Ever feel like your wardrobe is in a rut? You grab the first thing you can reach and throw it on. You look… OK. But you’ve been wearing the same old outfit for years.
Sure, it’s a classic look. You really can’t go wrong with a classic. Right?
It’s true – some pieces will never go out of style — like the little black dress. But that doesn’t mean you want to (or ought to) wear the same colors, patterns, and cuts over and over again. It can all get a bit dull.
Want to jazz things up a bit and mix up your wardrobe? Here’s how to add a little spice to your classic outfits and come away with a stylish masterpiece.
Always go for high quality footwear. You want to exude elegance. Nothing says it better than jazzy heels that draw the eye and get attention.
Switching up the shoes can instantly change an outfit and make a stylish statement. Here are some simple ideas:
- A pair of boots with feather trimmings or glitter can add a little fun to a casual night out.
- If comfort is important, look for block heels. They give support but still look professional.
- Slouchy boots are popular and look great with a shorter frock.
Don’t restrict yourself to a monochrome, black wardrobe. Try a bright shoe with your black dress. Or take it a step further with a bold leopard print. Shoes with beading or hint of gold also offer a unique look.
If you opt for the classic black pump, go with a closed toe with a slight point. It’s a modern, elegant look that stay elongates the leg and flatters your figure.
Worried about drawing too much attention to your ankles? Stay away from shoes with straps. Strapless shoes give you a more svelte look and distract from problem areas.
Play with Patterns
Your clothing is like a blank canvas. You could go all black, but would you want to look at canvas with just one stripe of black paint? Get creative and express yourself with patterns instead.
Start with the classic black dress. Now add a bold patterned scarf or a colorful kimono sleeve cardigan that gets attention. Try experimenting with animal prints, tie dye, and batik.
Add a basic handbag in stunning red or vibrant yellow. Want to add another subtle touch? A brooch or hair accessory can complete the look.
Try mixing up shapes too. A flowing tie dye tunic that lets you breath – combined with slinky black pants – is anything but boring. The contrast is eye catching and flattering. If you prefer a solid top, make it a strong contrasting color and pair it with chunky jewelry.
Worried that a big pattern will make you look bigger? Many plus size women are unsure about patterns. But delicately arranged patterns can give a new look and even hide weight. Opt for big, subtle prints instead of small patterns.
It’s All in the Details
A classic look must be complete from head to toe. Details mean everything. You can’t combine a knockout dress with a cheap pair of heels.
Remember if you don’t feel great, you don’t look great. Don’t force your body to fit a style that isn’t you. Focus on your best features and show them off.
The wonderful thing about classics, is you don’t have to have only one look. Keep on experimenting and modernizing your outfits. Change your accessories and shoes often. It will have your friends always guessing what will be your latest look.
Classic pieces with clever accessories are easy to mix and match, creating something new every day. Unlike trends that leave you in a few months, basics stay stylish. Since these basics are your favorite pieces, you always feel comfortable in them and keep a simple, versatile wardrobe. What could be better?
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen