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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Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

MappCraft | Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

MappCraft | Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

So Hot Back Then

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device.

Here's the skinny on real time trend tracking: The looks the fashion girls wore last month to the Fall/Winter 2017 Collections reflect the aesthetic (and weather) of those shows - not necessarily what you will be wearing in April.

The trends you'll see in stores this Spring were actually inspired by the Spring/Summer 2017 shows and what the fashion girls wore to fashion week in September 2016.

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device. Image credit | Collagevintage.com

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device. Image credit | Collagevintage.com

Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

Not to get all political, but unless you live off the grid (lucky), you know we are in the throws of a collective value crisis. It's also playing out in street fashion. Across style archetypes, trends were informed by 3 disparate moods - sporty, sexy or sweet.

SPORTY VIBES

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Athleisure Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Athleisure Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

Athleisure: Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

The no nonsense, no frills versions above are just one interpretation of this Athleisure trend. For a more sassy look, try a shorter length with distressed details like the Khloe Distressed Hoodie Sweatshirt Dress  from TOBI.

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Editorial Eclectic Vibrant Track Pants

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Editorial Eclectic Vibrant Track Pants

Editorial Eclectic: Vibrant Track Pants

Coming in at a heavyweight $1980, Gucci first showed its elevated track pant as part of the brand's Resort 2017 Collection. Do your wallet a solid and keep it real in this $60 pair by Adidas

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Minimalist Sorbet Sweatshirt

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Minimalist Sorbet Sweatshirt

Minimalist: Sorbet Sweatshirt

Even when she's feeling sporty in a muted sweatshirt you'll never see the ever-clean, ever-simple Minimalist girl sweat. This Spring, pair a taupe Everlane tunic sweatshirt (you get to pick the price) over a pleated midi skirt for a nod to norm core street style.

Sweet Vibes

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Classically Chic Ribbon Details

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Classically Chic Ribbon Details

Classically Chic: Ribbon Details

The sweet ribbon details popping up on all manner of apparel may (or may not) have evolved as a sartorial response to this innocent (or not so) wardrobe selection by First Lady Melania Trump

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Americana Gingham and Seersucker

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Americana Gingham and Seersucker

Americana: Ruffled Gingham and Seersucker

Making Americana great again? For the 2nd time in two years, Parisian born Joseph Altuzarra sent a bevy of gingham  down his Spring 2017 runway. Italian designer MSGM reworked Southern staple seersucker with all manner of bows and ties. Assert your checks and balances in this $175 black gingham wrap shirt by MLM label.

Sexy Vibes

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Full On Glam Corset

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Full On Glam Corset

Full On Glam Corset

Remember back in January when women all over the planet marched in solidarity for equal rights? Well don't tell that to the Kardashian initiated corset trend. The notorious symbol of female suppression is having yet another fashion moment in Spring 2017. If you're into political subversion tactics, this reclaimed vintage leather open corset belt by ASOS would look really hot over a men's style dress shirt. 

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

I liken the sex appeal of this yoga inspired street wear trend to the sensual lines of dancer's pose rather than, you know, a dancer pole. Layer a open back tee over the seriously strappy Undone Bralette by Tobi and you're all set for festival season. 

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Edgy Fishnets

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Edgy Fishnets

Edgy Fishnets

Like the corset, the Kardashian clan didn't invent the fishnet tight. Kim simply Instagramed an innocent shot wearing a pair under unbuttoned jeans (top left) and promptly reignited the hosiery market. Styling tip: Dip a toe in the trend by layering this pair by TOBI under distressed boyfriend jeans. 

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Are you feeling sporty, sweet or sexy this Spring? Show me your looks!

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