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- Take Your Lifestyle Into Consideration. This tip will help you shop smarter—splurge on staple pieces. Hunt for deals on trendy pieces you won’t wear often yet would be fun to try when you go hit the town. For example, if you’re going into medicine, chances are your work environment will either consist of scrubs or business professional clothing. So here’s some homework for you—write down all the different situations you’re in during a given month (work, parties, dinners, lounging, special occasions, gym, etc). Use this list to help you shop for new clothes. If you can’t wear a piece for more than one of those situations, it’s probably not worth your money to purchase that piece. It’s key to find pieces that are versatile to get the most bang for your buck!
- Determine Your Colors. Now, this can be an assessment of your hair, skin tone, or even what colors you feel most confident in. Take into consideration when people around you compliment you on wearing a specific color. For example, I love the way my features stand out when I wear royal blue or a gorgeous bright green. However, colors in the mustard or even orange family tend to blend in because of my olive skin tone so I tend to avoid those.
- Accessories. Accessories, without a doubt, can completely change up a look or even a piece of clothing. Whether it be scarves, necklaces, earrings, watches, or shoes—all of those little touches can bring a bit of your personality and style to the table and complete a look.
- Be Confident and Be You. It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are—dress your body the way you feel it looks best. I have clothes in my closet that range from a size small to an extra-large. A number or size shouldn’t make you confident—how you feel in your own skin does, and that carries over into your personal style. When you are confident, you will stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. Diane von Furstenberg said it best, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” So knock ‘em dead—don’t be afraid to look different and don’t be afraid to show off your style even in the hospital!