Outfit Styling 101

Outfit Details: Top ~ Target; Skirt ~ Thrift or Consignment Store;
Sandals ~ Handed down from friend; Necklace ~ Gift; Belt ~ Consginment or Thrift Store
   Hello all!  My internet is back up and running! Now it's time for a post! :) This is being written per the request of a blogging friend who asked if I would post about putting outfits together. Oh yes I would! Read on, my friends.
  As far as I'm concerned, there's no exact science to styling an outfit. Sometimes it just comes down to "This looks good". However, putting together a pleasant ensemble often requires more than a passing thought. I am giving you some advice on how to get those fashion gears turning!

Begin by considering these three questions:

Today was a going-to-coffee-with-a-friend day, so it was safe to wear a cute outfit. The weather permitted sandals and no coat.

  What am I doing today? This is pretty basic stuff. You would wear something different when mucking out a stall than what you would wear when going to lunch with a friend. Be comfortably and appropriately dressed for your day's activity and be mindful of your shoes (e.g. can you do a lot of driving or walking in heels?).

  What is the the weather like? Be aware of the temperature outdoors and indoors. If the day starts out cooler but you aren't sure how the weather will turn, dress in layers.

  What kind of "look" am I going for today? Never feel like you must achieve a certain look every day, because outfits are often just about what looks pleasing together. At the same time, if you have a theme in mind (e.g. bohemian, retro, Parisian), it will inspire you and help you to have consistency in your outfit. This part can also come later.

Now you can move on to the fun part...

Today's look ended up being yet another example of my new favorite - Parisian chic. It includes stripes and neutral colors. A belt helped to cinch in the long shirt. 
     Imagine a typical morning of looking into your closet (or just go look into it now ;)). How are you ever going to decide what to wear today? The easiest thing I can suggest is to start out by choosing a particular piece you want to wear. For the sake of example. let's say it's a flowing peasant blouse. Here are a few things to consider next.

  What would look good with the fit of this piece?  Find the right silhouette for your look. Consider modesty as well as what looks nice on your body. When wearing a flowing blouse, you may want to avoid wearing a full skirt or try belting the top.

  What colors would look good together? Make sure your colors don't clash (e.g. hot pink with fire engine red) - again, this is basic stuff. Warm and cool colors can be worn together, but make sure they look pleasing to the eye. This can be difficult, so you may want a second opinion. Don't be afraid to play with unique color combinations, while still keeping it classy.

  What kind of "look" am I going for today? You may have decided that earlier or you may be deciding this now. The piece you have chosen may have inspired you or you may opt to dispense with this question completely. :)

  Have go-to pieces for when you're stumped.

  We girls sometimes have days when we just can't seem to find a thing to wear, regardless of how many clothes we have. This is where basic pieces come in. Invest in items like a shirt-dress, a chambray shirt, a black dress, a maxi skirt, and striped tops. Own go-to pieces that you truly like.

 An example of what to do on a day when you're stumped would be to start out with a chambray shirt-dress. Add basic flats. Perhaps accessorize with a belt and colorful scarf. Now you have a cute, simple outfit that required little fuss!

Try accessorizing.

   Scarves, belts, jewelry, and hats are the icing on the outfit cake. They aren't always necessary, but sometimes they can really make the outfit. Belts can even become part of the "cake" by cinching in billowing tops and allowing you to tuck shirts into skirts.

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   Well, hopefully that wasn't too much rambling all at once. ;) Next time you stand in front of your closet or dresser, try the tips mentioned here; Find your own way of putting clothes together in a pleasing way. Remember to have fun. Happy styling!

What are your hints for putting together outfits?
Are there any post ideas you have for me?

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

1 Peter 3:3-4


  1. Oh, this was such a lovely post, my dear friend! What wonderful tips you shared, and I am sure I will refer to them when deciding what to wear...smiles...
    You always dress beautifully, and I love your style - thank you for being a great inspiration to others!
    Blessings to you, dear Paige! Have a wonderfully blessed Sunday!
    All my love,

    1. I happy that you enjoyed this post!
      Thank you! :)
      Thanks! May you have a blessed beginning of your week.

  2. Oh this is perfect!! =D I was just thinking how on earth could I style myself for university this coming year. Thanks so much!!

    1. Glad you found it helpful! :D You are so welcome. You'll have to show me some of your uni outfits.

    2. xD Yes indeed I will!! Well you have seen one :P

  3. Thanks so much, Paige! That was really helpful. :)

    1. You are welcome; I'm glad that this was helpful! Thanks for giving me the idea.

  4. I love that belt and your necklace!

  5. This was great. One thing I'd add to that is to never underestimate the usefulness of sisters/mum for helping with those days when you just need fashion inspiration! :) They can be invaluable for helping out when you have a 'new' outfit (new pairing of usual clothes) and can be like, "Mum, does this top look awful with this skirt?" and she can reassure you that no, you look lovely, and that the pink and brown undertones complement each other beautifully.
    Have a lovely day!

    1. Thanks Bonnie!
      That is a great tip! Thanks for sharing. My mom is quite helpful when it comes to helping me put together outfits and sometimes giving constructive criticism. ;) :)

  6. Good post, Paige! Deciding what to wear can be a real headache sometimes. :)

    1. Thanks! Haha, yes. You should have seem me coming up with something for yesterday...oh the irony. ;)

    2. That could almost be a pun--if you had a difficult time coming up with something to wear because so many of your clothes had gotten wrinkled--but then I wouldn't know (it would be an inside joke). It's almost comforting to hear I'm not the only one with difficulties choosing an outfit.

    3. Haha! It could, couldn't it? ;)
      Ooooh, no, you are not alone!

  7. Fun post, Paige! You have some great tips here. And eeesh. . . just the thought of hot pink and red paired together makes me shudder. lol!
    Thanks for sharing! God Bless. :-)

    1. Thank you Cryslyn! <3 It's good to know that you enjoyed this post.

  8. Paige, this is probably one of the most helpful posts I have read on basic fashion tips! I especially liked the one about finding a piece to start your outfit with. That's usually how I dress everyday. I pick a shirt that I want to wear for the day and then go from there with pants, shoes, jewelry, etc. :)

    Dani from A Vapor in the Wind

    1. Thanks so much Dani, it's encouraging for me to hear that! Yeah, it especially comes in handy when you have new things that you're just itching to try. ;)


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