Think about what makes you find clothing cute. This can range incredibly between different individuals. Write a list of the things that tickle your fancy. This might include:
- Ruffles and lace
- Short lengths
- Long lengths
- Round necks, V-necks, low necks, etc.
- Short sleeves, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves
- Cute sayings on clothes
- Animal/nature/plant/environmental motifs
- Buttons/zips/tags/sequins/rhinestones/embroidered motifs, etc.
- Rips and tears
- A distinct style such as Harajuku, Emo, Goth, tomboy, etc.
- Copying a book or movie character's clothing style
Think about color. What colors do you consider to be cute? Pastels are often associated with "cute" because they are associated with small things such as babies, Japanese styles such as Hello Kitty, animals, etc. It is also possible for very bright colors to be "cute", especially when accompanied by patterns such as polka dots, zigzag stripes, etc.
Don't neglect the shoes. Shoes can be cute. Think "Mary Jane's"; they were once the typical shoe worn by girls in well-to-do schools, and they crossed over into mainstream. These can be great "cute" shoes that go with everything from jeans to dresses. Other cute shoes include ballet slippers, jeweled sandals, dainty boots, and metallic colored shoes.
Wear clothes that fit well. If you want to be known as "cute as a button", your clothes should be well tailored and fit well. This means not squeezing into anything that is too tight for you and not wearing baggy, over sized garments that cover up the real you. Don't go by the size label; that's a really unhelpful way to dress. Instead, start learning how to assess an item of clothing by look and try it on. If it looks good on you, don't worry about the size on it; every brand sizes differently and some simply look better a size up or down. Only the uncaring have a wardrobe that has one size label on all clothes.
Find places to buy cute clothes. While you can shop in the major clothing places (High Street, Main Street, department stores, outlet stores, etc.), this won't necessarily find you all the items that you want. It pays to look around and to be picky. You might find a pastel pink t-shirt in one store, a bubble skirt in another store, and a brilliant pair of ballet slippers in the thrift store. Be open to all possibilities:
- Department stores
- Outlet stores
- Chain stores
- Thrift stores
- Local markets
- Designer stores
- Online auctions and shops
- Yard sales/garage sales
Don't neglect the possible free sources of clothing. Check out your parents' closet, your siblings, drawers and your cousins' hand-me-downs. Swap with friends or hold clothes trading parties with friends and friends-of-friends. There are lots of great possibilities!