We’ve spent the entire week working on our closets for Spring Cleaning Week — now it’s time to learn how to put together an outfit! 

Let’s learn how to put together an outfit

You made it to the last day of Closet Spring Cleaning week! Now that you’ve figured out your style, cleaned out your closet, and learned to shop for the right pieces, are you ready to learn how to put together an outfit?

Four things to think about when choosing your outfit

1. Check the weather

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an easy way to narrow your closet options. If it’s going to be a really cold day, you know to pick from your stack of sweaters. If it’s super hot, start looking through your summer dresses. If it’s raining, make sure you stay away from white clothing.

2. What’s on the agenda?

This might be another no-brainer, but again, it’s helpful in narrowing your options. Are you running errands all day? Then pick a comfortable pair of shoes. If you have an important meeting? Put on your best pair of heels. 

3. Start with one piece

Now that you’ve looked at the weather, and your schedule for the day, you can pick a starting piece…like the sweater, or the comfy pair of shoes. Pull that piece out (it can be anything — shoes, dress, jeans, skirt, t-shirt…anything), and build your outfit from there. Don’t try to put the whole outfit together right at the beginning!

4. Try it on

An outfit that looks cute on the hanger is not always an outfit that looks cute on your body. So as you’re choosing pieces to go with that starter piece, try them on and start asking questions. 

  • Would these comfy shoes look better with joggers? Or jeans?” 
  • Are these jeans too long for these ankle boots? Let’s try cuffing them. Or switch them for a cropped pair.” 
  • “Does this sweater look better with dark wash or light wash jeans?” 

I rarely put together a good outfit on the first try. I go through a few different options of jeans, shoes, jackets, etc before I land on the perfect outfit. Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to do this, or try on your outfit at night. 

5. Add a Completer Piece

All good outfits have a completer piece. During the colder months, here are some good examples of completer pieces.

  • Jacket
  • Coat
  • Cardigan
  • Blazer
  • Scarf

But even without layers, an outfit can have a completer piece. Here are some examples:

  • Statement earrings. They’re a great way to draw attention up to your face and add some fun to a simple outfit.
  • Belt. During the summer, when you don’t want layers, a belt is a great way to add interest to your outfit and define your waist.
  • Headbands or hair accessories. Clips, bows, headbands, and hair scarves are all really popular right now and can take your outfit to the next level.
  • Statement shoes. I have a pair of leopard print sneakers that instantly completes a simple outfit. But statement shoes can also be fun studded sandals, or a pair of heels in a bold color.
  • Hat. Felt hats, straw hats, and baseball caps are all fun hats that add personality to your outfit and complete it.

I’ve shared a ton of posts about accessories on Merrick’s Art. Here are a few to help you get started. 

JEWELRY

SCARVES

SUNGLASSES

HATS

How To Put Together An Outfit (Spring Cleaning Week)

light wash jeans, cream sweater, felt hat

We’ve spent the entire week working on our closets for Spring Cleaning Week — now it’s time to learn how to put together an outfit! 

 

Let’s learn how to put together an outfit

You made it to the last day of Closet Spring Cleaning week! Now that you’ve figured out your style, cleaned out your closet, and learned to shop for the right pieces, are you ready to learn how to put together an outfit?

 

merricksart closet leopard sweater and olive jacket

Four things to think about when choosing your outfit

 

1. Check the weather

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an easy way to narrow your closet options. If it’s going to be a really cold day, you know to pick from your stack of sweaters. If it’s super hot, start looking through your summer dresses. If it’s raining, make sure you stay away from white clothing.

 

2. What’s on the agenda?

This might be another no-brainer, but again, it’s helpful in narrowing your options. Are you running errands all day? Then pick a comfortable pair of shoes. If you have an important meeting? Put on your best pair of heels. 

 

3. Start with one piece

Now that you’ve looked at the weather, and your schedule for the day, you can pick a starting piece…like the sweater, or the comfy pair of shoes. Pull that piece out (it can be anything — shoes, dress, jeans, skirt, t-shirt…anything), and build your outfit from there. Don’t try to put the whole outfit together right at the beginning!

 

4. Try it on

An outfit that looks cute on the hanger is not always an outfit that looks cute on your body. So as you’re choosing pieces to go with that starter piece, try them on and start asking questions. 

  • Would these comfy shoes look better with joggers? Or jeans?” 
  • Are these jeans too long for these ankle boots? Let’s try cuffing them. Or switch them for a cropped pair.” 
  • “Does this sweater look better with dark wash or light wash jeans?” 

I rarely put together a good outfit on the first try. I go through a few different options of jeans, shoes, jackets, etc before I land on the perfect outfit. Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to do this, or try on your outfit at night. 

 

5. Add a Completer Piece

All good outfits have a completer piece. During the colder months, here are some good examples of completer pieces.

  • Jacket
  • Coat
  • Cardigan
  • Blazer
  • Scarf

 

COMPLETER PIECES THAT AREN’T LAYERS

  • Statement earrings. They’re a great way to draw attention up to your face and add some fun to a simple outfit.
  • Belt. During the summer, when you don’t want layers, a belt is a great way to add interest to your outfit and define your waist.
  • Headbands or hair accessories. Clips, bows, headbands, and hair scarves are all really popular right now and can take your outfit to the next level.
  • Statement shoes. I have a pair of leopard print sneakers that instantly completes a simple outfit. But statement shoes can also be fun studded sandals, or a pair of heels in a bold color.
  • Hat. Felt hats, straw hats, and baseball caps are all fun hats that add personality to your outfit and complete it.

 

Now it’s time for a Getting Dressed Challenge!

I’m so excited to issue a challenge to you for the rest of March.  Here’s the challenge:

  • Get dressed intentionally every single day for the rest of this month — that’s 25 days.
  • Share your outfits on Instagram (as a post or in your stories) and use the hashtag #MerricksOutfitChallenge
  • I’ll be sharing outfit ideas along the way, but to help you get started I’ve come up with 25 outfit ideas for the entire challenge.

CLICK HERE TO SEE 25 DAYS OF OUTFITS

collage step by step outfit with floral walmart dress

 

 

I’ve shared a ton of posts about accessories on Merrick’s Art. Here are a few to help you get started. 

JEWELRY

SCARVES

SUNGLASSES

HATS

2 Comments

  1. Rebecca g says:

    Color, pattern, texture, and shine – the four things that take an outfit from good to great – and yours always seem to have all foUr! Love the “get Dressed with merrick” posts – Keep them coming!

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