I asked my stylist to make 5 of my go-to outfits more stylish.
I was told by the stylist that I should work more accessories into my looks.
I was told to add a blazer to my wardrobe and wear warmer tones to compliment my skin tone.
I live in Los Angeles and have a laid-back location that has translated into my closet.
I mostly wear loose-fitting clothes in neutral tones, with a few leopard-printed items mixed in. I was the best-dressed high schooler and used to be much more stylish.
I have spent more time worrying about what others think of me. I stopped buying trendy items covered in sequins or bold colors in favor of more simplistic outfits that don't draw much attention.
My top priority these days is comfort, as a person who works from home and myself. If my partner and I want to grab drinks after work, I will already be ready to go because I want to feel put together.
Even though I like that everything in my current wardrobe goes together, I would like to go back to my younger self with some more daring choices.
I asked Jane Igah, founder of The Doe Online, to help me upgrade my outfits and feel more confident in my daily looks.
I wore a dressier outfit to start the style clinic. It is something I have worn to wine tastings in Northern California and date nights in Downtown LA.
It always feels like something is missing when I put this look together.
Adding a necklace or earrings and pulling my hair into a bun would elevate the look.
I think the olive would have been a beautiful color to pull from for accessories, such as your shoes and bag.
I hope to find more accessories that complement the dark green spots because she loved the colors of the dress.
This is a common outfit for me. If I want to grab coffee, I usually pair a plain or striped tank top with a long, loose cardigan, jeans, and a pair of ankle boots.
This look is fine, but would look better if I stuck with the colors of the tank top.
She suggested adding a white or black sweater and replacing the brown boots with black. I said if I wanted to stick with my beige sweater, it would look better with boots in a similar color.
I think button-down tops look great with jeans or skirts, and I own a lot of them. I usually pair one of these tops with jeans and boots.
The look is practical but unfinished.
This is like a classic J. Crew Era, except you don't have a third-piece, which ties the entire look together.
She suggested I pair this with a navy or black blazer and statement necklace, which could take this look up a notch.
The statement necklace and a nice watch would be ideal to emphasize that edge.
I like to wear a variation of this outfit a lot because Plain T-shirts and jeans are comfy and functional. I will sometimes add a small necklace or ring to feel more put together.
I offered great suggestions to make my most casual outfits look cool.
She suggested adding graphic high socks for a pop, then wearing a hoodie in black or gray for a cozy look at home.
She suggested I add a blazer and swap out my slip-on shoes for black boots if I wanted a more polished look.
One of the more daring options in my closet is the orange paper-bag pants, but I am not sure what to wear with them.
I have worn them with a sweater in the same tone of orange and cream, but more recently, I have been wearing them with an orange-and-cream striped T-shirt.
If I wore a white button-down top tucked into my pants, it would be a better match.
She said the striped top was a better match for joggers and sneakers.
If you want to take it all the way casual, I would swap out the high.
Although my outfits are pretty comfortable and practical for my day-to-day life as a person who works from home, Igah said I'm missing out on key elements that can help my outfits look finished even though I'm wearing them.
She suggested that I increase my accessories to complement my skin tone.
She shared that accessories are the mother of rounding out an outfit.
I have been adding jewelry and sweaters to my wardrobe slowly. I found a blazer that is soft and suitable for working from home.
I am looking forward to putting her tips to practice, whether I am buying groceries or going out for drinks with friends.
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