One of my clients’ most prevalent complaints is that they don’t know how to put together an outfit. They admire how well-dressed other ladies are and wish they could be like them. They have no idea what to wear with what, how to accessorize, or even where to begin, and they frequently become overwhelmed and give up. They had no idea that putting together an outfit is as easy as 1-2-3, or in this case, 1-2-3-4-5. Here are five simple steps to help anyone put together the ideal wardrobe for any occasion.
Step 1: Gather information
The first (and most crucial) step is to figure out what you’re going to do, how you want to feel, and who you want to be. Do you wish to be comfy when running errands? Are you meeting clients for lunch and need to present yourself as a polished professional? Or do you want to appear and feel attractive on a girls’ night out?
You should also think about logistics. How is the weather today? What method will you use to get to your destination? Will you be doing a lot of walking or getting in and out of a car? Is the weather going to be constant, or will you need to layer up? Once you’ve figured out everything, keep this information in mind while you go through the rest of the processes.
Step 2: Decide on a foundation
The second phase entails deciding on a base. Your first layer of clothing — your top and bottom — not your undergarments (which you choose to match your foundation). Depending on your personal style and comfort level, your options might be as simple or as elaborate as you choose.
If you’re having problems with this, look through some magazines or look for inspiration and ideas on the internet. Whatever option you choose, keep in mind the information you gathered in Step 1.
Step 3: Begin Adding Layers
Now that you’ve got your foundation pieces in place, it’s time to start layering. If you want to keep your look simple and the weather isn’t calling for anything extra, skip this step. However, if you require an additional layer (or two) to keep warm or complete your ensemble, now is the time to do so.
Work your way outwards, starting with the portions that will be closest to your body. If you’re wearing numerous layers, start with the ones that are the most fitting and composed of the thinnest fabrics, then gradually add volume and thickness. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lengths, colors, patterns, and textures, but if that seems too intimidating, stick to solids and keep it simple.
Shirts, vests, cardigans, sweaters, and blazers can all be used as layering pieces. Denim or leather jackets, military or moto jackets, trench coats, or wool coats are all options (to name a few). Steps 1, 2, and you will determine how many pieces you add and what options you make.
Step 4: Select Your Footwear
This is the best part if you’re a shoe fanatic like me. (I usually start with my shoes and then work on the rest of my outfit.) If you don’t consider yourself a shoe lover and consider your shoe choices to be solely functional, remember this: shoes can make or break an ensemble in some circumstances.
If you want to put together a nice outfit, your shoes should match and complement your apparel choices. They must be in tune with the mood and atmosphere you’re attempting to create. They must, of course, be practical – you must be able to walk and be comfortable – but you do not have to sacrifice flair for functionality.
Step 5: Add a finishing touch
Accessorizing is the cherry on top of your dress and may elevate it to new heights. This is frequently where many of my clients become stuck. They have no idea which pieces to choose or how to put them together. Start with one statement piece if you’re not sure how to accessorize. Decide whatever part of your body you want to draw attention to, what the costume calls for, and what you feel most at ease in.
Then, depending on what you have on hand, stack smaller pieces together if you don’t have one bold piece. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various materials, colors, and styles. You should be fine as long as there is one element that connects them all.