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
“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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The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. This years colours for Spring/Summer include: Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black.

This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. 

If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. 

And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. 

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How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black. This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Who do you want to be in 2022? I know that setting goals for a new year is not for everyone. So instead of setting goals, try envisaging who you want to be. Imagine a scenario that comes up for you often, whether it’s a work situation, a social scene. How do you want to relate to other people? How do you want to feel in that situation? How do you want to look? What you wear absolutely helps you become the person you want to be, or to fully be your authentic self. Does your wardrobe do that? Or could it do with a little updating? DM me if you’d like to work on your personal style. (And Melbourne, DM me for dates I’ll be in Melbourne and available for wardrobe edits and shopping!!) #suzannedelahuntystylist
Who do you want to be in 2022? I know that setting goals for a new year is not for everyone. So instead of setting goals, try envisaging who you want to be. Imagine a scenario that comes up for you often, whether it’s a work situation, a social scene. How do you want to relate to other people? How do you want to feel in that situation? How do you want to look? What you wear absolutely helps you become the person you want to be, or to fully be your authentic self. Does your wardrobe do that? Or could it do with a little updating? DM me if you’d like to work on your personal style. (And Melbourne, DM me for dates I’ll be in Melbourne and available for wardrobe edits and shopping!!) #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Reflecting on my favourite fashion and style people, looks, shows, designers, moments etc from 2021. It’s been a year, but that doesn’t mean that style wasn’t around to keep us inspired, happy and motivated to look and be our best. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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