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Get your Wardrobe Super Stylish in 6 Easy Steps



How to build a Stylish Wardobe - BellaNaija - June2013Every now and then we come across people whose style we love. From Eku Edewor to DJ Caise, we cant help but gush at how well put together and stylish they always look. However, even though these people always come out looking so good, we must remember they might have a little elf a.k.a a stylist who works hard pulling their looks together. A luxury not everyone can afford.

So how do the normal people get to look so stylish even without the help of a stylist? Intuition, the passion for fashion and style and learning & understanding these simple rules. Today on BN Style we are going to be dishing out a couple of tips we believe can help you be well on your way to having a stylish wardrobe. So sit back, grab a pen and start planning your future glam closet.

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Nothing works out without doing your background work first. Get those magazines you drool over, open the BN Style page, tune in to E! Television. Check for the designs you have always wished you’d had and save them up. A lot of times, when we see an item we love we get turned down by the prices. This is not one of those times. Ignore the price tag for now, we aren’t spending yet; we are just collecting the right information for the task at hand. After step 2, then we can think of spending.

Save Up for It
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Instead of moping around because you cant afford an item, work towards it. This is not to say you should spend all your money on the dress, only buy it if you can COMFORTABLY afford it. For two months put a sizeable amount away in a savings account or somewhere you know is safe. The time will pass away faster then you think and you can finally buy that dress.

A good alternative to buying an item you have seen in a magazine, is to buy one that looks exactly like it. That will save you more money and it will still look a lot like the dress. Remember the sexy red & black dress by Liam Fashion Agency Toolz wore? Well I have seen other variations of that same dress that isn’t by the same designer. So it is possible.

Sort Through what you Already have
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Don’t just throw away your old clothes in the name of a wardrobe make over. You might still have some rare gems in there. Check out the trends you like, and then go through your wardrobe to see what items can still be transformed into outfits that fit the trends. keep in mind that trends go and they come, so be very liberal with your selection process. Pieces like white tops, faux leather, a Little Black Dress (LBD), any animal print, Aztec deigns etc never go out of trend. They are simply redefined.

List the Key Items your Wardrobe Lacks
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There are some items that are classics in the world of fashion. For women I listed a couple in the preceding tip like the LBD, Aztec prints and white tops, for men blazers, pocket squares, slim ties, at least a pair of nice snickers etc should always be in your closet. Select items for their colours, prints, textures, wear-ability and style.

Also, always have items that can keep you warm or cold in different weathers. Sweaters, sheer tops are a must and will always be handy.

Buy as many Items as you can (Within your budget)
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To move along faster, you should buy as much as your budget can carry. Plan out how much you have, figure out the price range for the items you would like to purchase and allocate money for them. This way you would see results a lot faster but still have enough money for other things.

Also remember there are some nice vintage stores that have great pieces you can buy. I once found a pretty Dorothy Perkins bag for N2,500 at a shop in Gbagada. Don’t ask how that happened, just know that it is possible.

Lastly, Update Yourself
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Fashion has never been known to stand still. After you have completed your dream wardrobe, remember to keep refreshing BellaNaija and all your favourite magazines and blogs on what is hot in fashion and style. This way you are never out of the loop.

Remember that true style comes from within and sometimes we have to make sacrifices to look good. Fashion gives us the tools, style is what we build. No matter how many trends come out, be sure to always remain true to yourself. Have any style advice that others can benefit from? Don’t forget to share.

And… voila!

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Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at) or style(at) | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle


  1. Dare to be beautiful

    June 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Why invest so much time and effort into material things ……… who care if you look stylish , arent there more important things in life

    • Sandra

      June 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Why do you have the cellphone/tablet/computer you are using to access the internet. In your own words ‘aren’t there more important things in life’ like : Donating the money to the homeless and hungry.

    • GidiBank

      June 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

      who cares??????ask yourself that…..

    • Lola

      June 20, 2013 at 4:31 am

      And you clicked on the link to this article because…???

    • Mabel

      June 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

      You don’t have to give up one to do the other. You can be stylish and work on doing the important things in life. There are many people who lack style, and don’t give one iota about fashion, and they are not doing the important things in life either. So don’t feel that because someone cares about fashion, or want to look stylish it automatically means they are shallow and self-absorbed.

      I actually was thinking of making a $500 contribution to a Breast cancer foundation for young women by the end of the year, and I am investigating doing some volunteer work for marginalized women and girls. I was also at the Mall doing some shopping after work and hunting some summer sales. We are women, we are multifaceted beings! You can be fashionable and have a heart.

    • Berry Dakara

      June 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

      PREACH IT!

    • parisclub

      June 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      bless you mabel well spoken and simple ,

  2. lola

    June 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    “List the Key Items your Wardrobe Lacks” Seriously? Who has time for this? Maybe fashion and style bloggers sha. they are the ones that will be more pressured to constantly update their wardrobe. I’d rather do this with food than clothes.

    • Lola

      June 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

      Then go read an article on food. The title on this article speaks for itself… I am sure you did not assume the writer would be talking about food…or… were you?

    • Mabel

      June 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

      I do, and I am not a fashion blogger! I just realized that I need more classic pieces in my wardrobe. I need a black, white, and possibly navy and red blazer. I would like a chambray shirt, a white long sleeve button down shirt, a gold banded metal belt, a few more statement necklaces, earrings, a few more trousers and dressy jeans, a couple more lbds, some more purses, shoes, a black leather jacket, and 1-2 piece of luxury luggage. These are my classic, long haul items that I have made a list of so far.

      The article is not for everybody, but don’t knock it because it is of no value to you. Everybody could do with a little bit of updating every now and then. Let those of us to whom the article is intended take what we can from it, and you can find an article on the blog that is more in alignment with your needs.

  3. iyabo

    June 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    your appearance annouces you to the world without you saying a word. poeple judge you by what they see before you have a chance to make a case. don’t underestimate the power of dressing. its a powerful tool. learn to use wisely.

  4. Concerned_Boyfriend

    June 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    And you wonder why they call black people Luxury Slaves!!…

    • Lola

      June 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

      Yeah…. Black people and every other race in the world!!!!

  5. Chic

    June 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    And do not be shy to go thrift shopping aka bend down select like has been suggested in the article. You will be amazed at what you can find.

  6. Amaka

    June 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

    1st, I want that closest!lol The truth is we know these things already…we just need to know where to buy quality and affordable clothes:)

  7. joke Davies

    June 19, 2013 at 10:51 am


    • Busola

      June 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

      is that why we are here?

  8. amarachi

    June 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Interesting comments

  9. Abby

    June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Nice tips!!!! thank you BN style.
    For your lovely dresses,shoes and accessories,contact Emerald Accessories at [email protected] and trust me,they are affordable too.
    Deliveries available too!

  10. maya

    June 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    no matter how serious we get looking good is good business so if you know what your wardrobe is lacking then you would be happy to follow through the write-up above. nice one love it.

  11. Peju

    June 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    You all condemning this lady am 100% sure your wardrobe is so rough,that’s is if u have,you ll see some of them looking so nice when they are out,but when you visit them you ll see how dirty and rough they are,OP nice post.ada n ta maa da Nile,obum

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