Outfit formulas: I love ’em. I live by them, in fact.
If you scroll back through the outfits archive on this blog, for instance, you’ll probably notice two things. Actually, make that three things:
01. I wear a lot of green. A LOT of green.
02. I always have my head turned to one side, which I’ve just realised looks really weird when you look at all of the photos at the same time. I do it because 9 out of 10 times when we take photos outdoors, Terry is behind the camera, yelling, “LOOK TOWARDS THE SUN, IDIOT!” (Er, it’s not that he wants to blind me, you understand: it’s just that when you look AWAY from the sun in a photo, half your face ends up being in shadow, which looks even worse than rigidly staring off to one side all the time. I DO have another side to my face, I promise…)
03. Almost everything I wear fits into one of the following outfit formulas:
Outfit Formula # 1 : The full skirt and fitted top
This is one of my favourite looks, as if you couldn’t tell: it’s just really easy to wear, it works with my figure, and because of the endless different prints and colours you can mix and match, there’s no end of different ways to wear it, either. I mean, you’re not going to get a radically different look every time, obviously, but then again, if that’s what you were looking for, you probably wouldn’t be reading a post about outfit formulas right now, would you? Exactly.
I most often gravitate towards skirts and tops when I’m using this formula, purely because they’re a little bit more versatile, but it works just as well with a dress in the same shape – which I’ll sometimes later a sweater or cardigan over, if I DO want to mix it up a bit.
Outfit Formula # 2: Jeans, breton and blazer
Although I wear this “formula” aaaalll the damn time, I actually don’t have too many photos of the resulting outfits, mostly because they’re the ones I tend not to bother blogging about. Well, there’s only so many times you can see me in jeans and a stripe top, isn’t there? (Absolutely NO limit to the amount of times you can see me in a full skirt and fitted top, though, apparently. Sorry about that.) As outfit formulas go, this is probably the one I fall back on most often: it tends to be my “I have absolutely no idea what to wear today: ooh! I know! How about jeans and a stripe top!” option. Yeah. So, basically any day I DON’T post an outfit photo either here or on Instagram, this is what I’ll be wearing. Almost exactly.
Outfit Formula # 3: Pencil dress and heels
Some days I wake up and I don’t want to wear either jeans OR a full skirt. It doesn’t happen often, granted, but on the rare occasions when the first two outfit formulas have failed me, I go for this one, instead: some kind of pencil/wiggle dress, with either court shoes or tall boots. This formula inevitably ends up being a more dressy option than some, so it’s one I tend to reserve for eveningwear or other times when I want to look like I’ve made a bit more effort than usual. And sometimes, of course, I just wear it for the sheer hell of it: YOLO. Or something.
Outfit Formula # 4: Capri pants and cropped cardigan
I’m embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t find any photos of this last formula AT ALL: which is actually quite surprising, because it’s another one I wear all the time. It’s my “I’m going out somewhere and I don’t want to look too dressed-up, but I also don’t want to look too casual option”, and the photo above is the closest I could get to showing you it in action, so to speak. It’s one of those looks that can be easily dressed up or down depending on how you style it: with my hair down, and a cardigan over the top, the outfit above would look a little more causal than it does here, for instance, and switching the heels for flats would make it more causal still. (Unfortunately, doing that would also make my legs look about two inches long, unfortunately, so I don’t do it often, but sometimes needs must…)
Aaaand, those are my most-used outfit formulas!
That’s not to say I don’t ever stray from these, of course. I mean, sometimes I’ll go wild and wear heels rather than flats with my jeans, or switch the full skirt for a pencil skirt: those are some kerrazy times, let me tell you. Trying different things is all part of the fun of fashion, and personal style is something that evolves naturally over time, even if you don’t really intend it to, so it’s always good to be open to new things. With that said, I firmly believe there’s a lot to be said for the formula: having a few tried and tested outfit formulas ready to go, for every occasion, just makes life a whole lot simpler, and it’s also a good way to define your person style – which is why I’ll probably keep on wearing these ones: for now, at least.