Dressing up, dressing down
As seen in Latitude Magazine
Do you get frustrated with your wardrobe?
Do you never have
anything to wear?
Are you hesitant on buying a dress because you will only
wear it once?
It’s a common feeling; don’t worry you are not alone.
Dressing every day can be tough! In the morning I can change up to three times before
deciding on what to wear! Anyone else – or is that just me?! Let’s try and simplify your daily woes with a few tips on dressing
up and dressing down to create a more versatile wardrobe.
1. Invest in different accessories. Jewellery
is an easy way of changing a look, wear refined pieces for dressy, larger pops
of colour for a more casual look. Neutral colours are easy to match with prints
and impact colours.
2. Bags give your outfits personality and sets
the scene for the outfit.
3. Buy a denim or navy jacket – this will make
you outfit especially dresses instantly more casual
4. Shoes can be that one item that will change
the whole look, try a casual pair of sneakers (not the sports shoe type!!)
5. If you have a button up shirt or dress, make
it casual by wearing it open over the top of a plain tee, paired with ¾ pants
Let’s take your classic look, perhaps that dress you’ve only
worn once at a wedding, Gucci handbag (we wish!) and Prada heels. Now let’s
strip that back, change the heels for a shiny metallic slide, exchange the
handbag for a fun colourful over the shoulder bag and pop a fresh white denim
jacket over the top. Congrats, you have taken that dress (you never thought
you’d wear again) from the wedding of the year to lunch with your girlfriends. The same applies to that top you are saving for your wedding
anniversary dinner. There are no rules that apply when you purchase a
lovely garment, nor does a price tag define whether it’s for "good” or casual.
If it has a hefty price tag, the more reasons to try and find any excuse to
Take this challenge, try and create three looks with your
top; evening, smart casual & every day.
Most days you are in a hurry, so making minimal changes to
create the evening look is key. Try to either add or remove items. Adding a
clutch, earrings and a fitted jacket, with a change of shoes will transform
most outfits into evening attire. Make the most out of your wardrobe and add things that will
work with it. You are the only person putting the restrictions on when and
where you can wear something. If you start wearing those "good” dresses every
day, you will notice the compliments and start having fun with dressing every
Here's an example so you get the idea!