10 Outfit Problems To Solve Today

The daily fashion life is more or less about making outfit decisions over and over again till the day we won’t be able to. Harsh, but true. More often so, it’s about solving problems you’ve unintentionally have created by your outfit. You know the story of our lives where we’ve created a very chic outfit in our heads and when we try it on irl, it look anything but chic but actually the definition of chic’s counterpart. You hear me? So we try to solve the problems and sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t, sometimes it takes forever and sometimes it’s a piece of cake. And people generally love cake (pun intended), so that’s why I’d drop some tips on how to make the styling process even quicker. Here’s 10 outfit problems to solve today:

10 Outfit Problems To Solve Today

10 Outfit Problems To Solve Today

Loose Silhouette?

If you silhouette is loose, as in a flowy maxi dress or a midi coat, add some definition with a belt. It gives some structure to the outfit and will create a statement silhouette. Whether you mark the waist or the hips, be sure to pick a belt that works with the outfit. Add a matching color or contrasting depending on what statement you want to make. Don’t forget to pull up the fabric a bit (so it gets a bit loose) so the belt looks more “naturally” incorporated in the outfit.

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Dull Colors?

It happens way too often that an outfit looks rather sleepy and dull due to its lack of dynamic colors. Love monochrome outfit though, don’t get me wrong. But when a monochrome look is done without interesting clothing pieces or other contrasts of textures and silhouettes, it can easily get dull. That’s where you add a contrasting color. Either you make it pop with something colorful or you keep it more low key with neutral colors, still contrasting though.

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Heavy Lower Focus Point?

You know the 70s jeans? Statement hem? Culottes? Pleated midi skirts? They have a tendency to create a heavy lower focus point. Where your legs will look unproportionate and the outfit will look heavy. That’s where you add shoes that will balance the look. Go for heels if there’s a lot of fabric that needs to literally be lifted. Choose shoes that are minimalistic in their design to be sure that you balance the heavy volume. Other alternatives are flat shoes as ballerinas, sandals or slippers that are rather neat. Perhaps in a nude color or a color similar to the pants/skirt? It works!

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Flowy outfit?

As talked about in this post, summer clothes have a tendency to be rather bohemian and flowy in their style. A lot of A-line silhouettes, ruffles and sheer fabrics. This can easily look too casual or become too much and that’s where some structure is needed. You can either add a belt, to balance the fabric or you can add a structured clothing piece or accessory. A blazer is always a safe choice as they have distinct lines and a defined shape. A cropped jacket as in leather or denim will also do. As for accessories, add a clutch or bag in a minimalistic style. Hats are another great example of accessories that will add some structure, go for a feodora!

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Dull Clothes?

Much alike when an outfit needs some colors, an outfit can quickly be more stylish by some print. By adding a print you add some life to the outfit by the movement a print often comes with. Go for a subtle one if you like to keep it low key or go full on statement with a dynamic pattern. If you’re working a monochrome outfit, it’ll be a favorable choice to go for print in colorful shades, including the one of the outfit. Adding a print is easily done with a scarf!

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Too hot/ too cold?

Even though we all love our warm winter coats or sweaters, the way to hack the cold mornings/hot nights in August is to go for a layered outfit. With a layered outfit you can easily remove the top layers when it gets too hot. Do a buttoned up shirt, a sweater over it and a jacket. Remove the jacket, and perhaps even the sweater, as the day goes on!

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Structured Outfit?

Another common problem is that an outfit often looks way to structured and perfected. That everything is perfectly placed and not a line is wrong. That’s when the outfit needs some action by a flowy piece. Perhaps change the blazer to a cardigan or do culottes instead of cigarette pants. Contrasts and balance are A and O in an outfit and that’s why it’s key to know how to keep it dynamic.

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Too much going on?

Less is more might be the most used and boring fashion rule there is, but it has some truth to it. Sometimes an outfit is just way too much with accessories, jewelries, prints and layers of clothes. Remove an element or two before going out and you’ll see how the outfit will look lighter (and probably feel lighter too). A rule to remember is that you don’t do more than two statements in an outfit and only one per area (upper/lower). That means, a statement necklace and statement shoes will do. A statement necklace and statement earrings won’t do!

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Not enough action?

If less is more is well-known, more is more is constantly growing in popularity. If you’re outfit looks sad, dull and motionless, this is when you add a statement. As talked about above, do two statements per area and see how that will add some life to the outfit. Go for a statement for the upper body and one for the lower. They can easily be matching too if you want to stay on the safe side of the matching life!

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Heavy Upper Focus Point?

If you’re top looks rather heavy with ruffles or it’s a turtleneck, be sure to keep the rest of the upper body simple. Skip the jewelries if too much is going on and do your hair in a bun to keep it even more simple. There’s a reason that tucked in hair in a knitted turtleneck became the it-look a few years ago as it balanced between keeping it simple with the hair yet statement with the clothing piece. A crazy print might also be a bit too much when near the face so be sure to keep the hairdo and accessories light.

Folks!! Which one of these outfit problems to solve today is the one you always embrace? Which one do you want to do more often? Let’s chat in the comments!

