The Anatomy of an Outfit

July 3, 2014

One of the most common styling challenges among women is the lack of inspiration when it comes to pulling an outfit together.

"I have some good pieces, but I don't know how to put things together."

"I'm bored with my clothes."

"I go into my closet and look around wondering what in the world am I going to wear today?"

"I have nothing to wear."

"I end up buying pieces I have no idea how to wear."

Can you relate? If so, this blog post is for you. I'll share some of my own personal strategies when it comes to the inspiration of a fabulous outfit. Here are three easy ways to get inspired to a more fashionable and stylish you!

1. Social Media: It's free, it's easy and almost everyone has at least one social media account. Find pairings, styling secrets, photos and more on sites like Polyvore, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you find something useful, share it with your friends.

2. Fashion Magazines: I've always got one lying around. Magazines are great for on the go, and easy reference. One of my favorites is Lucky. Tons of shopping tips, "How To's", where to buy and looks for less here. I keep telling myself I'm going to make portfolios full of magazine pages with a variety of looks and styles. If I ever get around to this, I will share them with you. If not, make your own for a personal lookbook of inspiration.

3. On the Street: Be observant. There are plenty of fashionable women around. Pay attention to color pairings, body shapes, and accessories. We can all learn from others. Don't be afraid to ask questions and by all means, complement each other. Girl power!

These all help me a great deal. Even if I don't use something the day I see it, it's in my reserve, and builds an inspiration foundation for me, if you will.

Turq-and-Hot-PinkSo what happens when I actually walk into my closet to pull an outfit together? I pick the first piece based on weather and my activities for the day (guessing most of you do this as well). So, let's say I choose a top first (and sometimes my first piece is a top, sometimes a bottom, and sometimes the shoes). Instead of then choosing the additional pieces by what I usually wear with that top, I do just the opposite, and strategize how to wear that top differently. That might lead to me to an unexpected color pairing, or a more interesting combination of the pieces all together. Sometimes it works the first time, sometimes it doesn't work and I start all over, and sometimes it just needs a little tweaking (which usually comes in the form of accessories).

Here's an example: Several weeks ago, I pulled out a bright turquoise silk peplum top. I literally drug it along the various colors in my closet and stopped at hot pink cropped pants. I tried them on together and knew it could work. To pull it all together, I found a bright pink and gold statement necklace, and opted for nude pumps and clutch (see photo above). I always pack of a pair of coordinating flats or sandals...just in case. ☺
Finally, my rules of opposites attract always comes in handy when styling an outfit:

1. Pair a loose with a fitted

2. Pair a classic with a trend

3. Pair a dressy with a casual

I hope this helps you find your own inspiration when you walk into your closet to get dressed. I'd love to hear what works for you. Be sure to comment below. For more styling tips, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yourfashionexpert or on the web at www.yourfashionexpert.net.

Until next time, dress like you mean it!
xoxo,
Michelle

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