Easy ways to make it look like I'm wearing an outfit, rather than just clothes

(28 Posts)
CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:14:46

I'm a horrendous dresser, all basic jeans, t-shirts, short-sleeved checked shirts, hoodies, woolly jumpers, trainers, converse, kickers, caps, that sort of thing, and not keen to change much.

But I've discovered that winding a pretty scarf round my neck and stuffing it in the front of my hoodie makes it look almost like I've put together an outfit, rather than the reality of my having selected a clean shirt, a clean jumper and a clean pair of trousers.

Does anyone have any other easy ways that they make themselves look put together, rather than "I rolled through my wardrobe and this is how I came out"?

KiaOraOAotearoa Tue 22-Apr-14 21:16:20

Yes. Buy the mannequin in the window!

Belts, bracelet, necklace. I can barely be bothered with these, but feel more put together when I add them.

I'd get a little jacket that goes with everything, and wear that when you want to be a bit more dressy than a hoodie. I have on a kind of army green, cotton number, finishes at the hip, I throw that on with jeans & tee, dresses, capri's, skirts, anything really. turn up the cuffs, add some ballerina's and I look positively continental with zero effort.

RoganJosh Tue 22-Apr-14 21:20:50

Colour coordination helps me look a bit more together.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:22:09

<takes notes….little jacket…observe mannequins…<licks pencil>…consider jewellery…<jams notepad away>

What's a ballerina?

Allalonenow Tue 22-Apr-14 21:28:57

Bag and shoes in the same colour.
Or if your clothes and shoes are all black or grey for instance, add a bright bag, as a statement.
Scarf and earrings or bracelet the same colour, works well with say all navy clothes and lime green scarf and earrings.

Ballerinas are flat shoes with round toes and often a little bow at the front.

ballet flats

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:30:13

When you say colour coordination, you don't mean wearing all the same colour, do you? You mean doing something clever and sophisticated involving picking out a colour from one thing using another thing without anything clashing, don't you? confused

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:30:46

Aha thanks for the ballerina explanations grin

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:32:14

Accessories all the same colour. Right, that's interesting actually - I wouldn't have realised anyone would notice that, but I guess it's a kind of subliminal thing that just pulls it all together a bit.

addictedtosugar Tue 22-Apr-14 21:33:19

What jumpers do you wear, Kate?
I'm still not convinced by this scarf lark, and I'm about a million miles away from a statement necklace, but can manage the rest of your wardrobe pretty much upstairs already.
I may need to diversify.....
I think ballerinas are those little shoes with such a thin sole you can't walk more than 500 yards in them - just a tiny covering of yout toes. Oh, stuff trying to erxplain. Look here

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:33:33

My ears are unpierced so clip-on earrings are the only ear adornment options, and tend to come with a matching accessory of a face screwed up in pain grin

I'd do colour blocking, that way, you don't buy prints, which tend to date quicker (i think). Buy simple, classic shapes in solid colours, then mix and match them.

Look-ee here, they've managed to make dressing even more complicated by having you draw equilateral triangles on a colour wheel. oh yeah. theinbetweengirls.com/2011/08/21/how-to-properly-color-block-and-outfit/

BumgrapesofWrath Tue 22-Apr-14 21:34:43

I've found that having some white tops, blue and grey cardigans, and different types of trousers gives me enough to mix and match to make some nice outfits.

Actually, that makes me sound quite dull.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:36:48

Big woolly shapeless jobs, sugar. smile At least two of them hand knitted with love and cables, pom-poms and bobbles by my late, osteoarthritic grandmother.

Those ballet flats look like they might not suit my feet which are HH width and triangular.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:37:57

Gosh, Royal, that's… kinda bright grin

more triangulation this way (and colour blocking)www.lespetitescharmeuses.com/2012/03/color-block-me-please/

grin I used to wear bright colours, but keep it more neutral these days. you can apply the same concept to pastels or greys, blues etc... depending on what colours you like.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:39:46

But solid colours sounds good.

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:40:37

Mmm, purple and orange, together at last grin

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 21:41:26

I don't have to point my toes at each other, though, do I?

addictedtosugar Tue 22-Apr-14 21:49:20

Sounds good, but not very obtainable grin. Enjoy your jumpers.

Sorry, Kate, can I hijack while you've got the experts here?
I often wear thin jumper tops for work. I've got a couple of bright, vibrant (hot?) pink tops, which I like. Where do they come on that wheel?

HappyGirlNow Tue 22-Apr-14 21:57:19

Don't like accessories all the same colour.. Looks too matchy matchy and dated..

addicted haha, no expert here, just bored

there is no pink on the wheel, the wheel has spoken, no pink <gavel>

I think it'd be in the red zone, so you could wear royal blue or yellow with it?? maybe? Give it a try, if anyone goes hmm, you've got it wrong

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 22:38:04

Hijack ahead, I'm interested in the answer to your question too.

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