The power of two is strong, see Daft Punk. And twins. Need I say more? Actually, maybe I should explain. There’s something intriguing about putting two wardrobe-classics together and finding a refreshing way of wearing them, but then again, why not – salt and pepper were always BFFs. (Although I imagine wearing boyfriend jeans under skinnies would be the equivalent of soy sauce and vanilla sugar…) This was all inspired by Clarins’ best-selling Double Serum, which is my new obsession and one neat product that carries two-formulas-in-one, literally in a sense there are two separate cylinders inside the tube, delivering a combination of the two essentials for skin: water-based and oil based formulas. It’s a godsend for someone with dry skin, and chronic laziness, who usually needs both functions yet can barely wash her face. Apply this same technique to style and I think it does a good job in covering up the fact that I’ve run around the flat yelling I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR every morning since the turn of the year.
Here’s three simple ideas…
Photography: Mr Tripod
This one’s a given, but for colder weathers I find that instead of denim shirts, pairing a denim jacket with jeans works equally well (if you’re adventurous, or a child of the 90’s, I suggest also wearing that denim shirt UNDER the jacket and see the world implode around you), just throw on a heavy coat on top.
Tip: Button all the way up to your neck for a more pulled-together, office look.
This is a bit of a cheat I’ve been using for a couple of years now and the hubby hates me for it, but it’s best for slightly warmer weather or days working from home – unbutton the top three buttons of an oversized/mens shirt and slip it on like a skirt, then finish off by tying the arms around your waist. I usually tuck the sleeves in for a clean shape.
Tip: Don’t forget to iron the skirt-shirt to avoid looking like a hobo.
Made popular again in recent trends, this is actually an old trick in the book, just ask your mother. Works with any colour/knit texture combination, but minimal/classic designs generally tend to go better together. Layer over one shoulder or tie around the waist; try flecked grey wool with a chunky cream knit. (Sounds like ice-cream flavours and this makes me happy.)
What’s your own go-to wardrobe classics and beauty essentials that work great in two’s when it comes to your style? (Don’t tell me it’s Tacos and Nachos because then I think I’ll be in love with you)