Can you believe that #everydaystyle is more than six months old?
What started as a reader request to see more of what I wore every day – not just for special occasions or for blog posts – evolved into a personal challenge for me.
I might blog and advise people about fashion and even have a book coming out where I help you - Unlock Your Style (shameless plug … you’ve been warned, there will be lots of them!) - but I have wardrobe crises and fall into ruts just like the next woman.
What has saved me from falling into those ruts over the past six months has been YOU. You’ve made me accountable. Just the knowledge that I’m going to be photographing and uploading what I’m wearing each day has made me really think about what it is I’m going to wear.
I’m all good when it comes to dressing for certain events and occasions but the everyday stuff? That’s where I can easily fall into a rut.
The main reason for this is that I work from home. By myself.
At this time of year I could easily and happily stay in my pyjamas, disguised as loungewear. Ugg boots on, no makeup, no accessories, hair pulled back and not attended to.
And that would be ok if I felt ok doing it.
The first couple of days are usually fun but then I find that my mood starts to drop in line with the amount of effort I haven’t taken in prioritising myself.
When I do prioritise myself – getting to yoga, going for walks, eating well, drinking less AND making and effort with how I present myself to the world – I feel good.
That feeling of good might not take away a crappy day or a help you forget a nasty comment but it sure does help.
Sarah from Creating Contentment this week echoed these thoughts and how it applies to her life. Some time ago, Anna from Colour Me Anna talked about why she joins in #everydaystyle too.
Perhaps you haven’t joined in by posting photos but have been inspired by those who do?
Inspired to think and plan about what you wear for the every day? Not just for special occasions?
If that’s the case and you’re still looking for tips on how to make an outfit look better. I’ll give you the hottest tip around:
It’s all in the detail.
My outfit below is a basic long-sleeve tee and jeans outfit for a casual school holiday day that started off very cold. It’s the line and texture of the cardi-coat, the colour of the tee brought in with the scarf and the knee-high boot that makes that basic outfit better.
When you break it down like this – and do do this with outfits you see others wearing in the #everydaystyle feed – it’s easy to crack the code that will have you more confidently adding details to your everyday outfits.
1. Have your outfit building blocks in place. The base part of your outfit needs to work for you – flatter in the right places; disguise others. This is where your confidence starts. Get this right and the rest will fall into place.
2. What you add next can make your outfit. Don’t be scared of this step. Embrace the challenge. Have a selection of jackets, scarves, necklaces, earrings, brooches, shoes, boots at hand. Coordinate the night before and you won’t be scrambling around in the morning rush.
3. Stand in front of a mirror and forget that it’s you you’re looking at. Imagine you’re dressing someone else as you add and subtract possible details from your outfit.
4. Forget the rules and play. Some base outfits might need little more than a hot pair of shoes and a delicate necklace. Others might benefit from a colourful coat, a textured scarf and a hat. Don’t be limited by so-called rules. Go on how you feel when you add details to your outfit.
5. Coco Chanel was right. Sort of. She said: “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” I think sometimes, yes, this applies. Sometimes not. Sometimes over-accessorising really does work; other times I feel like a Christmas tree and un-adorn quick smart. I prefer to switch the idea on its head. Don’t leave the house without adding at least one thing, one accessory, to your outfit. If all you do is add one thing it will add interest and you will have made your outfit look a whole lot better.
Take a look at this small selection from the Real Women of Everyday Style. They know how to work an outfit detail or two or three or more.
Study them closely, take on board the tips they give by example. A colourful hat, a statement necklace, fur, animal print, sunglasses, statement shoes, scarves … they’re all showing how to make an outfit look better.
I’ve started with a base outfit of jeans and tee and then added in the details. They all work together but equally you could just choose to add one or two of the included details below.
The important thing is to play. And always add one thing to that basic outfit.
1. Bonds tee $19.95 | 2. A little Bird Told Me jacket $49.95 | 3. Cooper St faux fur vest $119.95 | 4. Samantha Wills ring $79 | 5. Target bag $25 | 6. Mix Apparel jeans $25 | 7. Maria Rossi boots $187.47 on sale at Styletread
How do you bring detail into your outfits?
Want to join in? Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your everyday style to Instagram or Facebook, use the #everydaystyle and tag @stylingyou so I can find you. Don’t feel you have to post every day. Post when you can. For consideration in my outfit of the week round up, I look first for clear, in-focus photos without text or borders on them. These work in best with the montage layout.
* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration