Getting dressed each day means so much choice.
Too much choice or not enough are equal disasters when it comes to the morning.
I want to get ready with the least amount of effort and in super quick time; I also want to make sure I look the best I can. We all want that but it is easy to have those days where it all goes slightly wrong.
I don’t think I ever leave the house with the idea to look less well presented than I should – a bad outfit day is never intentional and yet I have days where it goes pear-shaped. Like last week when I packed a ridiculous set of clothes for a week in Provence. What was I thinking? I blame time constraints but I also am responsible for not taking my own advice. How many times do I write about, “what to pack” – it is a favourite subject of mine and one I think I’m not bad at. Pity I broke all my own rules.
For starters, I forgot to look at the weather report. Rookie mistake and it was freezing due to a mighty cold Mistral wind. Secondly, I forgot all the easy favourites that work so well – the ones I tell you about all the time. For example, where were my most loved leather pants? Why didn’t I pack my turtleneck sweater or listen to my 3-shoe rule? My head must have been far away. Anyway, it didn’t matter; Provence makes up for bad outfit days in every way.
What I did figure out is this; there are certain key elements with dressing to elevate an outfit. An outfit can be good, totally ok and passable, or it can very easily be turned into a great look. Packing badly and leaving behind those items that could have made my very simple pieces jump out was a lesson learned. xv
How To Turn The Good Into The Great
Clothing should be the best fit possible.
Wearing ill-fitting pieces not only is super uncomfortable but also unflattering. Knowing what brands work and what styles suit eliminates the problem. A simple blazer or tee can change the most basic of outfits if they fit well. Watch those hemlines too, they can make or break the smartest of combinations.
Handbags and shoes are the rock stars of an outfit.
Investment in quality handbags and shoes is a wise move. If these two are right it is easy to get away with some “high street” savvy in your outfit.
Leave the complicated pieces to the dedicated fashionistas.
Trying to hard with a look is the easiest way to get it all very wrong. Stay calm and classic and leave the frou-frou to others. Simple is not dull or boring, especially when worn with a killer pair of shoes and divine handbag.
Have fun with the small accessories.
Wear reading glasses or sunglasses that are not only up to date but also fashionable. I learnt long ago the value French women put on their eyewear, despite their age. Along with an excellent haircut, the glasses are an important addition.
Be brave, mix the all-stars and chorus line.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces to create your personal signature. Designer labels don’t have an exclusive on great style. Some of the most beautiful outfits include vintage and the inexpensive. The key is to know what you like and what suits and then the ability to put it all together.
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