Theorem: how to wear wide-leg trousers, a star-patterned sweater, and a floppy hat

Have you ever given any thought to why certain sartorial ensembles look and feel sooo right, while other outfits are just…meh?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a star-patterned sweater with wide-leg trousers, cross-body bag, and a floppy hat

Is it all about the fabulousness of the individual pieces??  Or the way, with a bit of creativity, “ordinary” items can come together for a greater good??  Or maybe it simply boils down to the attitude and confidence of the wearer?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a star-patterned sweater with wide-leg trousers, cross-body bag, and a floppy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - star-patterned sweater, wide-leg trousers, maroon cross-body bag

I’m going to take a stand and say that the very best outfits have virtually nothing to do with price tags and designer labels; there may have been a time when “big names” had a monopoly on superior fabrics and finishes…but I’ve shopped enough to know that nowadays, good and bad quality can be found across the board.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - star-patterned sweater, plaid trousers, Forever 21 cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - star-patterned sweater, plaid trousers, cross-body bag, floppy hat

So my theory when it comes to winning at the game we call personal style??  In the end, it’s three C’s that make or break a “perfect” outfit:

  1. Careful shopping – pieces that fit well, have neat seams, and boast finishing details like top-stitching or pretty buttons will always look “special”…regardless of the actual price point.
  2. Creativity – never stop experimenting with different colour combinations, textures, and silhouettes; have fun!
  3. Confidence – it’s impossible to look great if you don’t feel great, so if your latest “experiment” doesn’t have you smiling in the mirror, tweak the combo until it does!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a star-patterned sweater with wide-leg trousers, cross-body bag, and a floppy hat

And remember to share your most amazing, creative, and fearless outfit ideas on my Fearless Fashion File community Pinterest board…it’s as easy as sending me an email to join!!  😊 

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4 Comments

  1. November 24, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    I love this new ensemble. You look fabulous in the star sweater with the wide leg plaid pants, with terrific accessorizing! And I really appreciate your three "C's". Just yesterday, I thought I had created a new combination that included a recently purchased turtleneck (golden/mustard with white stripes) and a pretty awesome handknit mini skirt I made a few years ago that is dark brown with a pattern of light brown leaves. I added brown leggings and socks, and black chelsea boots. I wasn't sure about how it looked at all, but wore this ensemble around the house under an apron as I baked Thanksgiving pies. . . When it was time to head out into the world for the afternoon, I realized I felt horrible in this combination. Happily, I took time to try a different shirt. I fell in love with the skirt again with a denim button down over it, instead of the turtleneck, and left the house with that sense of confidence you describe. Yay! (I know, you and I both wish I would take pictures of my outfits. Some day.)

    • November 24, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      I'll bet every fashionista has had a similar experience, dearest Linda!! Your pie-baking (yum!) ensemble totally sounds like it should have worked…but IRL, the pieces didn't fit together in a way that had you feeling fab. It happens!! But good for you for going back to the wardrobe drawing board and remixing until you were happy!! 🙂 P.S. Yes…I really REALLY want to see some more of your outfits popping up on my – make that "our!" – Fearless Fashion File Pinterest board!! Your hand-knit skirt sounds super pretty!! XOXO

  2. November 26, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Great tips, the three C s! I think any outfit is fabulous as long as you feel convidant and Happy with it!

  3. November 27, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    What a wonderful Outfit – I like your Styling – and your perfect smile! Kind regards Martina

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