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One thing no one gets used to is picking an outfit for the latest event that’s just come up. Once you reach a certain age, it feels like you always have something to do, whether at work events on weekday evenings or parties for friends and family on weekends.
And, you don’t want to wear the same outfit for everything, do you? But who has the money to spend on brand-new clothes every time? No one, that’s who. Furthermore, you don’t want to bring a spare outfit to the gym or work so you can change and shoot off quickly. It all feels too complicated to deal with, but does it have to be?
Not really, no. But this doesn’t mean it’s so straightforward that anyone could do it. You still need to know how to have a style option for any occasion, and here are ten tips to make that a reality.
Master The Versatile Hairstyle
Anyone can throw on an outfit and head out the door. For many, it’s all about every other detail, especially your hair. Anyone will tell you that they spend more time fixing their hair to perfection than anything else, so if you want to be ready for any occasion, you need to master the versatile hairstyle.
If you prefer to look your best wherever you go, a simple ponytail won’t do. However, you can still find an appealing yet simple style to maximise your look. This link covers Balayage Vs. Highlights Vs. Ombre: What’s The Difference? is a great way to find a hairstyle that is as suitable at the gym as it is at the supermarket, work or a fancy dinner party.
Always Have Some Travel-Sized Makeup
If your friends or partner are partial to spontaneous plans, you need to have something with you to make you look your best if you’re going out and seeing people. While most won’t care that your makeup isn’t as pristine as it was this morning, you may still want to look good, especially if going out for dinner or even reliving your youth at a concert.
But, you can’t carry your whole makeup bag around at all times. What you can do though is bring some travel-sized products that slot comfortably into your bag or purse. You won’t need to do a full redo, but a little touch-up can make you look as good as you did when you left the house earlier.
Collect Core Pieces
The secret many people discover later in life is that they don’t need a new outfit for every occasion. All they need is to have enough versatile items that can mix and match to create a new outfit each time they go out.
Core pieces and a capsule wardrobe have become increasingly popular, especially for those who don’t care about expensive labels or want to reduce how much money they spend on clothes. You can have a selection of core pieces, such as several bottoms like jeans or skirts, and shirts, and match them with other items that always look like you’re wearing something entirely different.
Opt For Neutral Colours
You also don’t want anything that’s too in your face. As fun as bold and brash patterns can be, they are also only suitable for certain occasions, such as a night on the town or perhaps a fancy dress party.
Instead, neutral colours can help maximise your wardrobe’s versatility and help you put together multiple outfits even with a smaller wardrobe. These neutral colours also avoid the risk of being over or underdressed, as they help you blend in with the rest of the crowd without seeming like you’d missed the memo.
Don’t Be Afraid to Show Off
However, there is always a chance for you to show off when the occasion calls for it. While you don’t need to fill your wardrobe with the fanciest gowns in the land, it can often pay to spend more on clothes so you know you have a strong foundation for special events and other formal occasions.
Treating yourself to a beautiful dress or expensive outfit once a year will slowly but surely build your fancy wardrobe. You may also have existing expensive items that you can rely on, and you can also mix and match these to maximise your style. You needn’t pull these clothes out all of the time, but when the occasion calls for it, you will be ready.
Make Sure You Understand the Assignment
No matter who you are, you’ve been guilty of being over or underdressed at some point. You may have assumed that a certain event was more formal than it turned out to be, or perhaps the opposite happened. Whenever you’re going out, you should make sure to understand the assignment so you avoid any self-consciousness or even embarrassment.
If you’re going with a friend, check what they’re wearing beforehand. If you’re going alone, you can rely on one of your many outfits that find the perfect balance between formal and casual. Even if you opt for a t-shirt and jeans, you can enhance the look with a blazer.
Match Comfort With Style
No one wants to spend all day or evening (or both) wishing they had worn anything else. So, you need to match comfort with style. Thankfully, there are plenty of options that help you remain comfortable while still looking good.
Leggings that look like jeans (jeggings) are a good place the start, as they provide cosy comfort but are still suitable for more than relaxing around the house. Likewise, the right shoes are another thing to consider, especially if you’ll be on your feet all day running errands.
Embrace A Casual Approach
As casual attire is becoming more acceptable at the office and other traditionally formal environments, you should look for clothes that find the right balance between a casual and stylish approach.
You don’t want to walk around in joggers all day. But you can pull off typically casual styles and still feel acceptable. Trainers instead of heels or flats are a good compromise, while the classic t-shirt and blazer combo are always acceptable.
If you’re worried that your outfit doesn’t stand out enough to match the occasion, don’t immediately assume you need to upgrade it with a brand-new outfit. Often, it just takes a little accessorising to take it to the next level.
A necklace, bracelet, or earrings are all effective methods to glam up your everyday outfit, especially if you’re just meeting friends for drinks after work or going for a quick dinner somewhere nice but not necessarily high-end.
Don’t Overthink It
It’s easy to worry about what will wear, how you will do your hair and makeup and how it will look to other people. This can force you to overthink every detail so that you end up not looking as good as you envisioned in the first place.
You can overcome this by planning your outfit and style. Of course, this doesn’t always work for spontaneous events, but you can still set part of your wardrobe aside from these sorts of emergencies, so you’re ready to come home, get changed, and get back out the door on time without spending too long fretting over which colour to wear.
Picking a new style for the next big event can be stressful, but these tips can make it a little easier to decide what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to look without bringing your whole wardrobe and personal stylist (if only) with you. If you’re worried about how to maximise what you have, don’t ignore this advice.