We all know how bad it feels when you buy a new outfit for a party or special occasion, only for someone else to turn up wearing exactly the same thing. All of a sudden, your dress or top doesn’t feel quite as special anymore and you wish you had purchased something else instead. Unfortunately, if you buy your clothes from the high street or popular online shops there is always a chance this could happen, especially if it’s a garment that is new in and therefore likely to be quite popular.
But there is one way to get around this problem, and this is to ensure you put your own stamp on your outfits and make them look different to everyone else’s. Fashion should be all about individuality, rather than slavishly following all the latest trends because that’s what magazines say you need to do.
Read on for a few tips on how you can really make a simple outfit your own.
Accessories are the easiest way to give your outfit a bit of individuality and if you find yourself in the unfortunate position where someone has the same dress as you, the way you accessorise it can make all the difference.
Try tying a scarf to your handbag for an instant retro style update. This gives a really chic look to your outfit and totally transforms your bag.
Another idea is to experiment with making your own jewellery. This is a really great way to create a truly unique outfit and it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. If you’ve got some old charm necklaces you don’t use any more, simply buy a plain gold necklace from a jeweller’s and re-thread them, mixing together different charms. You could even do the same on your wrist to create a very special charm bracelet. Try tying a piece of pretty ribbon in a bow on your new necklace as well.
Admittedly this isn’t quite as easy as experimenting with your jewellery, but if you get it right, customising your clothes can be a really worthwhile process that creates and entirely new outfit. One of the easiest things to do is create a unique day time outfit by slashing some of your T-shirts. Try cutting off the sleeves to make a vest or cutting around the neckline to give a raw edge and create an off-the-shoulder top. Make sure you put the T-shirt on and make a few guidance marks before you start doing any cutting though, or it could all go wrong!
One really easy way to add a unique twist to an outfit is to change the buttons. If you’ve got a coat or a dress with plain buttons, make a feature of them by buying some big gold buttons from a haberdashery and swapping them over. This is so simple but looks great.
Overall, the best way to ensure you outfits are unique is to experiment with different accessories and combinations instead of following other people’s ideas to the letter. If you see a picture in a magazine of a celeb wearing a top similar to one you have, don’t copy her entire outfit, look at the way they’ve styled it and consider how you could make the look work for you.
Yes, we all get fashion inspiration from other people, but it shouldn’t be about copying others, it’s about getting ideas and making them your own.