Vintage Florals: Using your Style Creativity

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What’s one of the toughest things you struggle with when getting dressed in the morning? Is it finding the time to put together a look that you love? Is it figuring out how to get more versatility out of your pieces so that you wear them more than one way? After working with so many different women, I find that one of the things that most women have a hard time figuring out is how to think outside of the box when it comes to getting dressed. Whether it be trying new color combinations, figuring out how to mix certain prints or letting their minds really work on curating a creative look, it’s almost foreign territory to a lot of women. I’ve talked a bunch about print mixing and I’m sure that you’ve heard or read tons of blogs or articles about how to do it, so I won’t bore you with that today. Instead, I’m going to give you 3 style insights on how you can look at your pieces differently to create looks that you probably wouldn’t have thought to pair together.

Style Insight #1: Connect your Colors

When styling any look, we always look at colors first. Does this top match with this skirt or can these shoes pair well with this jumpsuit. Color combinations are key and often times can really be the focal point of your look when wearing basic pieces. But, how do you know if you’re pairing the right colors together? Well, let’s start with the basics: Neutrals pair well with other neutrals and neutrals pair well with any color. We know that much, right? Let’s take it a step further and get into combining neutrals with colors in your look. For example, my top was black and white, which are both neutral colors. My skirt was black and red, which featured one neutral color and one color. If neutral colors pair well with other neutral colors and neutral colors pair wear with colors, then that means that black, white and red pair well together. When working with all colors, just remember that colors directly across from each other on the color wheel are complementary to each other (red and green for instance) and any color next to each other on the color wheel also pair with each other. Also, warm colors look great paired with other warm colors like orange and red and cool colors look great with other cool colors like blue and green.

Style Insight #2: Play with Prints & Shapes

Whenever I’m mixing prints or pairing two printed pieces together, I always look at the shape of the print in each garment. A basic rule of thumb with mixing prints is to vary the size of each print so that one print doesn’t overpower the other; one large, one small. But what about the shapes of the two prints that you’re pairing? After deciding on my color palette, I looked at each print separately. My top featured a print that was curved and my skirt also featured a curved and swirled print…bingo! The easiest way to get out of your mundane parings is to look for prints that have similar shapes. Curved prints with curved prints, circular prints with circular prints, angular prints with angular prints and so on and so forth. Here’s an example of where I played with two straight prints with different colors.

Style Insight #3: Play with Textures

Now that it’s fall, texture play can really be utilized to easily amp up your looks. Try mixing different textures to give your look some depth and interest. For my look, I went with an open wrap top that had a high sheen and a true matte wool like skirt. I mixed something heavy, to give the appearance of colder weather when it was really 90 degrees outside, and balanced it with a more fancier fabric to give the look a slightly lighter more elegant feel. Try pairing some of your favorite textures together to create an easy transitional look as we slowly shift into cooler weather.

Getting creative in your wardrobe doesn’t have to be hard. It just takes a little more thought and understanding of the basic elements in order to make your looks work together beautifully. Take some time to just pull out some of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe and play around. You owe it to yourself to dress your best, stretch your coin and that creative muscle that you may not use in this aspect of your life. If you desire more personalized help on creating new looks with your current wardrobe, I can help! My service, The Garb Within, will equip you with all of the tools and knowledge needed to create fun and exciting new outfits with the clothes that you already have in your wardrobe.

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Style Tip of the day

The more you experiment, the more you’ll find what works and what doesn’t. There’s no judgment in the comfort of your own home, so dedicate some time to having some fun in your wardrobe. No rules, no regulations, just you, your clothes and countless outfit ideas.

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