A Style Formula is your fashion default, your signature look, your "uniform," your no-brainer. What exactly is a Style Formula? It is the sum or mixture of pieces that you know will work, so you can reach for them when you have only 2 minutes to get yourself dressed. Most women default to pants and a top as their basic "formula" yet often still have troubles finding an outfit and end up standing there with a pile of rejects on the bed getting more and more exasperated by the second because nothing feels right. Not that I know from experience or anything... I have given this some thought and have a couple considerations:
1. pants + top = incomplete
This formula doesn't leave room for the "Rule of 3" to be fulfilled, it doesn't give you a chance to finish off your look and feel polished.
2. pants + top = predictable
This formula is prone to matchy-matchy-syndrome and is sometimes a little boring...
The good news is that there is more than one formula to get the sum of style! For example, I absolutely love these equations from Redbook for easy style. Redbook's September issue also has a great feature on outfit formulas including:
1. little dress + big necklace
2. fitted sweater + full skirt
3. blazer + v-neck tee + jeans
These are formulas that everyday ordinary women like you and me can compute! I recently realized I have a style formula:
short sleeve top + skirt + belt = VV Boutique Style default
Here's my formula proof (I cannot stop with the math puns):
Gifted-originally-thrifted shoes and arm party by She Does Create
And the very next day, a variation on my formula:
Land's End top $3.50, silk skirt $5 VV Boutiquehere, here and here to name a few more. How do you determine your style formula(s)? Like me, you can start to take note of what you reach for, what you feel most comfortable in; you can work through the discovering-your-style exercise; you can borrow Redbook's suggestions and give some new formulas a whirl! Once you have a basic formula, there are many variations - change the print/texture/accessories and you've got a whole new look, same formula! Need help? One of the many fun aspects of thrift-guiding is helping people discover new formulas!
So, what are your favourite style formulas?!