Layole Oyatogun

Layole Oyatogun

Have you just switched careers and still lurching in the casual dress code zone? Do you suffer from lack of makeup skills or does it take a horrific amount of time to pull an outfit together?
The question you probably keep asking is; how does one find their personal “style”?

A lot of people want to look simple, but elegant: classy, but hip, yet without a clue on how to go about this. If you belong here, welcome to Madame Solange’s style segment.

Dear Stylista: If you feel bored in your typical corporate uniform, get ready to feel fashionable out of your corporate uniform especially when you don’t know where to begin. This is where that funky feeling of leaving the house stylishly out of whack begins.

Sometimes, you actually are looking pretty darn good, but you’re just not feeling yourself that way since the regenerated you is fairly new.
Other times, you can be right- spending a ghastly amount of time attempting to pull yourself together and still looking like you spun the fashion dog’s tail once around too many aaaarawff!

“Simple, but elegant” and “classy, but hip” blends a perfect recipe for a look that’s exemplifies clean, modern style. Okay, so that’s a whole lot of adjectives to describe the style of, let’s say, Bola Balogun.

Bola Balogun

Bola Balogun

As much as you may despise inspirational celebrity fashion and rather think about making the most of what you’ve got, sometimes choosing a role model for style, helps outline what kind of clothes you see yourself wearing.
Do find a person, famous or friend, that has the style you covet hopefully, she will have a similar figure type. Examine what makes her look click and grab on to it. Then tweak her look with your individuality to make it more personal.
Although you’ve just abandoned the shield of business dress, you still want to include some “uniform” pieces in your revived casual wardrobe.
Find a skirt, pants, and shirt in the right style that acts as both your rainy day outfit when you have no time to get creative and as the glue to make all your other separates work together. Once you’ve got wardrobe basics down, add on to your inner style-diva’s content.

Don’t forget a fabulous pair of shoes!

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The same goes for makeup. Invest in a makeup artist to lay the groundwork for your “natural” face and get a good, manageable hairstyle while you are at it. Get whatever cosmetics you need for a basic, natural face then go crazy with color and dabs of of-the-moment cosmetic abandonment just because!

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You have to feel at ease with yourself to look fantastic– stop straining and simplify your look with only the most chic basics that work best for you then, go hog wild with all those extras that make fashion fun and personal. Style on!

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