THE ANATOMY OF AN OUTFIT

Been style blogging since who-knows-when and through the years, I've already gathered knowledge on the essentials of an outfit. As this post title suggests, I am going to show you how an outfit should (and maybe shouldn't) be.


There might be handful kinds of outfits but let's focus on the big picture, shall we? The big picture, meaning, how a good outfit should be in general. We'll talk about the different styles and techniques on how to look good and feel good about it. *wink*

DETERMINE YOUR 'UNIFORM'


What kind of style do you feel like wearing? Laid back or casual? Edgy? Street style? Something chic? Or, what errands are you running on that day? A girl's night out? An interview? Or just a simple hanging out with friends? Make sure to pick your base and settle with what you like first (and what needs to be) before picking pieces of clothing from your wardrobe. Your choices depend on your personal style and/or level of comfort.


REMEMBER THE TOP + BOTTOM RELATIONSHIP

Don't forget your top and bottom should maintain a healthy relationship. This has to be the basic and essential thing to consider for an outfit. For example, don't wear a cropped top along with a pair hipster jeans.


Cropped tops work best with high waisted jeans/pants/skirts. They perfectly compliment as they are basically made for each other.


Got a patterned top and a patterned bottom? Wearing them all at the same time might not be a very good idea. Chances are, you'll end up too adorned and it might be distracting to look at as there are too many prints on your outfit. So start pairing your patterned top or bottom with something plain and simple (preferably solid colors) for a perfect matched outfit.

THE THIRD PIECE


An outfit doesn't necessarily need a third piece but having one can improve how you look. A third piece is basically your finishing touch and will pull your outfit together. A simple tote bag or your favorite hat/cap are just some of the common third pieces you might wanna try on.

COLOR BLOCKING



According to our good ol' friend, Wikipedia, color-blocking is the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. Since most of my clothes don't possess color, I normally color-block white and black. In the image above, I've tried combining navy blue and cream colored clothes to achieve a somewhat contrasting look.

Adding a pop of color is a good idea too! Whether add an elegant red clutch to your all white outfit or simply wear neon colored arm candies to your all black outfit can make an awesome fashion statement.

TRY ADDING LAYERS



Since I live in a tropical country, layered outfits commonly don't come that easy. I only managed to wear a second layer of cardigan or denim jacket to complete my looks. However, layering doesn't only make you look more fashionable and cozy at the same time, it also improves your sense of combining different types of clothes creating (and eventually discovering) different types of styles. You can add a layer of knitted sweater on your button down polo or put on your favorite jacket on your cozy turtle-neck top.


THE STATEMENT PIECE



If you want to be known for having a signature style, make sure to add a 'statement piece' in most, if not all, of your outfits. I often wore round caps before and it kinda became my statement piece. Think of something that is interesting or something that you can actually wear on the long run for it to become your statement piece. They don't necessarily have to be bold or eye-catching. You can start with scarfs, or chokers, or even just maintain consistency of a specific color or group of colors to your looks.

ACCESSORIZE



If you feel like your neck area is too empty or your arm needs to have a party, consider putting accessories. Just make sure not to get it overdone. A single piece of jewelry is enough already to complete your look.

xxxxxx

Remember to always dress the occasion but still maintain your poise. We dress to look good and to feel good so as much as possible, wear what's comfortable but still keep the style. Always have in mind to create a visual balance to your look and don't just wear something that only flatters you, but also flatters your body shape and size. 

I hope you learned something from this 'anatomy' and apply it in real life as well. Let me know through your comments down below your thoughts, suggestions, or tips about how an outfit should be.

x


23 comments :

  1. You're so pretty, Kat! Fashion is really your forte. I'm not really the type of person who minds what I wear, and sometimes I really look ridiculous. I will bookmark this post, and buy myself some new clothes soon and we'll see if angayan ba ko. Hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ah. I remember my sisters telling me to play with my clothes. So I did and it went not as expected. I still have fears of my old fashion "sense" popping up on Facebook. HAHAHA!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mix and matching outfit pieces is a huge deal, but "poise" is such a vital part of it all. So vital in fact that even the little things that might affect or lessen it, might ruin your overall look, such as carrying someone's purse or a weird thing that doesn't match your current look, if you catch my drift. Hahaha.

