What is a outfit grid and how can it benefit you?
I’m sure you have seen a picture of an outfit grid. It is a picture of carefully laid out items such as a jacket, pants, shirt, shoes, and accessories. SuitSupply has done an excellent job in utilizing this type of picture to showcase their products and how you would combine them.
But how can a outfit grid benefit you? There are three ways that a outfit grid can benefit you.
1. It helps you to match the items for an outfit.
First you can start out buy selecting the larger items such as a suit or jacket and pants. From there you can move on to pairing that with a shirt. Once you have the key staples of the outfit selected you move along to the details.
Pull out three ties and lay them across your key pieces. Take a minute to let the different options sink in. You’re eye will gravitate towards one or two of the ties based upon your mood or the type of events in your day. Go ahead and remove the ties you aren’t keen on.
Now start adding additional accessories such as socks, belt, suspenders/braces, and shoes. If you were torn between two ties, the other accessories should help to nail down the tie selection. More times than not, your first instinct is the same as the one you ended up choosing.
Another method you can use is to start by laying out the various accessory options (tie, pocket square, socks, etc) side-by-side. This can help you narrow down the look and feel of the mood for the event you are dressing for. From there you can move on to pairing the accessories with your key piece items of the outfit.
I wanted to wear a brown dotted tie for #tuesdaytiefriends, so I let the accessories decide the path my outfit would take. I paired the brown tie with a light blue shirt, then with a charcoal suit. In the end you have an outfit suited for your mood, but it took a slightly different route to get there.
2. It can be used to help you remember what items work best.
If you save all of your outfit grid photos, you can separate them into what worked and what didn’t folders on your computer. Next time you want to buy clothing, you can go back to the two folders to look at the photos to help you choose your next purchases.
Looking through your photos can also help identify anything you are lacking. Alternatively if you look through your images and see that you haven’t worn a particular tie, then it may be time to dawn it or donate it. You would be surprised the things we collect and never use.
3. It allows you to put together outfits without the commitment of wearing it.
It is fun to try new things, but sometimes we may question wearing something if it is outside of our comfort zone. Laying out an outfit will give you the opportunity to see these daring choices without the commitment of wearing it.
You may question putting together a striped shirt with a prince of whales check suit. Don’t fret because this allows you to try it out without feeling the embarrassment if the pairing isn’t quite right. You will never know if something works unless you try, and this is a good first step!
Outfit grids can be a great tool to help you achieve your sartorial best. The act of pairing and laying out the pieces in an outfit will allow you to see your options. It also lets your creativity flow. The items in an outfit grid don’t have to be laid out in a particular arrangement, this is where you should be creative. Don’t forget to use the #Outfitgrid hashtag when posting your pictures online.