A good outfit has four key elements that make it original and trendy. These elements help to provide the right balance of pulling different pieces together for a specific look. How you combine different articles within your wardrobe to create an outfit is based on personal preferences, but it is important to always include the following elements.
Staple: A staple piece is something basic that you can build onto with additional elements. Staple pieces can include jeans, khaki pants, slacks, or skirts depending on the look you want to achieve. The main identifier of a staple piece is that it is simple, meaning that it doesn’t necessarily have to stand out but its presence brings attention to more central pieces of the outfit.
Pattern or Texture: Pieces with pattern or texture draw the eye, which is what makes them
important when building an outfit. Patterns can include a variety of things such as floral, geometric, or animal print. Texture, on the other hand, is a little more difficult to explain because it is associated with the specific texture of the material used which gives the piece its unique look.
Accessories: Accessories include jewelry, scarves, hats, belts, shoes, and handbags. Adding accessories to your outfit helps to provide an air of professionalism and shows a deliberate effort for your appearance. I believe that this is important because, despite protest, people make assumptions based on how you dress for certain occasions, even if it is unintentional. This makes accessories key to an outfit because, though they are an additional element that you could go without, they add some pop to your outfit.
Signature: The signature element to your outfit is meant to pull everything together, think of it as the finishing touch. My signature piece when putting together an outfit is normally a sweater, blazer, or vest. The signature piece is important for the style of your outfit because it can dress it up for a more formal occasion or down for something more casual.
Remembering these four key elements whenever you are putting together outfits will make it easy for you to know what to wear for any occasion. Though you can get by with the basics, making sure to have all elements in your outfit will help you gain more professionalism and style.