When giving fashion advice—whether professionally, to friends, or even to your child, there’s always a fine dance between being helpful and offensive. Despite having good intentions, when commenting on something as personal as someone’s appearance, there’s always a chance that your words can be taken the wrong way. That’s why we’ve reached out to Law Roach (stylist to Zendaya, among others) to give us his top tips for delivering fashion advice in the finest, most effective way possible.
Scroll though for the five things you need to know!
“Do your research. Take a little time to learn the trends. If you're giving advice, you want to make yourself as much of an expert as possible. You don’t want to be the ‘single friend giving marriage advice.’” — Law Roach
“Know your friends. Familiarize yourself with their body shape and know what silhouettes will and won't work for them.” — Law Roach
“After giving your advice, have a call to action. Meaning if you suggest something that would look great on them, you should be able to follow up with places that they can find it, i.e., a department store or website.” — Law Roach
“There's a difference between giving someone constructive criticism and ripping them apart. If your friend is asking for your advice, that means that they trust you and value your opinion. Be gentle.” — Law Roach
“Use references. Have an image of a celebrity, or your friend's favorite celebrity, wearing something that would look great on them as well.” — Law Roach
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