You might think that if you want a cute outfit all you have to do is go shopping and pick out something. Au contraire. Even if you buy a dress, which should be an outfit unto itself, it rarely is. Almost everything needs accessorizing. To look “put-together,” you need to make sure that everything about your outfit works to make it an ensemble.
If you are one of the lucky people who has a perfect figure, then all you will need to do is add cute shoes, a purse, and some jewelry, and you have an outfit. If you are like the rest of us, you might need to do a little more if you want to look your best.
For me, almost every outfit I wear has to be put together. I have definite figure flaws that need to be minimized, and over time, I have learned how to style outfits in a way that makes me look better than I actually do. LOL
One of the main ways I make up outfits is to try things on in front of my big full-length mirror and snap some selfies. The photos I take are pretty raw, but they give me an idea of whether something is going to work or not. And once I have settled on the final look, the photo reminds me of all the items I put together so I can wear it more than once. Believe me, if I did not document it in some way, I would never remember which belt, shoes, or earrings I had used.
Here are some pictures from a recent session of experimentation:
This seems like a lot of work. It is! You may be one of those people who thinks it is too much trouble and you don’t care that much. I can appreciate that. I just happen to be in the stage of my life where I have time to do it, and I really love making outfits. It reminds me of my childhood, when I played “dressup” by the hour, or changed my dolls’ clothes 100 times.
You might not want (or be able to) spend so much time on your clothes, but at least take one afternoon or evening and experiment a little to see how you can dress to flatter your figure.
None of the outfits in this post is perfect. I don’t really love any of them. That’s okay. I can pick the one I like the best, or I can choose not to wear any of them. Experimenting helps me to find my style, even if I don’t always hit the nail on the head.
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