I have gone over the how-to’s for various styles in different settings. My friends are always asking me where and how I find the right pieces to create such a unique look. This post will outline my process when shopping for the right articles of clothing, while also staying in a more attractive price range.


Key guidelines I like to use for myself:

  1. Create a budget for your shopping. We all know how crazy it can get. No one wants to walk out of the mall $1000 lighter when their budget doesn’t allow it.
  2. Know the stores that best suit you, or the style you are looking to create. This saves you time to mix and match different items in the store.
  3. Step out of the comfort zone! This is the time to give new patterns and styles a chance. You never know how it will look until you try it on.
  4. Accessorize. The details in your outfit are very important, so you can’t ignore them. This demonstrates that you pay attention to your outfit. Repeat from my previous “Accessories” post. Check it out for more in-depth info!
  5. When choosing a new item, try and imagine which combinations you can create with it. This will make it easier to shop for the next piece. You don’t want to purchase something that you can never wear because it doesn’t work with your wardrobe!

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Formal:

  • Solids or patterns? Well, both! You want the best of both worlds.
  • Solids allow you to use this piece in a variety of combinations, making your wardrobe easier to work with.
  • Patterns give your outfit that pop aspect, to make you stand out in a crowd.
  • Get creative! Find pieces that have an odd pattern, colour, or texture. This will diversify your wardrobe as well as add a little personality to your outfit.

Casual:

  • Jeans, tees, shorts, sweaters, etc. Find the basics, then expand your horizons.
  • Typically, there is a specific retail store or two that carry 95% of the casual clothes to suit your style. This is great because it saves time and you are familiar with what they offer.

Alternatively, try other places you would usually ignore because they might carry the new style that you’re trying to achieve.

Personally, I try to look out for new styles of clothing. This may mean a new design, a new material, pattern, etc. If it catches your eye, try it out!

When I’m out in the malls or checking out local shops, I go with an idea of a style that I want to create. This makes it much easier to choose different items that can be combined to make a new look every day.

For more ideas on different style combos, check out my Instagram @dysfunctionalwardrobe! I’m always open to questions and/or comments as well.

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