I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I used to struggle BIG TIME when I felt like I had nothing to wear. Then, suddenly, it dawned on me: a lot of the online retailers I browse every day have some impeccable styling to admire. So I tried something new. I chose one piece I wanted to build my entire outfit around that I already owned — be it my new thigh-high boots, the designer bag I finally splurged on, or something as simple as track pants — and I went “shopping” for that item. (Yes, I understand it was already sitting pretty in my closet.)
What I was looking for was simply inspiration for how to wear it. I’d pull up all the thigh-high boots on sites like Net-a-Porter or Shopbop that looked like my own pair, just to see what clothes I could potentially throw on with them. You guys, this trick is brilliant. It helps me get dressed way faster and I always feel chic, so yes, I promise it works! And I’m going to show you how. Just read on to see what I mean — and shop some key wardrobe staples while you’re at it.
When I Want to Wear My Over-the-Knee Boots . . .
I decided to check out Net-a-Porter, which offers plenty of thigh-high boots in luxe materials. My own pair is velvet, and while there’s no bow at the back, the heel height is about the same as these Stuart Weitzman Hiline Stretch-Suede Over-the-Knee Boots . I landed on an outfit I could easily re-create — I own a Western-inspired belt and a frilly chiffon dress, so voila!
When I Want to Wear My Track Pants . . .
While my favorite pair is black with red stripes, I loved how ASOS paired these Straight Leg Track Pants With Side Stripes and Ring Pulls with an off-the-shoulder fitted top and a denim jacket worn off the shoulders. I’m all about comfort, so I slipped on these essentials with my white low-top sneakers too.
When I Want to Wear My Plain Black Blazer . . .