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How to style an outfit for special occasions

When it comes to special occasions like weddings and birthdays, you have to make sure you get your outfit right. The last thing you want is to go over dressed and annoy the celebrant or go under dressed and looks scruffy. Here are some fashion and style tips you may find useful when styling an outfit for a special occasion.

 

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Stick to the dress code

Always ensure you find out what the dress code is before styling your outfit. You don’t want to wear a pair of jeans or a denim skirt to a black tie event. Make sure you also check for colour codes just incase. The key to dressing to special occasions is to look smart and decent. That usually works. You can find lots of inspiration on Pinterest.

 

Don’t upstage the celebrant

Like I previously mentioned, upstaging the bride/celebrant won’t do you any favours so make sure you don’t go over dressed. Stick to the dress code and colour codes, and ensure you don’t wear any over the top clothing or accessories. You don’t want the attention on you on the celebrant’s special day. For example, don’t wear a white dress to a wedding unless it is a background colour to a pattern.

 

Dress in tune with the seasons

Pay attention to the seasonal shades of fashion and style your outfit in those shades in mind. For example, dark berry colours mixed with blacks and greys go well in the winter season. So you could opt for a berry dress (ensure colours are in line with the dress codes if any) with black accessories.

 

Have a stylish cover up at the ready

Wearing a strapless dress is all well and good until it gets chilly. Have a stylish cover up at the ready will be a life saver. So make sure you have one.

 

Get a winter coat

If you are attending the event in winter, ensure you have a good statement coat ready. You don’t want to hide your stunning outfit under an ugly coat. Go for a lovely striking coat in a block colour that suits your outfit.

 

The right heels

You should opt for shoes/sandals that go well with your outfit and the event. It is more stylish to wear a dress with a pair of heels rather than flats, but go for the right type of heel for you. You need to be able to walk properly in them and feel comfortable.

 

What are your thoughts? Which do you pay attention to the most when it comes to styling an outfit for special occasions?

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What to Wear When You Work From Home

What do you wear when you work from home? This is one question many self-employed/freelancers ask themselves over and over again. As many of you already know, I work from home and have done so for the past 5 years. Working home alone means I get to wear what I like, when I like. I could decide to work in my nightwear all day if I choose to, or I could work from the comfort of my bed in my loungewear. The fashion choice is mine and I love that about my job. It is liberating.

 

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I like to get out of my sleepwear everyday, even though I work from home. The Kiddies started primary school last September, so the school run is now a morning and afternoon routine. I love it because it gets me out of the house everyday, and I like to be presentable when I step out of the house. Which is why I always take a morning shower and get dressed every morning. I like to be dressed and ready for work by 9:30am almost everyday.

 

Here are 2 things I have in mind when I am picking out what to wear when working from home –

 

Comfort

The first thing I have in mind when it comes to styling my working from home outfit is comfort. You will easily find me wearing a pair of leggings or joggers depending on the weather. I like causal comfy tops as well, and dresses are my preferred option in the summer months. Comfy clothing allow me move around freely and stylishly.

 

Material

Many people are too lazy to get out of their sleepwear. Others love the feel of their pyjamas on their skin, and live in them. I get why many find their pyjamas so comfy, they sleep and work in them. I find mine comfy too! Which is why I like go for pieces with material that feels as comfortable as my sleepwear. You usually won’t catch me wearing lace or any complicated/overly dressy material.

 

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Do you work from home? What do you wear?

 

 

How to wear a great winter outerwear

As the colder weather begins to loom you see more coats and jackets come in view. Coats not only keep you warm, they help you make the fashion statement of the season. However, that only depends on how well you’re able to pull off the style with the winter coat you’re putting on.

 

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The type of coat or jacket you wear can change the mood of the your overall outfit. Just like almost every item of clothing I experimented with coats of different textures, colours and lengths to come up with styles that are not only fashionable but versatile as well.

Here are some ways you can wear your outerwear this season.

 

  1. Keep it balanced

When it comes to selecting the right outerwear or your outfit of the day, you’ve got to take balance into consideration. A bulky coat requires slimmer clothing underneath while a coat that sits very close to your body gives room to something wide or flowy.

For example, cape coats are voluminous at the bottom. To balance the effect such a coat would create it’s best to wear it over a pair of skinny jeans, fitted skirt or cigarette-style pants.

 

  1. Belt your coat

It is a popular trend now to belt your coats. The coat most suited for this purpose is the trench coat. Almost every fashion conscious woman has at least one trench coat in her wardrobe.

Belting a coat like the trench coat gives a lot of dimension to your shape. It accentuates your waist giving it a very flattering look.

You can basically style your trench coat with anything. Usually trench coats come with their own belts but you can add your own twist to it by using a chunky belt. To clearly define your shape, you may opt for a belt of a darker shade like dark brown or even black to create the needed contrast that will suit your outfit.

 

 

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  1. Choose coats that complement the length of your outfit

Coats come in either short or long styles. But it’s important to note that you should carefully pile what to wear underneath the coat.

For example, a cropped coat, which is a very short coat, works perfectly over a maxi dress or skirt. They complement each other as they balance each other out.

However, when it comes to knee-length coats, a maxi dress will be a big “NO”. Knee-length coats best work with outfits that are slightly shorter than the coat itself. This gives the illusion that the coat’s doing all the work in looking fashionable.

A floor-length coat won’t really mind the length of the outfit underneath especially when you intend to keep the coat all buttoned up.

 

  1. Make a statement

Coats don’t have to bore your outfit. And just because it’s getting cooler, you have to retreat to dull or dark colours. Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement with your coat. Make your coat the focal point of your ensemble.

Instead of just sticking with neutrals or monochrome, get adventurous with bright colours like red, yellow or orange. Style your bright coats with darker outfits so that they don’t distract attention from your bright coloured coats.

Aside from opting for bright coloured coats, try out coats with fun styles like the duffel coat which will make a good change from the popular trench coat. It’s not only fun, it’s laid back and chic. It works well over more casual outfits like a pair of jeans and a simple jumper or shirt.

 

What do you think of these style tips? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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