Styling the clothes you already own
We all know the feeling – opening up the closet to hangers of beautiful tops and pressed trousers, new jeans and countless shoes – but still being blanketed with the feeling of “nothing to wear.” Now, of course you have something to wear. You have vibrant, well-made clothes that are begging to be worn. So why do we feel this way?
Many men and women succumb to this obstacle and admit defeat without much thought, but in all reality, the problem can be easily overcome with a few outfit formulas. Outfit formulas are three or four pieces in your closet that can be worn together creating a complete look from head to toe – for nearly any occasion and as long as the colours are complimentary. Intrigued by the idea of creating new outfits from the clothes you already own? See if you can put together any looks in your own wardrobe from the ideas that we offer below.
Jeans + tucked in blouse + belt + blazer
Your favourite pair of dark wash jeans is a closet staple because they can be dressed up or dressed down. One of our go-to denim looks is pairing a skinny jean with a tucked in blouse and a blazer. Adding a belt makes the outfit appear put together and thoughtful, so show it off by leaving your jacket unbuttoned or unzipped. This outfit is versatile for nearly any occasion depending on the shoes that you choose to wear.
Shift dress + longline coat + ankle boots + tights
Shift dresses, when fitted correctly and styled with a heel, are universally flattering because they create a long, streamlined frame. Pairing a longline coat gives the outfit depth and dimension without being too busy. If you find the block of bare leg between the hem of your dress and top of your boot distracting or unflattering, try some tights. Adding a pair of black tights with black, heeled boots is an easy trick to create the illusion of extra height, no matter what the rest of your outfit may be.
Tucked in blouse + cigarette trousers + court heels
A cropped trouser is a great piece for the office, but can also be styled for an evening out. Instantly transform this formula from day to night with a few simple accessories. Wear your trousers with a favourite blouse and pair of simple heels for the day, then throw on some statement jewellery and a bright pop of lip colour for an evening out with friends. You can’t go wrong with this outfit.
Planet blouse (white) | Karen Millen blouse (blue) | Ted Baker blazer | Vince Camuto belt | Phillip Lim trousers (white) | Rag & Bone jeans (black) | Adrianna Papell dress (turquoise) | Karen Millen dress (black and white) | Ted Baker heels (green) | Dune heels (black) | Next boots | LK Bennet coat | Phase Eight necklace | H&M earrings | Ralph Lauren bag (yellow) | Linea scarf
Remember, the great thing about outfit formulas is that you can mix and match. We want the most out of our clothes, so wearing them multiple times in multiple ways is always the goal. If you’re not sure if something goes nicely with something else, try it on anyway. Your favourite floral blouse may not look good next to your grey blazer in your closet, but it may look fabulous on paired with a black cigarette pant and a red stiletto. Try that blouse tucked into a full skirt and heels for a special occasion, or matched with your best pair of jeans and a streamlined coat for a day on high street. Mixing and matching can sometimes be difficult, but once you figure out formulas that work for you, you’ll have endless options in your closet. Are you still not sure how these formulas work? Get in touch with our friendly and professional stylists for advice tailored just for you.