One of the best ways to prepare your wardrobe for an active Zeta lifestyle is to plan in advance. Actor Will Smith once said, “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready” – that’s the exact approach I recommend for building a beautiful Zeta wardrobe that rocks!
By following the tips in this post paired with some creativity, honesty and open-mindedness, you’ll have everything you need to represent Zeta in finer fashion at any event.
- Tip 1 – Dress To Accentuate Your Body Shape
One of the most important keys to creating a Zeta wardrobe that rocks is learning what styles work best for your body. It’s also important to understand that everyone has a beautiful and unique body shape. For instance, I happen to have a pear/triangle shape which is characterized by a small top / full bottom, narrow shoulders and a defined waist.Certain clothing styles/types will accentuate your particular shape. Do sheath, A-line or wrap dresses work best for you? Will a peplum or double-breasted jacket accentuate your figure? You’ll need to do some research and experiment to find your answers. Check out the book Color Me Confident for great advice on identifying your unique shape and help choosing outfits that will enhance your look.One last tip – as you experiment and try different styles – be completely honest with yourself about how the clothes fit, look and feel on you. When you go shopping, take your BEST girlfriends with you – the ones who are going to tell you the TRUTH (straight, no-chaser) about how you look, because they love and care about you.
- Tip 2 – Buy a Full-Length Mirror
Say it with me, “A full length mirror is my friend”. Invest in a full-length mirror to give yourself a complete view of your outfits from head-to-toe. It’s not enough to get a head-to-waist view of what you’re wearing – there simply isn’t enough visual information to help you make an informed decision. That decision may be to return the item (to the closet, store or friend you borrowed it from) or put it on and feel confident that you’re dressed in finer fashion.
- Tip 3 – Understand Different Attire Types
Do you know the difference between business and business casual? Cocktail attire and formal? It’s really important to know what the different attire types are so you can build your wardrobe accordingly and dress appropriately for any given Zeta occasion. Our full-color Finer Attire Style Guide will help you understand the different attire types as they relate to Zeta.
- Tip 4 – Get INSPIRED!
Pinterest is a website and mobile app where users create and share collections of images by “pinning” them on “boards”. There are literally hundreds of fashion and clothing boards you can view for inspiration. If you need a place to start, check out my All Blue Everything and White Hot! Pinterest boards for royal blue and white fashion inspiration. Polyvore is another fashion website and mobile app that lets you view user-generated clothing collages called “sets” for inspiration. You can also create and share your own sets using clothing items from all over the internet.
- Tip 5 – Read Books on Fashion & Style
Visit your local library or online bookstore for style/fashion books to help you build a beautiful Zeta wardrobe that rocks. Some of my favorites are Color Me Confident – Expert Guidance to Help You Feel Confident and Look Great, Looking Good – Every Day: Style Solutions for Real Women, and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own.
- Tip 6 – Create a Savings Account
Open up a savings account for your Zeta wardrobe and contribute to it on a regular basis. This way you’ll have the funds available to purchase a wardrobe item when you need it (or when you see it).
- Tip 7 – Invest in Quality Shapewear
The right shapewear creates a svelte, contoured foundation for your outfit and can help smooth back bulges, underwear lines and muffin tops. Spanx is one of the more popular brands and is sold online and in most major department stores. No matter what brand of shapewear you purchase, it should be true to size (not too big or small), fit comfortably and be invisible beneath your outfit.
What are your thoughts about these tips? Have you already implemented any (or all) of them? Which tips have you found to be the easiest (or most difficult/frustrating) to implement? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.