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31 Days: The Final Touches

Hair. Makeup. Jewelry. Shoes. Often these are the afterthoughts, thrown together at the last minute before rushing out the door. However, if you are not giving these final touches the same thought and attention you gave the rest of your outfit, you are missing an opportunity to look and feel your best.

HAIR

I personally obsess about my hair quite often. Especially when I’m ready for a change. What I’ve discovered is that it is absolutely worth it to spend money on a great haircut. Obviously it’s the talent of the person cutting your hair that matters more than the price, so if you are lucky enough to have someone great that doesn’t cost a lot, never let them go. One of the hardest parts of moving so much has been finding a new hair person each time. I treasure someone who can deal with my hair.

Shorter cuts are often perceived as more more stylish and fashion forward, but require much more maintenance. For me it’s worth it because the thought and effort I have to put into my hair is so much less than when it was long. But if you don’t want to visit your stylist as often, a longer length style is a better choice. Upkeep is still important, especially as we get older. One of the things that ages us is dry, frizzed out hair. Trims and conditioning treatments will help alleviate that issue.

If you have gone through the trouble of getting dressed on purpose but your hair is a mess, it will definitely detract from your overall look.

MAKEUP

I don’t really like to wear makeup. I never have. My goal is to keep my skin in good enough condition that I hardly have to wear makeup. But I am in my late thirties, so in order to look like I didn’t just roll out of bed, I usually use at least a tinted moisturizer and some mascara. Evening out my skin tone and adding definition to my eyelashes seem to be just enough to keep me looking alive.

Though I’m a minimalist, some ladies go in the opposite direction. If you love your makeup, it’s important to be aware of the changing trends in makeup so you don’t look like you are trapped in another decade. For example, did you know a matte finish is in vogue again after several seasons of dewy skin? A minor change, but if you are wearing today’s clothes with a makeup look from a couple years ago, you are taking away from your look.

JEWELRY

I know I already talked about this, but I just can’t emphasize enough how big of a difference jewelry can make in your look. If you don’t wear any jewelry at all and you want to look more put together, you must start.

SHOES

Oh dear. In all of these 31 posts, I’ve hardly talked about shoes at all. And they can make or break a look, so it’s an important topic. Because the goal is to get dressed on purpose, I want to you be aware of how your shoes can compliment OR completely change your look. If you have a full length mirror, look at yourself before you add the shoes and then after. Do you look better or worse? If it’s worse, try to identify why. It’s likely that the line of the shoe is not the same as the line of the outfit. For example, a really clunky shoe with a skinny jean can be a hard look to pull off. Switch the clunky shoe for a flat and you’ll probably have a winner.

Most of the shoe crimes I see are when an athletic shoe is worn with a non-athletic outfit. There are plenty of comfy options to wear instead of running shoes. If you don’t have any, start paying attention to the shoes others wear and notice when they work and when they don’t.

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Getting dressed on purpose will take a lot of trial and error in the beginning. Finding the clothes is the first part, but the finishing touches are what pulls it all together. The way you style your look is often times what ages or dates you. How often have you looked back at pictures of yourself and known exactly what year it was because of your hair or makeup?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. If you missed a day, you can find a link to each post here. In coming months I plan to make some changes to this site in appearance and function. I also want to add a recurring fashion series – I’d love to know what types of fashion posts you’d like to read!

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