Much like baking a cake, mastering the art of dressing well requires the right ingredients, a dash of creativity, and a sprinkle of confidence. So, regardless of your ability in the kitchen, let’s take a look at how great style happens.
1. Start with a Solid Foundation
A great cake usually begins with a solid foundation of flour, sugar, eggs and butter. What are your wardrobe essentials that create a solid foundation? These pieces need to be versatile, good quality, reliable, and feel good. Depending on your lifestyle and preference, I’d suggest the following items might be a good idea for starters:
- Great jeans
- A pair of tailored trousers
- Some great knits
- A shirt or blouse
- A great fitting blazer.
These timeless pieces lay the groundwork for a variety of fabulous outfits.
2. Mix and Match Ingredients
In baking, the right combination of ingredients can elevate a cake from ordinary to extraordinary. Similarly, mixing and matching your clothes is a great way to make the most of your wardrobe. Without pressure, experiment with different colours, patterns, and textures to discover your unique style. You might find that you feel your best without much colour and print and that’s just fine. We are all beautifully different for good reason. Try both and see which feels most true to you.
3. Pay Attention to Proportions
This is where the measuring comes in. There’s not much room for error when following a cake recipe and dressing well is no different. Pay attention to your proportions to create a balanced and harmonious look. Whether it’s the length of your hemlines, the fit of your jacket, or your overall silhouette, paying attention to proportion in your outfit makes all the difference. Whether you feel top heavy, bottom heavy or evenly balanced, there will be lengths that feel fabulous for you and others that make you feel frumpy.
4. Use Accessories to Decorate
Just as you might adorn a cake with icing and decorations, you can use accessories to add the finishing touches to your outfit. Whether it’s a statement necklace, a stylish watch, or a classic pair of sunglasses, accessories can add flair and personality to your outfit. Be mindful not to overdo it, though – because just as too much frosting can overwhelm a cake, too many accessories can distract from your overall look.
5. Know your Favourite Flavours
It’s ok to experiment with different flavours or styles but never feel as though you have to do what everyone else is doing. If red velvet cake isn’t your thing, don’t bake it. Experiment with different styles that appeal to you, but know that they won’t all be quite to your taste. Once you discover your own style playground, you can experiment with more confidence and have more fun. Ignoring the styles (or flavours) that just don’t suit your palette can be totally empowering. Leave them for someone else to enjoy. It’s ok to step out of your comfort zone but if something doesn’t feel quite right, it might need a tweak. How to determine your own true style will be the main focus of my upcoming Style Class, coming soon in early February. Stay tuned for further details!
6. Confidence is the Icing on the Cake
This is your secret ingredient and is the one that’ll make the most difference to how you look and feel in any outfit. Knowing you are dressed well, wearing an outfit that truly represents your fabulousness and feels comfortable is the key to confident dressing. Confidence is the secret ingredient that elevates your style from good to ‘wow’.
Learning how to dress well is a skill that, much like baking, involves creativity, experimentation, and attention to detail. Both require the right ingredients and a sprinkle of passion. Happy styling!
The Wardrobe Reboot Experience:
5 DAYS TO REVAMP YOUR WARDROBE AND FEEL CONFIDENT AGAIN
Just as the first step to creating a great cake is ensuring you have quality ingredients, the first step to a great outfit is ensuring you have quality pieces in your wardrobe. And – just like the store cupboard can easily become overrun with the wrong things or too many of the same thing, your wardrobe can begin to feel overwhelming and you begin to lose confidence in your style.
I’ve got just the thing to help you this month – on Monday 29th January, I’m bringing back my Wardrobe Reboot Experience, a 5 -day challenge to help you bring declutter, take stock and bring new life to your wardrobe. It’s completely free to join – click the button to find out more and register for your free place now.