Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Back to Basics

First off, I wanted to thank you for the comments on Monday's Post.  If you missed it, you can see it here & feel free to still give your opinion...the more the merrier I say!

I wanted to take a moment & step back for today's post.  My ultimate goal is to be a realistic blogger that inspires all readers.  So today I wanted to appeal a little bit more to those who don't like to "dress to the nine's" & even to those of us that are in a clothing rut.

Personally, I just want every woman to feel happy & pretty in whatever they are wearing!  I think sometimes that is undervalued by us busy women.  I promise you though - get up & get dressed in something you like, & you'll feel more productive & motivated & happy with yourself!  When you're happier with yourself & feeling good, you'll only be a better Wife, Mother, Friend, Employee, etc.

Fashion doesn't have to be about trendy items or fancy words.  You don't even need to be "into" fashion to feel put-together.  Let's keep it basic!

This Not That

First & foremost, ditch those boxy tee's & athletic shoes.  I know I'll be stepping on some toes saying that & everything has a time & place, but tell me...does that "commercial" tee shirt & those tennies make you feel pretty, or put together, or anything positive except maybe comfortable?  I'm guessing not.

Look at the examples above; it won't take you any longer to get dressed in a well fitting basic tee shirt & good fitting jean than it would to toss on those ill fitting ones.  As for shoes, keep it simple with some neutral colored flats, or have fun with color & pattern on your flats.  It can still be simple & quick!

Second, think of looks you like on other people & develop your own "go-to formula".  This is a good tip for all of us, no matter your stance on fashion.  It's a great tool to use for those days when you feel uninspired or need something in a hurry for those of us that love fashion  Or for those that don't, this will be something you can use everyday.  At this point you may be saying "what is a formula, Kellie" - well let me explain.

Back To Basics

I've come up with 3 different examples that you could use as formulas - or you could even use all 3!

1)  Well fitting top (long or short-sleeved tee shirt) + well fitting jean + patterned scarf + basic flat = a well rounded outfit you can feel great in & wear some variation of every day!

2)  Well fitting top (this time a blouse) + well fitting capri + eye-catching necklace + basic flat = happiness in how you present yourself!

3)  Well fitting tank top (patterned or solid) + well fitting colored jean + cardigan + basic flat = an outfit you can be confident in!

As you can see, nothing is complicated about these formulas, but they all provide complete outfits.  Once you figure out what your "formula" is, stock-up on those pieces over time - look for them on clearance racks & at sales or ask for them as gifts, etc.  Not a fan of shopping?  Ask a friend that does love to shop to keep an eye out for certain items for you...they can pick them up & you can reimburse them. That way when you go to your closet you know that A+B+C+D=good!

Like I said, "formulas" are good for all of us.  For example, I know that I can grab a striped top, throw on a pair of my favorite jeans, add a scarf & slip on some flats & be out the door without much thought.  I use that method a lot when I'm in a hurry or, quite frankly, feeling uninspired & don't want to think about it.

So please, ditch those tennies & boxy tee-shirts for everyday ladies.  Develop a "formula" you can rely on & give it a try!  It will still be quick, comfortable, & easy, but you'll feel mounds better!

I'd love to know what your go-to formula is!  Use any of the examples above, or come up with your own (take individual pieces from each example to mix it up). Remember to use well fitting pieces...that's key to any outfit, basic or complex.  :-)  Let me know how it goes!

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  1. I'm a huge fan of "formula" dressing. I have a few go-to formulas and I pretty much stick with them. And I agree with and always remind myself the same comment you made about "it doesn't take extra time to put on well-fitting/cuter X." It's a process getting the right pieces into your closet to choose from, but it can be done and you do feel SO much better when you put some effort into getting dressed! And as always, LOVE your sets. I want to wear that burgundy tee and scarf immediately. :) Gina
    On the Daily Express

  2. Great ideas and combinations! I love adding scarves, necklaces, and cardigans to add some style and interest to a simple shirt and pants/jeans combo. :)

  3. Great ideas! I think I use all of those combos quite frequently.

  4. Love the idea of dressing up a striped tee!!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog


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