Styling Your Outfits

So, you found the perfect dress or the perfect outfit.  Congrats!  However, now you need to know how to style it.

What is styling exactly?  Dictionary.com defines it as, “to design or arrange in accordance with a given or new style.”  Accessorizing the outfit is a start, but there is also your make-up to consider as well as jewelry.

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Jewelry is technically an accessory, but it is important enough to be listed seperately in this case.

So, how do you get started styling an outfit?  Here are some steps to consider while you are styling.  There are no hard set rules by any means, but this is a handy guide to help get you started.  You’ll be styling your own outfits in no time at all!

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When using your Team Build Checklist, styling the outfit consists of the Scientist, Exotic and Blaster steps.  Download your own copy of the check-list here.

Even if you aren’t using this guide to style a cosplay or bound, the tips still apply.

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Consider the style of the outfit.

Is your outfit a vintage style or 80’s inspired?  Maybe it is a more formal style or a business suit.  If it is a 50’s style dress, then you’ll want to pair it with more vintage-style accessories.  A business suit would be paired with more subdued and professional accessories.

Consider the venue and/or event for the outfit.

Are you wearing this 50’s style dress to work or to a con?  Are you wearing this dress to Disneyland for Dapper Day?  How about to a wedding?  I’ve worn the same dress to all of the above, but it was styled differently for each event.  What’s great for Disneyland is not appropriate for work and so on.

Consider the functionality needed from your accessories.

While you are considering your venue or event, think about what kind of functionality you need.  Are you going to a con?  You’ll need the most comfortable shoes you can get that also compliment the outfit.  Disneyland?  What is the temperature going to be that day?  If your day out is in August, then you might want to leave the petticoat at home (trust me on this one). Do you have a parasol?  If yes, then you can leave your hat at home if you want.  What kind of bag should you carry?  Take all this into consideration when putting the pieces together.

Balance in all the things.

Your base outfit is what you work from here.  A big fit and flare dress should really have smaller, more tailored accessories to create a balance.  If you have a hat, then make it smaller with the big dress.  Same with the bag.  Very colorful dress or outfit?  Then more subdued make-up.

Lastly, What story do you want your outfit to tell?

The last piece when you are styling an outfit is what do you want people to see?  I know your outfit is the focal point, but what do you want people to take away from it?  If you have a bound, this is kind of done for you.  If you are bounding Captain America for example, then the star on the chest or the red and white stripes on the bodice tell people that you are bounding Cap.  If you have a dress that is a great color, then you want to keep things simple and just draw the eyes to the pretty color.  Don’t overthink it.

I hope that these tips help you.  In our next post, I will post some photos of outfits with explanations why I styled them the way I did, and how I would, and do, style them differently in different situations.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

InPlainSight.style is off for the Holidays!

As the holidays rapidly approach, Benji and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

As we enter the roaring 20’s, please stay tuned for new content, DIY’s and adventures!

Thank you all for your support these past four years!  Here’s to a great new year!

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Love, Kim and Benji

SDCC Recap and Her Universe Fashion Show

This year we had a short visit to SDCC because we had tickets to Hugh Jackman in San Diego earlier in the week.

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Dress by Pin-Up Girl Clothing.  Click on the link to buy.  I’ll profile it in more detail for an outfit of the day at a later date.

Our first stop was for a traditional selfie:

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Then a step and repeat pic:

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Dress by Disney Dress Shop, which is no longer available, but you can find it on Ebay here.  Game of Thrones shirt from Target.  Shoes by Converse.

Afterwards, we took a trip to the Her Universe Fashion Show.  This was the 6th annual fashion show, and boy it was amazing!  Watch the video below:

Here what we wore to the show:

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This dress is Her Universe for The Disney Dress Shop.  Click on the link to buy.  Shrug from Amazon and shoes by Converse.

The next day we hit the floor and I picked up some of the pieces I saw at the show, including the Loki dress below.

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Dress is available at Her Universe.  Click on the link to buy.  Shrug is from Torrid ages and ages ago.

And I got this cool pic with a Cookie Monster replica…

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During the Marvel panel in Hall H (which we weren’t willing to sleep on the sidewalk to wait for…), Marvel revealed some details on the Black Widow film and Jane Foster will be The Mighty Thor in the next Thor film!

