By: Tinsley Tullos
Do you ever feel like you are beginning to wear the same old thing, day after day? Maybe it is time re-evaluate your wardrobe. Are you wearing that same pair of Steve Madden combat boots too often with an equalizing tough feel throughout the outfit? Try incorporating them into a feminine outfit for example; a long flowing skirt and a sheer blouse. Take those everyday pieces and contort them into different styles.
First up; a pair of 70’s style pants. A wide-leg, high wasted pair of pants, preferably a dark color, is one of my favorite pieces this season. Match them up with a crewman’s sweater, a pair of booted heels and a couple of large rings. Try placing one of the rings on your index finger; it is easier to show off a statement piece of jewelry with a predominant finger placement. When outside of school, add a large-brimmed hat or a fun clutch. If one does not have this exact style pant, one is free to substitute a pair of dark-washed flared denim.
While colored pants are not my first choice, they have the ability to create a great balance of trendy and classic when paired right. Take a bright hued pair of jeans or slacks and accompany them with a sheer, ruffled quarter length blouse. Choose a style of printed flats, and one is sure to top of the outfit. If one does not have a colored pant, one can alternate with a brightly colored skirt.
Owning a pink suit would be ideal, but for those of us who do not, another option would be well suited. Try a lightly colored blazer with a white tank top tucked into a pair of dark colored slacks, either black or navy. Add a pair of nude or brown stacked heels, if one will remember from the last article, and throw up your hair to provide a not-so-tried look.
Take the combat boot idea mentioned earlier, and turn it into a soft but hard look. Confused? Gradually mix in the darker colors with the lighter colors. Still confused? Attempt to pair a light colored top with a medium grey scaled skirt, black patterned pair of tights and a few dark colored accessories. Include the boots and one has got the look under control: feminine but with a rocker’s edge. If one does not own a pair of combat boots, one can substitute with a different style of dark colored shoes.
Most high school aged girls, too afraid to throw out their entire middle school wardrobe, have a denim jacket hiding somewhere in their possession. One can achieve great use out of the jacket (if able to find) by letting it partake in a mixed hued denim outfit. Wear a black and white striped sweater underneath the jacket, and then add a pair of darker denim bottoms. Finish the outfit off with a riding boot and a middle part.
I had only hoped that by the outfit samples provided, I could send a slight amount of encouragement in the time of feeling “stuck” when it comes to one’s wardrobe. One should take away a sense of how to incorporate her favorite pieces in a new and innovative way. We all have our favorite outfits, but reevaluation is necessary in moments like these.