OOTD: The Philosophy

Here’s a new segment in 26 Letters I like to call **cue fancy wow, promo music**…. #OOTD: An Outfit Guide for the Crazy Ones. This is all about fashion street takes. For the first #ootd, let me start off by sharing a few tips on #OOTD-ing and scroll further to see my new purple hair coloured by EDS, as shot by my beh, Tanya Z!

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1. OOTD is the modern meaning of dress-up. Growing up, I have had my fair share of exposure to Barbie Dolls and Carrie Bradshaw. And If it’s anything I’ve learned it’s that fashion is all about dressing-up and dressing-up is all about telling a story without saying anything. An outfit, the way I believe, sets your mood for the day. If you want to ace that presentation, go and wear that 4inch heels you’ve been keeping for awhile. If you’re heading for a movie date with your girlfriends, why not be more chill with a sweater, shorts, and cute sneakers to be have that laidback-friend look? Have an arching theme for your look. Is it boho? Is it preppy? Is it boho-corporate? Putting this in mind makes your look on point, you’ll know what accessories to wear (which will spare you if you have 500 bracelets) and how to feel for the day. OOTDing is very much like putting a costume on, it’s like armour. See how Olivia Pope looks? Fierce, strong, and sharp; she’s like a gladiator but she’s not wearing an iron plate on her chest. The sleekness in her looks say it without the medieval metal, thus we get the philosophy Gladiators in Suits.

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2. Two’s a company, three’s a crowd. I like to believe in mixing two colors. Usually one neutral (the whites and the blacks of the world) and one color that pops (the blues, the reds, the yellows, etc). Neutral + Pop gives you a classy feeling, it will never be a wrong combination. When in a good mood, I try to mix two Pops together and make them love each other. If you want to be a show stopper, go and mix two pops together, just make sure you won’t end up looking like an eggplant (greens and purples, I’m talking about you). When playing with three colors, do so with caution and use the element of repetition. Make sure you have black shoes when you have a black belt or something to that extent. Make sure that the third color you’ll be adding won’t be alone because that will make it look like an awkward third party with the two awesome colors you first used.

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3. Details. Accessories, shoes, bags, scarves, etc. While it is true that less is more, some looks require a little more. It’s like icing on the cake, the very intricately hand painted details on the cake. Remember, all details should elevate and cohere your look as a whole

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4. Wear confidence on your sleeve. Confidence is what will make your outfit great. It will make your look complete. It’s what makes YOU WEAR THE OUTFIT AND NOT THE OUTFIT WEAR YOU. I’m all up for power dressing but make sure that your outfit makes you strong and not you have a strong outfit. Out of all the tips, this is the one I cannot help you much with because I can’t teach you confidence, you can’t buy confidence, and you can’t wear it. You have to be it and trust me, you cannot fake it. This is the thin line that makes weird outfits into great ones. This is what makes Carrie Bradshaw pull off some of her looks even if they look like they were dug from the closet of a shredder from the past. Simply put: You gotta learn how to rock it, honey

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5. Have fun with it. The greats like Madonna & Lady Gaga to Blair Waldorf & Laureen Uy did not get their names up in the fashion board because they were boring. They’re up there because they make fashion how it should be: FUN, FUN, FUN. Experiment on your own style and looks! Sure you won’t always look like a 10 but you can always look like a legend if you have fun with it!

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#OOTD,
LMTP.

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