Tips and Tricks

General Tips 
-A denim pencil skirt is a great casual alternative to its more formal counterpart.
-Distressed denim can be worn in a more formal setting. Pair with more structured pieces.
-The combination of peplum and a waist belt really emphasizes the waist and the hourglass figure. It's a simple trick that does wonders for the silhouette!
-Bring flats or comfy sandals to change into for the reception at a wedding.
-Any simple top and jeans combination can be dressed up by adding a scarf and boots.
-Dress down a formal pencil skirt by pairing it with a denim jacket.
-Mixing and matching denim is easy, stick with varying washes -Follow the KISS method: Keep It Simply Styled!


Colours, Prints and Patterns
-Looking out for good print matching in the seams of a garment is an age-old trick. 
-Animal prints are neutrals.
-Metallic are neutrals and can be paired together (i.e. gold and silver).
-Nautical colours (white, blue and sometimes red) are a winning combination.
-Wearing a monochromatic outfit is fine, you can even play around with different shades of the same colour.
-Colour block your outfits. 
-Primary colours (red, blue and yellow) complement one another. Try combining different shades of the basic colours to obtain interesting combinations (i.e.: pink, chartreuse and turquoise).
-When wearing a patterned garment, pair with solid colours pulled from the pattern to make a cohesive look.
-Graphic t-shirts are a fun way to infuse personality into your wardrobe. Just stick to non-offensive messages.
-Wear prints proportionate to your size. If you are petite, avoid really big prints and if you are tall, avoid really small prints.
-Print mixing is OK! There are many levels of print-mixing, refer to this post for more information.
-Black and navy can go together, it all depends on how they are worn. 
-Black and brown can be worn together, it all depends on how the look is styled.
-Sometimes it can be hard to wear a black and white garment and match it with other colours. Once you get passed that initial block, you realize that black and white go with everything!
-Try wearing traditional shapes in fun prints and patterns. A simple sheath in an unexpected pattern spices things up.


Proportions and Shapes
-Pair shorter garments with longer ones (i.e. pair crop tops with a high-waisted garments).
-Pair loose fitting garments with more fitted ones (i.e. pair a tunic with jeggings).
-Bermuda length shorts are appropriate for an office environment.
-Wear cuts that suit you as opposed to wearing strictly on-trend items. If a certain cut is not of-the-moment, don't avoid wearing it if it fits you well.
-Wearing tights with your shorts will give you a lot more style options in the cooler seasons.
-The asymmetrical shawl is a perfect transition piece, as it can be worn loose or draped around your shoulders should a slight chill be in the air.
-A pencil skirt will almost always pair well with a peplum top. Belting a peplum top is a sure way of accentuating the waist.

-Get more wear out of your summer dresses by layering them for the cooler temperatures. Add a long-sleeve shirt under it or add a cardigan and tights to the mix.
-A sleeveless blazer or jacket gives you the same feel and structure of a blazer, but without the bulk of thick sleeves.
-Wearing heels with soft pants will always dress them up and instantly make you look put together.

-Wear your faux-fur vests over jackets that would not accommodate the bulk of the vest. It gives the jacket an entirely new look, while being extremely practical.
-I like tucking in my blouses, but I also like the casual feel an un-tucked blouse can give an outfit.
-Wear a sweater over a dress to give the illusion of a skirt. This is a practical and clever trick to wear your summer dresses all year round.
-Layering a sweater over a dressy blouse helps tone down the formal factor without loosing all the interest.

Accessories
-Wear straw hats in warmer climates and felt hats in cooler climate. My preferred hat shape is the cloche, but I also wear fedoras, panamas, floppy hats and over sized sun hats. Find a hat that suits your face shape.
-I often wear belts to either complete a look or to complement my shape. I have a small waist, so I often wear big waist belts to emphasize that feature. Find a feature you love and style your outfits in a way to make that feature shine.
-I'm a big fan of statement necklaces. They really complete looks and are sometimes the key piece that brings the entire look together.
-Try mixing feminine accessories with more bold ones. The result makes for an interesting combination.
-Accessories are a fun way of exploring styles new to you. Dip you toes in before jumping and embracing a new look.
-When a garment comes with an accessory, feel free to change it up! There is no law that says the accessory must always be worn with the garment with which it came.  
-Try wearing a loose scarf around your neck and belting it at the waist. It will be sure to add flair and movement to any outfit.
-Try matching your lipstick with a bold colour found in your outfit to make a statement.
-I think wearing classic pearls and sneakers is a fun and unexpected combination!

Staple Pieces
-A little black dress (LBD)
-A little white dress (LWD)
-Something animal print (can be anything from a garment to an accessory)
-Nude shoes
-Pearls (necklace and earrings)
-A Breton stripped top
-Dark skinny jeans
-Black trouser
-Black blazer
-Black pencil skirt
-Red shoes
-Riding boots
-A leather jacket
-Something lace or with lace elements
-A plaid shirt
-A denim jacket
-A simple black pump
-A structured handbag
-A sweater dress
-A jumper
-A romper
-A quilted vest
-A floppy hat
-A cape
-A plain white t-shirt
-A crisp white blouse
-Something pinstriped
-A sleeveless blazer or jacket
-A little leather dress
-Plain black pumps
-A chambray shirt




No comments:

Post a Comment