Why does this help? Knowing what works for you eliminates impulse shopping and fosters planned and intentional purchases. The more we like what we wear, the less we feel the need to discard clothing.
An outfit formula can be as detailed (ie; blue jeans, neutral colour button down shirt, neutral blazer, matching colourful belt and shoes) or as loose (ie; A-line dress + statement accessories) as you like!
Here are some of my top tips for creating an outfit formula (or several!)
You don’t have to stop at one: An outfit formula feels a little bit looser than a dedicated uniform, and that’s the whole point! You can create different “formulas” for different occasions or scenarios in your life; casual work occasions, dressy, date night, etc. Or you could categorize them by style vibe depending on your personal style; bohemian, feminine, glam, etc.
Write them down!: There's nothing worse than forgetting the secret sauce (for anything!) so take a picture or jot down what your winning outfit formulas are for future stylishness.
Start with the basics: The foundation of every solid outfit formula is choosing effortless and timeless basics. Whether you prefer separates, dresses or coordinating suits, steering clear of trends will yield endless outfit combinations.
Show off your assets: We all have something we love most about ourselves, and rather than seeking out what to camouflage, I find it’s a more positive dressing experience if we start by choosing what we want to show off. This is where silhouettes and proportions come in handy - choose them based on what makes you feel 100%, then vary them by colour and texture for a multitude of looks.
Notes on colour: Colour can be a defining factor of your uniform (think Emmanuelle Alt and her dark neutrals), or it can be what adds the fun (think Anna Wintour and her colourful dresses which are always the same crew neck/sleek silhouette combo). Choosing how you would like colour to play a role in your uniform is a great jumping off point.
Signature accessories: Once you’ve got the basics of your outfit formulas sorted, don’t forget the importance of accessories! While they can add diversity to every look, a signature accessory or two can really add the final touch to any of your outfit formulas, making you feel truly “put together”.
Styling tweaks: Sometimes all an outfit formula needs to be updated is a little styling hack here and there. Take the same combination and tie a knot in the belt or cuff a sleeve - a few of these changes in the same outfit can give the impression of a whole new look!
Finding inspiration: If you’re having trouble coming up with combinations, use Pinterest to research celebrities or style icons who you identify with, or search specific outfit ideas like “Jeans and blazer outfits” for a wealth of new ideas!