm length is too short or the shoulders are too narrow. This is key information for getting a tailor-like fit on the items that I buy online. And it’s the same with shoes: I have long and average width feet, and I go straight to the sizing chart/details on Etsy or on amazon (my main spots for shoes). This has ensured a consistently perfect fit.
3. A Home Haircare Routine
Most people don’t see a hairstylist every day, so it stands to reason that you should have a home haircare routine that works for you and your lifestyle. When I wear out my natural hair, I like to do a wash-and-go kind of style. I put my shampoo or hair mask in, conditioner, hair and scalp oil, a cream styler and a conditioning spray (not to ‘hold’ the style but to moisturize it further). I recently shared my long and laborious haircare routine. So have a look if you’re interested.
4. A Makeup Routine
A good makeup routine can make all the difference in the world. Not only does it give you a boost, but it can also transform your look and take it to the next level. A good lipstick can do amazing things for an outfit: lipstick gives life to a monochromatic wardrobe, and it puts your personal style on display. But, for some people, eyeshadow can do that too!
My day-to-day routine is to put on my SPF tinted moisturizer (Nars), a blush (Nars), lipstick (Nars, NYX, or Buxom), and sometimes mascara (Maybelline). For you, it could be more or less makeup, but it’s really a personal thing.
You could have a great wardrobe, a great makeup stash, and wonderful hair, but if you don’t have the confidence to rock it then it’s not going to take you anywhere. Confidence is priceless!
If you’re not naturally the most confident person in the world then join the club! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and my self-confidence wasn’t either. It took years of challenging myself to appreciate who I am and see the value in me, to get to where I am today. I wish the same for you.