I bought clothes, now what? A guide to putting together the perfect outfit

Ladies, we all know how difficult it can be to put together the perfect outfit. That's why we spend the majority of our time half-dressed staring at the clothes in our closet, dumbfounded. 

If you can relate to that, then this post is for you. Here are a few quick tips on how to put together the perfect outfit so that you can look classy, tasteful, and still turn every head in the room.

1. Modesty is key.

These days, it has become almost like a competition to see who can show the most skin. Those kind of outfits can land you the wrong kind of attention. A good rule of thumb is to pair skin-bearing pieces with more modest pieces. For example, if you plan to wear a shirt with cut-outs, pair it with some skinny jeans rather than shorts. Balancing out the amount of skin you show gives you a more polished look.

2. Plan your outerwear beforehand. 

If you're anything like me, you need a jacket or cardigan everywhere you go, even in the heat of summer. You don't want to wear a purple dress with a yellow cardigan (unless you're an LSU fan, of course). Coordinating your outerwear beforehand even if you don't wear it the whole time can make your outfit look effortlessly put together.

3. Consider length and height.

When deciding what shoes to wear with your outfit, always consider the length of the outfit you're wearing and the height of the shoe. For shorter girls, short dresses and high heels can give the illusion of longer legs while most taller girls don't need their legs accentuated any more than they already are. Putting some thought into this can make a world of difference in your outfit.

4. Consider the venue and weather

Obviously you wouldn't want to wear white to a barbecue, right? Can you imagine the mess? It is just important to consider the venue and the weather when planning your outfit. If you will be attending an outdoor wedding in August, you probably wouldn't want to wear a light color that would show sweat stains (Ick! How embarrassing!). Just like if you know that you will be walking through grass or gravel, you might not want to wear your six inch stilettos. If you take these things into consideration beforehand, you will be much more comfortable with your choice when the time comes.

5. Plan ahead.

You're standing in front of your closet, hair in rollers, makeup half done flipping through every item of clothing you own and having a panic attack because you have to leave in 10 minutes and you have to look flawless. We've all been there. It's not a good feeling, is it? What if you could make that feeling disappear with one simple step? You can. All you have to do is pick out your outfit the night before. Lay it out on that chair in the corner of your bedroom. Go ahead and pick out your accessories, shoes, and even the proper underwear (it's important, okay?). That way, when you look at the clock and realize you have to leave in 10 minutes, you can slip on the perfect outfit and walk out of the door in confidence.

Following these five simple steps will have you dressing like a fashion blogger in no time. Have someone take a picture of you in the perfect outfit and tag us on Instagram to let us know that this blog post helped you! By the way, don't forget to wear the most important accessory of all: a smile. 

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