I am a strong believer that, to style something properly you need to have a well-organized closet. Having everything arranged in a way that makes it easy to see and access is so important. I’m not saying everything needs to be perfectly color coordinated and displayed, but knowing where everything is, is important to knowing what you have to work with. My boots I keep in the bottom of my closet, heels on the shelf above my racks, and my flats and sneakers in a storage box under my bed with a clear plastic top and organized compartments so I know what shoes I have and where to find them.
My suggestion when styling, is to start with functionality. If I am going somewhere cold, I’ll start by picking out a coat or pair of boots to style my outfit around. If I want to wear a new pair of sandals or know I’ll be walking a lot that day I’ll style my outfit around my shoe choice. Starting with one item will help give you focus and ensure that you don’t try on a million different things before settling on what to wear.
I also don’t believe in a formula for styling. There is no “one-size-fits-all” method for putting together an outfit, however, there are a few things I try to keep in mind every time I get dressed.
Texture: I always try to mix textures in an outfit. I think it makes for something more visually appealing such as a chunky knit cardigan over a simple slip dress.
This lace-up sweater dress was one of my favorite fall/winter pieces, but it definitely makes a statement. Since it alone steals the show, I opted for my over the knee boots to still make the look feel appropriate for the season, and yet not distract from the details of the dress.
In the outfit on the right, I paired this super chunky knit sweater with simple jeans and flats. Because the jeans were not distressed in any way, they didn’t distract from the sweater and they also created a shape for my outfit. I’ll talk about this next…
Form: Styling an outfit is all about balance, especially when you are playing with shapes and sizes. Finding that harmony is essential to a look that is well executed.
The Wear to Work series I wrote about in the fall was one of my favorite blogs to date, simply because I love this outfit. It is super simple but the shapes created by the forms of each piece make it visually interesting. I paired my culottes with a tighter body-hugging sweater and chose to tuck it in to define my waist and lengthen my legs. My tip is, when in doubt, to always tuck things in.
In the outfit on the right, I paired a simple black cami with a slightly slouchy boyfriend jean, again giving me a shape and defining my waist. Something oversized on top would have made me feel overwhelmed and drowned out.
Color: I love this Suno dress I am wearing in the image on the right, but I don’t typically wear anything really printed.I paired it with my suede boots to downplay the loud print and also make it feel slightly more wintery as a lighter heel or sandal would easily make this dress look more appropriate for spring.
In the image on the right, I knew that my tee and booties were dark and I wanted to brighten up the outfit by pairing them with a lighter washed jean and dusty rose jacket instead of a darker coat.
Keeping these three things in mind when styling an outfit will help give you direction and focus. I also love to plan my outfits the night before to avoid stressful mornings and last minute decisions. I hope these help you! Let me know if you have any outfit styling tips in the comments below! xo, R