HOW TO UPSTYLE AN OUTFIT FROM DAY TO NIGHT
The clothes we wear need to complement our lifestyle and be appropriate for various activities and occasions. Levels of Refinement refers to the different classification of clothing and accessories for different occasions from very informal and relaxed to formal.
The level of refinement is determined by:-
- type of activity or occasion,
- differences in fabric or material, shape and drape of material, textures and patterns.
Read more about levels of refinement here.
It is possible that you can take a casual outfit and upstyle it to create an outfit that can take you from a very relaxed day at home to lunch and then a dinner date. Let’s look at how I upstyled an outfit to take me from day to night.
When I dressed in these pants and top it was for a very relaxed day at home. There was no jewellery or shoes and the top was hanging loose. As you can see it is not a flattering outfit because of the proportions and the hemline. The horizontal hemline is in line with the widest part of my body and is also cutting me in half.
When I received an invitation to lunch with a friend I added the necklace, earrings and sandals.
I also changed the unflattering hemline by using the half tuck method.
Just by adding jewellery and using the half tuck this outfit became lunch ready.
I had forgotten that I was also going out for tea so another upstyle of this outfit was required. By adding a different necklace, pair of shoes and long cardigan I became dinner ready.
STEPS TO UPSTYLE AN OUTFIT FROM DAY TO NIGHT
three easy steps to upstyle an outfit:-
- add accessories – earrings, brooch, necklace, bangle, scarf
- add a third piece – jacket, cardigan, vest, kimino
- change shoes to suit the activity
Play with your outfits to see how you can upstyle them for different activities and get more wear, value and versatility from them.
Know what you have in your wardrobe and wear it as much as possible.