To button or not to button? How to go from simple to stylish in a few seconds

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Understanding the functions and features of clothing can instantly make you look stylish; you are basically dissecting an outfit.

We all know the purposes of clothing but I’m going to hone in on the adornment factor and teach you how simple adjustments will help you turn a functioning piece of clothing into a feature that will create on-the-spot stylish looks for you!

 

THE UNBUTTONED SHIRT

(Who can forget our crowd favourite of Dancing Stylist’s Suit and Tie video where I’m wearing a white shirt unbuttoned)

There are a lot of rules about the unbuttoned shirt. A few examples I’ve heard include:

‘If you’re not sure play it safe and only unbutton 1’

‘To remain classy, don’t go lower than 2 buttons’

‘Anything lower than 3 unbuttoned needs to be worn without a bra’

‘Only wear 3-4 unbuttoned when you have a camisole/singlet underneath’

I generally leave 2-3 buttons undone depending on where I’m going. However, during summer, the long sleeve shirt looks cool buttoned up and teamed with some short shorts or mini skirt. (create a balance) And in winter you can wear this same shirt unbuttoned with a long deep v-neck sweater and some fitted jeans.

Being a creative dresser I love wearing 3 unbuttoned with a super chunky necklace worn underneath my shirt. (so you can only see it through the opened shirt gap) I’d team this up with a long full length tight fitted skirt and some sneakers.

For someone who has a more feminine style I would recommend a soft and flowy pastel coloured long sleeve shirt with 2 buttons undone, some medium -long length pearls with matching bracelet paired with some high waisted dress pants and some open- toed platforms.

 

THE BUTTONED SHIRT

The ‘buttoned up to the neck’ look was traditionally known as corporate wear but nowadays is seen as edgy.  I’m always thinking ‘What are you hiding under there?’ when someone buttons all the way up. There’s something mysterious about intentional covering up that is sexy. Wouldn’t you agree?

Some like to wear it as is and others like to add a bow tie, scarf or necklace for extra style. The latter is a perfect example of how to wear the buttoned up shirt in a corporate environment and still look chic. Just keeping in mind that the colours need to be neutrals with a single colour or a simple print and the same goes for necklace. It needs to be thin – medium in both thickness and height -nothing too bulky or extreme.

There is no right nor wrong answer. You can wear it one way on one day and another way the other dependant on where you’re going and what you’re doing and how you are feeling.  Style is all about experimenting, confidence and attitude and you will discover what works for you as you try different combinations.

Regardless of your Personal Style, you need to understand that the shirt buttoned or un-buttoned can still look fashionable.

And you need to remember that little things matter, oh yes they do.

 

Must haves – BOYFRIEND jeans Why? Because they fit better, look better and they remind you of him!

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Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe I have nicked from my husband’s wardrobe and they include his blue jeans. I love that baggy feeling when they sit loosely on my hips; not only do they fit better but they even look better. Plus, isn’t it a good feeling wearing your Mr’s clothing?

I was looking forward to working on this next #dancingstylist video because casual style isn’t one of my strengths so I knew I was up for a challenge when putting together this casual outfit. For me it was important that this look still had the Kila’s Style touch of being extreme.

My husband is 1.8metres tall so I knew instantly I would be cuffing the jeans. Cuffing of the jeans automatically brings style to almost any casual outfit. It also allows you to accentuate your dressy shoes.

I teamed my boyfriend jeans up with the gorgeous Karishma Design Krysta ballet wrap top which then gave my outfit that touch of femininity. What I love about ballet wrap tops is that there are so many ways you can wear them. So the boyfriend jeans went from super casual to casual and comfortable yet stylish.

Then to take it to the next level, I added some OTT 80’s inspired earrings and the fake fur necklace and opted for a muted colours theme as the accessories and features of both the jeans and top were just enough to create a balanced look.

And as a result – My rendition of boyfriend jeans in a street style sense.

Enjoy our 3rd #DancingStylist video -BLUE JEANS

https://youtu.be/lpU-tOC0sUE

Self proclaimed DIY-er Setting my creative juices on fire!

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I am a DIY-er, clutter creating, mistake making, mish-mashin ‘somethin-outta-nuttin’ kinda lady.

The first time I saw the beauty in something so mundane was when I was about 10 years old and it was on a church beach trip. I fell in love with a thick tree branch that had all these smaller branches growing out of it and was stoked when I was able to persuade my mum to let me bring it home.

I envisioned painting it and hanging the few accessories I owned off the smaller branches. Long story short the beast never turned into the beauty so my mum threw it out.

To this day I still collect a lot of knick knacks that I think will look great as an outfit accessory, however it isn’t until I’m rummaging through my drawers that I remember that I have them. Here’s a classic example:

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This necklace is a belt I just added brooches to.

One of the reasons I love to alter pieces of clothing is that it fuels my curiosity to create. My brain is constantly ticking, thinking, analysing, over-analysing so physically creating things allows me to get things outta my head and bring them to life whether they’re a hit or a piece of crap.

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1 piece worn 4 ways

I am definitely one of those people who when I see something I really like or if I come up with an idea, I prefer to try and make it myself. Part of it is because I think if someone else can do it so can I and the other reason is that I get to learn something new, which means I’m challenging and working on myself.

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up-style baby!

I always like to up-style things in my wardrobe especially my shoes by adding or taking off pieces where I can. I can stay in a haberdashery store like Dave’s Emporium for hours just looking at all the bits and bobs that will set the creative juices on fire.

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More up-stylin

 

I say if you can put your mark on something, do it. I ALWAYS try and put the Kila’s Style touch to everything and I sprinkle that goodness everywhere!

 

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