On the first of April, I took on a challenge and created, photographed and blogged about the first of ten outfits. Over the ten days, with the same shirt-dress being included in each outfit, I accessorised with pieces from my own product line.
Reflecting on how to style one item with a limited choice or capsule wardrobe and unlimited accessories definitely led to more than a few revelations.
There were ten outfits, but I chose to wear multiple necklaces and so there are more than Continue reading
Yellow is, at the best of times, a tough colour to wear without it wearing you instead. I, personally, love yellow in and of itself, but definitely draw the line when it comes to covering my whole body in the brashness of it. Here’s where accessories come in handy, as you can see above – I added a bright yellow bead necklace to a simple black and white dress. It draws attention to your face and makes an ordinary outfit extraordinary. Choosing the right shade isn’t as important when it’s such a small quantity – you can get away with a little mismatch. With a top or a dress it could be a disaster to have the wrong tone for your skin.
Day 10! The last and final outfit in my challenge. I’m going to miss styling those pieces every day. … The shirt-dress is back being tucked in and used as a shirt. It really is supremely comfortable worn this way, despite the length having to be stuffed in. I’ve styled the Citrus Ripples silk scarf with this outfit – it’s one of the most complex designs I’ve ever painted.
Styled with cream trousers and a linen blazer, the subtle citrus colours create a vibrant spring look. A little bit of pattern in your scarf and shoes can make a light coloured outfit more unique. Try the same scarf with dark wash jeans and a blue blazer for Continue reading
Day 9 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress back to coat status, I’ve paired it with the silver cami and pencil skirt. My own personal red paisley scarf adds a dash of colour to the monochrome outfit, and the snake heels bring some flair to my feet.
Cinching in the waist with a soft leather belt looped multiple times and tied with a bow adds more structure to the loose ‘coat’.
If you’d like to catch up on why I’m styling a shirt-dress in ten different ways, you might want to read my first post, which explains the whys and wherefores of the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways. Tomorrow I will post about Continue reading
The scarf’s deep blue hues (inspired by the Mariana trench, after which it is named) are duplicated in the shorts, and I like the fact that my feet are unobtrusive in tan leather, elongating my legs – for my caramel skin tone the cognac colour turns into Continue reading
Day 7 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress to a whole new level, and styling it inspired by the legendary Frida Kahlo, who used myriad colours in her art as well as her daily clothes. This maxi dress (I got mine years ago, and this year’s version is here) also feels a lot like some of Frida’s clothing. In styling it as a bustier over the shirt-dress, I feel I am, in some small way, reinventing her look.
Adding multiple necklaces seemed natural, although at first I had thought to style a scarf with this look. I’ve used four colours… Fern, Daffodil, Rose and Cornflower. The ribbon ends allowed me to stagger the lengths and create a bib-like effect. It’s very folksy looking and it’s Continue reading
Day 6 of 10… I’m reprising the shirt-dress as a duster coat. It’s the most natural way to wear this, particularly when it’s not quite warm enough to have your arms out. Paired with the ecru cropped trousers and silver camisole for a little something extra, it’s a pretty neutral outfit – until I add in the cool blue tones of the light chiffon Flitting Fish scarf. It’s perfect for the spring when you still Continue reading
Day 5 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress to a more formal zone and using it as a shirt works only because the fabric is so soft and thin. It hardly shows beneath my jumpsuit, and in fact creates a nice soft layer inside the rather scratchy fabric. it doesn’t poke out the bottom of my outfit either.
And yes, that is indeed a bow tie around my neck. But ties are for men, you say? Well, style rules were made up by people and new ones are made every day. Feel free to colour outside the lines – that’s what fashion is all about, making up your own rules and having Continue reading
Day 4 of 10… I’ve chosen to go a little off piste today and pretend it’s summer already – after all, I did choose these bits for my 10 pieces of clothing. I’m pairing shorts and a cami top while using the shirt-dress as a duster jacket. I love a little colour-clash, so went with not one, but TWO bead necklaces layered a la Iris Apfel – in hibiscus pink and buttercup yellow. I tried three, but I preferred the look of just two, and the third (in green) took too much attention away from the outfit itself.
It feels as though I’m wearing featuring a playsuit, and the belt adds a little definition. The shirt-dress-as-duster-jacket adds a little bit of a grown-up feel as do the heels. This look is purely a fever dream, because the current Continue reading
ARATI DEVASHER firmly believes that accessories are the most versatile items in your entire wardrobe. Sometimes that special piece is so easy to wear you forget you're even wearing it until someone compliments your effortless style. They soon become favourites you want to wear every day. She wears #ascarfwitheverything