No, this is not a movie plot, but a good way of working out what you should wear. With every good movie there is always a hero (this is the non-sexist, all inclusive version of hero, that includes heroines), there is always a Villain, and to make the story cohesive and understandable, some Supporting Acts. So what has this got to do with your wardrobe? Let’s look at each category in turn.
Heroes (or Heroines)
A hero is a garment or accessory that has enough interest or detail to draw attention to it and make the whole outfit look more exciting. It might be an unusually constructed skirt or jacket, it could be a white shirt that has a ruffle down the front, it might even be a gorgeous pair of strappy sandals, or a big statement necklace.
It makes the outfit less ‘plain and boring’ and creates a focal point for us to look at. It might also be a talking point, or become a signature of your appearance, for instance, I always wear larger scale necklaces, and now I’m known for it. Without these necklaces, my outfit might be deemed boring, but with my hero necklace, it creates action and excitement.
Villains are those pieces in your wardrobe that don’t fit, don’t flatter, or are just plain worn out, stretched, baggy or pilled. The villains are dragging your overall appearance down. They’re not flattering and they won’t give you confidence or a boost in self-esteem. Nobody wants real villains living in their wardrobe, let alone following them round all day, so remove them from your life and cupboards so there is no temptation to wear them.
The actors make the meat of the movie possible, they are the clothes that hold together the outfit, your hero won’t shine if everything you wear is a hero – too many heroes spoiled the plot.
Keep your heroes to 1 per outfit ( or 2 if 1 is an accessory), otherwise we won’t know where to look, and you will probably appear too busy, with too much going on. They are the pieces like the little camis that stop that wrap top appearing too low so you don’t kill them with your cleavage, the bootcut jean in a dark denim that works with so many tops, and the plain scoop neck t-shirt that sets off your patterened skirt. You might not get excited about them but they make your wardrobe work, and without them you’d have difficulty getting dressed.
What I notice with most of my clients, who come to me because they feel that they’re stuck in a rut, are looking boring, daggy, and without style, is that they’re only wearing supporting acts and villains, they’ve forgotten about their hero jewellery, and haven’t bought anything other than a very practical shoe for some time. When we bring the hero back into their wardrobe, they can see the value in taking the 30 seconds in the morning to choose some jewellery to make their outfit pop.
So, what movie would we be filming with your wardrobe?
The leopard top on the left is such a statement piece, it has a detailed neckline as well as a dramatic pattern, it only needs a simple pair of jeans and a plain brown belt and brown shoes to finish off the look.
The pink coat in the middle has a large ruffle collar which makes it a hero, the necklace picks up the colour, but isn’t a big statement piece. The shoes have a touch of leopard which make them ‘secondary heroes’.
The purple and red outfit on the right is more like an ensemble piece, every bit important, a couple more important than others, but no huge bankable stars that overwhelm the rest. The tank and cardigan are the supporting acts.