Mix and Match: Creating Versatile Outfits with Your Existing Wardrobe
I think one of the hardest aspects of truly having elevated style is really knowing how to mix and match your pieces versus just having one-hit wonders. I love a good novelty piece more than the next and I myself have struggled to purchase the "basic" option when the more fun and colorful top is calling my name.
However, building a wardrobe full of versatile pieces can save you from many closet tantrums. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of mix and match and provide practical tips on how to create countless outfits with the clothes you already own.
Let's Break It Down Into A Few Steps:
1. Assess Your Wardrobe: Begin by taking inventory of your existing wardrobe. This is the most important step and why all my styling clients start with a closet edit. If you don't really know what your starting point is you're going to end up bringing in multiples, pieces that aren't cohesive with what you own and essentially it becomes a mish-mosh of randomness and that's why you always feel like you have nothing to wear.
You have to sort through your clothes and identify the key pieces that you love and feel comfortable in. Look at the foundation pieces that you already own- white button down, straight leg denim, black cardigan, what do you have and what do you need? Having a foundation of timeless staples will make it easier to mix and match. Again, these aren't necessarily the fun purchases but they are the necessary ones.
2. Experiment with Pairings: So you figured out your foundation pieces or at least a clear idea of the ones to invest in, it's time to experiment with different combinations. Mix tops and bottoms in various ways to create new outfits. Don't be afraid to try unexpected pairings or layering different pieces together. Some might look really strange and others might be a homerun. Don't be afraid to add in accessories, if there's a scarf that has been collecting dust now is a great time to try and play with/
3. Mix Textures and Patterns: Don't limit yourself to solid colors alone. Mixing textures and patterns can add depth and visual interest to your outfits. The best monochromatic looks are the ones with different textures ex; leather skirts, and silk blouses all in one color but variety of textures. Mixing patterns is also a bold way to create more outfits. If you're stumped how to do this find one color story and have that be the cohesive element between the pieces.
4. Take Advantage of Layering: Layering is a powerful technique for creating new outfits from existing pieces. Experiment with layering different garments, such as adding a cardigan over a dress or wearing a blouse under a sleeveless top. Layering not only adds versatility but also allows you to adapt your outfits to different weather conditions and occasions.
5. Document and Organize: This is the most overlooked yet most important step. Photograph as you create these outfits! Create an album on your phone specifically for your outfits, this is your vault to go back to when you are stumped on what to wear. This will help you remember and replicate successful outfits in the future.
Make sure you have strong foundations to always mix back to what you own and spend the time just trying. If you think it might work- try it out, even if you think it might not work- try it out! An elevated wardrobe isn't about the biggest wardrobe it's really about taking the pieces and playing around with them so they feel like you and work for your lifestyle. By assessing your wardrobe, experimenting with pairings, playing with accessories, mixing textures and patterns, utilizing layering techniques, and documenting your outfits, you can unlock endless outfit possibilities. Remember, your personal style is a reflection of your unique personality, so embrace the creativity and enjoy the process of mixing and matching your way to a stylish wardrobe!