9th October 2012
Some people do multi-colour outfits really well (ie all of Tommy Ton’s muses) but if you’re like me and are looking for a quick and fuss free way to look good all the time (well, most of the time), Sara’s rules could totally help you to create ensembles that are simple and chic, without having to spend hours planning.
Three Colour Dressing
- Try to wear no more than three colours per outfit.
- Because black and white are technically shades, you can be more flexible about how you integrate these into your outfits. For example, you can wear four colors if one of them is white.
- For metal jewelry try to stick to one shade for each outfit, either gold or silver, particularly for chunky jewelry like statement necklaces and watches. I sometimes break this rule because I like mixed metal but I think sticking with one shade helps with simplicity.
- Thought busy prints were banned because of the abundance of different colours? No way! But when wearing a printed piece, keep the rest of your outfit simple. If you like you can choose a colour out of the print itself to match with your accessories or another part of your outfit which will help to simplify the palette.
- Matching the colour of your accessories is an easy way to limit the number of colours in your outfit (I admit I do tend to lean towards matching accessories, does that make me a stepford wife?), but you don’t always have to. I like it when people match one of their accessories to a piece of their outfit, like bag to skirt, or go for an outfit with two colours and then a bag or shoes that pop.
- Apparently red lips count!
Naturally there will always be a million exceptions to the rule. You don’t have to dress like this all the time but I’ve truly found that dressing in three colours can really help when I’m in doubt about how to put an outfit together. Need some proof that three colour dressing actually works? Below I’ve pulled some of my favourite street style looks including Lucy, Sara, Jess, Nicole and Hedvig and shown you how they’ve used the three colour dressing concept (I assume without even knowing it) to look amazing.
3rd October 2012
Three Step Fall (Autumn) Wardrobe Edit
1. Cull – Now is a perfect time to pull all your winter clothes out from under your bed or at the back of your wardrobe and look over them thoroughly. Are they in good nick or did you wear them to death last season? Go through all your cooler weather clothes like jackets and coats, as well as tights, jeans and boots to make sure they are up to scratch. If you find any worn out items commit to fixing them or put them in a pile for friends or the secondhand store. Freshen up all your winter clothes by washing or hanging up.
2. Review – Now that you have removed all the surplus items you probably won’t wear this fall and winter, it’s time to go through what’s left and start getting into cold weather outfit mode. How much does it suck when you feel like you get to the end of October and are catapulted into Winter but have forgotten how to put a decent winter outfit together? Take a few hours to plan some colder weather outfits in your head, and decide what is missing from your wardrobe that will be essential for the coming months.
3. Shop - Put together a list of the items you are missing. In terms of winter clothes, I think you get what you pay for, which is why I like to research winter clothes (like the purchase of the sacred winter coat) or buy vintage where I can. If you buy a gorgeous wool coat and can wear it for the next 3 years like I have done, it’s money well spent. I also look at winter as a good opportunity to buy a hard wearing basic items that go with a million different outfits – trends may come and go but essential items will always work in your wardrobe. I like to invest in neutral colours like navy, white, black and khaki to get me through winter, and I try to DIY or thrift trend pieces style to pair with basics. In the pics I have added here as Fall/Autumn outfit inspiration (naturally I will be wearing wool tights with the shorts and skirts!) most of the items you see I have owned for the last couple of years, and have been able to keep and wear over and over, mixing up with things I have made and things I have thrifted. If you stick to basics and essentials for your key pieces and you will never be disappointed!
Stay tuned as I’ll be doing a post of my favourite winter essentials and my (very short) ‘must have’ list soon! Have you got any other tips for how you clean out your wardrobe in preparation for Fall and Winter?
14th March 2012
Check Basics - Do you have all the singlets and tees you’re going to need for summer? Stock up on simple basics which will probably be the basis for your wardrobe in summer.
Organise - Fold, hang, completely rejig – now’s the time! Ideas on how to do it here.