If becoming a fashionista were easy, every woman would do it!  While the step-by-step guide below may not be an all-inclusive list or even all that difficult, it will put you on your way to becoming a beautiful, put-together fashionista.  It’s more than being up-to-date on trends or finding outfits that look great on you.  It’s a lifestyle.  It’s making deliberate choices and formulating a style all your own.

1. Plan Your Outfit the Day/Night Before

To look polished, you have to put in effort.  Fashionistas know that they can’t simply pull something together in a few minutes the next morning.  It takes planning and organization to look the way you desire.  Whatever your style, make sure you are doing the legwork with your planning and it will show in the end result.

2. Allow Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Ready


If you only allow yourself ten minutes in the morning to get ready, you’re likely not going to achieve the result that you desire.  Spend time on your makeup and hair and adjust your outfit.  In short, allow time for yourself and allow time for you to look your best.  You’ll feel better throughout the day!

3. Select the Right Undergarments


Every fashionista knows that the foundation of a great outfit is supportive underwear. Strategically plan your outfit fabric and silhouette alongside with the fabric of your bra, panty and shapewear so that you maximize any support that you may need.

4. Dress for the Weather

Coat - Dress for the Weather

When you are preparing your next day’s outfit, be sure to check the weather.  You don’t want to be uncomfortable all day just because you wore a bulky sweater on a warm day or short sleeves on a cool day.

5. Dress Appropriately for the Occasion

Dress for the Occasion

Always check the dress code for the event or meeting or whatever it is you are attending.  If it’s a wedding consult the invitation to find out the specific dress code.  If it is a job interview, be prepared to dress appropriately for your chosen field.  Always consider the occasion whether it’s drinks or coffee or something more upscale.

6.  Only Wear Clothes that Fit and Flatter Your Body Shape

Clothes that Fit and Flatter

If the garment doesn’t fit well or like it should, if it’s torn and needs mending, or if it’s faded – let it go!  You’ll be doing yourself a favor by only having wearable clothes in your closet.

7. Elevate Your Outfit with Accessories or a Statement Piece


Accessories show that you have taken time and care in choosing your outfit’s accoutrements.  It’s a way of demonstrating that you know how to pull together an outfit with the finishing touches.  It shows that you are on top of your fashion game!  Used sparingly, one statement piece can really pull together an outfit.  It can be a necklace, earrings, or even a belt.  An article of clothing such as a blazer pulls together an outfit nicely.  Other items that can make a statement with your outfit include a luxury handbag and a great pair of shoes.

8. Use Discretion When Choosing Heels or Flats

High Heels v Flats

If you can walk well in heels, wear them as much as you want.  However, it you look unsteady on your feet while trying to navigate and traverse the crowds and sidewalks, you might want to stick to flats.  With that being said, try to stock your closet with shoes that are as comfortable as they are sophisticated. For those days that you do wear heels, regardless of your comfort level, bring a pair of flats just in case.

9. Fold and/or Hang Up Your Clothes


When you spend a good deal of money on clothing, you want to make sure that you take care of your investment.  After a long day, it’s easy to just lay your clothes over a chair and worry about it later.  Trust me, your clothes will thank you if you take the time to hang them or fold them.  It will avoid wrinkles and keep the structure of the garment.  Also, be sure to separate the laundry from the dry cleaning.  You’ll want to make sure that you get your clothes regularly dry cleaned if they require that care.

10. Follow Other Fashionistas for Inspiration

How do you think the fashionistas you follow on Instagram and Pinterest craft their looks? They study other fashionistas who inspire them. So you should do the same!  Here are three blogs with fashionistas who inspire me to hone my styling skills:

Gal Meets Glam
Rachel Parcell
The Style Bungalow
RKC Southern