If there’s one subject in specific, regarding fashion, that I love – it’s the art of dressing (well hello obvious). I love the idea of pinning down a look to a perspective of fashion science. The science of color combinations, patterns, textures, silhouette, scale and all things relevant. So I have, and will continue to write endless of posts about this (because the subject is kind of infinite tbh). And as of today, here’s How To Put Together An Outfit!
How To Put Together An Outfit
So there are inevitably several ways to do it and I like to approach them all. For today though, the focus is on the feeling. To dress like one feels like and choose clothes that are representative of the mood. Cause truth to be told is that there’s a lot of power to be reckoned within emphasizing one’s mood. Fashion can definitely be a reflection of your personality if you let it. Regardless of which, your outfit ought to tell you a lot about you, if only so for the specific day. So how to go on about it?
Key Idea Behind
The principle behind of picking clothes is to begin with questions. General questions to ask are: What is my intention with the outfit? What am I feeling? Is there a dress code? What message do I want to send? What do I want to reflect today? If you’re gonna dress after what you’re feeling, you should of course ask yourself; What am I feeling today? If you’re feeling happy, perhaps a bright color will emphasis on the mood? If you’re feeling powerful, a well defined blazer will get you even further. The key here is to acknowledge what pieces you have in your wardrobe that puts you in a specific mood. If you think it feels ridiculous to dress after one’s mood, well, I invite you to join the unpretentious side of the fashion life – it’s (fun)tastic!
And pssst! As for the mood/feelings that are on the down side, the idea is not to dress in all black. No, on days where you’re feeling blue, those are the days you need your favorite dress/sweater/color the most. I mean, if you can’t put on a happy face, at least the clothes will ease a bit!
Pick One Piece
So after you know what you’re feeling. Pick the one piece you are most specific to incorporate in your outfit. This is the piece you’ll build the rest of the outfit around. And no, it doesn’t matter if it’s only a necklace, scarf or a random colored pair of tights – you can style them easily too. After you’ve decided on the piece, there are more questions to be asked (if you’re feeling a bit ambivalent, I most sincerely hear your anxiety. It can take ages for me to decide on an outfit).
Questions to ask are questions that will pair the rest of the clothes/pieces in the outfit to the one you’ve picked. What color do I want to pair it with? What silhouette do I want to embrace? What’s the statement of the outfit, the monochrome look or the textures? When you know the answers to these, you pick the clothes/items that match what you want.
When you have all the pieces you need, put them on and see what the result is like. I’ve always believed in the final step as the step where you make or break your outfit. When you try on your outfit for the first time, you have to analyze it. See what might be missing, see if you should change a piece. Make sure that your outfit is representative of what your feeling. Analyze if there’s anything you can do better. Sit in your outfit, walk around in it. Make sure that it suits you in the best way possible for that day. If there’s something that’s wrong – adjust accordingly! After that, you are more than ready to go out and embrace the day in your very fierce outfit!
Folks! How do you put together an outfit? What do you like to think about? Xx
42 thoughts on “How To Put Together An Outfit”
I’m not very good at picking out or putting together an outfit. Hubby helps a lot in that department because he has great style and he knows what looks good on me. But these are such great tips for someone like me 🙂 xo
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Having someone to help is great though! Definitely brings some perspective and perfect that one doesn’t need to do the job when uninspired! Xx
Such a smart post was a lovely read
Happy you enjoyed it! Xx
Thanks for all of the great tips. I love styling a cute outfit
Indeed, a cute outfit is the best sort to style! Xx
I usually think about how I want to feel or where I’m going. Then I pick clothes that will either make me feel that way or are appropriate for wherever I’m headed. I also try to have a little fun!
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Having a little fun above it all is so good, it really is all that matters in the end! Xx
I sometimes base an outfit on one element and it helps a little bit but also I can get stuck in not having what to wear it with. I will use the rest of your tips though!
