Blog Contribution - Kimberley Sara
Balance It Out
When dressing any shape the goal is to create balance - basically this means to create clean lines through shape manipulation. For example, if you have a tighter skirt or slim pant balance this shape with a loser fit on top or add volume with a coat, oversized jacket or billowy shirt. If wearing a flowing dress, balance the shape with a slightly cropped fitted jacket. If you have a shorter dress, playsuit or shorts, a longer coat or boyfriend blazer that hits at the right point on the thigh to balance the look. A cropped jacket with short styles below looks distorted as with layering two long pieces.
The balance method applies to shoes and bags too, if you are in a tighter outfit a slightly chunkier shoe or boot balances the look whereas a flowy outfit requires a minimal, simple shoe to pull the look back.
Silver vs Gold
Everyone fits into either the silver or gold category. Some cross over both but as a general guide, discovering which works for you opens up the world of colour theory. Those who suit silver will in turn suit all cool colouring - white, grey, navy, blue. Those who suit gold will look best in beige, camel, burgundy, brown, khaki etc. Warm and cool are the first steps in colour analysis and while it gets much more in depth from here, this is the starting point. It is absolutely fine to switch back and forth between silver and gold, it is a very personal choice but when it comes to understanding colours and style, the silver vs gold question can be incredibly helpful!
Find Your 'Unique Piece'
Everyone has a signature piece, whether they know it or not - that one item that fills their cart, wardrobe and their heart. It could be a leather jacket, a statement bag, layered jewellery, a floaty dress or a white shirt. Browse your wardrobe and look for a repeating item or daydream your ideal outfit and take a closer look at what you imagine. Find it. Wear it. Own it. Trends evolve and constantly change but your 'your piece' will forever be part of your style and will guarantee confidence no matter the occasion.
Learn to Layer
A good wardrobe is built up with effective, well-fitting basics which can be layered in multiple ways. The perfect example of this would be a basic tee which can be styled with a range of different bottoms and layered with a jacket, shirt, necklace, scarf or blazer to create a strong visual statement. One of our favourite pieces to layer is, of course, the Embodycon dress – snug, flattering, comfortable and versatile, it can be layered with just about anything. Check out some of our favourite combo’s here! (link to images or insta)
About Kimberley Sara
Kimberley Sara is a Canberra based personal stylist, fashion blogger and mum of two boys.