Ever flip through Instagram and wonder how those fashionistas pull off their flawless OOTD’s? Style is a matter of intuition and experience, and while having an innate sense of fashion does come in handy, it’s really not too hard to put together the perfect outfit, if you have a working formula to go by. Here’s a simple five step program to get you going, so the next time you have that event, you won’t have trouble finding something to wear.
Home in on one item that you want to build the look around. During events like Eid, or the upcoming Puja celebrations, it’s a no-brainer – your foundation piece will probably be the new sari or kameez you bought for the event. For other, more spontaneous occasions, it can be that favourite bag, or a pair of earrings you haven’t worn in a while. For yours truly, it’s usually always a scarf. Find your piece, and let’s get started.
Make it pop
Once you’ve decided on your foundation, it’s time to get your look popping. The best way to do this is to create contrasts. Got a neutral palette? Add a splash of colour with a bright accessory, or even just a bold lip. If you’re going for a head-to-toe monochrome, incorporate contrasting textures, such as denim and lace, for a tactile style element.
A little surprise
How do you stamp your personal brand into the look? With one quirky detail. Whether it’s simply a make-up trick, such as a two-tone lip, or a jewellery move, such as mismatched earrings, add a little surprise to your outfit.
This is how you do
Once you’ve figured out what you’re going to wear, it’s time to pay attention to how you’re going to wear it. Are you going to roll up the sleeves? Button the collar all the way up and throw on a necklace? Half-tuck the shirt? Take a few moments to play with the outfit in front of the mirror until you’re satisfied with the whole look.
The final, and really, the most important thing to remember when styling an outfit is whether or not you’ll be comfortable in it. If you’re not a heels person, there’s no point sliding into 12-inch monsters that’ll have you tottering around like a newly birthed giraffe. Similarly, if you’re new to the sari life, it’s probably better to have everything pinned in place so that you’re not spending the whole day adjusting your pallu. Take into consideration how you’ll be spending the day, and then style accordingly, so that you’re stress free and confident.