As the weekend approaches, I've begun to envision my outfits for Friday/Saturday night fun. This NYC heat wave, although thankfully dying down, has left little room for anything other than shorts, tanks, & portable fans. I'm itching to create an ensemble hotter than the temperature gauge outside, which got me thinking: What makes a great outfit?
Breaking it down, here are my top 5 guidelines for making a killer look. I hesitate to call them rules because to me, fashion has none!
1. Monochromatic is always an option
You knew this one was coming. I am the reigning queen of black-on-black and I have no intention of changing. However, blacking out isn't the only way to rock this look. I love an all white outfit for the summer (or winter whites!)
Head to toe denim can be tricky, but it's another classic, all-American trend I have grown to love. Do it right and you won't end up looking like a 90's teen or a rodeo attendee. Try pairing like colored denim pieces together, like light wash skinny jeans and a chambray button down. Another classic look I love is dark wash jeans with a bleached denim jacket. so easy!
2. Choose a focal point
& by that I mean NOT your feet. The most common examples are sparkly or drop earrings. They draw attention to the face. Another great way to center & balance your look is to set your outfit around a statement necklace. Printed blouses or fun pants create a more vibrant look, just be mindful and keep that balance going on. Think of it like makeup... long lashes bring attention to the eyes, & a bold lip draws the eye to the mouth and away from any other imperfections on the face.
3. Make or break it with hair & makeup
Speaking of makeup, it's a part of your outfit, too. Be mindful of your outfit choice when glamming up & choose a color palette either neutral or complimentary to the colors of your chosen clothing. The same translates to hair. A french twist & sweatpants is comparable to orange juice & toothpaste. Boyfriend jeans & T-shirt? Beach waves and sea salt spray. you get the idea.
4. Accessorize with caution
But not too much. Accessorizing is a chance to show your personality. Find the perfect bag and carry it until it's worn out. Stack bracelets to the high heavens. Go for a look YOU love, but don't put a bunch of jewelry together just because you love all of it. Smaller earrings leave more space for a bolder necklace. Hoops and a thin choker make for a balanced and proportionate look. Bonus points for mixing metals and hues.
5. Feelin' good=lookin' good
& don't you forget it. Don't get me wrong, I've spent countless hours scouring magazines & style blogs to find the trendiest looks out there. What I love even more, however, is creating a look that is totally original to my personality.
Fashion is art. Wear something that makes you feel artistic, not what you think will gain approval or attention from others. My point is, dress for you. Feel confident & beautiful & make statements.