They’re the kind of women that always make you look twice. They are effortlessly immaculate and relaxed, everything about them seems somehow… tidy. Poised.
These glam dames make you feel like you are a clumsy, hulking shambles of a person. You’ll find yourself checking your shoes for toilet paper when they are near. You’re baffled. They somehow have capacity to make you feel like you’ve been living in a cardboard box or just arisen from a nap in a chook pen.
Well these birds are a special breed. Perfectly Polished Women.
It isn’t that they are simply beautiful, which they may appear at first glance. And they are not necessarily wearing designer clothes. But they definitely know how to put themselves together and they have the ‘it’ factor.
Well I’m going to tell you their top five secrets. Ready? Good!
1. Lipstick and eyebrows
It doesn’t matter whether you are into gloss or matt lipstick or what colour you choose. Just wear it. Wear it confidently and reapply it if it comes off. And let your eyebrows grow a bit, they should look natural but not unruly. Here’s some advice about how to wrangle your brows.
2. Controlled hair
You don’t have to have a million dollar haircut or a daily salon blowdry, just make sure your hair is tidy. Use a product to flatten flyaways, smooth down the frizz or define a curl. Wear it back in a bun or ponytail if it suits you. A deep, perfectly defined part (use one of those combs with the skinny teeth to get a really good part) adds an element of sophisticated style every time. The wonderful and talented Christina from Hair Romance can help you if you have trouble taming your tresses.
3. Follow the rules
A great way to look polished is to follow basic styling rules:
- invest in timeless, classic basics such as good quality t-shirts, black trousers, a little black dress, a blazer
- avoid anything too fashiony if you are not confident
- ensure your clothes fit well, have them tailored if need be
- if anything is old, manky, ripped, frayed or tatty, fix it or get rid of it
- match your accessories – if you have gold buttons or gold earrings, wear a gold watch.
- own one nice big daytime handbag you can hang over your elbow
- go for quality, not quantity
- clean your shoes.
4. Break the rules
Oh yeah, sorry about the confusion but I know you can handle it!
You don’t have to be some kind of great arbiter of cool, a-la Chloe Sevigny. But a bit of style savvy goes a long way to perfecting the polished look. Go wild, try new stuff. Experiment with different outfits or accessories and you may find something that makes you feel brilliant and gives you some serious ‘WOW’ factor.
If you want to violate the whole matchy-matchy thing, definitely go for contrast but do it with intent. For example: if you are wearing all black, try a pair of bright green heels. If you have a hot pink shirt, wear the exact shade of lippie or otherwise wear bright orange or red. If you have a red leather bag, either match your shoes EXACTLY or otherwise go for nude. If you are wearing a black shirt and white pants, break it up with tan shoes. Do a bit of pattern clashing. The opportunities to break the rules are endless.
4. Simple is best
I remember reading something in a magazine years ago that stuck with me. I think Maggie Tabberer said it? Before you leave the house you should spin around in front of the mirror. If anything really stands out, take it off. I quite often do this. The idea is to not overdo it. For example: choose either a statement necklace or statement earrings, never both.
Stand up straight. Smile. Wear massive sunglasses. Walk the walk. Feel your inner goddess shining out and lighting up the world (too much?). This is the icing on the cake and this is what all Perfectly Polished Women have in common. They have their shit together and they know it.
Being a Perfectly Polished Woman may not be everyone’s goal in life. I’d rather like to be one. I do try, but my insane “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest'” hair usually lets me down.