    This is a great post, BTW! You really got your own sense of style pretty locked down at this point. This is pretty much like a "Best Of" post in a way. Haha

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello Kath, reading your post has really altered how I actually see fashion bloggers. Apart from you guys are artistic, you are also smart and have a high sense in balancing. I'm inspired knowing that I believe I have a chance to try something new and change how I see fashion and would love to embrace it by simply caring how I look like when I get out of my room. I am used to just for the sake of having something to wear, then I'm fine. I'll try to showcase my other side soon in fashion.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Loving all these looks! The girly is my favorite!

    xx,
    Chels
    www.chelseaasoflate.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love the editing and style of the post!

    www.pennyanddash.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great post. Thank you for giving me ideas on how to style my self through this post. :))

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is a great post! So in time for an OOTD for an event later :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow.. OOTD girl.. Great post sa mga style and combination..Will make some also be for the guys.. :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. I actually learned something Kat! During lazy days, I go by anything I can see in my closet even though they don't go well. Haha. But usually during scheduled meet-ups, I get to plan what I wear. Nothing glam though because I prefer simple clothes. Hehe. Thanks for this!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I learned a lot of tips on this post. As always I like how you keep your style, a neutral combination between girl and boyish. Keep it coming, Kat!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Haha. So much to remember! You know my go-to getup would always be a pair of shorts (so hot in the PH), a loose shirt (to hide the belly ugh) and a pair of sneakers or flip-flops. Once in a while I mix and match but my pocket and my body are not really cooperating right now. Hahahaha. Love the tips as usual, Kat!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am having a great time looking at your photos Kath! Galing!

    I'll definitely keep in mind the top + bottom equation or else we will look crazy. Haven't used a tote bag as an accessory. Seriously thinking about incorporating it to my get up na. I love hats, especially the beanies, floppy hats, baseball caps, and berets!

    This is the first time I heard about color blocking Kath! That is the term pala.

    Scarves can be considered for layering Kath?

    As for the accessories, I'll stick with my faves; bracelets!

    I can see you as a stylist for someone famous Kath. Perhaps you can contemplate about that. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much te Shanky! And yes, scarves are great for layering! I noticed you love scarves pod!
      And woah, maybe becoming a stylist is really great pero layo pa tingae ko diha! But I ain't closing my doors to becoming one, hopefully! Thank you so much te Shanks!

      Delete
  14. I love this article!

    This applies to everyone who wants to look good in clothes, not just for women. (Maybe except for the accessories part. Haha) I hope you post some guides for us guys! Ask your boyfriend o! AHAHA!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes! I will take note of this! Will be posting some for guys as it is highly requested too! Haha! Thank you Julz!

      Delete
  15. Hala!Great Article. Usahay conscious baya jud kaau ko sa akong outfit. :) Thanks for this Kat.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Perfect captures Kat! Pah high fashion. Mura kag dili Filipina. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great tips! You look amazing on those outfits. Make some guides for the guys too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Please make a color wheel clothes combination article... You get what I mean right? What colors go with what and what clothes should be paired with what as well...

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nakaka-pressure mag-outfit these days! :( I wish to be a living Mark Zuckerberg and focus on other things na lang kay this might take a day for me to mix and match and end up looking crazy ra gihapon. Huhu. Unlike you, it's bagay on you! :D

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love this post. I know a thing or two about styling and aesthetics so I really understand what you're trying to say. Hoping to do this as well sa future. hooooh. hahaha

    ReplyDelete

Let me know your thoughts and let's talk! :)

Instagram

Follow Me @ katherineannika

Newsletter