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
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The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. 

My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. 

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The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 

1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 

2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 

3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung.

4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 

5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 

6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 

7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 

8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 

9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better!

#suzannedelahuntystylist
Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung. 4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better! #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories.  #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories. #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
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Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. 
There's three truths in this quote. 

1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin.

2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive. 

3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it.

What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. There's three truths in this quote.  1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin. 2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive.  3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it. What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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