How to Tame Your Wardrobe in Style **
Saturday, March 01, 2014 • 14 comments
The beginning of the word “wardrobe” begins with w-a-r, and for some people, every day is a battle of style. Some women know what they like, but they don’t know how to combine great pieces. Some women have a few really great basics, but they don’t know how to accessorize. Let’s tame that wild wardrobe and find a way to make your style work for you.
1. Unstructured Pieces
Haute hippie is in. Trends that we love from all era’s –anywhere from the roaring 20’s to the mid 90’s- are coming in, and generally the looks that are favored are breezy road-trip looks. The idea is to be carefree, slouchy, and youthful with unstructured pieces.
How to tame it: With so many unstructured pieces, the danger is that you can easy try to mix-and-match and appear like you have no frame –like a blob. Even in Ashlee Simpson’s above interpretation, she wore short shorts and matched them with high heels so that it made her legs look longer, making the outfit appear like all of the flow is on top. The inverse translation of this concept would be like wearing a strapless maxi dress: all of the flow is on the bottom and you can see plenty of skin on top.
2. Printed Leggings
Don’t think that all leggings are muted colors or primarily black anymore. You may still see that trend in tights, but leggings are not in prints of all kinds. Sharks, stripes, polka dots, solar systems, American flags, floral – just take a look at the Forever21 catalog and you’ll see. But watch out: though printed leggings are en vogue, they can be a style trap.
How to tame it: The first and best way to tame printed leggings is by matching them with a flowing, neutral top like this over-sized sweater. This tames the look by making the neutral seem larger and more dominant than the print (and, yes, it overlaps the print, too). Also, keep in mind that the bolder the leggings, the more tame the rest of the ensemble needs to be: if you have a lot of visual activity on bottom, you can’t clutter the look with more accessories like layered necklaces, bracelets, vests, and the like.
3. Crazy Frames
Glasses designers are trying new things this year. Some are embracing vintage-inspired looks that are flirty and some that are sporty. Some glasses designers are just attempting to be bold in various ways. After all, who said that glasses have to be boring? But this can be another style trap for someone who has a wild sense of what they like without knowing how to make it work in their wardrobe.
How to tame it: Every season, a designer will show off something bold and shocking on the runway, and by the time it ends up in street style, it’s been tamed quite a bit. Consider this for your own sunglasses wardrobe. Don’t go with runway-level style values, but with street style-level values. Designers like Tom Ford is one of many who will take that runway style and harness it into something manageable, like glasses with a slight cat-eye frame, or glasses that have a bold bridge. Tamed-down styles like these sound like boring translations of the runway, but they’re really the best way to make it work.
About the Author:
Kristen Kauffman is fashion writer and blogger, and has written nationally-credited blogs on style trends, products, and weddings. Located in Prescott, Arizona, most blogs make fashion simple, affordable, and accessible.
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