I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE, BUT ANY TIME I SCROLL THROUGH PINTEREST (WHICH HAPPENS WAY MORE OFTEN THAN IT PROBABLY SHOULD…) I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF MOST DRAWN TO THE OUTFITS WHICH, ON PAPER, WOULD SOUND BORING.
I’m talking here about jeans, blazers, stripes… “classics”, sure, but also pretty basic, if we’re being honest. The thing about those Pinterest-perfect outfits, however, is that they never actually look “basic” – in fact, they look anything but, and I’ve identified a few things all of those outfits have in common…
// AMAZING SHOES
I don’t say this just because I’m a shoe lover, but shoes really do have the power to elevate almost any outfit. So many of the more casual looks I’ve pinned involve a simple pair of jeans, with an un-remarkable top … and an absolutely amazing pair of shoes. (Normally with heels higher than my house.) This outfit, for instance, is as simple as it gets, but just look at those shoes! They instantly give the whole look a real dose of “wow” factor, and make even a simple pair of jeans look amazing. Speaking of jeans, many of the outfits I love seem to revolve around them lately, and here’s another thing I’ve noticed about jeans (and everything else, come to think of it…)
// PERFECT FIT
This is one of my favourite outfits I’ve pinned recently, and, again, it’s just a simple “jeans-and-blazer” combo – the kind of thing you see people wear aaaallll the time. Not only is this outfit a great example of the point above, with the shoes really helping turn it into something special, the other thing that makes this one work is the perfect fit of all of the items: the outfit looks almost like it was tailor-made for the woman wearing it, and who knows, maybe it was. I mean, I’m sure she probably didn’t have everything made from scratch, but unless you’re lucky enough to be able to find clothes that fit perfectly, right off the rack, having them tailored is the next best thing.
I’m a big fan of outfits which use the same colour (or variations on the same colour) from head-to-toe: no, it’s not nearly as adventurous as clashing colours or mixing patterns, but there’s something so striking about a monochrome look. Black is the easiest colour to use for this, but I personally love a neutral look, like this one, which I’ve tried to copy numerous times now, without coming close – I can get the colour and the shoes right, but I’m still missing those trousers in the perfect fit!
My ‘Casual Style’ pinboard is crammed full of stripes: I’m not sure quite what it is that makes me love them so much, but I do know I’m far from the only one with a stripe addiction, so I guess they really do have some kind of style magic about them – or that’s what I’m going to keep on telling myself, anyway!
Are you on Pinterest? Have you noticed any trends in the things you pin there? I wasn’t able to include photos of my favourite outfits in this post, unfortunately, but if you’re a fashion blogger who uses Pinterest, and you’d like to be featured in future ShoeperWoman posts, I’ve just launched a group board which you can join here, to submit outfits for possible inclusion on the blog!