Taking your outfit to the next level

Have you ever had those days when you carefully put together an outfit and still feel like something is missing? You feel cute in that outfit but you also feel like you’re 99%. This week, I’m sharing some tips on how I take that 99% and make it 100%. Because we all deserve to feel our best everyday!

Attention to the silhouette

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If you like the outfit you put together but still feeling “blah” in it, it’s likely that you’re not enhancing your silhouette enough. There are tons of different silhouettes in fashion, but many of them have this in common- narrowing the waist and/or extending the legs.

Ask yourself what can you do so that your outfit can bring out the best of your body. There are plenty of affordable tailoring services if you’ve bought a piece that doesn’t quite sit right. But most of the time, the most effortless detail can make your outfit look complete. Perhaps, you need to roll up your jeans because they’re a tad long. Or maybe roll up a blazer to accentuate your slender arms. Doing a half tuck is one of my favorite tricks for narrowing the waistline while wearing a loose top. Belting a dress is another go-to trick…which brings me to the next point.



The power of accessories

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I know that feeling of being too lazy to accessorize. Like…who needs an extra step in their routine?? To be honest, I’m not a huge accessories person. I exclusively wear stud earrings and have two bracelets that I ever take off.

However, reaching for a statement necklace or a flashier pair of earrings has saved my day more than I can count.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that jewelry isn’t limited to the neck, wrists, fingers, or ears. Ladies, we can also wear bling in our hair! My best friend is a lover of hair accessories, and I find it so elegant whenever she does a half-up style with a barrette clip.


Shoes shoes shoes (and a matching bag)


Shoes are important and not to be neglected! And they can say a lot about you and what your life is like.

Sometimes, I put together a whole outfit, throw on a pair of shoes, grab my bag, take a look in the mirror beside the front door and only then, start feeling “blah”. Every time that happens is because I thought of shoes and bags as throw-on’s instead of important details to be accounted for. 

I’m not saying shoes and bags absolutely have to be matchy-matchy (realistically, who has time for that??). But it’s important to make sure that the shoes and bags aren’t clashing with each other. And more importantly, your shoes aren’t clashing with the outfit.



Sometimes less truly is more

There are times to opt for simplicity. So you’ve tried adding to an outfit, but nothing feels right. Maybe it’s a case of overthinking and your outfit is good as is. There are days we feel better glammed up, and days we need to be no-nonsense. It’s the balance of fashion and life.



Hugs and kisses

~ Jin

You can also find me on Onah Jung

Author: Jin Cao

I am a multi-faceted designer, fashion blogger, makeup enthusiast, lover of cats, and connoisseur of ramen! Writer of LeggingsandLacquer.com Main fashion writer of Onahjung.com Find my work at Jinmartini.com

3 thoughts

  1. such basic items…but looking very stylish and chic!!! I especially love the crisp white shirt/ black pencil skirt combo. I know what I am going to wear on Monday work meeting 🙂 Thanks for the great post!


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