5 Rules for Making an Outfit

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Getting ready in the morning can seem like a daunting task, especially when you have no idea what you want to wear, how to pair it all together, and what goes with what. And since there are always new styles and trends, fashion can be overwhelming at times. However, when you understand basic rules of fashion it will be much easier to put your own outfits together.

But just a disclaimer — there is no such thing as a perfect outfit, so learn to embrace what you have and know that a few simple tips can help you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

1. Learn Who You Are

The first step to making an outfit is really learning who you are, which takes time. My style has of course evolved over the years, but I’ve always tried to dress for my body type and to reflect my personality. I love making a statement and having fun with my wardrobe, which is why I often wear bright colors and fun patterns. But if you are more of a reserved person, there is nothing wrong with keeping your clothes more muted and avoid being overly experimental with new trends and styles. But aside from reflecting your personality through your clothes, it’s also important to understand your body type.

Clothing, patterns, and certain styles are not made to fit everyone, so its important to learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Some people don’t look good in yellow, where others might not suit a square neckline. When you figure out what items suit you best, you will be able to shop easier knowing what you are looking for and what to avoid completely. Some women have paler skin or bigger curves, and so they look amazing in things different from what a very slim person would look good in.

By accumulating the pieces that suit you best over time, you will create a strong wardrobe where you know all of your clothes flatter you — so when you go to get ready in the morning, you won’t have to stress over not knowing if something looks good on you. Truly learning who you are and what your body type suits is the most important rule for making all of your outfits pop.

2. Choose Base Pieces

What clothing item could you not live without? Is it a pair of jeans, a leather jacket, or a romper? We all have those fave pieces that make us feel the most comfortable and confident; they are the things that we always go back to because they are our fail-safe options that we’ve worn 100 times and know they always work. Whether dressy or casual, choose a few of those pieces for yourself and work everything else around that. If you love jeans, choose a few pairs that are comfortable and flattering. It then becomes much easier to layer other shirts, jackets, and shoes with those things, and you can keep your base pieces the same and experiment with your other pieces of clothing.

3. Accessorize

No outfit is complete without some accessories. Once again, they often reflect your personal style, so be creative with what you love. Personally, I love wearing tons of pieces and love to layer necklaces and bracelets to achieve a very fun and modern look.

What I love most about jewelry is that it’s the cherry on top to make every outfit look perfect. But if you’re not sure what looks good with what or how you can accessorize, start with 1 big statement piece or a few smaller pieces. You should look for one element that ties it all together — that may be a color or a metal, but it’s really anything that makes your outfit look like one put together ensemble.

4. Avoid Misconceptions

For some reason, there are strict fashion rules that tell you certain people can’t wear certain things. And while there are definitely things that suit specific people and not others, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it for yourself first. For example, some people think that short people shouldn’t wear jumpsuits because they are not flattering, yet I see lots of shorter women wearing them and they look fabulous. These hardline rules are just misconceptions, so do experiment yourself to truly figure out what looks good on you and what doesn’t.

So if you are looking to try out a new trend or style, try on a few different versions of that style — don’t go to one store, try something on, and give up on jumpsuits for good. Instead, try a few different styles from different places so you can really know if the trend is or isn’t for you. Trial and error is really the only way to ensure if something looks good on you or not.

Most of all, fashion should be fun and reflect who you are. When you stick to these basic tips, you will leave all of your outfit stress behind.

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