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Outfit Formula: Summer Brights

There are countless ways to wear Summer brights. If you’re on Team Brights, figure out how you like to wear them in hot weather and run with it. You might prefer them in solids or patterns, or wear both. You might combine two to four solid brights in one outfit, or stick to one or two and ground them with neutrals. Wear brights on the top or bottom, or both. Wear them as a dress, suit, jumpsuit or romper. Or wear neutrals with bright footwear and bags. Do your own thing, and wear brights your wa...
Tags: Fashion, Bob, Formulas


Outfit Formula: Simple Summer Navy and Black

Some of my clients like to wear dark neutrals like navy and black in Summer, but with a good amount of bare skin, and in seasonally appropriate fabrics so that they don’t overheat. You can keep the outfits dark like most of the outfits shown here. Or add bags, shoes, belts and jewellery in whites, pastels, other neutrals, and brights.  1. Casual Black Dress Jersey fabric can be see-through and flimsy but tends to look more substantial in darks like black and navy. This one has a lovely ‘70s in...
Tags: Fashion, Navy, Formulas, Simple Summer Navy, Navy Shirt Dress I LOVE, Black Crops


Outfit Formula: Flirting with Asymmetry

Asymmetry can be achieved in many ways. One of the easiest is to wear tops, dresses, toppers, pants and skirts with asymmetrical hemlines.  They make a bold statement, create interesting diagonal lines, and in some cases look more flattering than symmetrical hemlines.  Here are some asymmetrical items to whet your appetite. These outfits are easy to pull together and each feature an item with an asymmetrical hemline. Since we’re approaching Summer in the Northern hemisphere, the looks are geare...
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Outfit Formula: Easy Summer Dresses 2

We talked about easy breezy dress outfit formulas last week, and here’s the next round. These dresses are popular with my clientele and friends in warm and hot weather. Some silhouettes are more skimpy, and others more covered, depending on whether you like to bare or cover skin in the sun and heat. Dress them up or down. Add jewellery, headgear, watch, and eyewear as desired. 1. Kaftan Kaftans have a fun ‘70s vibe and come in all sorts of patterns and colours. You can wear them long or short,...
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Outfit Formula: Easy Summer Dresses

The next few outfit formula posts will be for Team Dress. If you like wearing easy breezy dresses, like I do, you’ll try to wear them as often as you can in the late Spring and Summer when the weather is perfect for them. There are countless dress styles to choose from. Some silhouettes are more skimpy and others more covered, depending on whether you like to bare or cover skin in the sun and heat. Some are very casual and others a little dressier. Here are some dresses to inspire you. You can ...
Tags: Fashion, Dresses, Formulas, Eileen Fisher, RUTI


Outfit Formula: Fluidly Tailored

On to some tailoring to temper the unstructured volume that has dominated YLF lately. Eloquii does a fantastic job styling their models with ample structure and polish, and a dose of fluidity. Some looks are more structured and less fluid than others. Here are some fab examples.  Outfits that are fluidly tailored are my favourite because I enjoy the visual definition and polish of outfit structure, but I don’t like to wear items that are tight, form-fitting, body-encasing, or restrict my moveme...
Tags: Fashion, Eloquii, Formulas


Outfit Formula: Easy Untucked

There is life beyond semi and fully tucked tops. These outfit ideas are for Team Untucked Top, and will be especially comfortable as the weather warms. In terms of silhouette, untucked tops can be fluid, boxy, straight, A-line, tiered, oversized, tailored, banded, welted, asymmetrical, curved, body-con, cropped, long, or hint at a waistline. Colours, patterns, necklines, and sleeve treatments can vary. Here’s an assortment of untucked tops. On to some outfit ideas. 1. Boxy Curved Hem Shirt Th...
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Outfit Formula: Summery Long Tank

This formula is for Team Untucked Top because the long tank, or sleeveless blouse, looks best when it’s worn over bottoms. The long tank can be a useful Summer addition to your wardrobe, because it’s fluidly breezy, forgiving on the midsection, very comfy, dressier than a T-shirt, and layers well under cardigans and jackets. In its most basic and quiet form, it makes a good wardrobe essential. It provides an effective blank canvas for neck and arm candy too. Long tanks can be knitted or woven, s...
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Outfit Formula: Draped Looks

These outfit ideas are for Team Drape, which is all about voluminous fits, cascading layers, loads of drape, and just enough structure in the right places. These are not traditionally flattering proportions that create waist definition, a streamlined silhouette, a long leg line, or showcase curves. Instead, these proportions often do the opposite, which can be an acquired taste.  Personally, I find these looks flattering in an avant-garde, interesting, arty, comfy, and fun way. They can also be ...
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Outfit Formula: Casual Striped Top

This one is for Team Casual Striped top. The top can be a tee, knitted top, or pullover. Colours can be neutral or non-neutral. Classic striped tops are usually two-toned, high-contrast, and often one of the colours is white. Silhouettes vary.  Striped tops make a graphic and strong statement. On to some very easy outfit formulas that can work in transitional weather.  1. Jeans Combine a striped top with a pair of your favourite blue or white jeans. Add a pair of loafers, oxfords or ballet fl...
Tags: Fashion, Navy, Formulas


