The secret to pulling off any outfit (Yes, ANY!)Jess Wilby
Would you believe us if we told you that you could pull off any outfit? We really do mean anything.
You might previously have believed that fashion is not for you, or a garment doesn’t suit your ‘shape’. Nonsense! Fashion may run in cycles but style plays by no rules.
If you’re looking for a hype man, you’ve come to the right place. We celebrate all styles, all sizes, all tastes and we want you to join in with the fun. It’s time for you to truly embrace the clothes that make you go ‘oooo’ rather than the safe option that you never felt fully comfortable wearing in the first place.
Here’s everything you need to know to gain the confidence to pull off ANY outfit.
Let’s talk about sizing
Feeling comfortable in what you wear is your number one priority. That means, you need to forget what you think you know about sizing.
Forget about the number on the label. What is a size 12 in one brand, may be a size 14 in another; and it doesn’t stop there, what is considered a size 12 in a shirt may not feel as well fitting as a size 12 in jeans. Your body is more than just a number, but you need to think about the amount of fabric you need to feel comfortable which you’re only going to know once trying the garment on.
Take your measurements and don’t be ashamed of trying a few different sizes to find the right fit for you. You may purposely want a tighter or looser fit in a specific garment anyway. It’s less about the number and more about the feeling. Trying new clothes with this in mind can totally transform the slog of shopping, making it a far more enjoyable experience.
The issue of size may seem taboo to many and we understand that for some people it can be a daunting task, but focus on what you feel comfortable in not the numbers. You’re not going to pull off an outfit that makes you feel uncomfortable, the discomfort will be written all over your face.
Add something timeless
Anchoring your outfit with a timeless piece that transcends all ages is the perfect way to feel confident when wearing something that seems a little more ‘out there’. It could be something as simple as a classic pair of indigo jeans or a traditional leather biker jacket.
The addition of these timeless key pieces pulls your outfit together and also gives you the confidence to experiment in other areas. For example, you may discover a bold, printed skirt that needs something simple on top to really make sure it gets the attention it deserves. We’d suggest a plain black t-shirt, leather jacket or cami in a neutral or black tone. Letting one wild item do the talking ensures that your outfit isn’t too busy and let’s you show off your creative side.
Build up layers and texture
There’s more to an outfit than just a shirt, bottoms and shoes. Beyond the basics there are a whole host of finer details that will complete your look. Think of your dream ‘dress up box’; silk scarves, sparkling jewelry, bags, patterned tights, leather belts, hats, gloves. The possibilities are almost endless!
If you’re not confident playing with colour, layering different textures would be a great option for you and confidence really is the key to pulling off any outfit. Find a colour palette that you’re comfortable with and experiment with chunky knitted cardigans, lightweight corduroy shirts tied around the waist or a cosy hoodie underneath a leather jacket.
Of course, some days you’ll want to keep it simple but that won’t stop you from adding a couple of rings, a necklace and perhaps a hair tie that colour co-ordinates with the rest of your outfit. Layering up your hardware is the perfect way of adding subtle finishing touches.
Make it yours
What makes your outfit unique to you? Sure, versions of the clothes you wear might be owned by other people, but what makes your garments unique to you?
Custom clothing may seem like it would cost a lot, but it only takes a little time and small expense to make an item of clothing truly your own. A rip on your jeans, a pin badge on your lapel, a pre-loved dress that you’ve taken up an inch or two to suit. These small amendments are the perfect way of turning ‘off the rails’ into ‘made for me’
What you wear on the inside
Ok, here comes the soppy bit. Now that you’ve created an outfit that is totally comfortable and feels like ‘you’, it’s time to strut your stuff. Last minute jitters may make you think ‘gosh, I can’t pull this off’. Fake news!
You can and you are pulling off the clothes you love to wear. It’s an attitude not a checklist that makes you able to pull off just about any outfit you can think of. Focus on the fun of fashion, not the fickle changing trends. Go for comfort, explore your own boundaries and then run wild with layers and textures. It’s not rocket science, but it might take a bit of time to feel truly at ease.
You’ve got this, go out there and embrace your own unique style.