It may not be the case for everyone but a lot of us wish that we dressed with more character, style and passaz and blame our clothes and lack of time as the trouble makers for our samey, uninspired bland appearance.
Well I am here to help you perk up those bland clothes and support you in the realisation that there is a lot more excitement in that wardrobe than you give it credit for.Here are my top tips on how to be a little more creative with your style from the clothes you already own:
- Clear the crap. I know its boring but you may have forgotten what you own, there are probably hidden gems in there. So if you can put some time aside and go through what you own and get rid of clothes that you are bored of/don’t fit/make you feel uncomfortable it will make your life a lot easier.
- Surround yourself with things that make you feel good. That dress that you keep saying, ‘I’ll wear it one day’, bite the bullet and wear it today and if it doesn’t make you feel wonderful then say ‘ta ta for now’ and give it to charity where it can go to a new home. This is also a great option if you don’t have time to clear the clutter, aim to wear everything in your wardrobe and cull your clothes one by one!
- Think ahead and dress how you want to feel. As you are going to sleep at night and rushing through your mind are all those thoughts about the emails you haven’t replied to or the cleaning you haven’t done, fill your mind with a more colourful thought; Pick your intention for the day and match a colour with it. Choose an item from your wardrobe of that colour and build your outfit from that.
- Take Care. Take an extra 30 seconds to put on a necklace/pair of earrings/scarf/bracelet, those small touches will lift any outfit and that attention to detail will give you the character you desire. Just don’t wear them all at once!! Less is more.
- Have fun with new combo’s. Think about ‘sandwiching’ (wearing all one colour e.g. navy with a flash of a complimentary colour e.g. Yellow) ‘going tonal’ (wearing all of one colour in different shades) or use one piece as the inspiration and build an outfit around a fav scarf and picking the colours out from it.
- Print clashing is a really fun way to be more creative. The key to it is to choose 2 pieces of clothing with exactly the same colours but ensure one has a larger print than the other & instant interest in your outfit.
- Look around you, be inspired. Keep your head up and appreciate the beauty that is all around and spot what others are wearing or or if you are surrounded by nappies, dive into Pinterest for inspiration and try to recreate it with what you already own.
- Wear it all. Get the most out of your wardrobe by wearing your dressy clothes everyday. Take a little risk and wear those dressy trousers with some white high tops, a white T-shirt and a denim jacket or wear your casual sweatshirt jumper with a stunning necklace, some jeans and pumps. Don’t forget you to wear those summer jackets as cardi’s in the winter under oversized coats.
- Have fun with length. A longer top/cardi/kimono/jacket can make a pair of everyday jeans/leggings feel a lot more glamorous, give you a dose of cool and help lengthen out the curves.
- At least one pop of colour. If all else fails, keep it simple, wear the basics & like my granny Annie says just pop some lippy on and it will perk up any outfit (or at least distract from it)!
My name is Loulou Storey and I’m an international Style and Confidence Coach helping you feel more inspired to wear it like you everyday.
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