Great style isn't buying the latest trends, but how you style what you have. Trends resurface so often you likely have plenty in your closet that's currently "in". Small tweaks such as rolling the sleeves of a jacket or cuffing your jeans are timeless styling adjustments that can elevate your image.
A packed closet means you wear 10-20% of your wardrobe. Besides not knowing what lies beneath, you can't see the possibilities in front of you. Weeding through every single piece in your closet is time consuming, but the effort is well worth the results!
Organize clothes by color. With the high-low styling that has caught fire the past few years, I no longer separate by clothes by "casual" or "dressy". Ditch this labeling and use your creativity by mixing and matching pieces in your wardrobe. You'll open up tons of options! (Store formal wear such as ball gowns separately.)
Pinterest, Instagram, and stylish friends are ideal for finding real life inspiration.
Fashion and style magazines are a great source of ideas. If something wows me, I'll take that page and head to my closet to create my own interpretation.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
It's easy to wear our old faithfuls over and over. And over. Push yourself to try new things. Try a graphic tee with a pencil skirt and pumps. Maybe that sizzling metallic top with distressed denim?
Experiment with unexpected color combinations for a fresh take!A few color sets that work well together:
* Navy and white with a pop of popular yellow
* Green and yellow with white as your neutral
* Red and yellow with white
* Black with any bright color
* Purple and blue
* Teal and purple
* Green, gray, and white
* Mint and navy
* Add metallics - i.e. pink with gold and black
* Make any saturated color POP by wearing white!
* Layer a dress over jeans or jeggings.
* Throw your favorite blazer over a graphic tee. Add pumps or hip sneakers with statement earrings for some sizzle!
*Wear a tank top with a pleated maxi skirt.
*Try a denim jacket with ANYTHING.
CREATE A LOOK BOOK
What you see in a photo tells a truer story than what stands before you in the mirror. Besides distortion, mirrors give us a reverse image, thus a different perception.
Take pictures of outfits you create, preferably while you are wearing them as a visual reminder of ALL the details. Keep your photos on your computer and/or on your phone. A look book is an invaluable tool for stylish outfits when you aren't in the mood to create something new or are in a hurry and need a fabulous go-to. It serves as inspiration for new outfits too!
As always, HAVE FUN!!!
-J Kelley, Style & Beauty Blogger
Kelley Johnson, AICI CIC
Association of Image Consultants International Certified Image Consultant
Style and Beauty Blogger