FIVE STEPS TO STYLING A FABULOUS OUTFIT

Suzanne Delahunty personal style blog

Do you find that the process of putting together your outfit each morning adds an additional ten to fifteen minutes to your morning routine? You’re not alone. Many of my clients complain that it takes them an inordinate amount of time to put together an interesting outfit that is a bit different to the same old same old.

I work with my clients to create new outfits from the items already existing in their wardrobes. Here are the five steps I use to style a fabulous outfit and that you can use every day to the same effect.

1. CHECK THE WEATHER AND YOUR DIARY

This sounds too obvious to actually count, but what the weather is going to do on any given day will dictate what you wear. And if you’re going to follow the next four steps, each of them will be informed by weather-appropriateness. Rain? Choose your shoes accordingly. Changeable weather? Think about layers you can remove and put on as the day progresses. Windy? Avoid the floaty skirt, unless you’re into a little exhibitionism.

Your diary also holds the key to the next few choices you’re going to make. Important client meeting followed by drinks with friends after work? Nothing too crazy, but fun enough to wear to a bar and not feel like a dork.

2. START WITH ONE PIECE

Keeping in mind the data from Step 1, choose your starting piece. I often start with the shoes based on the weather, but in the case of the outfit pictured, I started with the skirt, because it’s pretty fabulous and I love it.

Your starting point will often be the hero piece of the outfit. So it could be the latest item you bought and are dying wear. Or it could be a statement necklace that is going to do all the talking for you that day. Or it could be your favourite, fail-safe, most comfortable pair of jeans. Whatever it is, be decisive, take your pick and commit to it.

3. CREATE BALANCE

This step is key. It’s about complementing your starting piece, creating contrast and balance. For the outfit pictured, the skirt makes quite the statement with its luxe look and light colour. So to create a contrast, I added a plain t-shirt and more conservative blazer.

Contrasts can take many forms. If your starting piece is fancy, tone it down with something casual. If it’s colourful, balance it with a neutral. If its a loud print, contrast with something plain, or (controversially) a co-ordinating print. If it’s voluminous, create balance in the silhouette with something fitted.

4. STYLE IT

Once you have the outfit together, play around with the styling. Could you ruche up the sleeves? Add a belt? Tuck the top into the waistband in a more flattering/interesting way? Turn up the bottom of the trousers? Get creative and see how you can transform the look with a few simple styling tricks.

5. ADD SOMETHING UNEXPECTED

This is where it gets interesting. I usually try to add an unexpected element to each outfit. In this case (pictured) it was the white cowboy boots. Not an obvious choice for such a feminine and pretty skirt.

Your “something unexpected” could be an item of jewellery, a fabulous shoe, an oversize scarf, statement outerwear. If you have something in your wardrobe that you bought on a whim but never wear because you later realised it’s a little ostentatious, now is the time to incorporate it into your daily repertoire. Just make sure it’s all balanced.

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Suzanne Delahunty personal style blog
Suzanne Delahunty personal style blog
Seventies suiting. You can amp it up with seventies print on the suit or shirt, but the silhouette is a mix of clean lines in the flare of the trousers and the slightly wider lapel, with the femininity of a ruffle or pussy-bow blouse. Keep the heel of your shoe a substantial one to balance the wider hem of the trousers. And keep your sunnies humongous. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Seventies suiting. You can amp it up with seventies print on the suit or shirt, but the silhouette is a mix of clean lines in the flare of the trousers and the slightly wider lapel, with the femininity of a ruffle or pussy-bow blouse. Keep the heel of your shoe a substantial one to balance the wider hem of the trousers. And keep your sunnies humongous. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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As we’re all getting back to a kind of normal lifestyle again, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are so much more conscious about what they wear and how they spend their money on clothes. 

It doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune on formal, “going out” clothes that you rarely wear. 

Instead, it’s about investing in quality pieces that you wear every day. And finding financially more sustainable ways of getting those outfits you might need for special occasions - like vintage or renting. 

And then re-purpose and re-style your formal pieces so you can wear them every day. They don’t have to stay hanging in your wardrobe un-worn. 

DM me if you need my personal styling services to help you make your wardrobe work for you. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist

 📸 @johnnysturrock

As we’re all getting back to a kind of normal lifestyle again, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are so much more conscious about what they wear and how they spend their money on clothes.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune on formal, “going out” clothes that you rarely wear.

Instead, it’s about investing in quality pieces that you wear every day. And finding financially more sustainable ways of getting those outfits you might need for special occasions – like vintage or renting.

And then re-purpose and re-style your formal pieces so you can wear them every day. They don’t have to stay hanging in your wardrobe un-worn.

DM me if you need my personal styling services to help you make your wardrobe work for you.

#suzannedelahuntystylist

📸 @johnnysturrock

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“Buy less, choose well” - Vivienne Westwood. 

It’s a false economy to spend money on a lot of fast fashion. In most cases, cheap clothes don’t last long. 

If you invest in beautifully made and well-fitting pieces that go with your other clothes and suit your shape and style, you will get so much more wear and look so much better. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist

“Buy less, choose well” – Vivienne Westwood.

It’s a false economy to spend money on a lot of fast fashion. In most cases, cheap clothes don’t last long.

If you invest in beautifully made and well-fitting pieces that go with your other clothes and suit your shape and style, you will get so much more wear and look so much better.

#suzannedelahuntystylist

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How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist

How to layer your outfits – swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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Autumn outfits are all about the boots, the earthy tones, and the layers. 

And try turning your going-out top into a strategic layering piece for day time. #suzannedelahuntystylist

Autumn outfits are all about the boots, the earthy tones, and the layers.

And try turning your going-out top into a strategic layering piece for day time. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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“Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment” - Alexander McQueen.  Fashion can be a way of escaping the roles that you’re expected to fulfil and enable you to express (and be) yourself in an authentic way. The first step is knowing what your personal style is. Then build a wardrobe based on the key elements of your style. #suzannedelahuntystylist

“Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment” – Alexander McQueen. Fashion can be a way of escaping the roles that you’re expected to fulfil and enable you to express (and be) yourself in an authentic way. The first step is knowing what your personal style is. Then build a wardrobe based on the key elements of your style. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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