7 Tips for Adding Style to an Outfit

Taking an outfit from “nice” to stylish is all about the finishing touches. Here are a few tips and some examples of how to do it:

  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns – just make sure that your outfit has a colour story to pull it together
  • Uplevel a pair of jeans by adding a jacket

styling tips, adding style to an outfit

In this first example I’ve taken a pair of jeans and a striped T-shirt, something most women will already have in their wardrobe. Bringing in a jacket smartens the look up. Finally the accessories make the outfit interesting and although the scarf is patterned, because it has the same colour as the T-shirt in it the look is pulled together. Adding accessories in the same colour finishes the outfit off, with the boots and bag in different leathers but both with studs.

  • Add a statement piece of jewellery
  • Get wardrobe basics in luxe fabrics
  • Add a seasonal colour to update your wardrobe

styling tips, adding style to an outfit

A smarter outfit is made chic by adding a statement necklace in grey stones to tone with the trousers and cardigan. When buying basics that will work for several seasons spend a little more on something luxurious like this cashmere cardigan. Having timeless pieces like the wide leg trousers in neutral colours means that you can update your wardrobe each season with a few key items and accessories in a seasonal trend colour like claret.

  • Get more mileage from your wardrobe by having pieces that do day and evening
  • Mix textures to bring an outfit to life

styling tips, adding style to an outfit

Velvet jeans can be worn during the day with boots and a jumper but go into the evening by adding a silk top. Metallic accessories aren’t just for evening any more – here they make the outfit luxurious and festive but the shoes would work with tailored trousers and jeans too and the bag would spice up an outfit in camel and chocolate.

I love hunting down those perfect finishing touches to an outfit and having a wardrobe that contains classic pieces in neutral colours means that a few key accessories will instantly update it.

Where to buy:

Jeans Mint Velvet, Stripe top MaxMara, Jacket from Customadeicon, Bag Gerard Darel, Boots Ash.

Top Gerard Darel, Trousers Phase Eight, Cardigan Pure Collection, Necklace John Lewis, Bag as above, Shoes Dune.

Velvet jeans Jigsaw, Silk top Pure Collection, Cardigan Jigsaw, Necklace Lola Rose, Bag and Shoes Kurt Geiger.