Maybe it’s my statistical background, but I’m always looking for a way to reduce my outfits into a foolproof formula. Even when on pinterest or checking out other blogs, I’m looking for patterns that when used correctly make dressing super easy, but allow for a multitude of variations. For me, the variable with the most weight in all of my equations is a great basic.
Some common Outfit Equations I find myself using:
Work = cropped trousers + pumps + blouse + blazer + big bag
(1) The purple suit speaks for itself. (2) Lux pattern mixing makes this outfit interesting and feel like ME. (3) Red and polka dots is always a fool-proof choice
Weekend = jeans + flats + tee + cross-body + fun outerwear
(1) Whenever I pair stripes with pops of red, I feel very French. (2) Adding some sparkles to ripped up jeans makes me feel like a girly tomboy. (3) Topping any outfit with this hat makes me feel more sophisticated (and helps cover bad hair – win-win).
Nights out = dress + jacket + bootie + clutch
(1) That dress. ‘nough said. (2) Totally rocker-chic. (3) Lots of leopard but still subdued.
You might say that these equations sound like pieces to normal outfits that everyone wears – and you’d be right! They are my blue-print when I need some guidance. The trick is to use interesting combinations to mix up your basics AND add in a statement wow-factor. This can be an extra accessory, or it can simply be the cool-combination you chose.
To me, organizing outfits this way (even if it’s only in my mind) helps me to get dressed even when in a crunch (or staring at a too-full closet thinking ‘UGH I have nothing to wear’). The trick is stocking my wardrobe with individual pieces that I LOVE and can combine with multiple other items in my closet (quality over quantity). Once I started looking at dressing in this way, my shopping became less haphazard and I get much more wear out of the things I already own.
What do you ladies think? Do you use your own outfit equations?