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Most of the time I’m happy wearing jeans, a t-shirt, tennis shoes, a cadet hat and no makeup. In the winter I’ll add a sweatshirt or coat and boots. The problem is sometimes I have to wear something else. And occasionally I even want to. :)

The bigger problem is, I have no fashion sense. I’ve never known how to look at a piece of clothing and know whether or not it will look good on my body. Even after I put clothes on, I’m often still at a complete loss.

My solution? In true INTJ form, I researched. Some people are seemingly born with a natural fashion sense. The rest of us? We must learn. Now, I still have lots to learn about dressing with some fashion sense but here are a few ways I’ve gotten started.

Figure Out Your Seasonal Coloring

After much research (and help from others) I figured out I’m a warm spring. Knowing this tells me which colors look good on me and which ones don’t. With a little practice, I can even see with my eyes what washes me out vs enhances my features instead of just knowing it in my head. Here are a few resources to get you started.

Find Your Body Shape

I’m still a bit iffy on where I stand with my body shape. Your shape can change based on weight loss or gain. And since I’m currently losing some of my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m a bit confused. I think I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of options and I’ll have to get back to you when I’m sure. There are so many resources (including quizzes) for figuring out your body shape that I’ll leave that up to you and Google. Personally I found the resources that gave more options for body shapes more helpful since many of us don’t fit neatly into one of four shapes.

Target Specific Areas

I may be fashion challenged but I know that I have a big bust and flat butt. So I did some research. Now I know I look good in V-necks and scoop necks because they break my bust up. Flatt butt fix: jeans with higher back pockets and more stitching.

Why Bother?

Some people might wonder if we should even be thinking about our coloring, body shapes or flat butts when we’re dressing. I don’t have anything profound to say here. I figure we all like to look nice. Why not pick clothing that flatters the particular way God made us? If we can choose clothing that is comfortable and boosts our confidence, I think we should go for it.

What’s your best how-to-dress tip?