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Whenever I get too stuck with a piece I just save it for another time. Some days are just not meant for endless of inspiration haha.! Xx
Good tips! I love planning around one key piece.
Straight A Style
It’s so so good though! Xx
I tend to pick my outfit based on what I will feel comfortable wearing to a given occasion. Going with what flatters my body the most is always my saving grace.
xoxo from Napa Valley!
That sounds so good though, dressing after occasion is a great one. And a flattering outfit is always a hit! Xx
A wonderful post that made the mass of feeling so uninspired much clearer. Thanks!
Sp happy you enjoyed it! Xx
The idea of fashion science is fascinating to me. The possibilities really are endless. I’ve never really thought about the process of picking out an outfit, so I’ll probably be paying more attention to that in the future. This is another lovely, interesting read!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend Mia!
They are indeed and I love to explore the world of the fashion possibilities. Thank you babe, same to you! Xx
These are all great tips on picking what you feel like…love the bright, yellow coat! Fun post! xo
Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.
The coat is so pretty indeed, love it too! Xx
Great piece. I like to think that my mood dictates my looks sometimes.
That’s so good though! Xx
I alwaysalwaysalways build my outfits around my shoes! 😛
What haha, that’s so good though. If I had more money to splurge on shoes and they all would be fabulous, I’d do it too haha! Xx
I definitely feel like mood dictates what I wear everyday. which is also probably why I always wear black. lol
Hahah, that’s a mood too though! Xx
These are great tips. One does not realize how much mood affects how you dress that day. Sometimes you just can’t deal with styling yourself, but then you realize that fashion can be a great pick me up. When you look good, you feel good, right?
It surely can! It’s so true that we’re affected by what we wear, especially if one’s a fashion person at heart. So dressing accordingly is important! Xx
I usually pick one piece and work my way around it. LOL! At least I got that right. Usually it’s a top and I do adjust my makeup to suit it too.
Shireen | Reflection of Sanity
Hahah that’s a great start though! And matching the makeup with the outfit is the best! Xx
I definitely go by the pick one piece and build the outfit around it rule. These are such great guidelines!
xo, Whitney and Blaire
Peaches In A Pod
That’s so good, works so well too! Xx
I usually start my outfits by choosing the bottom piece. After that I pick a proper top/s and start accessorizing. Sometimes it can take 1 minute to choose the entire outfit, and other times 1 hour LOL. Wishing you a great weekend! <3
Choosing the bottom first sounds awesome though. Have never tried that so have to give it a shot! And so true that it can differ between 1 minute and 1 hour haha! Xx
These are all really great starting points for putting together an outfit! It’s been so cold lately that the weather has become the motivating factor in how I dress (a million layers LOL), but I’ll have to start thinking about these things, too.
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Hahah a million layers is the way to hack winter! I wear sweaters every day and preferably several layers of them! Xx
Great post, I never thought to dress in line with my mood before. Have a lovely weekend. Gemma x
It’s so much fun though! Xx
I couldn’t agree more with all you’ve mentioned here. I tend to have a bold and quirky (so I’ve been told, haha) personality, which is often reflected in the way I dress. I tend to reach for patterns and bold colors more than solids and neutrals and when I do reach for them, I always find myself incorporating a wildcard to keep things interesting and…me! On days when I’m feeling blah, I challenge myself to put together a fun and stylish outfit because it makes me feel much better and inspires me; the way we dress can have such a profound affect on how we feel, it’s quite amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and thoughts with us, beautiful, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
The way you write, you surely do seem to have a quirky personality and it definitely shows in your outfits – which I love! And so true that there’s so much power within clothes and dressing to empower! Hope you had a lovely one babe! Xx
Yes to alllllll of this. There is an art and a science to choosing your outfit. And it is so true that the final step makes or breaks your outfit…TBD on if my outfit today works 😉
Hahah there’s a science indeed and I’d love to be a professor in it haha! It’s just too much fun to put together an outfit! Xx
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