Putting together the perfect outfit
Whether you are off to work, to the mall or for a party, putting together the right outfit is a daunting task for some, but a cakewalk for others. The right look with the ideal accessories is already in your wardrobe. All you need to do is figure out what goes well with what. It may sound like a daunting task, but it is something that you can do just as easily as anyone else.
A little planning: It may sound like the most basic of advice, but it is important to take time out to plan your outfit. If not, you may end up wearing the first outfit that you can lay your hands on just before running out of the door. Planning your outfit a day in advance will give you time to mix and match as well as accessorise well. Some questions you must ask yourself:
- How do you want to look—glamorous, casual, chic, smart?
- Is it going to be a long day, in which case you need to be comfortable and sensible with your clothing?
- What will you be doing where you are going?
- How formal or informal is the outing?
- How is the weather and how prepared do you need to be?
With these in mind, you can move on to the next step of creating your look.
Settle on your base: This means that you need to figure out your first layer of clothing. This could be a skirt, pant, shorts, dress, top or anything else that you are sure will suit the occasion. Go as simple or as elaborate as the situation allows you to. Always keep in mind your comfort. If you are unsure of how to make a choice here, then look for some styles for your particular occasion online and you are bound to hit jackpot.
Bring on the layers: With your base set in place, you now have to layer it all up. Warm weather or casual events means you can skip this part and go straight to choosing your shoes and your accessories. But if you would like to include a jacket or a stole or a statement jewellery piece, now would be the perfect time.
When working on layers, begin with those that will be placed closest to your body and move outwards. Your first layer has to be thin and fitting enough to allow other layers on without making it uncomfortable for you. Play around with lengths, as well as colours and textures. If you are doing this for the first time, stick with solid colours.
How many layers you add on to your base will depend on your choice of clothing and your comfort level.
Now the footwear: Many shoe lovers make their shoes their base and work from there. Whether you love shoes or not, you have to remember that footwear is an important aspect and must be chosen carefully. Make sure your shoes are practical for the outing you have planned. It should also match your mood and your outfit. Have basic colours of footwear in models that you are comfortable with. These can help when you struggle to make a decision.
Accessorise your outfit: Choosing the right accessories will complete your outfit. A statement piece can do the job for you. If not, look at which part of your body you want to highlight and use a heavier piece there—a necklace, a bracelet, a thick anklet or heavy earrings. Again, your comfort levels and the occasion you are stepping out for will play a huge role in picking the right accessories.
Layering of jewellery is also an in thing. Choose a host of delicate pieces and layer them to create an interesting look. Never hesitate to go bold, try new colours and interesting designs with your jewellery.
With this, you should be able to put together the perfect look for any occasion. It will take a bit of practice, but soon you will be able to figure out what works best for you.