As an online stylist, quite often I find myself describing how to wear/style certain pieces. This is what is referred to as styling an outfit. Yes, there is styling an outfit on a macro level, like choosing which pants go with which blouse, but today we’re talking about styling on a micro level. These are small details that make a world of difference in the outcome of a look. They can completely change the way an outfit feels on your body and the way it’s taken in by the rest of the world. They are confidence game-changers! Playing with these details in my own outfits can be so much fun!
Styling a Blazer the online stylist way
Whether you’re wearing a full suit or a blazer with jeans, a buttoned-up blazer with the sleeves left long is an extremely pulled together, powerful look. If you’re looking for the feeling of classic confidence this is the way to style your blazer.
Open and flowing
If you have a tough time finding a blazer that fits, styling a blazer open and flowing could be just the trick. You can even buy the blazer a size too small so that it looks just perfect left loose. Of course, this styling has a more relaxed feel than a buttoned-up look will.
Rolled sleeves feel much more relaxed than sleeves left down. They offer a beautiful way to show of arm candy as well and tends to look just right with casual pants.
Another way to have a relaxed and with it look is to push up the sleeves of your blazer. Not rolled just pushed up so you have lots of lovely crinkles in the sleeves.
You can really do any of the above with the collar down (as pictured in the examples) or with a popped collar. There is something très cool about a popped collar and it can give that umph you’re looking for if your outfit needs a small style boost. Use this look for your coats, too!
Shirts the online stylist way
Just like a blazer, a popped collar on a shirt has a confident feel. It frames your face so it draws attention to it. A wonderful look if you’re doing something that requires all eyes on you.
Rolled sleeves on a shirt have an effortless feel and allow you to show off your favourite bracelets and/or watches.
You can push the sleeves of a blouse, or collared shirt, or t-shirt, or sweater. The possibilities are endless, really. This look not only has a more relaxed feel than if your sleeves were down, but it also signals you’re ready to dive into whatever you’re up to that day.
Tucking a shirt gives beautiful waist definition and feels ultra feminine. I almost always suggest this styling when wearing a skirt and it also looks great with dress pants and a blouse, or a t-shirt and jeans… so many options!
Go ahead, just tuck a corner of your shirt or sweater. It has a laid back feel that’s ultra chic.
Leave a shirt loose for a casual cool feel. No muss, no fuss… total acceptance of each separate piece.
Pant cuff styles the online stylist way
Give your pant cuffs a roll – try it especially if your petite, you might find you feel taller! I love this look with any shoes, but it’s especially fun if you roll your pants above ankle boots so there’s just a peek of skin showing.
Can’t be bothered with a roll, flip the bottom up and leave it at that. This look is extremely confident and has a creative flare to it. Things don’t always need to be so serious, do they?
Leave ’em long if you want a more formal feel. Elegant, easy and absolutely beautiful.
A few more for fun!
Push up the sleeves of both your shirt and blazer – why not?!?
Wear your rolled pants with fun socks and loafers.
Add a belt to your fully tucked shirt for even more waist definition.
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