In our quest for stylish ecstasy, many of us perpetually chase those undefinable fashion rules that will transform our tortured spirits into sensual ‘Christmas trees’. The reality of great style lies in the following pearls of styling astuteness.

1. Attitude all the way

One of the most important secrets to having great style is to have a positive attitude. Whether you are down in the dumps professionally or wish and dream for luscious success, just remember not to let your attitude slither down — be open to the possibility that all will fall into place.

2. Partner with a great stylist

Rarely said but factually known, behind every great businessman is a brilliant stylist. The right stylist will help you make the best lifestyle choices.

Remember, there is no substitute for quality inputs in your overall look and style. A good stylist can make you look like a million bucks. Make it your life’s mission to find a great stylist and stick with him for the long haul.

3. Stylise and re-define your personal style

Know your character and understand what is natural in your look and character; don’t fight it.

Maximise your natural aura and work on making it your signature style. Select a realistic look that works well for you and for your lifestyle.

4. Avoid the temptation to follow the trend chasers

Find comfort in a personal look that works for you. Alter this selectively and slightly, with well-chosen accessories and fashions.

You will feel good once you have conquered and resisted the ever-changing style swings.

5. Invest in the best

If you don’t invest in yourself now and are waiting for an opportunity in the distant future, please wake up. An intelligently designed shirt or a fabulously cut suit can set you apart in an instant.

Limited resources do not mean you can’t have great products, though the reality is that you get what you pay for! Ask your stylist to recommend a well thought out wardrobe and accessories that are compatible with your budget.

6. Know it all

Logical and effortless reflection of knowledge is appealing to all segments of culture. Learn to speak when you have something qualitative to offer.

Current affairs, global news and a deeper understanding of the subject that you specialise in will keep you intellectually stimulated.

7. Your tools are your sword

In this age of ‘technoindianisation’, you are as good as the tools you use.

The right products used improperly are a waste of time and money. Even worse, using the wrong tools can actually scratch your disposition.

Invest in good tools and learn to use them correctly.

8. Pamper yourself

If you don’t plan regular appointments with your hairdresser, or the idea of a custom masseuse sounds ridiculous, think again. A little personal attention can work wonders for your self-esteem — an integral part of looking good.

9. Diet and nourishment

It’s true! The food you eat and the liquids you drink influence the look you project. Your general look depends on a nutritious diet, vitamins, good rest, exercise and lots of water.

Supplement your daily food plan with lots of water, healthy herbal teas and sugar-free fruit juices. Avoid extreme diets and radical food plans. If you must diet, supplement your food plan with vitamins that give you a complete balance of nutrients and herbs.

10. Be prepared for the unexpected, always!

Never take anything for granted or expect much from a good friend — if you do, you will be disappointed.

The answer to our personal style quest is simpler than we imagine and lies in a few simple, sensible steps in the right direction. It is through fashion, design, sense and sensibilities, we realise the truth of da Vinci’s words, that ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’.