10 Top Tips to Dress With Confidence

1. What is the occasion?Micah Gianneli Dressing with confidence NaturalPride

It’s not rocket science ladies. The occasion will always determine what outfit is required of you *tuts her teeth at the girl wearing clubwear to attend a Christening – like really?!*. Even work can be classed as an occasion because if you are not required to wear a uniform, it is yet another opportunity to look fabulous.

2. Is it appropriate?

Use some initiative when it comes to creating an outfit, as you should know what is acceptable in specific situations and what is not. You should never have to change your dressing personality but, you should always be able to adapt your style if need be.

If you are going to show cleavage cover your thighs and vice versa, as there is a thin line between classy and inappropriate 😉

3. Is it comfortable?

How many times have you worn an item of clothing that left you pulling or tugging all day?! (Darn corset – looked cute but has as much comfort as sitting in a bath of cold water). Be sensible, opt for items that you know you can withstand if you had to wear it for long periods of time and you will never go wrong.

4. Recycling

We are now in a generation that have come accustomed to a ‘Throwaway Culture’. The amount of wardrobes that are probably cluttered with clothes that have not been seen since yesteryear, even though they were only worn once is absolutely epic! Turn that boob tube dress into an A-line skirt in an instant and act like it’s brand new.

5. Hairstyling

The hairstyles that can be created to compliment your outfit are endless. The afro has evolved and with a little attention to detail, that afro of yours will highlight the beauty of natural hair.

A tapered afro can bring a unique edge to the round shape we have grown to know and it is a very accommodating option for those who currently have a TWA (teenie weenie afro) or short length.

6. The perfect footwear

The perfect shoe can make or break an outfit. Have you ever had your attention caught by an attractive guy to have your eyes stop dead when you see his dirty trainers?! Well, it goes the same for us ladies, we can’t be looking sexy and be wearing shoes that are past their sell by date.

Everyone has an ‘old faithful’ (those shoes that you could wear on repeat until the end of time) but, try and be accommodating to what you are wearing to keep things interesting.

7. Accessories

If accessories are not for you that is fine but, they make a remarkable difference to any outfit. No matter what budget you have to work with, you will be able to find something to make your outfit pop!

8. Get creative

Sometimes, creativity can go a long way. Fashion is endless and by adding your own personal touches, you can create a look that no-one else can achieve. If you are feeling a look that one of our peers has created, why not adapt it? I’m personally dying to try a Turban Bun (Note to self: Must stop using headscarfs for sleeping purposes only), so I will be seeking designs that will fit into my dress code.

9. Try, try, try…

Never be too scared to ransack the wardrobe now and again until you find the right outfit. 9 times out of 10, you will probably wear the first outfit you tried on but you never heard that from me lol! The joys of looking good ay?

10. What is missing?

So when you have checked yourself from head-to-toe, the only thing left to do is strut down that imaginary runway and let the compliments roll in while your beauty radiates.

Maria Kerr

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What top tips can you add?

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…Bold, Cold and Beautiful

The time has come again when we have to choose what is warm, rather than what is fashionable o_O. Wrong! Winter doesn’t have to mean that we have to dress in a dull and dreary manner and in fact, it is one of those seasons where you are able to stand out from the crowd.

Fashion is always a matter of personal taste and as a Naturalista, there are so many options that can be looked into for winter, as our diverse hairstyles can always be complimented by the correct attire.

This Winter is seeing the use of burgundy grace the shops. Everything from faux fur-lined coats to Nike Blazers are being brandished with this delicious shade of deep red. Accessorising this colour with hints of gold or cream, emphasises the richness of this colour, making it a easy go to choice, which can be adapted for work or play.

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For those of us who are a little more daring, the use of bright orange and or patterns, has been made available to show bold personalities. Using patterns within our dress code doesn’t have to be done in a garish or distasteful manner and can be blended in well with plain colours to achieve dramatic effects.

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The art of turning a mediocre outfit into a head turner, all lies in the accessories you choose. Many natural sisters have turned to wearing unique pieces which showcase all elements of natural hair styling. Gone are the days when gold or silver hoops were a must have item. If you are one who likes to rock a frohawk, the use of large earrings or oversized neck pieces allow that hairstyle to pop! The beauty of wearing a frohawk, is that it can be styled to be formal or informal, making accessory choice more specific.

NaturalPrideWinter doesn’t automatically mean that your other clothes will now have to be locked away, as layering is another way of creating a defined look. By layering, it not only gives you more scopes to create ‘new’ outfits but, it will be a lot friendlier to your pockets considering Christmas is just around the corner.

So when you are thinking about creating your next Winter look, consider the following:-

  1. What is the occasion? (Work, play etc)
  2. What colours would compliment your current hairstyle?
  3. Is it something you have worn before? If so, try changing an element so it doesn’t feel repetitive.
  4. Can you layer items to create a new look? (E.g. Long-sleeved blouse, covered by a waistcoat with an added statement piece i.e brooch)
  5. Have you covered your beginning (head – hairstyle), middle (neck to waist – accessories and clothing) and end (waist to feet – appropriate bottoms and the perfect footwear)?

So with our snoods (tubular scarf), coloured leather gloves (yellow with button detail) and hair fascinators at the ready, let’s create our new ‘black’ this Winter!

By Maria Kerr

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