Do you want to get noticed for your vibrant sense of style? Then please do not subscribe to wearing outfit formulas. These seemingly easy solutions to getting dressed do nothing to elevate your style, and only drag you into the pile of looking like everyone else.
Watch the video where I explain why getting dressed is not a one size fits all formula, and how to create your most individualized outfits.
And read on for my styling advice that help you show up and get noticed for your vibrant style.
When you want to look like everybody else. They’re quick, thoughtless and have nothing to do with the individual they’re recommended for. Outfit formulas are for women who don’t prioritize personal style. And because they’re they’re generic, they must satisfy the lowest common denominator.
Let’s use the outfit formula of skinny pants, a chunky sweater and tall boots. You’ll see this formula allover Pinterest. I also see this formula at the school drop off and on the streets. Is it easy? Yes. Is it inspiring no? It’s perfect when you want to look like everyone else!
Generic recommendations must fit all. But it’s not possible that one formula can suit everybody.
Let’s take the slip dress / tee shirt / flats outfit formula as an example. If we were working together, and I said, this slip dress / tee shirt / flats outfit formula is SO easy! This will solve your getting dressed dilemmas in one swoop. Pop on the tee. Slip on the slip dress, and step into the flats, then BOOM! There’s your outfit; all packaged and ready to go.
You may be like, YES! This formula is so me!
Or perhaps you’re feeling, no way am I wearing that! It’ll make me look like I’m trying too hard to look like someone I’m not.
The simplicity of an outfit formula is too narrow. It’ll never meet the demands for a stand out style.
Your outfit must be an expression of who you are. It must tell the world what you’re about, and you’re not the same as everyone else! I’m all for easy outfit planning. If you like to take inspiration from a formula so you can get dressed faster – do it! But it’s crucial that you add in your personal statement. You’ve got to make the outfit YOURS.
For a look that’s 100% true to who you are, incorporate elements that are uniquely you. Do you have a signature color or accessory that you love to wear? Add it to the formula!
And don’t be afraid to experiment. Play around with variations of the formula. If it’s the chunky sweater, skinnies and tall boots look – swap out the sweater for something else that feels SO YOU.
With the slip dress, tee and flat formula – I’d make this mine by bringing in a graphic tee- that’s definitely a SO ME item. Then I’d throw on my son’s Adidas warm up jacket on top. I’d also do sneakers instead of flats and I’d probably put a pair of jeans underneath. Because…that’s how I roll
So you see how the formula can be your starting point? Just don’t rely on it for your complete outfit. Unless you want to look like everyone else. When standing out in style is your goal, you’ll need your outfit to be individualized, and one of a kind. Just like you!