Outfit formula: Soft Wide Summer Pants

Here’s an easy breezy Summer pants look to wear in high heat. It’s for those who don’t like to wear skirts and dresses, and feel too exposed in shorts. The most important component of the formula is a pair of soft, roomy, wide and floppy palazzo pants, which can be patterned or solid, and in any colour palette. Keep them in natural fibres or natural fibre blends for maximum breeziness and breathability. Lengths can vary from cropped to full length. Waists can be fully structured, half-elastic, o...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, Tie Front Top


Outfit Formula: Soft Skirt Flow

Here are some midi and midaxi flowing skirt looks that will take some of us through transitional weather, and others right through Spring and into a cool Summer. With an emphasis on FLOW, these outfits are casual and smart casual, pulled together, and easy to move around in. If you leave the toppers off, you’ll have a breezy Summer outfit. Feel free to use any colour palette and sub with more solids, if that’s your preference. The most important component of the outfit is the long flowing soft s...
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Outfit Formula: Quiet Roomy Shirt

It’s a woven shirt season, and all types of shirts are having their fashionable moment. From Modern Classic tailored styles and gently fluid looks, to very fluid and oversized silhouettes, across all sorts of lengths and with varying degrees of architectural drape. Hems can be asymmetrical, staggered, curved or straight. Most shirts are collared, and their design details vary. Some are simple and others more complex. Most quiet roomy shirts are in neutrals like white, black, grey, navy, light bl...
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Outfit Formula: Neutral Spring Utility

Casual utility jackets in shades of olive are popular with my clients. They are usually worn on mild Spring days, and chillier Summer days, and with just about anything. Most enjoy wearing them with neutrals like black, grey, white, navy blue, denim, and earth tones. Some remix them with pastels and brights. The jackets come in a variety of silhouettes across a range of fits and lengths. Some retailers call them field jackets or anoraks. The collection below shows a good assortment. Here are so...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, Column of Black Create


Outfit Formula: Spring Forest Green

If you like forest green, wear it year round in the right seasonal fabrics and weights for the weather. There is no need to limit forest green to Autumn or cold-weather dressing. I wear traditional Spring and Summer colours year round, so by all means wear Autumn and Winter colours year round too.  This post was inspired by a client of mine who has beautiful green eyes. Forest green is one of her favourite and best colours, so she wears it as much as she can. She lives in a very hot climate and ...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, White Black and Forest Green Think


Outfit Formula: A Bit of Blush

My heart is with intense sour brights, but I also love a soft blush pink. The quiet pastel is very versatile for my style, awfully pretty and romantic, and I wear it year round. Blush functions a bit like another white in my wardrobe. I remix it with citron, turquoise, red, lime green, white, orange, denim blue, shocking pink, light blue and navy. I find blush footwear and accessories especially handy, and build complements with them. These are the solid blush items currently in my wardrobe. I’m...
Tags: Fashion, Berry, Formulas


Outfit Formula: White Jeans and Neutral Layers

Some wear white jeans in Winter, and others don’t. Maybe you pull them out at the beginning of Spring, which is great too. Either way, if you need to wear white jeans with warmer layers, and you are a neutral dresser, here are some outfit ideas. Choose any silhouette of white jeans. These are trendier cropped relaxed straights and barrel jeans, but you might prefer straight legs, boyfriends, bootcuts, skinnies, or cropped flares. 1. Bookended Black The most striking effect here is how effectiv...
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Outfit Formula: Patterned Luxe

If you’re in the mood for a luxe, structured, and dressier vibe that is still relatively comfortable, take a look at these outfits. They might inspire you to pull together a similar look from your own wardrobe, put a potentially fab item on your shopping list, or spark an idea for another outfit. These outfits showcase pants, which is quite a practical choice in Winter, but feel free to substitute a skirt. Choose any colour palette and let the creative juices flow. 1. Dramatic Coat and Shoe San...
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Outfit Formula: A Lot of Black

This one is for Team Black. What I like about these outfits is how the almost black-from-head-to-toe looks are broken up with an another accent neutral, and lots of texture. To my eye, this brings flat black to life and makes it boogie. I like the use of practical and comfortable footwear too.  1. Columned Volume Create a column of black with a top and bottom. Add black shoes and socks, or sheer black knee-highs. Make sure the blacks match and aren’t faded to add polish to the outfit. Shine up...
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Outfit Formula: Relaxed Winter Tweed Skirt

Winter tweed skirts are woven, woolly, warm, and worn in colder weather. They are typically a mix of flecked colours, but come in plaids and checks too. You’ll find them in all sorts of colours, but neutral versions are most popular.  Tweed skirts are sometimes considered formal, overly classic, and constricting. I beg to differ, because as with many things in fashion and style, the devil is in the details. If you add the right support act to an item, you can effectively change its vibe. I found...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, Yorkie Sam


