This clothes featured in this post were kindly gifted by Philosophy Australia.
All opinions are my own.
I love the idea that you represent yourself through what you wear – that it is an expression of who you are. I think it can be quite a creative thing – putting together an outfit. An every day kind of blank canvas.
The lovely ladies at at Philosophy Australia sent me two outfits. Without any adornment, they are beautiful pieces – basics that would fit into most people’s wardrobes.
But, once I add certain elements, style with a certain twist, they become MY outfits. They start to speak to who I am.
I wanted to show you my take on being creative with fashion. With accessories and styling, but also changing up how you might traditionally wear something.
Let’s start with a basic (and gorgeous) pant with a basic (and equally gorgeous) top. These pieces are from the current Philosophy collection and fall beautifully. By themselves, they represent a clean and minimal look.
Once I add a necklaces, hats and different shoes I start to inject some of my own personality into the outfit.
Layers are key to making an outfit. Nikki Parkinson of Styling You has this great rule in her book, Unlock Your Style: each extra layer adds an extra dimension. Every layer makes an outfit dressier. So the addition of statement necklace (this one is from Salita Matthews) along with a soft jacket and heels, lifts this outfit.
This beautiful dress would be perfect for the office or a girl’s lunch date and is lovely just as it is.
I love the silhouette of this dress, but it is a little too dressy for every day wear. Solution? Pop a t-shirt over the top and you have a more causal (and still incredibly cute) look. This trick works equally well with bustier-style dresses that you would not normally wear casually. You can pop a tulle skirt underneath for a fun and flirty fifties look. If you are into that sort of thing, you can get great petticoats from any number of vintage stores. If it’s not something you do all the time, you can fake it. I just used a dress up tutu from the party section of a discount store. ($8.99)
Keeping within that theme, I adore the rock-a-billy look but it’s not my every day gig. So my wardrobe doesn’t boast a number of vintage dresses. However, you can get a similar look with this modern take on that sillhoute. Again, pop a tulle underskirt under the dress, add a belt and some vintage style accessories, hair and makeup and you have a completely different look.
You know what I think?
Life is too short not to have fun with clothes.
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Philosophy Fashion Australia kindly gifted the items featured.
I was not paid to write this piece. All opinions are my own.
Do you feel like how you dress is an extension of your creativity?