Guide à l’intention des femmes qui souhaitent améliorer leur style personnel

Guide for women who want to improve their personal style

Guide for women who want to improve their personal style

Does your wardrobe make you feel like you're stuck in a style that doesn't really suit you? Despite everything, do you still want to feel better in your clothes and be more confident in outfits that reflect your own clothing style? 

Believe it or not… 

Having a chic wardrobe is much simpler than you imagine

For almost 10 years, Mademoiselle Grenade has been offering fashion advice and tips to women so that they can shape their clothing style and improve their purchasing behavior in terms of image and style. 

With that in mind, we're sharing our best style tips for pulling off yours. We think it's important that you feel confident, like the powerful and beautiful woman you already are. 

Find your style

The next time you admire the image and style of someone you find particularly stylish and beautiful, ask yourself: “Why do I find them beautiful and stylish?” 

Is this his streetwear side? Is it because she appears to be a very glamorous woman? Is it his cool, laid-back look? Is it because she always seems comfortable despite her very close-fitting clothing style? Is it because your eyes are constantly drawn to the confidence she exudes? 

Become an anthropologist and reproduce this personal style that captivates you. Rather than judging, emulate what makes you tick in this person in order to shape your own clothing style and personal look. 

It is not a question of identically reproducing a complete look but simply of capturing the aesthetics of an element, of a particular detail. 

Let's imagine for a moment that you want to feel more (insert your wish) and (insert another feeling). Now think about women you admire who reflect this in their behavior and the way they dress. 

These women grab your attention because they do it authentically. Through their clothing choices, they express their feelings, their emotions. They dress to express who they are inside. 

There are many ways to be glamorous, sexy, elegant...

Audrey Hepburn's style is different from that of Meghan Markle or Margot Robbie. What elements make up each of their clothing styles? Take a look at Google or Pinterest to analyze the style of each of the women you admire the most or who thrill you the most. Observe, analyze and capture what suits you most and is closest to your ideals, your personality, and what you want to address to the people around you. 

What do you want to communicate? How can you convey your personality, your feelings and emotions through your clothes? 

Understand why you love something so you can wear what is truly you!

Women (and men) who have incredible style listen to their tastes and build their wardrobe around them. Their wardrobe is made up of pieces that reflect who they are and what they like. 

By understanding why you like a particular item of clothing, you will have an easier time choosing pieces that work together to give you a style that suits you. 

Like everyone else, you've heard phrases like, "Oh, that's a nice jacket." », “This shirt is cool”, “These pants are awful”, “I want this dress”! 

The next time you like an item of clothing or have a negative feeling about it (a piece in your wardrobe, a colleague's jacket, a dress in a store...) try to understand what brings you this affection or this rejection. 

When we are attracted or repelled by a piece of clothing, it is generally because there are one or more details that lead us to accept or reject it. Whether it's its fabric, its color, its folds, a printed's essential to understand why you love or hate it. 

When you start paying attention to these details, you refine your sense of style and begin to realize what matters to you. You determine what your style preferences are. This information is valuable to dress yourself with more style, class and elegance . Being aware of why we are attracted to something allows us to benefit our personal clothing style. 

Wear all the pieces in your wardrobe at least once

Let's be honest, you have plenty of clothes that you'll never wear but don't want to get rid of. 

Forget Marie Kondo's trendy tips. Or at least for your wardrobe. Instead, follow the advice we offer you to make space in your cupboards, without spending money or too much time. 

Wearing each item of clothing in your wardrobe will inevitably lead you to one of two feelings: either new vigor and possible inspiration, or the obvious feeling that the item of clothing must go. 

If you're hesitant about giving up an item of clothing, leave it aside for a moment and put it on again a little later. You will eventually see things more clearly and know whether this item of clothing is worth keeping or not. 

Wear every single item of clothing you own, including the ones you've never worn. When you have worn them all, you will be able to see which ones resemble you and make you feel confident and which ones detract from the image you want to present and which do not really correspond to your personality. 

Arm yourself with an essential skill

As in many disciplines requiring creativity, such as painting, music... you must master the rules like a pro in order to be able to break them later, like an artist. 

Look at the big names in French gastronomy for example: the personal style of a great chef develops best when creativity meets skill. But making a name for yourself in the kitchenware world doesn’t happen alone. It is essential to learn how to use knives, cuts, cooking order to progress step by step in the culinary arts. Of course, sometimes it comes naturally, but more often than not, it is the culmination of effort combined with self-expression that ultimately leads to talent and fame. Hone your skills and you too will have more freedom to play with fashion. 

Do not hesitate to follow the masters who share their expertise on social networks, blogs, specialized sites, etc.

