From the way you like your Starbucks to how you decorate your home, we’re all looking for unique ways to express our true selves. If you’d like to dress more creatively but don’t know where to begin, here are some simple style tips for how to look hip and funky.
1. Build Your Funky Outfit Around a Quirky Piece
Hip and funky style is all about thinking outside of the box. Pick an unusual piece that speaks to you and let it inspire an outfit. A regal marching band blazer, an earthy tiered gypsy skirt, a Japanese inspired kimono-style belt.
Take your clues from around the globe (ethnic-inspired), the past (vintage), the future ( mod), or just anything that excites and delights you.
2. Don’t Be Matchy-Matchy
Too perfect, too precious, is not hip or funky. Eclectic equals creativity. If you find it too difficult to style in a non-matchy way, search out naturally funky brands like Veronica Beard, Topshop, and Betsey Johnson, to name a few.
3. Extreme is Good
A giant brooch, an extra-wide belt, a super furry top, or a pair of conversation-starting shoes is the way to look hip and funky. Nobody does it better than Iris Apfel, the queen of accessories, or the ladies at Advanced Style.
4. Mix Up Prints to Look Funky
The more, the merrier. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of prints ranging from global-inspired to nostalgic, super modern and earthy. If too much print makes you nervous, stick to two mixed prints instead of three, and keep everything in the same color family.
5. Wear Unusual Color Combinations
Spin the color wheel and turn traditional color combos on their heads. instead of red and blue, try unique mixes like red and purple or blue and brown. Also, don’t be afraid of bright colors which broadcast hip and funky.
6. Don’ t Worry About Balance
Off-kilter and asymmetrical tops and dresses are hip. High-low and handkerchief hem skirts add an artsy, edgy vibe. Even deconstructed classic pieces such as a deconstructed trench coat or pinstripe shirt dress can be transformed to look funky.
7. Layer, Lots
Layer and drape pieces of clothing without so much worry about creating the perfect body shape. You are creating art, not dressing a doll. The same applies to jewelry; more is more when it comes to funky dressing.
Still not sure how to pull a together a hip, funky look? Here are three tamer versions to get you started.
Feather Fringe Jeans
These days there are all kinds of hip jeans out there. These white feather jeans are a great anchor for a very creative casual look. Topped with this Haute hippie print blouse and wild tassel earrings, you have a classy way to look cool.
Patchwork Palazzo Pants
If mixing patterns top and bottom is a bit much for you, then another way to get the funky mixed print look is with a pair of silky, wide-leg pants in a patchwork print. These flowy palazzo pants are a nod to the ’60s. Worn with a simple, colorful tee, a most unusual bag, and unique laced slides, this makes one very funky outfit.
Asymmetrical Blouse and Circle Bag
I talked about how a classic deconstructed piece can turn a formal look into a funky look, and this is a good example. This asymmetrical polka dot blouse looks more like an origami sculpture than something you would throw on for dinner. The circle purse is also a statement in geometry. Definitely unique, and definitely hip and funky.