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THE ONE ITEM CHALLENGE

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So many of us want to follow fashion trends or develop a certain sense of style but sometimes, if not most of the time, we have a limited number of items to work with in our closets. With that in mind, we all need to organise our closets with items that suit our style and personality and can be used to make multiple outfits even with just a few items. But the question is, how do you put these pieces together? How do you create different outfits using the same piece of clothing and still stay stylish? Well, as long as there is something to wear in your closet I guarantee you there is always a way to make it work and style it differently.

Let’s see what helps us stay fresh and make old items and wardrobe staples look new.

HOW TO STYLE JEANS FOR MEN

Jeans are arguably the most versatile and long lasting item in any wardrobe. Figuring out how to dress up jeans and make them perfect for any occasion takes a little bit of creativity. From flared jeans to skinny jeans, you can either wear them on relaxed days or to formal events and dates.

To make jeans look chic, office-ready or formal, pair them with a button down shirt, throw in a blazer and complete the ensemble with a pair of loafers or white sneakers. This will elevate your look and make you appear more polished.

For a more casual street-wear look, pair your denim jeans with a plain T-shirt or for the summer throw in a vintage shirt and accessories, cuff your jeans up and complete the look with a pair of sneakers

TIPS: A good pair of jeans is a must-have in any closet. Always go for the right fit and keep it simple when styling them.

HOW TO STYLE THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Also known as the LBD, the little black dress is undoubtedly a timeless piece. Just one in your closet is probably not enough. The little black dress makes it easy for you to accessorise, add details, switch up your jewelry and layer in in unique ways. This is why it caters to everyone from on-trend fashion girls to the casual fashionistas to those who view clothes as utilitarian and nothing more. Your wardrobe requires a black dress for multiple occasions – weddings, graduation ceremonies and dates for example. And sorry to say, but yes, you will need it for funerals. The thing about LBDs is they’re suitable for virtually all occasions, happy or sad.

The LBD avails itself to so many styling options. It can be glammed up by adding extra jewellery and throwing in sky high heels completing the ensemble with a bag.

You can dress it down by pairing it with sneakers, slippers or ballet flats with fewer accessories and perhaps throwing in a denim jacket when the weather calls for it.

TIP: There’s no better way to show off your figure in an LBD than to cinch in your waist with a belt.

Fashion trends come and go, so it’s important to build your wardrobe around staple clothing pieces that will never go out of style and pieces that will enable you create multiple outfits. If you do not know where to begin when it comes to buying or keeping essentials, here are a few tips on that;

  1. Easy jeans – denim never goes out of style and its versatile nature makes it a must have.
  2. Crisp white T-shirt – Ladies and gents, you can never go wrong with a well-fitting crisp white Tee. You can wear it on its own or layer it with other pieces
  3. Blazer – Even if you don’t work in an office, a blazer is a wardrobe basic which works in every season. It’s easy to pair with other outfits and instantly adds a level of sophistication to your look.

As you become more aware of other timeless pieces and different ways of styling them, keep in mind that quality is better than quantity. These are pieces that you will be able to wear for a long time, so choose well.

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