What I'm Wearing - Silky Green cami from unknown, Pink Blazer from Op-Shop, Blue Cocktail Pants from Gorman, Neon Green Belt from Jacqui E, Neon Green Earrings from Etsy, Navy 'lego' shoes from Melissa (not pictured).
I'm back with some more neons of course! I really can't stop wearing this neon belt and earrings, I apologise if I am boring you with the repeat accessories - they just take an outfit to the next level! Speaking of taking your outfits to the next level, I've put together a list of ways to make your existing outfit that extra bit special. Keep this in mind for the holiday season - instead of going out and buying a whole new outfit, try one of these tricks!
I must admit, prior to investing in a few neon pieces for my formal look I cringed at the sight of neon. But you'd be surprised how much a neon piece can alter the look of an outfit. Add a small neon pop to give your look an edge. This trick works because it gives your outfit a focal point, play around with how you could mix it up.
Like my pants in the photos (which are absolutely dreamy), add something lustrous to your outfit. Sequins, beads, silk, tafetta, satin, glitter... Again, these may sound tacky on their own but can give your outfit a holiday sparkle. Mixing up mattes, silks and shines can add depth to an outfit.
This one is a bit obvious, but one that we sometimes forget. Go for contrast or similarity. Work with all silky and smooth textures like I did here, or mix it up! Pairing unexpected textures can really re-frame the mood of a garment - for example, putting leather with sequins has a much different vibe to chiffon and sequins.
Playing with sheer garments is one of my favourite things to do. As you know, I am a huge fan of layering, so sheer garments really allow all that layering to be on display. Wear a sheer shirt over a dress, a sheer shirt under a dress - anything you like!
These tips aren't intended to be a 'how to' guide (although I have one of those lined up), but more of a spark to get the ball rolling on some holiday outfits. Maybe you remembered that sheer shirt you stuffed in the back of your wardrobe? Maybe you will give neons a go? Whatever it is, I encourage you to play around with what you've got instead of buying entire new outfits.
What do you plan on wearing during the holiday season? Do you have any tricks for mixing up an outfit?
In other news, I thought I'd share a snap I took at a poetry slam last week. I've watched poetry slams and spoken word poetry for a few years now but this was the first one I attended in person! It was a really nice atmosphere, and reassuring to know that so many people in my area are willing to think about the arts, society, feminism, culture and their own life in different ways. I think it's really important to think creatively, whether you produce pieces of work or just take some time to think differently every now and then.