Have you ever wondered how stylists always look put together, no matter what they wear? Sometimes it feels like a struggle to just find a matching outfit, yet some individuals can put two seemingly uncoordinated items and make them look fabulous. Yes, there's something to be said for knack for style, however there's also a science to it. Here's some of my favorite tips on how to piece different styles, fabrics, textures and accessories together effectively.
Color Outside of the Lines
You know that quote "well behaved women rarely make history"? Well, in the fashion world, most stylists you see employed by the world's biggest celebrities didn't get there by playing it safe. One of my favorite rules to break is not matching my shoes and bag... to me it's not necessary. Try two bold colors within the same warm or cold palettes, like red shoes with an orange bag or green and blue.
This also ties into the color block trend. Combining multiple strong hues that compliment one another is a major fashion-do. Bright colors have been huge over the last several years, one way to make this look timeless is pairing a bold color with black.
Experiment with Different Patterns
I like to play around with different patterns. This is probably because as a kid, my mom always told me not to. However, it's a subtle way to show edginess and effortless chic. Try florals with stripes, plaid or any line-pattern.
Dries Van Norten, backstage at Paris Fashion Week.
Bring Some Balance
Why is the black and white combination so classic? It's simple: because the two colors are the epitome of balance. Try light and dark tones - royal purple with pastel pink. You can also take this concept a step further and apply it to fabrics. I think the easiest application of this is combining leather and lace, but you can also try suede and cotton, or as a personal favorite, suede and florals.
Valentino, 2016 Ready to Wear Fashion Show
Jewelry is a Must - but Don't go Crazy
Unless you're going for the music festival look, don't layer too much jewelry, less is always more. I will combine dainty earrings with thin layered necklaces as an essential look, but pairing is key here. For example, if you choose a statement necklace, wear minimal earrings, or don't wear them at all. Whatever demands attention must be the center of the outfit, and everything else is supplemental. That also goes for statement earrings or a fantastic clutch, you get the idea.
Flats Can be Just as Chic as Stilettos
Tory Burch was brought into the fashion limelight because of this idea. She created a classic, go-with-everything flat that spoke not only to stylists but professionals worldwide. The flat can be more than practical, they can be the center of your outfit. Try a classic Tory Burch flat - because of the large gold emblem on the toes, they almost act as a set or jewelry on their own. This of course can be styled with a variety of outfits: jeans, skirts, dresses or slacks.
Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballerina Flat, $225
Not crazy about ballerina-style flats? You can find many shoe trends revolving around platform sandals or slip on shoes. These styles can work with a variety of outfits as well, so I would play around with them! For an example, platform sandals look great with a floral maxi dress and slip on shoes sleek and professional with slacks and a blazer.
Stuart Weitzman The Criss Cross Sandal, $355
Don't Cover Your Outfit in too Many Different Trends
Florals and lace and suede and tassels and pom poms just don't mix. Trends are awesome, don't get me wrong, but don't make the mistake of becoming a walking trend-billboard. There's definitely something to be said for timeless fashion, so rock one trend at a time, and piece the rest of your outfit for classic style. Check our blog on how to perfect this season's trends.
Pick Colors Based on Undertones in Your Skin
A great way to look professionally styled is to wear colors based off of the undertones in your skin. Keep in mind, the actual tone of your skin is much different than the undertones. If you're unsure of your skin's undertones, try looking closely at the color of your veins.
If your veins appear blue, you have cool undertones, and the colors that will look best on you are:
If your veins appear green, you have warm undertones, and the colors that will look best on you are: