If you knew me in person, you would know I had never taken the time to learn how to learn grooming. I had always had that “I can’t and I don’t know how” thought rooted in my mind. For years and years on end, I had dressed in a humble, unflattering way and labelled as an ordinary (but not plain) gal. I had alway dressed in the same way, thinking that was the best way I could present myself.
However, things have changed lately. I want to change, desperately. For the past few months, I’ve worked (damned hard) on transforming myself inside out. I go about learning makeup, learning how to design my own hairstyles, learning how to groom and how to accessorize. And I can tell you, it’s a LOOOOONG journey. But I’m happy for the change, because the compliments I’ve received tell me enough that I’m better off.
Some of you may wonder, just how a person like me who had never learned what fashion is can style herself successfully? That’s a delicate and tricky issue. Fortunately, I’ve learned to complement my lack of knowledge in styling by visiting various shopping malls for God knows how many times. I also keep my eyes open so I can see how other women groom themselves. I also step outside of my comfort zone to try new styles of clothes which I’ve never imagined myself trying before. I have literally changed myself, from head to toes (yes, I mean it). Now, I think most people who know me (including my mom who is usually so blind to my appearance) will think that there’s something different in me.
Now you’ve known a gist of the story. And if you are still reading, let me share with you the 10 lessons I’ve learned in my makeover. Run-of-the-mill they may seem, they are practical.
- Looking for a desired style (e.g. chic, trendy, professional), instead of a particular type of clothes (e.g. shorts, frocks, lace), will provide you with a better direction as to the outcome you want.
- Show your character through your garb (I know it’s easier said than done).
- You can imitate a star or your idol’s style, but remember liking a style and dressing in it are two matters. Finding what suits you is more important.
- You don’t have to stick to one style. Give your wardrobe more varieties and create a wardrobe of your own.
- Keep abreast of the latest fashion trends, but don’t treat them as Bible. Again, do what suits you most.
- Your garb, makeup, and hairdo are a trinity. Manage the three of them well, and your new image can be born in no time.
- However, bear in mind that you don’t have to change your look all at once. Give yourself some time to experiment with different things, because your first shot may be a bad one.
- It takes time to find your style. Be patient.
- Dare to try something new. You will become more adventurous when you reap more successful experiences along the road.
- Begin with the end in mind. Visualize how you will look after your makeover!