If you wear leather, take care of it. When you buy a leather garment, ask the salesperson what kind of animal was used for it and what the tanning process was. Find out the specific care steps you need to take both right after purchase and over the lifetime of the garment.

Shorts are not always meant to look casual, so you should try dressing some of them up. Wearing shorts with a dressy top and a pair of heels is a good way to dress things up. Avoid spandex shorts since there is nothing that can be done to make them look dressy.

Lip gloss is a girl’s best friend! There is nothing worse than dry, chapped, uncomfortable-feeling lips. That’s where a pretty gloss comes in! Whether you like the super-glossy look or something a little more subdued, lip gloss is a great way to keep your lips looking and feeling their best throughout the day.

Your clothing should match – at least somewhat. There are people who think it’s cool to wear plaids with paisleys, and purples with oranges. Not only are these people wrong, but they also look ridiculous. Refrain from doing things out of the norm just because they are out of the norm. There’s usually a reason they’re out of the norm. Only mix patterns and colors if you actually think they look good together.

Lose as much weight as you can so that you open up your options to fit into any wardrobe. A lot of people find themselves discouraged because they simply cannot fit into the clothes that they want to purchase to keep up with the latest their is with fashion today.

Visit consignment stores for great value on formal wear. Women usually only wear formal gowns once or twice for those special occasions before they do not want to wear it anymore. You can find gowns that are almost brand new at a fraction of the price of a new gown.

Clumps of makeup are not an attractive look for female. In fact, recent polls taken by men find that the less makeup, the better. This does not mean that you have to avoid makeup altogether; try to use warm tones and put on just one layer of mascara and eyeliner.

The most flattering clothes are ones that fit properly. Clothes that are too tight will put the spotlight on your body’s flaws and clothes that are too loose will add the appearance of extra pounds. No matter what the style, color or material, clothes that are the right size will help you look great.

Do not think of outwear as being just an afterthought since it is the first thing that people see when they look at you. Make sure that it complements whatever you have on. Wearing an oat that does not match your clothing can make you look very sloppy and unkempt.

If you are going to an evening formal event, then a black suit is a wonderful choice. However, an event in the afternoon or mid-day calls for more pleasant colors. People wearing black during the day are usually undertakers, priests, secret agents or funeral attendees. If you are not aiming at this persona then you should avoid black suits in the daytime.

When selecting a swimsuit, there are many things you can do to minimize figure flaws and emphasize the right parts of your body. For instance, if you have bigger hips, emphasize your legs and accentuate your small waist by wearing a suit that is cut high on the thigh. Look into more options for swimsuit wear as well.

Do not forget about your hair and makeup when it comes to fashion. It is very easy to get used to a hair style or a manner of applying makeup but if you do not change with the times it can make you look older than you are, which you surely do not want.

Always keep a little (or not that little) black dress in your closet. A classic black dress is always in season and looks great at formal occasions. There are brand name styles as well inexpensive but elegant varieties. There is no reason to skip buying a black dress to add to your wardrobe.

If you are going to wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toenails are done and the color of the polish goes well with the outfit you have on. Many people do not consider this and they end up with clothes on that clash with the color of the nails.

If you are going directly from work to an evening out on the town, take a few makeup basics with you to change your look. Consider darker lipstick and some smoky eyeshadow to transform your look. You may also darken your blush a bit, providing some contour for darker time. These three products will ease the transition.

While you haven’t been able to find time in the past, fashion doesn’t have to escape you now. Dedicate some time to learning more about fashion, and continue reading up on different ways to incorporate it into your life. Remember the helpful advice you’ve read here as you work to include fashion in your life.

Daniel Benites possesses a column on vintage kleding