Or, “Why Everyone Should Be Friends with a Fashion Blogger.”
If you ever asked me to describe my personal style in one word, that word would be “nonexistent.” I am not, nor have I ever been, in any way fashionable. I have zero confidence when it comes to clothes, and since clothes shopping tends to be an exercise in emotional torture for me, I prefer to avoid it whenever possible. Because of that, on the rare occasions that I do buy clothes, I buy basics — not even classics, but basics. Plain shirts, plain sweaters, plain everything. The more basic the item is, the longer I can wear it without it going clearly out of style, and the less shopping I have to do: perfect.
My style is also nonexistent because to be honest, I have no clue how to put together an outfit. I’ll never forget the incredible sense of pride I felt last year when getting ready for a friend’s wedding rehearsal. I had planned on wearing a sundress, but it was unseasonably cool that day. In a moment of inspiration, I put a cardigan on over the dress and wore the dress’s belt over both the cardigan and the dress. It was literally the first time in my life I had put together an outfit.
On Saturday, Erin came over to give me one of her Chicago Blogland-famous closet consultations, where she goes through the clothes I already own and shows me how to mix and match them to create new outfits without spending a single penny. Lesson #1: monochrome.
Colors in the same family match each other, creating a wealth of layering opportunities for a closet like mine. I tend to go on color binges–I bought exclusively blue for a long time, but have since moved on to purple–which means I accumulate a lot of similarly colored items in my wardrobe.
Fortunately, I can wear these together! Who knew?
But monochrome isn’t the only way to layer things. Neutrals also work, such as white under color…
or color under neutral.
One of the other good lessons I learned is that just because something is patterned doesn’t mean it can’t count as neutral. I have a black and white skirt, for example, that I’ve always only worn with a plain black top because I didn’t know how to wear it any other way. Maybe with some color?
Look at that!
These are just a couple of the outfits Erin put together using my limited wardrobe. I honestly don’t own a lot of clothes, so I was a little worried that she wouldn’t have much to work with. Not true at all! There’s no reason why I have to wear each individual item in only one way, and Erin did a phenomenal job of showing me how to get significantly more mileage out of what I already own.
Do you have a good sense of how to put together an outfit?
What’s your favorite item of clothing?