1. ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE REAR VIEW
Don’t leave the house until you like what you see. Every angle matters. Trust me.
2. ONLY BUY A BARGAIN IF YOU LOVE IT
Be dubious of that voice that tells you you’ve got to buy because it’s “only” 1500 naira or that if you don’t scoop it up now, you’ll never find it again. Is a lie?
3. MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GOOD TAILOR
Nothing raises the quality of moderately priced clothes more than having them altered to suit your shape. Build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker who knows your body and your taste and you’ll never look back. Very Important.
4. SPEND YOUR BUDGET ON ACCESSORIES
“Cool shoes, interesting jewelry-those can really elevate your look,” A wardrobe with the right little extras lets you be more relaxed about the rest of your outfits.
5. SHOW SKIN STRATEGICALLY
Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare-and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where’s the mystery? “Choose one-only one-body part and show it off,” “If it’s cleavage, don’t show your legs. If it’s your legs, stay covered on top.”
6. ACCESSORIZE IN BRIGHTS
If you’ve got a closet full of neutrals-be they navy, black, camel, or gray-add energy with boldly hued shoes and bags. Not only is a hunter green satchel more lively than ho-hum black, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Feeling really brave? Wear a neutral base with shoes and a bag in two different complementary colors.
7. HAVE A STYLIST EMERGENCY KIT
Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping bodice Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off whites, fast Safety pins for allover damage control. Bra clip to control peekaboo straps, lint brush or roller to run over your coat or woolens, makeup sponge for removing deodorant stains
8. EDIT YOUR CLOSET
Clothes need breathing room! You should be able to see every item without rummaging. Consider donating anything you haven’t worn in the past year. Stop shopping for your imaginary life
9. WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR NUDE PUMPS
Matched to your skin tone, they’re a pretty safe bet. (And they make legs look longer.)
10. DON’T SKIMP ON A T-SHIRT BRA
The right one will give you confidence and shape under those unforgiving tissue and handkerchiefs.
11. GET STUDS
“Fake or real, big or small, they will go with any color, fabric, or style of cocktail dress and will never compete with other jewelry.