Then we had to hit the road and bid SDCC good-bye for another year.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Outfit of the Day: Spiderman Dress by Her Universe

Our latest outfit of the day is a great Spiderman dress by Her Universe.  This dress sports a great comic book print all over, with red accents.

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The dress is available in standard and plus sizes.  I am wearing a standard 3xl.

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I added a belt accent.  Belt available at TargetBoots also available on Target.  Click on the links to buy.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Han Solo Bound for Galaxy’s Edge

OK, so we got a reservation for Galaxy’s Edge coming up, and cannot be more excited!

Our first thoughts go to, “What to wear?”, naturally.

My closet shopping expedition was very fruitful, but unfortunately, none of my Star Wars pieces are available any more.  So, I took on the challenge for you guys.  Find a women’s and a men’s (size inclusive) Han Solo bound completely from Amazon on on Prime.  That way you can get it quickly and free shipping!  So, doing a little online shopping, here’s what I found.  Click on each link to buy each item.  Happy Shopping!

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The Leader

The Leader for any Han Solo cosplay or bound are the blood-stripe pants.

I found this skirt and pants on Amazon.  You can add red felt stripes to the skirt.

The Brick

The Brick would be the vest and shirt.

I found this vest, and this one.   I found this shirt and this one.

The Scientist

The Scientist would be his boots.  However, tall boots would get pretty hot and uncomfortable, not to mention terrible for theme park walking, so I found these sneakers and these walking boots.

 

The Exotic

I found a couple of fun accessories for The Exotic.  A Millenium Falcon necklace and a Han Solo belt.

The Blaster

There really isn’t any special Blaster items or make-up for a Han Solo bound, but just try to not be too scruffy-lookin!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

*Lead photo: Disney.com

 

 

Outfit of the Day: Witch Dress from Retrolicious

Our next outfit of the day is the witch dress from Retrolicious.

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I absolutely love the print on this dress!  The witches are adorable.

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I recently picked this dress up at Retrolicious’s warehouse sale, but you can visit their website by clicking this link.

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I paired the dress, which is sleeveless, with a cropped tee from Amazon.  Click on this link to buy.  Photobomb below courtesty of Benji!

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Outfit of the Day: Pin-up Wand Dress from Unique Vintage

For our latest outfit of the day, I have my pin-up wand dress from Unique Vintage.

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This dress, to be honest, I thought was “too much” when I first saw it in photos.  However, once I saw the dress in person, I really liked it.

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I also chose to tie the neck tie in a Windsor knot instead of a bow.  I think it gives the dress a little nice edge.

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The dress is available in all four house colors.  Click on this link to get your own.

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I paired it with some comfy chunky sneakers from Skechers.  Click on this link to get yours.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Fashion Alert- “Grandpa” Sneakers

One of the big trends right now is the chunky or “Grandpa” sneaker.

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This look is great for several reasons.  One, they are super comfy!  Two, they come in a variety of colors so you can match any outfit.  Three, they look great with everything, dresses, skirts, pants or shorts.  Finally, they come in all price points, so everyone can enjoy this trend!

 

For example, I bought a couple of pair from Amazon, which were inexpensive.  I also bought a couple of pair on sale at Skechers, which after the markdown, were also inexpensive.  See below for some examples of some sneakers with shopping links.  I’ve started with the designer sneakers with the price to match and down to inexpensive.  To be honest, since this trend may not last, I would go with the inexpensive ones.  So far, I’ve worn them frequently and they still look great.

Fila Disruptor II Sneaker– Costs around $100 bucks

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Skechers D’Lites Sneakers– About $65 bucks

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Amazon Sneakers– About $30 bucks

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Outfit of the Day: Captain Marvel Dress by Gold Bubble Clothing

Our latest outfit of the day comes from Gold Bubble Clothing.

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I love this Captain Marvel inspired dress!  The fit is wonderful and the fabric color is beautiful with some tiny details within that are sure to get attention.

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As you know, I love Gold Bubble for their beautiful printed spandex fabric selections.  The cuts of the dresses and leggings are fantastic.  They are size inclusive and pass the “bend over” test as well.  Gold Bubble pieces also stay put all day.  No tugging and pulling all day.

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Gold Bubble has several different lines inspired by fandoms as well as licensed pieces for Star Trek.

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Check out their site by clicking this link.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji