Shabby Chic: How to Mix and Match Your Outfit Perfectly

How to Mix and Match Your Outfit Perfectly

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Last Updated on July 13, 2022 by Steal the Style


When you want to have the shabby chic look, it is essential to mix and match your garments perfectly. The shabby chic look has been popular since the 1960s when many teenagers and young adults wore vintage garments to reject their parents’ authority.

Here are some ways to achieve this classic look when you buy garments online or in nearby stores.

Look for Certain Colors of Garments

With the shabby chic style, you will look for vintage clothing that has a feminine appearance with pastel colors such as pale blue, rosy pink, or lavender combined with gray and white. You can buy plain color garments, or you can look for antique style floral prints.

Garments should look older, so you can shop at consignment or charity stores to find used clothing. It is also possible to find new garments that you can distress with extra laundering or other methods.

Layering Garments that Have Similar Color Variations

Layering garments is an important element of the shabby chic style, so it is a good idea to find clothing that mixes and matches to have a cohesive appearance. Choose a color that looks fantastic with your hair color and skin tone so that you can find garments in variations of this color. Remember that you can also pair a clashing color of garment with some of your clothing to create a unique appearance.

With the umber color effect, you can learn how to dye garments to have variations in the density of a color to create a shabby chic dress that resembles something that the hippies wore in the 1960s. Long and loose cotton dresses were popular in the past, and this is a comfortable way to dress in the spring or summer.

Place Different Garments Together on a Hanger

Practice mixing and matching clothing by placing different garments together on a hanger to see how it looks. Make sure to open the window coverings in your bedroom to see how the outfit looks in bright sunlight to ensure that it looks nice together. You should create an outfit that has muted tones that indicate that the garments are made of vintage fabrics that resemble the garments worn during the 1960s.

When you are shopping for clothing, look for tie-dye clothing that is made in variations of the same color. You can also learn how to tie-dye T-shirts and slacks on your own to have outfits that mix and match perfectly. Remember that you should use pale colors of dyes to achieve a shabby chic appearance. You can find dyes at fabric and hobby stores to have a tie-dye party with your friends.

Have Vintage Embellishments on Your Shabby Chic Clothing

You can create shabby chic garments by adding embellishments such as a leather belt that is painted with designs or wearing a suede vest that has dangling fringe. You can find leather or suede fringe at fabric stores to add to your garments to create a shabby chic look. Add beaded necklaces or leather bracelets from one of the many available clothing boutiques to your ensemble so that you have a shabby chic look.

To have a shabby chic look that mixes and matches with your tie-dye shirts, alter the legs of your modern pants. Wide-legged slacks are an important part of the shabby chic look, and you can use floral print fabrics to achieve this look. Simply cut open the legs of jeans along the outer seam up to the knee to stitch in a section of fabric, creating a wider leg.

Bring along Small Fabric Swatches

When you are shopping for garments to create a shabby chic outfit, make sure to bring along small fabric swatches to find clothing that will mix and match with the shirts, dresses and slacks that you already own. You can cut swatches from clothing by looking for extra fabric along the seams.

Shabby chic dressing is popular because it is a way to reuse old clothing in a new way to avoid polluting the environment with chemicals that are required for making new fabrics.