Happy Labor Day, ladies! Do you have special plans for the holiday? I imagine we’ll lay low, but I do hope to get out and enjoy a good walk…or two. And it might be a good idea to look back over the weekend’s sale offerings. We’ll see. Meanwhile I’m continuing our Oh So Pulled Together DFMD Style Mini Series with a great style formula.
Seven Simple Style Formulas
You’re going to think I’m crazy, but today I’m starting kind of a mini series within this mini series. Don’t worry. I’m not going to drive you crazy with the technicality of all that. But I just wanted you to know what’s coming and where we’re heading.(‘Cause I know you gals lose sleep wondering about that and all! LOL!)
As we continue to explore how to consistently create winning outfits so that we can look “oh so pulled together,” I’m going to share with you Seven Simple Style Formulas. But instead of overwhelming us all with too much at once, I’ll just share one at a time. And when it’s all said and done, I’ll even give you a downloadable, printable check sheet that will help you use these style formulas each time you get dressed. I promise. This is going to be so helpful.
Style Formula #1 – Top This!
All of these formulas are really easy. And you probably already use some of them without even knowing it. The first formula is simply…
1 Wow Factor Top + everything else pared down = 1 Stunning Look
Just so we can all remember it, I’ve called this formula, Top This!
As the equation spells out, this beautiful style hinges completely on one wow factor top. But what that means is totally up to you and your personal style essence.
For instance, on a recent date night, I wore this beautiful ivory silk top. Obviously, it’s not colorful. But the fabric is rich and lustrous. And the slightly plunging neckline is alluring, but still modest enough for me. By the way, if you’re interested in this blouse (and it is marked down considerably), be sure to check the sizing information. I wear a size large.
The key to pulling off this particular style formula is to keep everything else pared down. Let the top shine. Sometimes I make the mistake of wearing a stunning top, but then overdoing it by also wearing “all the other things.” Know what I mean?
And look, you absolutely can wear more jewelry than I chose or more colorful shoes, for instance. But you’ll more consistently knock it out of the park if you stick to the formula:
1 Wow Factor Top + everything else pared down = 1 Stunning Look
Let’s check out some other examples of this formula in action. We’ll go to my archives. First up, a casual look from this summer. So obviously your wow factor top doesn’t have to be a silk blouse. But this colorful striped summer sweater is definitely the star of the show in this ultra simple, casual summer look.
Get the flowers out of the way and you can see that this colorful madras shirt steals the show in this early spring jeans outfit. Yes, I did wear my baby blue sneakers. But since they’re the same color as the jeans, they don’t take attention away from the vibrant top.
So you can see how this equation works for fall and winter, let’s check out this simple jeans and sweater duo from last fall. You’ll notice I did choose some statement earrings. Everything else is pretty pared down though. My handbag and booties are sophisticated but neutral. What do you think about the earrings? Good idea? Or too much of a good thing?
This formula is definitely one of my favorite go-tos for the holidays. Check out these two holiday party looks from last year and see how I worked this style formula .
I think some of the keys to working the Top This! formula are:
- Select a top that makes you shine. Don’t choose a top that overwhelms you or works against your coloring or frame.
- Use the rest of your clothing and accessories to frame the shirt or sweater.
- Resist the urge to add other interesting elements that would compete or distract. Remember, one of the keys to looking chic is to create an outfit that is easy on the eyes. You don’t want the viewer’s eyes to scramble for the focal point.
- At the same time, make sure the other elements of your outfit are up to par. They should fit nicely, work with your coloring, coordinate well and be clean and tidy.
So what do you think? Is this a formula you can embrace? Do you consciously use it already? Or have you been using it but not really aware? Do you have wow factor tops in your wardrobe right now that could work well with this formula? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Blessed for My Day
What are you zealous about? Jesus was zealous to protect what His Father had deemed holy. Holiness was important to Him. To be holy means to be set apart to God. It implies being different for the purpose of bringing attention and glory to God alone. So Jesus wasn’t just zealous for keeping rules or checking boxes. He was fervent about bringing the Father glory.
Today let’s be passionate about bringing God glory in our own lives. Maybe we, too, need to do a little housecleaning. Maybe there are things in our lives that need to be thrown out because they are distracting us or other people and shifting importance to that which is really temporal, insignificant or even vile. I guess in my life I’m thinking about the things I read, watch on television, spend time on. If my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, what do I need to do to zealously protect it from the profane and keep it holy?
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” ~ John 2:15-17