According to the market research agency OnePoll, women spend about 140 hours each year shopping for clothing, shoes, and accessories. That’s over one whole week shopping each year!
Whether you’re hitting boutiques every chance you get, or you shop occasionally for key pieces that will become staples of your wardrobe for years to come, we’re here to help you make the most of your closet with some sage female fashion advice.
Women’s Style Secrets, or the Ten Things I Wish They Taught Me
Between career, home and family life, making time for friends, and trying to handle the thousand and one things that are sure to arise on a daily basis, it’s harder than ever to take time for yourself. Making sure I look my best? Ha, that’s practically out of the question altogether.
But, these ten little tips can help you get the most out of your wardrobe and help you look like you’ve spent hours getting ready, even when you have to put yourself together in a matter of minutes.
Make Your Basics Anything But
Basics is such a dirty word; it conjures up images of the most boring and bland aspects of our wardrobes. But, the truth is, basics are the foundation of every stylish woman's wardrobe, and quality basics can instantly help you to be more fashionable.
When shopping for basics, focus on fit first. Everything else should be a secondary concern. By amassing a modest collection of beautifully fitting basics, you’ll always have a handful of wardrobe staples to rely on for any occasion.
Be the Lady in Red
Every fashionista on planet earth knows how to harness the power of a bold and beautiful cherry red lipstick, and it’s one women’s fashion staple that never goes out of style.
But, before you go swiping whatever you have in your purse across your lips, take some time to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. A bright red lip is an easy and immediate way to add a pop of color to your outfit and give the illusion that you took time for yourself today, even if you didn’t.
Who’s That Girl in the Colorful Shoes?
Everyone knows a pop of color can go a long way in waking up an otherwise tired outfit. But, did you know that extends to your feet as well?
Whether you’re wearing flats, boots, or some sky-high heels, a colorful shoe is a great way to take your outfit from 0 to 100 real quick.
Be Your Own Emergency Contact
Nothing can ruin a day quicker than a fashion emergency that you aren’t prepared for. Whether it’s a stain, a rip or a tear, or a huge blister causes by those heels you loved but swore you’d stop wearing, a fashion emergency can put a huge damper on your day.
Be the girl with the emergency kit full of bandaids, a stain stick, and a needle and thread at all times. Not only will you be able to tackle your own fashion emergencies, but you’ll be able to help the less fashionably fortunate with their mishaps as well.
Nature is all around us, and it can be a great muse for your wardrobe. Incorporate more earth tones into your wardrobe, or, reach for an accessory that provides a pop of natural beauty, like our geode earrings. However you do it, incorporating nature into your style is one piece of fashion advice for women you can’t live without.
There’s No Such Thing As Overdressed
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent plenty of time agonizing over how you should dress for an occasion. Who else will be there? What will they be wearing? Before you know it, you’re on your ninth outfit change, and you still can’t figure out what to wear.
Always dress to impress, and remember that every occasion is an opportunity to look your best. Besides, you don’t want to be the only woman there in jeans, do you?
Take Time to Plan
Turn Sunday evening into your official time to plan each week. You’d be surprised how much stress you’re able to eliminate when you know what you’ll be wearing each day the following week.
Take a peek at the weekly forecast, and plan your outfits out in advance. You’ll save tons of time in the morning, and you’ll never have to worry about having nothing to wear.
Embrace Social Media
Some of the best female fashion advice I ever received was to make the time you spend on social media work for you. Seek out women at the forefront of women’s style and follow them, especially on Instagram.
Use their style as inspiration to create your own looks. In no time, you’ll have plenty of exciting new ideas that you can begin incorporating into your own wardrobe.
Own At Least One Showstopper
Every woman has days where they need to dress to impress, and that’s when you reach for your style secret weapon: that one show-stopping piece you know is sure to turn heads.
Maybe it’s a designer piece you couldn’t live without, or a vintage dress you picked up at a second-hand store. Whatever it is, reach for this piece when you need to look for your best.
Whether it’s a pop of color from a beautiful scarf, a necklace you couldn’t live without, or a broach that your grandmother left you, always aim to have at least one accessory. Accessories are a great way to make otherwise pedestrian outfits pop off the chart, and they can make great conversation pieces, too.
Exciting Trends to Look Out For in 2019
There’s no shortage of exciting new trends you can incorporate into your wardrobe this year. You may already be seeing these hot new looks around town, and every woman is sure to find at least one exciting style they can add to their wardrobe.
