I’M SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS, BUT CLOTHES ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE SOMEONE LOOK ‘STYLISH’.
Actually, what REALLY makes someone “stylish” is something it’s hard to put your finger on: a lot of the time I think it’s one of those things you’ve either got, or you haven’t. With that said, here are a few things that will help you on your way…
// A LINT ROLLER
If you wear a lot of black, a lint roller is an absolutely essential part of a ShoeperWoman’s arsenal. Even if you DON’T tend to wear dark colours, it’s still a handy thing to have around, to give your outfit a quick going-over before you leave the house – or even to carry in your handbag, if you like. Lint rollers are normally pretty cheap, and you can pick one up anywhere: I tend to get most of mine as I’m standing in line at either Primark or H&M – they always seem to have bins full of the thing!
// AN IRON OR STEAMER
Ironing is a bizarrely controversial subject on fashion blogs, and a lot of people seem to take a great deal of pride in not owning an iron. The thing is, though, while I dislike ironing as much as the next person, badly creased clothes never look stylish, so an iron or steamer is always a good investment.
// GOOD QUALITY HANGERS
We all know cheap wire hangers aren’t good for your clothes, but buying hangers isn’t exactly a fun way to spend your hard-earned cash, is it? Well, maybe not, but good quality hangers do make a difference – and if you’re willing to invest in your wardrobe, why stop at the clothes themselves, when a bit of extra money will help them last longer, and keep their shape?
// A SEWING KIT
You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to be able to replace a missing button or stitch up a hem that’s falling down: I’m definitely not, but I still wouldn’t be without my sewing kit, which I use to make minor repairs or alterations to my clothes. Of course, anything even remotely ambitious is out of my league (which is why it’s a good idea to find an expert who can take over when something really needs some work!), but it’s handy to be able to do simple, last-minute repairs at home!
// A FULL-LENGTH MIRROR
You probably think you know what your clothes look like, but unless you have a full-length mirror, in a well-lit room, you don’t REALLY know – which can lead to some unpleasant surprises when you happen to catch sight of yourself in a shop window or fitting room, and realise that the outfit you thought looked perfectly nice at home isn’t even remotely flattering. If you buy one thing for your closet, make it a full-length mirror – I promise it’ll be worth whatever it costs you![image]