The weekend is here and most of us will be going out to a dinner date, movie or party. What should I wear? That is the question.
So, today, I've decided to give you some tips about putting an outfit together.
Putting something on is one thing; getting it right and nailing the style is quite another. Here are some tips I’ve found extremely effective, and perhaps all of us can take an advice or two when answering this universal important question.
The “What should I wear today?” question is not uncommon. That question goes through millions of women’s minds before they need to step out and face the world. There are numerous forums dedicated to similar topics, testament to the importance of an outfit to a woman.
Do you know what body shape you are? Do you know what colours suit your skin tone? If you don’t, you should find out. With an objective understanding of how your body actually looks, the kind of cutting or styles that look good for your body type, the natural compatibility between fabric colours and skin tones, the task of putting together an outfit that works for you becomes easier.
What body shape do you have?
For e.g., I have a vertically-balanced and pear-shaped body, and also petite. So based on that, I pick out clothes that elongate and enlarge my top half. And because I’m petite, I also pay special attention on how to make myself look taller. So, most of my clothes are fitting, and my outfits have similar colour palettes.
If you can't decide which shape you are, you can always check online get a girlfriend and do it together!
Brands do not dictate your style. Let your style guide you
Sure, there are amazing dresses from big brands like Dolce&Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg and every season introduces stylish designs, prints and colour. They all look amazing on the runways and magazine spreads. But do they suit you?
Trends Spring Summer 2015
Objectively speaking, not all will. You have to identify the style, material, cutting that you feel more comfortable and confident in. I, for one, shy away from bold/big/ethnic prints because it’s just not what I like. It doesn’t connect with me, and I feel that they will overwhelm my small frame. Instead, I stick to clean, slick lines and have found favourites in shift dresses, A-line dresses, slim belts, etc
Look for inspirations in celebrities or other people who have a similar body shape and style. Magazines can be a good source, provided you can filter out the unrealistic body proportions of many models.
Pick a central piece and work it up from there
I usually do this because I usually have some item or colour that I feel like wearing. Simply pick something out from your wardrobe – best if it’s something bold or special, but it works with virtually any item in any case. This will be the starting point, from which you identify other items that look compatible with it.
The question of compatibility again boils down to which clothing types fit your body shape best and your preferred fashion style. For e.g., if you have picked out a leather jacket, how about adding a short lace dress for some soft and feminine edge for an interesting juxtaposition.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize… It’s one of the fastest and most affordable way to change a look. Add a statement necklace to make a plain top interesting, throw on a striking cardigan for an instant mood-lift, wear metal and leather cuffs for a don’t-mess-with-me attitude. There are tons of ways to accessorizing and small unique items can be found quite easily at your local flea market or on my online store...wink wink.
Spring Summer 2015 Accessories Trends
Experiment with colours, textures and shapes
The black and white combination is classic and virtually always works, but after a while, it’s boring. By adding dashes of other colours, your look immediately changes! The colours can speak volumes of your mood that day, your energy level, the style you are channelling. If you’re not very good with colours or need some inspiration, use a colour wheel.
Colours that flatter someone doesn’t necessarily have the same effect on you. You should note your skin tone when experimenting with clothing or makeup.
Textures and shapes add interest to your outfit. Leather contrasted with lace, aztec prints, polka dots are all examples of elements that can be incorporated into an outfit. Try them and see which one you like.
Have a question? Let me know.
Have an awesome weekend!
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou