So you’ve edited down your wardrobe, now what? I briefly mentioned in the 5 step wardrobe detox post some ways to rework the items that made the cut to get more wear from them but this post details 5 key ways to re-work the contents of your wardrobe to reinvent your style and try new outfit ideas.
1. High/low style
Forget the old-school rule book when it comes to what to wear when. Long gone are the days of saving sparkle for evening (and festivities) and sports-inspired style strictly for the track. Look at your wardrobe in a fresh new light with endless outfit opportunities ahead. Mix ‘evening’ wear with ‘day‘ wear, ‘sporty’ accents with ‘office’ attire, because mixing the classic style genres up is the way to dress now. It may have taken a little while for us to take a leaf out of Carrie Bradshaw’s style book and put this dressing into the mainstream but it’s here to stay.
3 style combinations to try:
A chunky knit or simple sweater with a skirt (or over a dress) you’d usually save for evening.
Trainers (simple white or sleek black) with tailored trousers and a sweatshirt.
A luxe top (lace or embellished) with relaxed fit jeans. Just add trainers as above for daytime and heels for evening.
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I’ve mentioned before about the number of times I have put a client in something as simple (and plain!) as a shirt dress and seen their face drop until I start styling the dress around their body. A roll of the sleeve to just the right height, unbuttoning or buttoning up (body shape dependent), adding or removing a belt and finishing with an accessory. In just a few tweaks a simple item becomes a styled look with minimal effort.
3 ways to re-shape an outfit:
Add a belt
Skinny belts are preferable, width wise, and if colourful this will catch the eye or, if you just want the definition or shape without drawing the eye too much to this area go for a belt the same colour as the dress (or top). Know your shape though,
Roll a sleeve (well, both, of course!)
Take a look at my 60 second style video dedicated to Shirt Tweaks for the perfect sleeve roll technique.
Turn up a hem
This applies to trousers and jeans; with a quick hem roll once or twice to show a little ankle you’ll flatter your legs making them appear slimmer and actually look longer. Bunched up hems around ankle boots or shoes will make your legs look too short for your trousers. Also try a quick and easy turn up inside (works best with skinny jeans) for instant shortening to the trouser leg. Even Olivia Palermo does it.
3. Colour mixing
No, not the kind that involves pulling out all the paints and pinnies for your little ones, only to find that after approximuialtey 4.5 minutes they’ve had enough and leave you to clear up, not that kind of colour mixing – phew! I’m talking about thinking of new ways to combine colours
3 neutral colour combinations to try:
Navy and maroon – accent with scarlet
Black and navy – accent with yellow
Khaki and grey – accent with orange
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3 brighter colour combinations to try:
Scarlet and pink
Blue and purple
Berry tones and pink
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4. Experiment with layers
In the colder months, layering is hardly a groundbreaking concept when it comes to dressing but don’t just think of it in terms of vest + top + sweater. Try a crisp shirt under a shell top or a long sleeve roll neck under a short sleeve dress you’d normally save for warmer days. With each top or dress think to yourself can this be worn over or under anything else. Hold it up against other items and when you hit on a combination you think may work, try it on and if it works, keep it
5 layering ideas to try:
Long sleeve jersey tops under short sleeve dresses
Denim shirt open over a roll neck
Short sleeve knit over a long sleeve dress
Sleeveless coat (or longline waistcoat or gilet) over leather jacket
Long sleeve (possibly) striped top under a shirt or shirt dress with sleeves rolled
5. Accessorise all areas
We all have various accessories in various places but make the effort to pull everything out; scarves, necklaces, bracelets, belts and anything else you may have hidden away in the bottom of your wardrobe. Lay everything on your bed and work through to see if there’s anything you’ve not worn for a while (but isn’t dated!) and find a top, dress or outfit you could wear it with. If a necklace, scarf or belt, hook it over the hanger with the chosen top etc to remind you next time you pull it out.
Every time you put an outfit together see if you can add at least one accessory to finish the look. For tips on balancing an outfit watch my 60 second style video on the easy outfit formula.
3 accessory ideas to try:
Wear a statement necklace over a roll neck
Wear two or three necklaces of different lengths together
Change the existing belt on a dress or coat that came with it for a different one in your collection
I hope this easy-to-follow plan to reinvent your wardrobe helps you find new and interesting outfits from your existing clothes but if all this feels a little overwhelming and you need some help, find out more about my Personal Styling services by getting in touch below.