Learn about the fundamentals of fashion and style and apply the lessons learned during your readings and discoveries. Don't hesitate to browse the different articles from Mademoiselle Grenade, for example. We promise you'll soon have the confidence to make sophisticated choices. You will feel more comfortable exploring your creativity and broadening your horizons. Your personal style is at the end of the road. 

Understand and embrace your body type

Your body is the ultimate fashion accessory. It is a blank canvas and only awaits your talent to reveal itself as a master painting. When we struggle to understand how to dress our figure, it has the effect of hindering our creativity and/or highlighting our doubts. We feel limited in our clothing choices and we end up facing significant frustration. This is why you need to know and understand your body shape .

Knowing your body shape means: 

  • Learn to play with your proportions, your measurements;

  • Understand how your figure interacts with clothing and vice versa;

  • An essential step to make smarter purchases and put an end to frustrating shopping sessions.

Your body and how it is. It will continue to evolve with age. Learn to love your physical assets and work on your clothing style based on them. Women who know their body shape, their assets and their flaws know how to dress their figure to flatter it. 

Take your hairstyle a notch higher

When we realize, after the fact, that we forgot to pay a little more attention to our morning preparation, this generally has the effect of reducing our self-confidence and the image that we wish to present of ourselves. . 

Imagine a man who is perfectly dressed but has a bad haircut or who forgot to brush his teeth before a date. Also imagine, for example, a celebrity with an undone hairstyle on the red carpet of a film festival. These people are certainly fabulous but their little negligence distorts the image we have of them. 

It's not about being perfectly coiffed day after day like a movie star or supermodel, but keep in mind that a simple ponytail can make you look like you just woke up. like the image of a person who is always chic and elegant.

The only difference is the little extra effort you'll put into creating either ponytail. 

Don't hesitate to make a few lifestyle changes to have better-maintained hair. Browse the tutorials available on the Internet, photos from Instagram or Pinterest to find new daily practices and hair routines to have hair worthy of your brand new style. This way you will get compliments on your hairstyle more often and will give less impression of neglecting it sometimes.

Add new neutral shades

For most people, neutral colors are black, white, gray or navy blue. And these people only wear these shades. 

If you're one of those people who are frightened by bright colors and/or bored with your style, try incorporating alternative neutral colors. Have you thought about brown shades? With shades of burgundy? Greens? Creams? 

And then, believe it or not, leopard print is increasingly considered neutral. It's a good way to add a touch of chic and sexy fantasy to your outfits, right? 

The next time you want to buy something in a neutral shade, try one in a shade you don't usually wear. 

Try what usually seems “too much” to you

Often, when shopping with friends, we hear phrases like: 

  • “I can’t afford to wear this”;

  • “People will think I’m doing too much”;

  • “I love this outfit, but people will think I’m (insert adjective of your choice) .”

Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary for most people, but you should understand that getting noticed doesn't spell disaster. You can dare! Stop constantly wanting to be discreet and blend in with the crowd. Whatever you do you will be judged for one thing or another anyway. If it turns out, to be all-purpose, you wear so-called “trendy” clothes that don’t show off. So why not do it differently? Treat yourself: you will never be able to please everyone. 

Try something new, different, unusual. Something that allows you to step out of your comfort zone a little: a new lipstick, a little original shoes, a pencil skirt if you only wear pants...

The more you get used to wearing clothes that don't match your current style (the one that bores you) the less you will worry about the little voices that prevent you from doing it today. Goodbye thoughts like “I can’t wear this thing because people will judge me”.  Believe it, the more you try, the more your style will develop and the more fulfilled you will be. 

Force yourself to wear clothes and accessories that you are not used to wearing. Before long, without even realizing it, you will be strolling in a tutus on the Champs-Elysées or in a long sequined dress without worrying about the (ultimately benevolent) looks of passers-by. 

Use accessories to tame the color

Wearing color is often a challenge for anyone used to putting together their looks with neutral shades.

To tame the color, don't hesitate to use accessories. It's an easy way to wear more colors and find the ones you love. You can use all types of accessories: shoes, handbags, earrings, scarves, hair clips... This technique is not only simple but works perfectly because the color blends easily with neutral shades. So you don't have to worry about the result. 

Try it now: neutral colored outfit + bold, colorful or bright accessories = colorful style. 

It's your turn: take action

Try, change, try again. Again and again. Do until you no longer feel like you're trying. No one is born savvy and sophisticated. You're not alone in wondering how you could improve your clothing style. As the saying goes: “You learn by doing”. Learn! Do your research, test, test again! Strive to be the best version of yourself, day in and day out. Over time, you will transform your style and give it the vision you have today. Before long, you will have the appearance you dream of: you. Better. 

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