I looooove a good before and after. I write a lot of articles encouraging ladies to upscale their daily style because our current culture is so lax, to the point of championing slobbish habits. It feels refreshing to be put together, it is even polite to be put together, it even changes the tone of a home to be put together.
So let me show you my own style makeover from being on the athletic loungey side of dressing to dressing in put together outfits. I had to learn all this too! There were years of my life that I dressed almost exclusively in leggings with spandex tops, or skinny jeans with black t shirts. Totally utilitarian because it was comfortable. I thought a black t-shirt made me look “chic”, and frankly, grey and black clothing makes up so much of current women’s clothing, I never noticed how drab it really looked! I was used to it!
This was my normal way of dressing for years.
Fast forward to my wardrobe now. Remember, I live in the country, so my nice clothes still involve wrangler jeans and boots. Although I throw in a lot of lace trim, feminine shaped tops, pretty buttons, jewelry & makeup to keep it more delicate.
What a difference simple changes make!
I changed the shape of the top to peplum. I lost the athletic slides (the socks really amplify how terrible of a look those were). I opted for classic footwear in a simple ankle bootie. Lastly, I lightened up on the dark colors a bit!
Instead of a short top with leggings, how about a long flowy blouse! This one even has lace trim!!*swoon*. Add in a structured jacket and it looks even more finished as an outfit. In an outfit like leggings + blouse, I like a third element like a jacket over it. But in hot weather, something like a vest, light scarf or even a statement necklace acts as a third element to pull it together as a finished outfit.
You can make simple changes to your everyday comfortable outfits. Swap out a t-shirt for a blouse, don’t be afraid of “girly” styles like peplum, even if it isn’t the hot trendy item right now. It is a classic top shape that just flatters a woman!
Choose lighter neutral colors for your tops such as tan or white instead of grey and black to steer away from looking dreary. Black and grey color near your face and hair can make skin, eyes and hair look drab, especially as a woman ages.
Dark colors that enliven the skin, eyes, and hair include rich navy blues, deep greens, and wine color. These will make your eyes sparkle and enhance rosiness in your skin unlike black and gray.
These are simple ways to look softer, classy and feminine! Throw on pretty earrings and some soft pink lipstick. Quick and beautiful!
Guess what, I am still just as comfortable in my “after” outfits and they are appropriate for all of my daily work.
Until next time ladies!