Fashion editors have been part of the fashion industry for a long time. Over the years, they pick all kinds of styling hints and tips. We take a look at styling tricks that will get you noticed.
Styling clothes and models for the latest photo shoot is on in a day’s work for a fashion editor. They rarely get it wrong. And yet, when we try to emulate the style or match our accessories, we never seem to quite get the same results.
We have delved deep, pulling many strings along the way to get the inside information we needed. We even found out what editors think about the umbrella and how it can be styled alongside an outfit.
1) The jacket sleeve push up
Make a jacket – or even a jumper – look slightly more interesting by doing something ‘different’ with the sleeve. Pushing it up is something that many fashion editors suggest we do unless, of course, the suit jacket you are wearing is very formal.
But here’s the hidden trick. Messing about with your pushed-up jacket sleeves all day just becomes plain irritating within an hour. Use a discreet hair tie or use ‘shirt armbands’. Men have been using these for years to stop their shirt sleeves from bunching at the wrist.
You’ll find in them in most good men’s wear stores.
2) The patterned brolly
Editors speak cautionary tales of a patterned brolly but don’t dismiss it all together. What they tell us is, it needs to be used in the right way.
Keep patterns similar but not the same, keeps colours similar but don’t aim for a complete match otherwise you will look too ‘matchy-matchy’.
Again, if you are including a brolly as part of your outfit, opt for fashion umbrellas that are big. Or don’t bother.
3) Shoes with a ‘certain something’
Another editor believes that using shoes that are a little different with subtle extra styling or detail are also great for giving an outfit the underlying touch of style.
Shoes are a universal ‘accessory’ that are essential and yet, so many of us play it safe. But rather than think you have yet another colour or – dare we say it?! – another pattern to bring on board, stop for a moment to consider the smaller detailing on a shoe.
Take a peek at a designer shoe and compare it to a high street replica and the difference is subtle but its there: the small detail, like two or three buckles, for example, are the parts of a shoe that give it the extra something.
4) Opt for a man’s brolly
Like the bowler hat, at one time the City Gentleman would never have been seen without his bowler hat, his newspaper under his arm and the curved handle of his black umbrella over his other arm.
This style of umbrella is still available today and we found one online editor who gave out a robust styling tip in our minds – opt for a man’s large canopy brolly with a sturdy cane handle, complete with a curved handle.
5) Add sparkle, no matter what time of the day it is
So far, we have featured a lot of talk about black and frankly, it seems that fashion editors today are still very much enjoying the drama of black and darker colours.
Many of us would probably agree. Wearing a fuchsia pink jacket may ‘so now darling!’ but getting it to match with anything other than black trousers or a smart shirt dress is difficult. Hence, many of us stick to safe colours with black being top of the list.
But stop it looking dowdy with something sparkling, whether it is a styled cufflink with plenty of va-va-voom or a superb set of sparkling earrings.
If you dare, add a silver belt to a black dress.
6) Add a heel
This is for ladies and gents because, simply put, opting for a shoe with a short heel works wonders for how you walk and how you move your weight.
We often think of heels in stiletto height but even a small, block heel can change our distribution of weight. A heel tips us forward slightly and this means we tend to walk taller with our shoulders back to counter the weight. This opens the chest and gives a more confident stride to our every day.
For ladies, a wedge heel can work wonders if you want something a little higher but not on a par with tottering into work on a pair of stilettos.
7) Clear plastic
Clear plastic accessories are in. They’ve come crawling back from the 90s all the way to the hottest catwalks and can now be seen in most high street shops.
Bags, umbrellas and even see-through coats are all the rage amongst the younger generation, but why? And how did this trend catch on so quickly? See-through items, especially bags, represent a subtle transparency in someone’s personality, showing that they have nothing to hide.
As well as this, they look pretty chic and allow you to show off the rest of your outfit without compromising on necessary accessories.
8) Belt up
And finally, one final snippet from the confidential files of fashion editors – if a garment feels too loose, looks too casual or too big, there is no denying that the belt is your friend.