Somedays, I stare blankly into my closet and I wonder what to wear. You would think that after being in the fashion industry for more than 2 decades, I’ve got all my outfits laid out by now. But nothing is further from the truth! It’s one of the things I love about the fashion business. Its dynamic, it evolves with a life of its own… there’s there’s an energy that and I find incredibly stimulating. It’s not so much the latest trends that excite me, (although of course getting more chic gear won’t hurt), it’s seeing how the same items can be worn differently, how designers put the whole look together, and how I can adapt and own it for myself. At the end of the day, it's about how you style it — and styling, friends, is free.
With that in mind, here’s 5 quick ways to wear your clothes differently— small ways to tweak the pieces you already have hanging in your wardrobe, that will have a major impact on how your ensemble. Try them out, and please give me your comments below. I would love to hear how these tips work out for you!
1. Roll It
I own many long sleeve tops because I like the chic, professional vibe they project for the office. However, there are times when a long sleeve button-down can feel stiff, and rolling up the sleeves gives it an easy nonchalance. It's the easiest way to inject a little cool factor into even your most classic shirts. Take a page off men’s style. Cuffs down for work, roll up for later.
2. Cuff It
I always wonder why I didn’t think of this before! Cuffing hemlines is the fastest way to update jeans and casual pants in our wardrobe. Cuffing the pants just above the ankles create breathing room for us to show off our shoes better! It also makes our ankles seem slimmer and what girl wouldn’t want that? Choose from a single roll cuff or a double, but do not extend your cuffs more than 3” to avoid stumpy legs! I find that a single cuff works well with stiffer, straight-leg denim, while a rolled cuff goes well with a baggier, boyfriend jean.
3. Knot It
The easiest way to define a waistline without a belt is knotting your shirt right at the middle. It lends a more creative finish than just tucking in your shirt and adds a playful touch. You don’t have to tie it up to the midriff, and expose your belly. If you tie it at the waistline and pair it with a high waisted skirt of pants, barely a sliver of flesh is visible! It’s a great combo for the summer so give it a try.
4. Half-Tuck It
I got this tip straight from the J.Crew catalogue. Its one of my favorite styling tricks and its called the half-tuck. The idea behind this is simple: rather than tuck in the whole shirt, (which may look classic but slightly boring at times), this look conveys a more casual, current vibe that turns even a jeans and t-shirt outfit into more of a statement. Tuck half the shirt or the whole front and let the tail hang over the waistline. It’s the perfect medium for me, really…Untucked might feel sloppy, tucked-in might feel too prim; this is one part sophisticate, one-part off-duty trendsetter, in my books : PERFECT!
5. Belt It
I have to admit that I am not good with belts. However, belts, especially skinny belts are great accessories which we can use to define our shape, highlight our waist and can make oversize shirts, tunics and coats fit our frame. A belt takes only a minute to put on but adds polish to casual ensembles and makes an outfit look more complete every time.
Now it’s over to you. Which of these tips do you like best and why? What other style issues do you like to know more about? Leave your comments below and we’ll do our best to answer your style questions each week! Meanwhile, be amazing, live well with grace, gladness and style ;)