The 9 styling rules every woman needs to avoid looking ‘tacky’: Elegance coach insists you must avoid visible underwear and clashing colours and ALWAYS accentuate your waist

  • Swedish-born elegance coach Anna Bey runs the online School of Affluence 
  • Splits her time between London and Geneva and has shared a new YouTube clip
  • In the video she reveals the ten styling rules ‘every elegant lady needs to know’ 

A great outfit can make you feel amazing – but pulling together a stylish and flattering look isn’t easy for everyone.

Even with the constant stream of trends and popular must-haves that we’re bombarded with – and that celebrities and influencers appear to pull together effortlessly – the reality of being well dressed can feel a lot more complex.

As such, elegance coach Anna Bey, who runs online School of Affluence and splits her time between London and Geneva, has shared a new YouTube clip revealing the nine styling rules ‘every classy lady needs to know’ to avoid looking ‘tacky’.

They include only wearing neutral underwear, avoiding clashing colours and always accentuating your waist.

Elegance coach Anna Bey (pictured), who runs online School of Affluence and splits her time between London and Geneva, has shared a new YouTube clip revealing the nine styling rules ‘every classy lady needs to know’ to avoid looking ‘tacky’, including making sure your underwear doesn’t show through your clothes 

Always wear nude and seamless underwear whenever you wear light coloured garments 

Anna said: ‘I want you to stop wearing white underwear or contrasting colourful underwear whenever you wear light coloured clothing because hello, we can see them.

‘The same goes for wearing textured underwear like lace bras under delicate or sheer fabrics because the texture is going to be visible under such fabrics. 

‘Underwear should not be visible. This is a rule every elegant woman must follow because as soon as underwear becomes visible, the elegance immediately disappears.’

Be on the lookout for loose threads

‘I want you to turn yourself into Inspector Gadget when you scan your garments,’ said Anna. ‘Because ladies, you really need to police all of your garments for any of those loose threads that might be poking up and ruining your elegant look. 

‘And oftentimes when you buy garments, especially at fast fashion stores where the quality of finish isn’t always good, you need to pay close attention to those threads, even actually, when you go to high quality clothing stores because it does happen pretty much everywhere. 

‘So make sure that becoming Inspector Gadget is now part of your new fashion routine.’

Stick to lipstick that matches your skin undertone 

Explaining how to find out what your skin undertone is, Anna said: ‘Just take out your wrist. Take a look on the veins inside and see what colour they are. Do they appear to be more blue or green? 

‘If your veins appear to be more blue then you are going to be a cool undertone. If you see more green than you are a warm tone, but if you see a fair amount of both green and blue, then you are a neutral undertone. 

‘So ladies, once you know your undertone, you always have to wear your lipstick in that undertone. If you are warm, make sure your lipstick has a warm undertone. 

‘If you’re a cool your lipstick has to have a cool undertone, and the lucky ladies who have a neutral undertone they can actually wear both.’

Look at yourself in the mirror from every angle before leaving your home 

‘I’m talking about your clothes, your hair, your makeup, because you’re not aware about how you look from the side or from the back,’ said the elegance coach. 

‘There might be something there that you’re not seeing like let’s say how strange a garment looks or sits from the side or maybe your foundation that you didn’t really blend properly, or maybe you have something with your hair going on back there that you’re not noticing. 

‘So this is really important and why you must invest in several mirrors and always have a proper check before you leave that door.’  

Always coordinate your outfit colours

‘Styling rule number six is to always coordinate the colours in the pattern garments that you’re wearing,’ said the elegance coach (pictured)

‘Styling rule number six is to always coordinate the colours in the pattern garments that you’re wearing,’ said the elegance coach.

‘I know that many ladies find it really tricky to wear patterns because you might be worried on how to really style the rest of the outfit without ending up looking a bit like a clown. 

‘And the key to looking elegant when you wear those patterns is to always wear colours of the pattern in the rest of your outfit. 

‘So you don’t want to mix and match and start wearing all kinds of other colours that are not inside the pattern. It’s about making sure that the rest of the outfit has the same colours as the exact pattern. 

‘This way it looks really coordinated. It unites the whole look and you can really let loose. If you have a pattern, let’s say with three different colours, you can wear all of those three colours in your entire look without it looking strange. 

Add a pop of colour to avoid looking too plain 

‘I love simple and classic outfits where being plain is actually what sometimes bring out the elegance in the look,’ admitted Anna (pictured). ‘However, we all have those days when we look at the outfit in front of us and we just feel that something is missing’

‘I love simple and classic outfits where being plain is actually what sometimes bring out the elegance in the look,’ admitted Anna. ‘However, we all have those days when we look at the outfit in front of us and we just feel that something is missing. 

‘And sometimes the trick is to really just add a little bit of accessories or a pop of colour. 

‘So let’s say you’re wearing a plain white dress. If you wear a matching white bag, it is going to look really plain and boring. Let’s say you add a little red bag or a blue bag, then all of a sudden you spice the outfit up and it looks more interesting.’

And always show off your waist! 

‘Ladies, stop hiding your waist with oversized clothing and bulky sweaters or whatever. Because you know what happens? You’re gonna look bigger, bulkier and heavier than you actually are,’ said Anna.

‘But whenever you accentuate your natural silhouette, whether it is with a belt or with specific garments that are built in with a little bit of waist, then you are going to look slimmer and more feminine, and of course also more elegant as a result.’

Never wear scuffed shoes or bags

‘We want to look elegant, we want to look expensive so for us it’s a massive no-no to wear scuffed shoes and bags because it immediately downgrades an entire look,’ insisted the elegance coach.

‘For bags you have to pay attention to certain things. First of all, if the bag is looking really tired and worn out. Now it is normal that the edges can have a little bit of scuffing going on. That’s fine. 

‘But when those marks start to become really big, that’s when you really need to pay attention. Same goes ladies if you have those threads poking up that I just mentioned, from the stitching of the bag or if let’s say you have some visible stains. 

‘Now when it comes to shoes ladies, we have to think about no obvious colour marks or lines on the shoes and also that your heel and your soles are intact. Nothing can look worn out.’ 

Shop for your current size only

Anna said: ‘Shop for your current size. Not for a smaller size that you think you’re going to have one day because this is such a common mistake that so many women do. 

‘I really think it’s so important to buy for the size that you are today because of how essential the fit of the garment is. 

‘And what happens when you wear a garment that is a little bit too small for you. You’re actually going to look bigger, your garment must have the appropriate fit for your body because otherwise ladies, all of these styling tips that I’m giving you are really just pointless.’

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