So it’s been a whole month since my last blog post (Insert sad face) but I’ve been doing some maintenance to my website and now I’m back!!
This week’s post is all the wonderful ways to slowly build your confidence with integrating and co-ordinating outfits. I’ve got five super simple techniques which you can use on a daily basis to branch out and evolve your style through different color matches, prints, accessories and more. Ready, set GO!:
1. Colour matching through hues and contrasts
My clients often struggle knowing what colours go with which, and how to properly match and co-ordinate colour. I’m here to tell you it’s a lot easier than you may think. When it comes to knowing which colours to mix, one of the first steps is sticking to one colour and using different hues of that colour. So say we’re talking about navy blue. Blue is the colour, navy is a hue/tone of that blue. Therefore you could pair your navy blue jeans with a white top, a button up light-blue denim shirt, and pretty shoes with a silver detailing (silver goes really well with cooler colors like blue). You’ve kept your colour palette cool and blue, and integrated different tones.
Alternatively, you can use an accent/highlight colour, which will be your main focus of the outfit. Everything else could be more of a neutral color like your whites, creams, navy blue, black, grey etc. So you could decide mustard yellow is going to be your highlight colour: you could wear white ripped boyfriend jeans, mustard yellow jersey, and a black cross-body bag with gold hoop earrings as an outfit combination. This is a basic way of slowly experimenting with a pop of colour without it being too much.
2. Throwing in prints
I love a good print as a way of spicing up a monochromatic/neutral look. This could be in the form of a printed open shirt, a fun accessory or even printed trousers. Pick one printed piece, and keep the rest of your outfit fairly simple. If you’re not sure what to pair with your specific print, use the colors within the print as your guideline for the palette that will work well with it.
3. Using accessories
Accessories, so often overlooked, are a really important piece to anyone’s wardrobe. I always look at accessories as the finishing touch that ties in and completes your outfit. You can even decide to create an outfit based around your one accessory as your ‘highlight piece’ (mentioned above). So say you have a brand new bag with lost of detail, take the textures/colors/details as your guideline for the rest of your outfit. Or alternatively you could clash a color using a bold accessory.
4. Discovering double-dual items
As a stylist, I know the importance of having a really well functioning wardrobe… always make your wardrobe work double time for you, not the other way around. This is why I love having pieces in my wardrobe that can be worn a multitude of ways. For example, those semi-formal button up blouses you have can all be opened up and worn with a t-shirt underneath. Not only is this a great slimming technique, but a fun way of adding prints and colours to your outfit (as mentioned in point 2).
Denim that can be both dressed down and dressed up (with a pair of heels, clutch and a gorgeous red lip) is another staple. Opt for denim that’s darker in colour for an easier evening transition, or something with fun/chic embellishments. Scarves are also a fantastic piece that every woman needs in her wardrobe, and one that can be worn so many different ways. I’ve found you this little video on 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf for some added inspiration.
5. The one item rule
So, I have this rule that once a month you buy at least one item that’s a little bolder, brighter, busy, colourful, trendy, different to what you normally wear. And for the next thirty days, you learn and experiment different ways of creating new fun outfits you would never have previously thought of. Set yourself this harmless challenge every month and watch your personal style and confidence sky rocket!