Your clothes help paint a picture of your personality; they are a way of displaying your insides, out. Clothing obviously doesn’t spell it all out, but it gives the people around you a better understanding of who they are about to go into a meeting with, sit next to on the train or strike up a conversation with. A glimpse within who you are as an individual.
Those who are fashion savvy have most of this figured out; the ideal outfit. But not all of us have the time to study trends and style techniques to get it all down. After all, our generation is all about shortcuts. The faster the route to reaching fashion savviness, the better. Or at least knowing where you’re trying to go. There is a way to construct an outfit that can portray your idyllic outfit by following a general set of guidelines (no one likes rules). Simply remember your P.A.N.T.S.
As you might have guessed, this an acrostic composition. I’d hope you remember your pants in the first place.
In this case, “P” represents pattern. It can be simple or extravagant. Tiny black polka-dots, floral print or a full-on plaid masterpiece. Either way, it’s important. Pattern allows for a break between pieces. Instead of being based solely on a shift in color, patterns give you more options. They are easier to make combinations with other pieces and create a standout point for your outfit without being ‘overbearing.’ It adds pop, style and certain uniqueness.
Moving onto “A”, it’s time for accessories. Now, you don’t want to overdo it. Too many accessories can overpower an outfit. (Unless you are trying to incorporate a statement necklace, in which case should be paired with more toned down attire; making the accessory the focal point). But if we are talking about an outfit of equality, let’s keep it simple. When using statement accessories in general, it’s best to stick with one piece. Matching necklace and earring sets are an easy go to, as well as a simple long chain necklace and bracelets. They can be a simple silver, gold, or pearl or colorful pieces that are cohesive to your outfit (i.e. black necklace with a white top for contrast). Either way, accessories should be used to create just a bit more oomph!
Now “N” is for neutrals. When being paired with a pattern piece or bright piece of clothing, they are much needed. Neutrals are always needed, actually. They aid in making your outfit cohesive. For example, pair a pair of dark green pants with a purple and green base plaid flowy top. Believe me, the plaid needs some leeway. As long as you are matching a neutral tone with a bolder article of clothing you’re in the clear.
“T” time is all about texture. It can be interchanged with pattern if it becomes too overwhelming; but texture is also an aid in breaking up pieces. A shift in texture allows for more facets of an outfit to be noticed. It brings attention to your layers. For example, a floral print top that’s flowing out of a structured turquoise leather jacket. The use of varying texture will give your clothing a more saturated aura while still maintaining cohesion.
“S” is all about the shine. Usually, this is can be obtained with accessories such as jewelry, scarves, handbags, etc. However you do it, you need a little glisten. Then again, once you’ve constructed this outfit I’m sure you’ll be shining all on your own.