“Each morning takes longer for me to make me look like me!” This is a quote I heard a while ago and it’s talking about your personal appearance. I think it is safe to say that most of us have been in this situation at least once in our lives. You want poker straight hair, but you have naturally curly hair – full of ringlets. Or vice-versus. The process involved in straightening or curling every single millimeter of every hair strand is gruelling, not to mention the time it takes. This is why I am a firm believer in working with what you have rather than working against your natural self. If your morning routine of getting ready and doing your hair and make-up is turning into your toughest challenge of the day, give yourself a break and embrace a more natural you. You can still look perfectly polished and well presented but it won’t take you so long!
Defining Your Inner “Character”
With the rise of “the capsule wardrobe” and the process of streamlining your wardrobe, people are becoming more aware of the benefits of creating a more consistent collection of fashion pieces that they can effortlessly mix and match together. If you struggle with maintaining a consistent theme in your wardrobe and suffer from the well known “a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear” then you may want to consider applying some of these basic style rules to your wardrobe. Your personal style will evolve throughout the years but no matter your age, creating a legendary style that you can manage easily is what personal style really is. If you are unable to maintain the same personal style and appearance each and every day, if your appearance is difficult to maintain or you struggle to keep a consistent appearance then you have to reconsider whether or not this is your true style.
As a professional fashion stylist and editor, I have worked with thousands of individuals, as well as a stylist for brands and editorials. The job details vary between different aspects of styling, but the general principles apply. If I was styling a character for a theatre production or film, I’d be in charge of remembering what styling, hair and make-up processes went in to creating each character’s appearance. We say a lot through the types of clothes we wear, but is it the right message that you wish to convey? Think about your personality, your likes, dislikes and your daily lifestyle. If it isn’t practical to wear heels on a regular basis or at all, don’t feel under pressure to buy, wear or own a pair of heels. Look at your favourite characters on a film or TV show and look at their clothing. Try to establish a connection between their lifestyle, personality and the clothes they wear. Now do the same exercise on yourself. What could you wear that would make you feel your personal best while accurately representing the type of person you are?
Your personal style shouldn’t rely heavily on how fresh your skin looks or how clear it is. It shouldn’t depend on your weight and be affected if you lose or gain 1 lb. Don’t buy garments that are so tight that they look like they’ve been painted on! It’s about finding the colours – or more specifically the tones, the silhouettes, the patterns and prints that suit your body shape, face shape and skin tone. From here, you can think about the styles you like and what your daily lifestyle requires of your wardrobe.
How Long Should it Take to Get Ready in the Morning?
Great question! I often share lots of tips known as my “5 minute fashion tips”. I survive off of relying on short, bite sized tips and tricks that give me maximum results in the most convenient way. Personally, I believe that it shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to perfect any aspect of your look. Here are some tips to help you get ready and look great in 5 minutes or less:
- If you don’t have time to paint all of your toe nails when wearing open-toe shoes, just paint the toe nails that are going to be on show.
- What’s your favourite part of your look to focus on? Is it hair? Nails? Make-up? Clothing? If you’re short on time just focus on one and do it well.
- Contrary to the above, if you like to maintain a neutral all over then five minutes is plenty of time to tidy up your hair, apply a swipe of lipstick and a flick of mascara!
- Never try a new look when you’re short on time! If it goes wrong, you won’t have enough time to fix it!
- Keep a style SOS kit in your bag. This can be a small purse full of cute earrings, rings, a lip-gloss or lipstick, and a hair band. This is great for when you need a quick style boost in the middle of the day or when your friends have asked you out at the last moment for after work drinks and you need to transform your look from work to glam in a matter of minutes!