I’m leafing through yet another fashion/style book, The Wardrobe Wake-Up, by Lois Joy Johnson. It’s a fun read, with lots of photos. It’s a little heavy on style “rules” for my taste, e.g. the right-and-wrong lengths for jeans, and a thumbs-down on long skirts (don’t touch my midis and maxis, rules-ladies).
But like any guide, I look for the useful ideas and leave the rest behind. I especially appreciated Ms. Johnson’s description of “letting it all hang out.” “Imperfection is important,” she writes. She offers the following techniques to loosen up our style:
- Don’t button shirts to the top. Unless of course you like them that way. I always leave mine unbuttoned to make a V-neck.
- You don’t have to tuck perfectly. Ms. Johnson is a fan of the half-tuck, but I look sloppy when I try it. I do like to leave everything un-tucked, though. Here are some cool half-tucks via Popsugar.com.
- Roll your cuffs casually – both your shirts and your jeans. No need to fuss over them.
And some of my own ideas for letting it hang loose:
- Mix your colors, and even your prints!
- Push up blazer sleeves to the elbow.
|Even a dressy blazer can be made “looser” by pushing up the sleeves. Via Nordstrom.|
- Just tie your skinny belt, instead of buckling it.
- Let a colorful camisole show at your neckline.
- Wear an over-sized watch or cuff.
|I like a chunky watch with a feminine dress or skirt outfit. Vince Camuto.|
- Toss a denim shirt over just about anything. I like to wear one over a floral dress.
Some women do embrace a polished style and look fabulous – Annette and Angie come to mind. We aim to dress in ways that feel authentic, and the “imperfect” look is more my style. Maybe because of my inherently messy hair? ٩(^‿^)۶
Do you let it all hang out? I’d love to hear your ideas about dressing “imperfectly.”
Have a delightful Thursday, and stay fabulous,