Join the stylish duo, G&T (Gerard Wilton and Tracey Davis), as they guide you with practical, up-to-date, and effortless advice on elevating your wardrobe. This week, they reveal their secrets of how to become an undetectable outfit repeater in the best possible way.
Tracy shares some advice on perfecting your personal uniform, while Gerard shares the best ways to re-invigorate corporate dressing.
By wearing the same outfit on rotation, a work or life ‘uniform’ if you like, you have the ability to:
– streamline your morning routine
– reduce the stress of daily outfit decision making
– feel confident that you always look and feel like ‘you’
– gain an indulgent extra few minutes of shut eye each morning
Get ready to break the cardinal rule of fashion and become the ultimate outfit repeater.
Perfect your personal uniform – Tracey
It seems cruel that, arguably, men are afforded the luxury of wearing the same outfit on repeat with barely a raised eyebrow while women appear less able, or are reluctant to pull it off.
The idea of a life ‘uniform’ sounds good in theory, but how can you ensure you don’t get bored of the same look, lack self-expression or have others notice you are a repeat outfit wearer? A few things to consider:
- Start with the best base outfit for YOU: Ensure your base outfit makes you feel confident, comfortable and like yourself. For some, this could be a dress whilst for others, a jean, tee and blazer combo works best.
- Layer up: Have fun with layers. A shirt can be worn alone, or layered under a jumper, dress, vest, cardigan, blazer or coat. It can be worn open as a jacket or over swimmers as a cover up. Make your clothes work harder for you by styling them more than one way.
- Switch up your footwear: Relax your outfit with sneakers, toughen it up with boots or pair with heels for a night out.
- Hairstyle: Often overlooked, your hairstyle can command attention and change your style completely. Consider changing your parting, wearing it up rather than down or add hair accessories to draw the eye away from your outfit.
- Accessories: Never underestimate the power of an accessory. Earrings, necklaces, hats, belts, bags or even a new lippy are all ways to add interest to your look.
It might seem scary at first but the more you work with less, the more confident and liberated you become as you realise others are too focused on their own outfits to truly notice yours.
The versatility of a corporate wardrobe – Gerard
One of the easiest ways of dressing to repeat and mixing up your look is corporate dressing. In the past I have openly admitted to how I really disklike corporate dressing, but the basis of corporate dressing makes up 50% of my wardrobe. The key items to have and repurpose are a great blazer, a black pant and a crisp white shirt.
All these pieces can be worn together for a corporate look but they can also be pulled apart and worn separately.
- Try the blazer with jeans for a smart casual look that can go from day to night.
- The shirt and pants with a sneaker as opposed to a corporate shoe, a white sneaker can provide a smart casual element and provides a fun take of a very corporate shirt and pant look.
- Try the black pant with a t-shirt to pair it down for a weekend look.
Take a look through your wardrobe and try mixing these items up, remember to unbutton the shirt a little roll up the sleeves and don’t be too structured with the looks, and most importantly have fun with it.
To see how Gerard and Tracey used their tips on a local Canberran at Canberra Outlet, check out their latest video.