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5 Beauty Ideas August 2017

As fall gets closer (it’s a fact folks), it’s only natural to start incorporating fall elements into the summer style. I gave some ideas on how one can work the fall fashion into summer, but here’s how to do the beauty version. Here’s 5 beauty ideas August 2017:

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Beauty Ideas August 2017

Go metallic instead

The summer months might be the ultimate time to embrace the bronzy look. The bronze adds a sunkissed touch but still keeps it rather natural. For eyeshadows, warm shades as orange and peach are go-to for many people. To keep the warm embracement alive, but adding the fall touch, a great idea is to change the orange/bronze shades to copper. Copper is kind of a mix of orange and bronze, but with another sting to it. The metallic shades are also perfect for fall, with its match with jewel tones. Instead of doing your orange/peachy/bronzy makeup look, go for copper for eyeshadows and highlighters instead!

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Colorful French Manicure

Instead of your ordinary french manicure, choose more vibrant colors to mix instead. A lighter shade for the base and a statement color for the tip. A great hack is to go aftercontrasting summer/fall colors. Baby blue base and navy blue tip? I’m all here for it! A beige color, full covering, is a perfect base as it works well with other fall colors of burgundy, forest green, dark orange and navy blue. Not convinced? Check out these nails, they’re fierce!

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Midnight Blue Smokey Eyes

Fine, perhaps the popular smokey eyes done in black/grey shades works for fall too. But an even better touch of fall would be to do it midnight blue instead. Preferably in a metallic style, with glitter reflecting the light. It’s a terrific alternative to the black smokey eyes as it still creates the intense stare with the dark shade, but adds some color at least.

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Braids and more braids

Braids might be an all around thing, but perhaps most associated with summer and fall. That’s why August is the ultimate time to embrace them with summer and fall meeting. There are endless alternatives, but an easy way of finding different styles can be to do your ordinary hairdos but reflect where to add or replace with a braid. For instance, if you’re doing a high ponytail, braid it and secure it with a second ribbon. Or do a bun and wrap a braid around the root? Braids are perfect when spending time by the seaside or to keep you hair in place on all the windy days!

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Step Darker

There are shades of red and then there are shades of red. If you’re a fan of the classic red lip you’re probably aware of this and might be quite specific of when to use what. For summer, bright red lips, with a warm and orange tone, goes well with the bronzy makeup looks and freckles. For fall, going a bit darker (towards wine red), works perfect with the darker fall shades. That’s why it can be a fun contrast to go for darker red lips in August as they embrace everything the transitional period stands for: a touch of summer with a touch of fall.

Folks! Which one from these beauty ideas august 2017 are you curious about trying? Let me know in the comments!

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Trend Alert: Kitten Heels Summer 2017

If there’s one fashion trend I for long has stated to be my number one no-no trend, it’s the kitten heels. The low heel has to me been associated with old ladies, the worst part about vintage and anything but chic fashion. To my defence though, I’m the first one to raise my hand and admit that I’ve been convinced that kitten heels can be fashionable. All thanks to the magic of the kitten heels trending and seeing all different fashionistas style it in the most chic ways. Perhaps an extra nod to Dior too, for creating these adorable ones below. Well well, folks – here are the kitten heels summer 2017:

Kitten Heels Summer 2017

The Dior shoes from the Spring/Summer 2017 show defined the comeback of the kitten heels. The delicate balance of wearability, elegance and vintage, the shoes fitted the 2017 style perfectly. They add an elegant touch to the distressed denim, off shoulder tops and midi skirts that’s been trending. Prior to the Dior’s shoes though, slingbacks have been trending on and off for the past years. They often come in a kitten heel, or close enough, which makes them a perfect first to steop in the embracement of kitten heels. Also slippers have been trending, another style of shoes that works well in a kitten heel style, which also made the kitten heels easier to “accept” as the steps were fewer. The next it-shoe in the kitten heel format was recently presented by Balenciaga. Simple, elegant and vaguely reminiscent of shoes from the 18th Century.

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How To Wear Them

As talked about above, the kitten heels way to popularity have partly been eased by the current fashion. The trends that we’re working atm works perfectly with the elegant and petite shoes. Trends as distressed denim, mom jeans, midi skirts and culottes are all perfect to balance with kitten heels as it justifies all the fabric.  The elegant style is also perfect for more edgy looks as denim or leather culottes/skirts as it creates a nice contrast. As for colors, it all comes down to what color your shoes have. Nude colored one will elongate your legs, contrasting shades will cut them short. A nice way to keep the look balanced is to go for the same color your skirt/dress/pants have, especially if we’re talking midi length. It will create a coherency in the look and also underline a fun monochrome style.

I would avoid lengths that are maxi as well as jeans going all the way. Too long lengths would put “too much weight” on the shoes and create an imbalance. Plus, flare jeans with kitten heels have 2006 written all over it, which remains a fashion period we all wanna forget. Period. Another tip is to strive after the period you like. If you adore the 1960s style (hello Audrey), go for A-line dresses and other clothing pieces that are connected to the decade. If you fear the early 00s (like I do), avoid those clothes in combo with the kitten heels. Like, no cargo pants and kitten heels, please!

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A Chic Look

You all know by now that I love contrasts and the magic of it. This outfit is a perfect example where two contrasting elements are mixed and creates something new. The denim is more edgy, a bit street style and quite casual. The beige colored Dior kitten heels are on the more elegant side, which creates a fun balance. All the denim layers can look a bit heavy, something which the shoes balances with the petite style. Easy to recreate too. A more street style look and a pair of elegant kitten heels!

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Folks! What are your thoughts on the kitten heels summer 2017? Yay, nay? Embrace or erase? Let’s chat in the comments! Xx