How to Always Look Put Together: Clothing
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
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Welcome to Chapter III of my How to Look Put Together Guides, If you haven't read the previous chapters you can catch up here. Now that you've mastered Personal Care and Undergarments I'd like to introduce you to the most exciting part of the series: Clothing.
This site and these guides were born to combat the generalized misconception of "In order to look expensive you need to spend more". I think a little education is all you need to look your best.
In this chapter, I'll be sharing tips and lessons I learned while trying to curate a wardrobe that is refined, timeless, and looks expensive.
01. Function First
How many absolutely stunning pairs of shoes do you own?
How many of them are comfortable?
Function is critical. Buying a pair of shoes only to display them in your closet because they're uncomfortable is dumb (There is no better word for it).
You didn't buy a pair of shoes you bought a trophy, a decoration that serves no other purpose but to display it.
And if that was the intent behind the purchase then great. But if you bought these to wear then what were you thinking?
It's ok though, I've been there and thankfully Poshmark exists so you can sell your lightly used unexplainable splurges.
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Moral of the story: Make sure that whatever it is you're buying or keeping in your wardrobe can get the job done.
This is not only applicable to shoes, you can apply it to anything really:
Buy Coats that will actually keep you warm.
Buy Shoes you can actually walk in.
Buy Dresses you can dance in.
At the end of the day, if you are comfortable you will undoubtedly look better.
02. Find your Colors and Stick to them
I wrote another series of posts on color theory (Catch up here). But, for now, let's begin by establishing a color palette for our wardrobe.
Having a color palette makes mixing and matching within your wardrobe EASY.
How do I know which colors look good on me?
While there are seasons, skin undertones, complexion, and hair to take into account for this, the simplest way to establish what colors you look best in is establishing your skin undertone, and while this is NOT the only thing you should be taking into consideration its a good place to start.
If you don't know your skin undertone find it here.
Let's use RED as an example:
If you have a cool undertone opt for cooler shades of red.
If you have a warm undertone opt for warmer shades of red.
This works for every color!
Take a look at my Spring-Summer color palette below:
Now take a look at how that color palette comes to life:
How do you Choose your Color Palette?
For now, let's look at what you already own so we can make the best use of the items you already have. Hopefully, you've already subconsciously created a color palette.
I want you to open up your blinds and let that natural light in, pick out 6 items from your closet in colors that you absolutely love, and that complement you well.
Fill in your colors below and draw out your color palette.
Analyze them. Do these colors compliment each other well?
If they do, then you have a color palette! If they don't try to find the color that doesn't go with the rest.
Swap that color out for another color that does, continue until you have a color palette you love.
Fill in your Color Palette below!
03. Want the Perfect Fit? Find a Good Tailor!
Get those essentials (jeans, pants, dresses, and jackets) tailored. Especially jeans, you can make a pair of $50 Levi's look like a pair of $250 Mother Denim with the right tailor.
As a petite and curvaceous woman, finding clothes that suit my body type has always been a struggle. So at 15 years old, I learned to hand-sew and make simple alterations to find the right fit.
So for the cheaper, everyday wear pieces, learn to hand sew yourself.
Taking in a little bit here and there isn't very hard to do and makes a $7 top look decent. If I could do it at 15 years old, you can do it now!
This is especially useful for those Forever21, Shein, and Romwe pieces.
04. Wrinkles are Unacceptable
Nothing says "cheap" quite like wrinkled clothing. With so many ways to keep your clothing wrinkle-free, there really is NO excuse to wear a chewed up outfit.
I have even used my flat iron to iron out clothes in a pinch!
The easiest way to keep your wardrobe creaseless is steaming. Steaming is fast, easy, and takes up less space than a flat ironing board.
If you'd rather not iron:
opt for wrinkle-resistant fabrics. Like the ones pictured.
Wrinkle-resistant fabrics help you look put together and are perfect for travel, times when you're running late, or if you just don't want to iron... ever.