I've met everyone in Merrick's family except Merrick. So I guess I have to call her a blog friend even though she feels like a real life friend. Merrick is Janssen's little sister and I'm kind of thinking this means I should probably try to get Landen, their other sister, in on this as well (and yes, they all have awesome names).
Anyway! Merrick is a gorgeous artist with great style. Her weekly belly pictures while she was pregnant with her son had me reevaluating my own maternity style (Baby 2 is just a couple weeks younger than her little Peanut). I knew when I asked her to do a guest post she would go above and beyond and then yesterday she sent over a full WEEK worth of outfit pictures. Because that's how she rolls.
WARNING: What I am about to tell you will change your life.
Ok, so in the interest of full disclosure, I had nearly zero interest in fashion until several years ago and most certainly fell into the “grunge” category of dressing for the majority of my high school career (yes, I am ashamed), which may convince you to take what I say with a grain of salt, and question why Kayla even asked me to be a fashion blogger for a day.
Well not to worry; I’ve since grown up a bit and started caring about the clothes I wear...and started watching “What Not To Wear” every so often, which is where I learned about the four elements of a great outfit (pay attention, cause this is the part that is going to change your life):
The 4 Elements of a Great Outfit
Now before you start over thinking, let me tell you that you probably already know this (although possibly only subconsciously). Think about when you cook dinner; do you want all your food to be the same color? Or the same temperature? Or the same texture? No! You want a variety of all these elements because it creates BALANCE and APPEAL. A big plate of mushy tan food is anything but appealing (I almost threw up just typing that sentence).
Interior designers do the same thing and create balance and appeal in spaces by breaking up solid colored couches and walls with colorfully patterned pillows, textured curtains, and shiny picture frames or lamps.
I am a part time oil painter, and I create balance and appeal in my paintings by having areas of smooth paint and areas of textured paint; sections of warm colors balanced out with sections of cool colors.
Everything in life requires balance, or else it is unappealing. Get it?
Now let’s bring it full circle: the same goes for your clothing. An all black outfit has no balance, and very little appeal. Throw on a colorful patterned scarf and a little sparkly jewelry and suddenly you’re gaining appeal. So every day when I get dressed, I think about these four elements and try to incorporate them into my outfit. It might sound complicated, but trust me...it takes only a tiny bit more thought and has a big reward.
Here are some examples of my outfits from last week that incorporate all 4 elements:
Sunday (Church): Dress (handmade and hand-me-down from my sister), striped cardigan (H&M), belt (from another dress), necklace (Gift from mom - Francescas), Nude heels (payless), silver stud earrings (tiffany’s)
Monday (Teaching Art Class): Cream t-shirt with flowers (Charlotte Russe), Striped caridgan (target), Belt (stolen from my sister), Jeans (Hand me downs - Nordstrom), Red Flats (Target), silver stud earrings
Tuesday (library story time & visiting teaching): Black peter pan collar top (Target), Jeans (gap), Leopard peep toe flats (Plato’s Closet - Steve Madden), purple bag (knock off D&B - New York), silver stud earrings
Thursday (Park & errands): Green embellished t-shirt (old navy, embellished by me), jeans (nordstrom), white sandals (target), Sunglasses (H&M), pearl earrings (kohls)
Friday (date night): Polka dot top (Old Navy), black cardigan (Target), Jeans (nordstrom), Shoes (Forever Young), pearl bracelets (Charlotte Russe), Silver earrings (gift from my sister)
Saturday (errands & girls night): Orange shirt (Hollister), Striped cardigan, belt, jeans (gap), black ruffle flats (payless), hoop earrings (gift from my sister)
Some of these outfits have a few more layers than others, but even jeans and a t-shirt and some little stud earrings can fulfill all four elements.
Knowing these four categories has also changed the way I shop. Because I often gravitate toward solids, I have a lot of solid colored shirts and sweaters in my closet so I’ve recently tried filling in the patterned and texture gaps with things like striped cardigans (which have changed my life), and embellished tops (some of which I do myself when I get bored of old solid t-shirts).
|Some of these I bought pre-embellished, some I did on my own|
|patterned cardigans can instantly add interest and dimension to your outfit|
|Use your shoes to add texture, pattern or color!|
|Studs are my daily earring of choice as a stay at home mom. I feel good because I’m wearing jewelry, but I’m not in danger of getting my earring hole torn through by my little boy.|
Because I care about how I look, and because I don’t want to look homeless when I go to the grocery store or the library, I make an effort every day. That means a complete outfit, hair done, makeup on, and jewelry. And the best part is that looking put together makes me feel put together, which in turn makes me a better mom, wife, friend, housekeeper, and painter. Win, win, win, win, win.