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What to wear (when you have nothing to wear) with Net-a-Porter

What to wear (when you have nothing to wear)

Wearing: Top, Pants & Earrings: Net-a-porter | Shoes: Valentino

With ‘When’ being the operative word here, the situation of ‘nothing to wear’, at least for yours truly, has perhaps too high of an incidence rate to warrant the parentheses. For those of us whose lives are perpetually running on ‘omw now!’ basis (and compounding), opening your wardrobe and finding an abundance of ready-to-go outfits is basically that dream you have just before waking up to a mind-grating alarm beep and a bad hair day. Being firmly within that demographic, I’ve spent years making dressing when having nothing to wear something of an art. So together with Net-a-Porter and their ‘I have nothing to wear’ campaign, I’m going to impart on you a few nifty tips to help you know what to wear when you have nothing to wear.

1 Shop your wardrobe (and wear it wrong)

In the way that desperation often gives rise to inspiration, unlock the full potential of your wardrobe by looking at the most ordinary of pieces and wear it wrong. A daggy old coat can be cinched with a belt to be transformed into a chic dress a la Christian Dior. A pair of track pants previously reserved for ‘fat days’ (speed stripes compulsory) is the new weekend trouser. A classic button down shirt could be the most versatile item you could ever own, wear it in every which way except with both arms in and buttons in line.

2 Wear a bright colour

When creating a look out of nothing to wear, we never want to settle for a will-do look. One of the simplest ways to say ‘I really mean this outfit’ is by hazarding a block of colour. Think primaries and brights like sunshine yellow, ultramarine, and crispy apple red. A bright accessory is also always a good idea.

3 Layer for unexpected details and silhouette

Your most ordinary basics can be elevated with some unexpected layering. Try wearing a dress over pants, a camisole over a sweatshirt, a denim jacket over a blazer. Contrast pieces of differing lengths, textures and colours to play peek-a-boo with unexpected details, and to creates a new silhouette. With my shirt dress over a pair of wide legged pants, I’ve turned a masculine style into something unmistakably feminine. This look will take me from day to night on a weekend.

4 Add your shoe secret weapon

I highly recommend allocating shopping budget generously on some shoe secret weapons. Choose styles that are anything but basic, with bright colours and OTT embellishments. Anticipating the ‘nothing to wear’ days, these are the statement shoes that will make even the most basic white shirt and blue jean combination look like you’re just stepped off a photoshoot.

5 Top off with a power accessory

When all else fails, boost your laundry-day outfit (and your confidence, guaranteed) by popping on those big bold sculptural earrings. Nothing turns an ostensibly un-fashionable outfit into anti-fashion faster than a power accessory. But don’t over do it. Wearing one headline jewellery too many will have you teetering into Christmas tree zone.

Created in collaboration with Net-a-Porter. Find your answer at their new style destination.

Location: Paris, France | Photography: Louis Villers

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  • Ewa Macherowska
    22 April 2017 at 11:12 pm

    In love with your style!

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

  • Shloka
    24 April 2017 at 7:35 pm

    You are a total pro at showing me that my wardrobe is a magic box waiting to be played with! I love all your tips that are sure to make no morning a “I have nothing to wear” morning!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • The Leach Life
    9 May 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Inspiring post! I love your new hair colour – I just saw it on Instagram!

    The Leach Life | theleachlife.com

  • Eba
    11 May 2017 at 7:30 pm

    My my my.. How you manage to get such a perfect pictures? I also use Canon 5 III, but my pictures are not even close to yours. Do you use the standard lens which it comes with? I love your posts and outfits! They are really informative and inspirational at the samen time!
    And every single picture is an art!

  • Eba
    11 May 2017 at 7:37 pm

    How you manage to get such a perfect pictures? I also use Canon 5 III, but my pictures are not even close to yours. Do you use the standard lens which it comes with? I love your posts and outfits! They are really informative and inspirational at the samen time!
    And every single picture is an art!

    • Jiawa Liu
      11 May 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much, dear! I’m not sure what you mean by standard lens, but the lens you shoot with is perhaps even more important than the camera model, as it will determine the kind of look you get. For example, I shoot with prime lenses which, with their large apertures, produce that lovely contrast of a sharp foreground and blurred background. This effect in itself gives the images an appearance of being ‘professional’. However, that said, beautiful images can be created even with any smartphone camera, as long the light is good and composition well thought out.

      • Eba
        11 May 2017 at 9:54 pm

        Thank you for reply, Jiawa!
        With standard lens I mean the one I got along with the camera and it is canon lens EF 50mm 1:1.4 and now I’m considering to buy either a new lens or a new camera. Which lensen would you suggest? Keeping in mind that I’m not a professional photographer;)

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