Because getting dressed for your day shouldn’t be a daily challenge, it’s smart to have a few quick tricks up your sleeve. I’ve learned a few formulas that always give me great results so that I don’t have to spend so much time standing in my closet and trying to figure out what to wear. Today I’m sharing with you the style hack that never fails.
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I have learned so much about fashion in the past five years of writing this blog. I’ve long been able to put together outfits pretty well, frequently receiving compliments on the styles I wore. But until a few years ago I didn’t really know the components of good style, what made some outfits work and others not so much.
Maybe you can relate. Most mornings I’d eventually emerge from my closet having put together a good outfit, but I’d also have a pile of clothes on my bed that I’d tried on in a variety of combinations. And a careful evaluation in the mirror would tell my eyes that I had indeed put together something that worked well for me, but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you why.
I’ve discovered that knowing the art and science behind style can making getting dressed for my day so much easier and more delightful. And my goal here at Dressed for My Day is simply to share a little of that intel with you so that you, too, can enjoy putting together outfits that work for you: for your personal style, your lifestyle and your body.
So you don’t ever need to feel like you need to copy the exact outfits I put together or make the same style choices. But I do encourage you to take note of the style principles I share. These are the secret sauce! They work for everyone and in every style aesthetic. And these little style hacks truly make getting dressed for your day easier and more enjoyable.
Have you noticed the style hack I used in today’s outfit? I know the outfit looks pretty similar to the one I shared yesterday, but I’m actually using a different tool from my toolbelt today. Let’s zoom in for a better look.
In today’s outfit I’m wearing the same color in my top and completer piece. This double dose up top always creates such a cohesive look. And if you’ll make sure that you choose a top and jacket that works for your body shape and proportions, you’ll instantly create a chic outfit that flatters you beautifully.
If you need more help with knowing and dressing your proportions, check out this post and then this one. You also might want to watch the video below. I think it’s really helpful. When you determine your body proportions you’re more equipped (with the science I referred to earlier) to dress your body in a way that flatters you most (with the art I referred to earlier).
With that kind of information you’ll know what rise in jeans and pants works best for you. And you’ll know whether or not you should tuck your top and/or wear a belt. That’s why sometimes I tuck and other times I don’t; some days I wear a belt, and other times I purposefully leave it off.
In today’s outfit with the block of color at the top, I’ve not tucked the top because it’s short enough to leave out. Then I finished the outfit with nude sandals that create a long, uninterrupted line below.
I also pulled this outfit together even more by carrying my tri-color handbag. Or actually I guess it’s a tri-neutral! Another woman at church this Sunday had one very similar and we remarked to each other how much we enjoy these bags because they work with so many of our outfits.
But the style hack that never fails is that double dose up top. Let me know if you’re going to try this style hack sometime this week. I’d love to hear if it’s new to you or something you do frequently yourself. Do you use this style hack with blazers or other jackets or cardigans? What color or neutral do you frequently double up on?
Remember, this isn’t about wearing white and black. If you don’t enjoy wearing black close to your face, don’t. Use this no-fail style hack with bright colors or pastels or other neutrals. You do you. But the style hack absolutely will work for you…and it’s just one of the tricks I have up my sleeve that can make getting dressed for your day so much easier and more enjoyable. Meet me back here each week for more!
PS – By the way, the style formula I’m showing here is actually the same as in yesterday’s blog post. I am indeed wearing a tank top, white jeans and a blazer. But the style hack is different. I have my exact pieces linked in the photo captions above and I’m providing other options as well in the shopping widget below.
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Blessed for My Day
Making time for Bible reading and prayer is not a luxury; it’s a choice. I learned that lesson when I was in the throes of motherhood. Despite the fact that my children would invariably wake up whenever I did, even if I set my alarm (very quietly!) for before sunrise, I learned that I needed to somehow make time to read my Bible and sit in solitude before the Lord each day. Some days that precious time was hard fought for, but nine days out of ten I managed to grab those moments, and the results were manifold.
Today I have the luxury of rising to a quiet household with no children clamoring for my attention or breakfast or clean clothes to wear to school. But I still have to make a deliberate choice to begin my day with my Bible opened on my lap. Other voices do clamor for my attention – from the nearby television, all the apps on my phone or my daughter’s early morning Facetime requests. And there’s also just something in my nature that sometimes resists the very things I know I need most, like quiet time with the Lord. But when I choose well, it shows up throughout my day. Time aside with the Lord – reading His Word, listening to His Holy Spirit and sharing my heart with Him – is never wasted and often blessed.
But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; but only one thing is necessary; for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:41-42