Whenever I start creating outfits in a client's closet, I am always most inspired by the printed or unique items first. They have very specific mood and colors to work with. These are usually the items that my clients have the most difficulty styling themselves.
Here are my suggested guidelines so that you can try and style these items on your own.
1) IS IT PRINTED?
If so, is there an accent color to pull out? Beware...If you have a printed skirt, a solid pull-out color might be nice for the top. However, if you have a printed top, you may not want to pull out the accent color for a bottom if, for instance, it is bright purple. Here you may want to go back to a neutral. Many people will go to black, which can look great, but not always the best choice.
2) IS THERE A MOOD OR THEME TO THE PIECE?
Girly, western, business, mod, bohemian?
If so, pair with pieces that might have a similar mood or theme.
3) WHAT ARE THE PROPORTIONS OF YOUR PIECE?
If you have an extra voluminous top, pair with skinny bottoms. If you have an extra voluminous bottom, pair with a form-fitting top.
4) IS THE PIECE BASIC?
Good news, you can style it with most pieces. However, you don't want a boring outfit either.
5) LASTLY - ACCESSORIZE!
Keep accessories away from busy areas (interesting necklines, ruffles etc). Add to plain areas, especially solids with high necklines and lot of expanse of the same fabric. Read more about how to accessorize.
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