If you so much as opened your Instagram last summer, you surely saw some stylish women in big, beautiful hats. While it may have seemed like a flash in the pan at first, big hats are back in a big way, and designers everywhere are vying to add their signature touch to this hot trend. You’ll be seeing these everywhere this Spring and Summer.
Designers and tastemakers alike have been awash in a sea of pastels for several seasons now, and 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the major course correction. From dresses to tops to bags and accessories, neon is back in a big way this year.
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, dive right in and go for a full neon ensemble. Or, if you’re a bit more reserved, dip your toes in with a neon clutch or bracelet to give a subtle nod to this fun and vibrant trend.
Puff It Up
When it comes to dresses, S/S 2019 has had no shortage of bold looks. One constant across many designer collections has been the puffed shoulder. While big shoulders are nothing new, this year’s take forgoes a boxier look in favor of puffiness, with many designers aggressively gathering their shoulders to create a dramatic, puffy look.
This look will also be everywhere in tops, too. So you can incorporate this trend into your wardrobe even if you don’t have any weddings or occasions on the horizon.
Fringe is back, baby! Everyone from Tom Ford to Coach to Oscar De La Renta served up bold, fringe-heavy looks at their S/S 2019 shows. Fringe is a great way to add bold, whimsical style to your wardrobe, and it doesn’t have to be over the top, either.
Many designers and fast fashion retailers alike have taken to adding small hits of fringe on their clothing and accessories, which is a great way to get involved with this trend without worrying about taking it too far.
An Update to the Beloved Hoop
Year after year, hoop earrings are one of the most popular accessories on the runway, and in real life. This year, designers are offering a fun new take on the traditional hoop, replacing it with a bold crescent.
Reach for a thick pair of these bold crescent earrings to take your Spring and Summer style up several notches.
Orange You Glad This Shade is Back?
Beyond the bold neon shades you’ll be seeing everyone, one other bold color is experiencing a renaissance of sorts this year as well: orange.
From Tory Burch to the recently re-established Escada, shades of orange dominated runway shows this year. If those designers cosigns aren’t enough to make you a believer, Pantone also weighed in on the issue, suggesting that several shades of orange are poised for a big year in women’s fashion.
Pleats made their successful return to the runway in 2018, and in 2019, designers doubled down, incorporating tighter and more dramatic pleating into some of their most exciting looks.
Micro pleats, in particular, are on the rise, and we couldn’t be happier for it. They create a dramatic, flowing silhouette that’s sure to flatter any woman, regardless of their body type.
Open Cuff Necklaces
One hot trend that’s set the internet into a frenzy has been the open cuff necklace. While chokers have been having their moment in the sun for quite some time now, the open cuff necklace offers a more sophisticated alternative.
Models graced the runway at this year’s shows in everything from gold and silver varieties to brightly colored enamel versions, so there’s surely something for every woman’s style when it comes to this fun new jewelry trend.
To Dye For
Often thought of as the official uniform of Grateful Dead fans, tie-dye clothing is back in a big way in 2019. Thankfully, we’re looking at a much more subtle and chic take on the 60’s classic than what you’re probably envisioning in your head.
You could choose to throw caution to the wind in a bold two-piece tie dye ensemble, which was a popular look at Stella McCartney’s latest show. Or, opt for a more subtle and subdued maxi dress for days at the beach. Either way, you’ll be seeing tons of this fun print in 2019.
Last year was the year of the bike short, and while that trend was fun while it lasted, we’re happy to see it go in favor of some more sensible and practical shorts. Shorts of all kinds will be having a renaissance this season, and you can expect to see everything from beautifully tailored classics to micros and knee length styles as well.
Not Your Mom’s Flats
Flats have developed an unwarranted reputation as the favored shoe of the sartorially boring. But, there’s no reason why you can’t spice up your flats and make them one of the focal points of your outfit.
Thankfully, many designers seem to agree, and this year you’ll be seeing tons of stylish and bold new flats that are perfect for any occasion.
Prints will have a big impact in 2019, and they can be a great way to add bold style to your wardrobe. Prints of all styles appear to be having a moment, and no print is better positioned for a big 2019 than snakeskin.
Snakeskin, in particular, can help you get some extra mileage from your wardrobe pieces, as few prints can get you from day, to night, to the weekend, to anywhere in between quite like snakeskin can.
Taking It All in Stride
That just about wraps up our top tips and female fashion advice for 2019. It may seem like a lot to take in, but achieving a more stylish you this year is easier than you may think. Consider our tips above, and keep an eye out for the latest trends, and you’ll be sure to turn some heads with your stylish wardrobe choices!