When it comes to creating an outfit, it sometimes it feels like you need to be a Mensa candidate to get it together.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning says, “the easiest way to manage your wardrobe is to think in terms of outfits, or costumes if you prefer. And that’s just a small collection of items you put together to suit a particular occasion such as lunch, church, or work.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for creating an outfit:
- Think about what: An outfit consists of baselayers (your underwear), mid-layers (jeans, tops, dresses and so on), and outer layers (your sweaters, coats and the like). Plus your accessories; shoes, bags, hats, and jewellery.
- Think about why: Different kinds of places and activities require different clothes and accessories. For example, it’s unlikely you’ll wear heels and a bib necklace to the gym, or a bikini to the office.
- Think about when: Similarly, an outfit worn at lunch will probably more casual than one worn to dinner. Dinner’s outfit may have a higher sheen or more decoration. And you’d probably prefer to be cool in Summer and Warm in winter.
- Think about where: The clothes you wear for a picnic lunch in the park will need to be more elastic and durable than those you wear to a cafe.
- Think about who: While you shouldn’t necessarily dress to impress people, bear in mind what you want to tell them about yourself. Some obvious examples are the sporting teams you support, but you have less obvious tells through the quality of fabric, the tightness of fit and the level of tailoring.
These five tips will make creating an outfit to suit yourself and the occasion quicker, easier, and more manageable.
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