The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Wearing Clothes vs. Wearing an Outfit

From the stiff-ish collar popping out from under her sweater, to the way she half tucks her tee shirt to the quirky personal touches she adds to each outfit - when a stylish girl walks in a room, everyone notices.

We all know a girl that always looks put together.

This is her secret.

The 4 Step Outfit Formula

Styling doesn't come easily to everyone, but it's definitely a skill you can hone if you break the process down to basics. 

Step 1: Outfit Base

The critical first step to creating an outfit is pretty straightforward - start with a base. Be it a top plus pants, jeans, shorts or a skirt; a dress or a jumpsuit, the outfit base refers simply to the clothes that cover your nakedness. Totally utilitarian.

A lot of women start and end at this step. Sure, you can leave the house in this get up, but with no hints of texture or personality - no one will mistake it for stylish. 

I recommend going through your wardrobe and identifying 5-6 core bases to build outfits around. Select classic garments that fit well and reflect your lifestyle. This will streamline your process and provide a reliable template to reference when creating looks.  

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

Step 2: Add a Layer

Now things start to get interesting. Once you've settled on your outfit base the next step is to add a layer. Layers are like throw pillows -- they add visual interest, color or texture and may or may not serve a functional purpose.

Examples of layers include another top, a cardigan, a vest, a printed wrap or a blazer, leather bomber or denim jacket you plan to wear all day (not outerwear).

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

Step 3: Make It Pop

Woo Hoo! Accessories in the house! Now that you've got your functional base sorted and you've created dimension with a layer, it's time to add personality with accessories. Jewelry is a given, but also consider a scarf (around the neck, your head, your wrist, your ponytail), a belt, hair flair, a hat or a cluster of pins. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

Step 4: Out The Door

Look at you girl! Almost ready to go. Time to add the ultimate finishing touches - bag, shoes and outerwear (if necessary). The formality and details of your outfit will dictate which shoes and bag you choose. If you are feeling a bit monochromatic, add color with a bag. If the outfit is heavy on color and prints, ground it with neutral footwear. Don't be afraid to rock sneakers with a suit pant or a metallic clutch with denim. And NO! your shoes and bag do not have to match. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door


"The Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula" is an excerpt from my new e-book Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide: How to Create the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe, out late March 2017.

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Jenn

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How to Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 3: Spot Your Signature

How to Cement Your Personal Style Part 3: Spot Your Signature

Personal Style Defined

Personal style is a fluid concept.  One thing is certain - you know great style when you see it. This is because style transcends clothing – it’s a vibe. Style is the energy of multiple elements that add up to a look with feeling.

It takes time, energy and self-realization to cultivate a wardrobe that feels 100% you. But here’s the good news! Without realizing it you’ve already spent years experimenting with trends, admiring stylish people and collecting inspiration. 

The goal of this series is to help you process all that info so you can get down to business and start cultivating your unique look.

Stylish Pre-Work

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Lesson 3: Spot Your Signature

Now that we've stalked hundreds of super chic ladies on Pinterest you've likely noticed that the ones you remember often have a style signature - a definitive element that appears over and over again in their outfits. 

Style signatures are not limited to garments or accessories, a style signature could be a preference towards a certain silhouette, a styling technique, haircut or even makeup. Some signatures are incredibly obvious and some require a relationship with the stylish to recognize. 

Can you spot these famous fashion icons style signatures?

 

What's My Signature?

Now don't get overwhelmed at the idea of selecting one item to represent you for all of eternity. Your style signatures evolve with your tastes, circumstances and interests.

For the past three weeks (thanks to this eye opening astrological transit) I've become obsessed with distressed denim shorts like those favored by Julie Sarinana of Sincerelyjules.com. Why? I'm embracing the recognition that my current personal vibe is that of a Free Spirit archetype, and playing around with clothes that reflect the way I am feeling RIGHT NOW. The distressed denim jean shorts won't make much sense in November, but they've motivated me to replace a pair of skinny jeans with a more relaxed boyfriend cut for my Autumn 2016 capsule. 

You'll see more of the my evolved Free Spirit + Editorial Eclectic aesthetic in the upcoming Autumn 2016 capsule but just because I am replacing some of my more structured silhouettes with billowy bottoms doesn't mean I won't pair them with my signature Hermes scarves.

I'll just find a new way to tie them.

It's A turban, It's a Belt, It's a half top - It's a dang scarf, ya'll

It's A turban, It's a Belt, It's a half top - It's a dang scarf, ya'll


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xoxo 

Jenn