Brace wrote:I'm pretty sure I didn't understand any of that...
I mean, my problem is that I don't know what colors/styles are appropriate/flattering, so telling me that I need to know which ones are appropriate or flattering kind of just leaves me where I am. In fact I don't even know what the colors and styles are, really. Until I was 17 I wore slacks with a t-shirt, and after 17 I wore jeans with a t-shirt, and now that I'm 23 I wear one specific pair of jeans and one specific t-shirt because I'm scared to try any other clothing or waste money on it.
Practically speaking, I need to be able to dress for business since I'm supposed to be getting into a professional field (business casual), and then I guess "punk" is cool maybe but I don't actually know what it is and etc. I just know whatever style of clothing I wear needs to allow for a hat.
Sorry. I was in a bit of a rush when I wrote that. Are there aspects of your figure you want to emphasize? Do you want top minimize things like shoulders or hips? Women's magazines will be able to tell you if an empire, mid or drop waist will flatter your general body type. Or what kind of shoulders to look out for in a blouse. As for color just see what colors you like and how you look in them. Red makes my skin glow, browns compliment my eyes and looks good in the summer when I have a tan but yellows and oranges make me look sallow and washed out so I try to avoid clothes that would put them close to my face.
As for business, fitted slacks or a basic black work skirt paired with a blouse and nice shoes is pretty standard. High waists are fashionable right now and wearing a high waist with a kind of poufy blouse can look very feminine. If you want to be less femme a basic button down tucked into wide or straight legged trousers looks professional.
There are a LOT of women's hat styles. Esp. since mens hats are fair game for us. In a formal setting a hat might not be appropriate but a wide headband or pretty headscarf is still an option. For casual wear I find cloche hats to be super cute with just enough class to travel from setting to setting.
Are there any characters on TV or celebrities whose style you admire? I guarantee you there are sites that will tell you where to find affordable versions of their clothes.
These are all really general. The best thing to do is go to stores and try on whatever you like regardless of how you think it'll look. Thrift stores are great for this because they tend to have the widest variety of styles, materials and all out wackiness.