One question I get asked all the time is how to style one piece different ways. I’m a repeat offender, I’ll wear the same outfit many times, but when it comes to styling a piece different ways. I have a set of guidelines I go over before I even commit to purchasing a piece. If you’re shopping without a plan you’ll probably run into issues in versatility, which is struggling to multi-purpose your wardrobe. Below are some quick and dirty guidelines.
1. The most important factor, know what you have in your closet
a. When I buy something, I already know the various ways I’ll style that piece with things I currently own. I won’t buy anything I feel I can’t wear over and over again, it just doesn’t make sense.
2. Shop for statement pieces
a. I love buying bold unique pieces mainly because you can go extremely basic (or over the top) everywhere else which makes things a lot easier. If you find a unique jacket, pair it with jeans to make it casual and everyday but still have flair.
3. Remember there are no rules
a. The first thing I think about when people have problems with versatility is why? Style is all about creating, creating looks that make sense to you. A lot of people’s struggle is mental. Don’t be concerned with what the world is doing around you, go into your closet and create, play dress up! I can spend hours in my closet with wine and music just creating looks that feel good to me. Try taking your favorite piece and play around with it.
That’s really all there is to it. You’re the most important component in what you wear and how to make pieces last. To demonstrate this I’ve styled this sheer dress from Zara 4 different ways. I’ll give you a quick rundown of how these looks make me feel. I’m a firm believer that how you FEEL is the most important component to what you wear. Not how much it costs, what designer is it, or what’s trendy. But how you feel in it, because the statement you’re making speaks directly to who you are.
3 of these looks were shot when I was pregnant, this is somewhat of a throwback post with a post baby twist. Here I styled this blue sheer dress with another sheer dress. This look was all about celebrating the beauty of pregnancy. Leaving little to the imagination made me feel bold and confidant during an extremely emotional unbalanced pregnancy. It reminded me of what was important, and to focus on everything beautiful instead of what was challenging.
I'm a huge fan of tailored/structural pieces. Mixing a piece that's reveling to this look added an unexpected twist. This look made me feel semi professional, my take on a work outfit haha. While it's not "appropriate" for every work environment it is for mine. It was challenging to feel professional with the bump but there's no need to sacrifice comfort or style just to look the part at work. You could substitute any loose fitting dress if sheer is not your thing.
You can't miss me in this! Here's a prime example of making a statement. I got this vintage jacket in Paris and the details are insane. I went over the top pairing with a bold bag and shoe. I felt super creative and fashion forward in this look. When I'm in a creative rut, I dress super bold because that usually attracts people and dialog that provides the inspiration boost needed to get me out a rut.
Lastly, this look is so me post baby. COMFORT is the name of the game now that I'm a mom of two. I grabbed this hoodie from the men's department at Zara on sale and released the present day version of my former athlete self. I feel very in my element in this look. This makes me feel like super mom! I'm comfortable but still me and can run errands and hit the grocery store not feeling overdressed or frumpy because I've married together comfort and style. Throw a pair of fancy slides in my purse (I never leave home without a pair) and I'm ready for whatever the day throws at me.
I hope this was helpful for those of you who have a hard time making your pieces last. As always, comment if you have any thoughts or questions! My styling services are just a click away if the struggle is still real for you lol! xx