Three Rules for a Strong Fashion Foundation

Fashion moves fast, and defining your personal style can be baffling. Luckily, some elements of style are timeless. We’ve compiled a list of fail proof starter tips for you to familiarize yourself with –  so you can began to build a look that is truly your own.

The Color Palette

Color is the foundation of your outfit’s first impression. A well-balanced color scheme can make a powerful statement, whereas a clashing palette can have a disastrous effect on an otherwise lovely outfit.

Know Your Color Profile

The easiest way to find colors that suit you is to wear shades with the same undertones as your skin, which will be either warm, cool or neutral – determine yours here. To determine color tone, look for yellow tints in warm colors and blue tints in cool ones.

Once you’ve identified your undertones, and which colors within that family speak to you, consider building up a wardrobe based around this palette (but remember, the color that looks best on you is the color that feels best on you, there are no set rules!)

  • Get to Know Color Theory

If mixing colors seems daunting, familiarize yourself with basic color theory. Understanding the basic techniques of achieving color harmony can be immensely helpful when choosing the color palette for your outfit. Check out a great introduction here.

  • Light to Highlight, Dark to Detract

Lighter colors reflect light and attract attention, so if you’re looking to draw attention to a certain part of your outfit (or the whole thing, you look great!) opt for a lighter hue. Prefer a quieter effect? Utilize darker colors and go incognito.

  • Consider Monochrome

Wearing the same color from head to toe can elongate your silhouette, making you look taller and leaner. Pick a bold color that makes you feel powerful and a monochromatic look will also command attention AND respect.

The Texture and Pattern

There is a wide and wild world of fabrics, textures and patterns with which you can fill your closet. Consider these simple tips when mixing these elements for an outfit that pops – in the right way!

  • Vary the scale

Create balance by mixing medium/larger prints with smaller prints. Think big, bold stripes with a delicate flower pattern.

  • Keep it in the same color family

When mixing elements it’s important to maintain balance by sticking to a color scheme. Example: if your top layer is blue with red and white accents, a complementary bottom or jacket could feature a white base with red accents, blue accents, or both!

  • Pick elements that complement each other.

Generally, two loud fabrics or patterns will compete with one another and busy an outfit. Give statement pieces the spotlight they demand and complement them with neutral items or ones that balance out the ensemble.

  • Break It Up With Basic

Create a little breathing room between eye-catching patterns or pieces with solid colors and/or neutral tones.

The Fit.

This might be the most crucial rule of all for dressing well. Clothes that are the wrong size or ill-fitting detract from even the most well styled outfits. Want a custom fit? We can help!

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