In a sea of sameness on Instagram, we love looking to you, dear readers, for inspiration on how to stand out. Yes, you! One person who consistently pops on our feeds is Ellie from Slip Into Style. She's brilliant at pairing high-street finds with a curated selection of luxury and vintage pieces, and mixes colour and print like a queen. Back in March, she stood out for a different reason: her Instagram Story advocating for the end of "same" on Instagram opened up a bigger conversation—and we had to respond. But standing out isn't always easy. Outlandish style doesn't come naturally to most, especially when more wearable influencer-driven trends can be so tempting. How do you find the courage to take your outfit from "same" to bold? We turned to Ellie once again for her help—here are her tips in six outfits.
The easiest upgrade you can make right away? Start with your footwear. "Crazy shoes work with simple outfits," is Ellie's advice. The rest of your outfit can stay the same.
IT'S NOT THE END OF JEANS AND NICE TOP
Same goes for your trusty jeans-and-tee look: "On a pretty casual look like jeans and a white top, you can go over the top with colors and accessories to spice it up," she tells us.
CHOOSING A PRINT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SCARY
Going for a loud print can feel easier when you choose a simple silhouette. You don't have to change everything all at once.
USE SHAPE TO MAKE THE CHANGE
But if you do want to change your silhouette, opt for neutral tones to ease your way in. "Bouffant sleeves are your best friend," Ellie tells us.
POLKA DOTS MAKE A GREAT GO-TO
"Polka dots go with anything either a monochrome color or a colorful print," says Ellie. It's true—polka dots have become so popular this year that they're practically a neutral at this point.
WHEN YOU'RE READY, MAX OUT
At this stage, perhaps you're ready to max out. This outfit formula only has two steps: "Wear prints and maxi earrings too!" Ellie says. Together is better, as the saying goes. ■