Even if it might sound a little bit strange, hairstyles and clothes complete each other in order to create a balanced, harmonious look. Depending on the outfit you are wearing, you should consider choosing the appropriate hairstyle. This is one rule that seems to date back from the Victorian age, when just like in hairstyling, in clothing too there was a relation between elongated and voluminous elements. Nowadays, it is also very important to know how to match hairstyles with clothing for balancing the overall look.
When it comes to finding the most suitable hairstyle, we always take into consideration the event we are going to, our face shape, the makeup, but we tend to omit one important thing, and that is the outfit. Well, we try to do the best we can to obtain the result we are looking for, yet it is very difficult as there are a few basic tips to follow when it comes to the hairstyle-clothing relation.
In terms of styling, the “less is more” expression should be the first rule to remember. However, you should know that simple doesn't necessarily mean boring or plain, but rather easy to manage and match. Be careful to textures as a thick, severe fabric requires something similar, as formal clothing means formal hairstyle.
First of all, the right thing to do is to choose the outfit first and only afterwards the hairstyle. This way, you'll be able to change your hairstyle based on the clothes you are wearing. Without any doubt, the outfit will be chosen according to the event and the moment of the day. Moreover, always keep in mind that if the invitation requires a certain dress code, it is important to respect this.
Always balance the look. Harmony is the key word when wanting to match hairstyles with clothing. Volume in the clothes requires simple, discreet hairstyles. Volume with volume is a no-no. Keep in mind that your hairstyle should maintain the equilibrium of your silhouette. Therefore, a slicked hairstyle or a bun can help you achieve your goal. The same thing can be applied when wearing a jacket or a shirt with a high collar when a classic ponytail or a bun can do the trick.
When you have a clothing item, such as a dress or blouse, with volume in the upper part, like ruffles, the best thing you can do is to gather your hair into a chignon or a half updo. However, don't go for the too elaborated styles that can give the impression of trying too hard. Choose something rather messy, yet studied, that can be both elegant, yet not too severe. On the other hand, if the dress is simple, without embellishments, you can choose a more elegant and elaborated updo.
Another important thing is to never match a too complicated hairstyle to a casual, simple outfit. This is the best moment for you to free your hair or try a subtler hairstyle. Moreover, you can also go for some simple accessories to spice up a bit the look.
If you are more into the casual, even sporty style, you probably don't pay a lot of attention to your hairstyle. Well, you should know that this is the best way to hide your most beautiful qualities instead of enhancing them. You can experiment with different types of hairstyles without loosing your femininity. Be daring and play with your hair. For example, if you are wearing a casual outfit with a blazer in the upper part, keep your hair shiny and healthy, and use your imagination to change your style. You can try soft waves or a super silky, straight hairstyle with a side parting. This will add movement into your hair.
Stay away from the routine! The right thing to do is to always try something new based on what you are wearing. There are so many different styles you can adopt, you just need courage, time, patience and some basic styling skills and products. We sometimes stay faithful to one single style when it comes to clothing and hair too. Don't be afraid to experiment as in time you can get bored and give the impression of a dull style.
Probably the most difficult and problematic situation is when having to adopt a more elegant style. Now you should take into consideration the style of the dress as well as the neckline. Therefore, if your dress is simple, you have the possibility to dress it up with an updo with a flower tucked behind the ear. If the dress is rather sophisticated, an elegant hairstyle without embellishments is the best choice. If you are wearing a strapless dress, you can choose to leave your hair free, cascading over the shoulders with sexy waves or simply straight.
As we have said, the style of the dress also needs to be considered when finding the proper hairstyle. Therefore, if what you are wearing is a vintage or a retro dress, this will always require a retro hairstyle. Whether you go for curls, waves or retro updos, balancing and simplicity are two things to remember.
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