4 Unpredictable Pairings For A Quick Outfit Upgrade

From barely-there mesh to neon accessories, a small, unexpected change can go a long way.

Words: Foyin Ogunrombi | Photography: Luke Kuisis

We’ve all envisioned transforming ourselves in an epic cinematic wardrobe montage á la The Devil Wears Prada, but updating your look in 2019 doesn’t have to be as dramatic and certainly can’t always involve suddenly drowning in designer pieces. But, whether you’re looking for a new outfit for the weekend’s festivities, a casual wardrobe update, or a completely new look, here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your wardrobe by simply brushing up some old favourites.

Neon On Nude

Neutral tones and utility-inspired attire are at the forefront of fashion with shades of brown, taupe and khaki being hailed as ‘the new black’ by influencers on the streets of Paris Fashion Week. While these forever-in tonal hues aren’t difficult to conquer, you can extend their life even further with a hint of bright detail. Think subtle flashes of colour in the form of accessories; a waist-cinching belt, a belt-bag, or statement jewellery.

Checks Over Stripes
What we love about checks, whether we’re talking tartan, plaid or the iconic houndstooth, is their undeniable versatility. In fact, we love them so much that the rule is the more the merrier. This means go ahead, layer them over each other, play around with different weights and textures and be bold in clashing classic black and white with a contrasting colour.

Into The Wild
Animal prints are the trend that never left. This time around, we’re writing off all the rules and pairing unlikely combos like classic leopard print and daring snakeskin. This works when mixing graphic black & white prints or pairing brights with neutrals, but try to avoid over-accessorizing, the trick to mastering this trend is maintaining the polish.

Sheer Audacity

We’re playing a game of hide-and-seek with a hint of sheer. Introduce mesh in to your look, which is a lot more versatile than you think. Try a simple, translucent top paired under a structured blazer, or as a Dior-inspired overlay on a pleated skirt for a romantic take on peek-a-boo. For the final touch? A pair of contrasting military boots to surprise and delight.

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