Outfit Formula: Column Simplicity

Here are three outfits that might be of interest to you if you enjoy a very simple, un-accessorized, slightly architectural, and very comfortable style. The wearer makes a statement with their hair, polish, and the excellent quality of fluid clothing with fab fits. Note that you can add accessories and toppers if that’s your preference, and throw in some denim. In order to maintain the column of colour, keep the toppers the same colour, tonal, or at least very low contrast to the rest of the out...
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Outfit Formula: Pattern-Mixed Plaid Pants

This one is for those on Team Plaid Pants who enjoy pattern mixing. You can create a more minimal and quiet combination with subtle patterns, or a more maximal combination with louder patterns. Apart from the first example, these are on the louder side. Feel free to tone them down, and add toppers and Winter accessories for insulation. 1. Neutral Check Plus Graphic Tee Combine a gentle pair of plaid pants — like a monochromatic glen plaid — with a graphic tee. Wear the tee out or tucked. This ...
Tags: Fashion, Black Grey, Formulas


Outfit Formula: Festive Flow

This is the last outfit formula post for 2020, and I’m determined to spread a bit of year-end cheer. Dress up your way and find peace and goodwill in your heart. Keep outfits cosy, fluid, soft and flowing for mega comfort. Choose any colour palette across solids and patterns, and feel free to throw in the house shoes and socks too.  1. High-Low Tunic Combine a dramatic high-low tunic with a pair of wide crops and tailored footwear. The wide crops are the more unexpected and avant-garde choice ...
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Outfit Formula: Easy Winter Skirt

Here are some comfortable outfits for those who enjoy wearing skirts in colder weather. Some of the looks are for those who experience milder winters. Also, editorials don’t always show how to layer up and stay warm in an outfit. Use these looks as a base and add items like hosiery, HEATTECH undies, coats, puffer jackets, scarves, and headgear for insulation.  Some of the outfits are dressier than others. Choose a colour palette that works for you. 1. Relaxed Casual Flare Combine a casual patt...
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Outfit Formula: Casual Sock Style

These looks are for those of us who like to showcase a bit of fun sock in their cold-weather casual pants and jeans outfits. Visible socks can add warmth, a maximal touch, textural interest, and comfort. They often make a look more casual. But in some cases, a sheer trouser sock that resembles hosiery can make an outfit dressier.  1. Lightly Gauzy Sheer gauzy socks with self-colour patterns that look like hosiery can add a polished and interesting touch to an outfit. These types of socks usual...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, Arizona Birkensock


Outfit Formula: Black and White with Cobalt

These looks are for Team Cobalt. Shades of cobalt vary in saturation and are lighter and brighter than navy. Some are a very bright blue and others more subdued. To my eye, cobalt blue is an easy and effective match with black and white, and that’s how many of my clients wear it. Cobalt blue looks equally good with shades of green, which we’ll save for another day. On to some outfit ideas. Note how extra great the combination is on those with black or very dark hair. 1. Cobalt Top with Black Pa...
Tags: Fashion, Formulas, Cobalt Topper White Top


Outfit Formula: ’90s Inspiration

The ‘90s was an interesting fashion decade because it looked quite different in the beginning to what it did at the end. The early ‘90s were ‘80s inspired, while towards the end it was more ‘70s. Throw in a good amount of grunge, bare midriffs, baggy clothing, velvet ribbon chokers, slip dresses, bias-cuts, dungarees, lug soles, and an extreme amount of black wardrobe items, and Bob’s your uncle.  The ‘90s are trending so if it was your favourite fashion era, milk it. Here are some looks to get ...
Tags: Fashion, Bob, Formulas, Bootcuts Blazer and Heels Bootcut


Outfit Formula: Winter Woodsy

Here are four warm, comfy, cosy and mostly neutral Winter looks that you can wear day to day in the city, in the burbs, in the woods, by the seaside, or out in the countryside. Make sure the footwear choices work for your feet by adapting them accordingly. For example, I’d prefer to wear my fleece-lined hi-tops or Sperry duck boots instead of the footwear shown here. I’d add a casual crossbody bag, beanie, and scarf. My outfits would also be brighter. Take inspiration from the looks and do your ...
Tags: Fashion, Martens, Sperry, Formulas, Colour Blocked and Patterned Socks Create, Fluid Layers and Chunky Boots Sport, Blundstone Taos


Outfit Formula: Cosy Corduroy Pants

Corduroy pants are gaining momentum across a range of silhouettes, colours and wales. Matching corduroy pant suits with a ‘70s flavour have made a comeback too. Some corduroy pants are dressier than others, but for the most part I think of corduroy as a casual fabric. The larger the wale, the more casual the vibe. Many of my clients wear corduroy pants as an alternative to jeans. They generally find them warmer, colour-rich, and more comfortable and cosy than denim. I have a complicated relatio...
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Outfit Formula: Easy Fall Black and Grey

A few of my clients and friends wear black and grey exclusively, throughout the year, with a little white and silver thrown in the mix. This post is for them, and for those who like to wear black and grey in the Autumn.  These outfits showcase pants, but I’ll cover skirts and dresses in the same palette another time. 1. Sporty Luxe A Sporty Luxe vibe combines dressy, luxe pieces with casual sporty components to create an interesting juxtaposition that is modern and very comfortable. This outfi...
Tags: Fashion, Nice, Grey, Formulas