How To Build An Outfit
Step 1: What are you getting ready for?
When putting together an outfit, I always first think of what the occasion is, and then what I want to wear to it. Am I going to a party? To work? Am I going to the market? For the sake of this post and explaining my process, let’s say I am going to a work meeting.
Step 2: Pick an item from your wardrobe that you’re excited to wear that day.
I find that everyday I wake up I’m excited to wear something different. Some days it is something simple like a white t-shirt that excites me, and other days it is a pair of jeans. This day, I chose this corset style top from Boohoo. For work meetings, I always like to wear something that is easy to throw on, simple enough, but that there is something memorable in the outfit so that who I’m meeting with remembers me. I find if I build an outfit around an item that excites me, it’s a lot easier to build the rest of the look.
Step 3: Choose Your Jean
Jeans are always a safe bet when going to a casual work meeting, as long as you pick the right wash and they’re comfortable. I have found over the years that as long as I feel comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing, most items are appropriate. For this day, I chose these Madewell jeans. What I love about Madewell is that they’re always on trend but all of the pieces in their collection feel timeless.
Step 4: Time For Shoes
What shoes you wear say a lot about you and your personality. Tips on what I think each shoe means when attending a work meeting:
Sneakers to a work meeting: too casual, don’t care.
Flats: you take yourself and the job seriously.
Boots: young but trying.
Stilettos: too eager, and a little inappropriate.
Mules: trying, but not trying too hard.
On this day, I chose mules. I wanted to show that I was trying but also didn’t want to come off as though I was trying to hard.
Step 5: Accessorize
For work meetings, I tend to go with the saying that less is more. Accessories can be quite specific and can easily border unprofessional so I chose to stick with one simple bracelet, but could have easily opted for bare arms too.
Step 6: Make Up
Lastly, my make up. In general, I am not someone who wears much make up. So, I definitely believe the no make up, make up look is best when working. I opt for neutral colored palettes – an even complexion, lightly blushed cheeks, bronzed skin, taupe eyeshadows, and mascara to make your eyes pop go a long way.
With these six steps, I believe you have the recipe for a successful outfit. Hopefully I’ve made fashion seem simple! Let me know if you try these steps next time you’re getting dressed and if they helped make the process a little easier!