Scrolling through endless images of perfectly matched outfits on the Internet is all very well, but how do you inject a little pep into your step on those dreary weekdays? You can start with these practical tips on making everyday style easier to achieve, answering questions like how often should you wash a bra and how to style those high-fashion buys you never wear beyond the changing rooms.
1. Plan Ahead
Instead of binge-watching Netflix, it can save tonnes of time and early-morning stress to plan your outfits for the week ahead on Sunday evening. Take a quick look at the weather forecast and use the time to be adventurous: try on combinations you’d never usually pair. You might just surprise yourself with your new-found stylishness!
Packing your bag the night before will also hugely decrease stress in the mornings: remember those seasonal essentials like killer sunnies and sun cream to avoid sunburn – it rarely helps your style credentials!
An effortless way to achieve a chic, put-together style without a lot of thought is to coordinate your accessories. Whether it’s a gold hair clasp matched with a statement gold cuff, or a nude bag and pumps, matching accessories can make an outfit look satisfyingly complete.
It’s as important to consider underwear choices as outerwear. Waking up on Monday morning with no clean white bras to wear could scupper your plans for a perfectly coordinated outfit. But how often should you wash a bra? Although it depends on the time of year and individual preferences, generally aim to wash your bra after every three to four wears. Of course this changes if it’s a sports bra, as you’ll generally want to wash these after a session of intense exercise.
3. Get Organised
Rather than haphazardly throwing your accessories in a box, try hanging earrings, necklaces and bracelets on jewellery trees. Another cute idea is a repurposed cork board. Revamp an old board with stencils or a newly painted frame, hang all your favourite pieces from pins. For rings or studs, just use a couple of pretty dishes or invest in a special ring tree.
Organising your wardrobe can also really help streamline your daily routine. Switch things up and make space for new and interesting pairings by hanging clothes by colour, type, material, or even the decade its design is inspired by. Keep out-of-season clothing elsewhere so you can see your everyday options better.
4. Find inspiration
We all have some pieces seemed like a spectacular idea in the changing room, but somehow never quite make it out of your wardrobe. Finding a way to style the item that fits your personality by walking around for five minutes at lunch to spot some killer street style, or use your commute to flick through fashion icons with a similar body type. You could even post your own question online.
You might be surprised by the ideas you come across, from wearing things backwards to using tops-as-bottoms. But that’s the great thing about fashion: as long as you feel confident in your style choices, anything goes!